South African-born pianist, composer and producer Kathleen Tagg has been based in New York since 2001. She has performed on four continents in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, had her original music performed in venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, appeared on a host of classical, world music and multi-genre recordings and produced numerous CDs and interdisciplinary programs from South Africa to Los Angeles. Her work has been released on record labels NAXOS, Ossia Records, Table Pounding Records and Gallo Africa.
A 2014 SAMA nominee for best classical album, she has performed in recital with some of the world’s leading musicians, including her project with Grammy-nominated clarinetist David Krakauer. Kathleen has performed often in venues such as Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway and multiple Carnegie Hall recitals, including her 2004 acclaimed solo recital debut as winner of the Artist International auditions, when she was described by critics as “a superbly turned out artist, a performer broaching scant detour between conception and delivery, and a musician of such grand endowment” (NY Concert Review). Since then she has appeared frequently at consulates and cultural organizations across the United States, and has performed live on WQXR New York and WGBH Boston.
Kathleen completed her studies at the University of Cape Town, Mannes College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music in New York, which awarded her the Helen Cohn Award as the outstanding Doctoral graduate, and where she taught for four years. She was on the faculty of SongFest at Colburn in Los Angeles from 2014-2016.
Chicago based Ukrainian-born Maria Storm is a dynamic violinist, balancing solo performances with a busy chamber music career. As the first violinist of the Petar Jankovic Ensemble (PJE), Maria performed nation-wide and recorded the group’s critically acclaimed record, (Com)passionate. The PJE strings have been described as having “exceptional tone and subtlety”, and the group was praised for “very intuitive, expressive, and precise ensemble playing”.
Maria made her solo début at the age of fourteen with the Odessa Symphony Orchestra in Ukraine. While living in Poland and Austria, Maria established herself as an active soloist and chamber musician, performing with the Torun Chamber Orchestra and the A. Rubinstein Symphony Orchestra, and she appeared at various European festivals.
Her recent engagements include live performances on WFMT’s “Impromptu” and “Live from WFMT” where, apart from appearing with the Petar Janovic Ensemble, she appeared with the CUBE Ensemble and the International Chamber Artists.
Her recital engagements include, among others, the Piano Forte Salon Series, ‘Sounds of the Loop’ series, and ‘Second Saturday at Two’, and she has soloed with the Waukegan Symphony, Northwest Symphony and Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestras. She is a concertmaster of the Composers Orchestra of Chicago. Maria’s teachers were Vadim Gluzman, Mark Kaplan, Arkady Winokurov, Benjamin Mordkovich, Galina Sokolova and Jaroslava Rivniak.