Gohar Melisa Atoyan, violin
Gohar Melisa Atoyan was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina of Armenian parents. She started playing the violin at the age of four. At age 9, she won the junior division of the Argentinean Music Competition, "La Fundacion de Banco Mayo", and performed with the "Banco Mayo" Orchestra as a soloist. She later played through many venues in her native country. In 2001 her family moved to New York, where she was accepted into The Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division. At Mannes she became a student Arik Braude with whom she worked until 2008. During that time Melisa was a member of the first violin section with the New York Youth Symphony. Her NYSO chamber group was selected to perform on several occasions in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her chamber music coaches at NYSO have included Ani Kavafian, members of the Shanghai Quartet and Gillbert Kalish. Melisa has attended the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, where she performed in the master classes of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. She has also performed frequently in many cultural centers of the Armenian community in and around New York City. Since the fall 2008, Melisa’s teacher have included Daniel Philips and Hrachya Harutyunyan. She currently resides in Brussels, Belgium. Melisa will be joining JVNY in the summer 2010.
Kate Dreyfuss, violin
Kate Dreyfuss is a 19-year-sophomore at Princeton University. Her violin studies took place with Elizabeth Chang at Juilliard Pre-College, where she served as concertmaster of the Pre-College Orchestra in her senior year. Also, during her senior year in pre-college, she was named the Alternate in the Juilliard Pre-College Orchestra Violin Concerto Competition and a semifinalist in the Westfield Symphony Orchestra “Stars of Tomorrow” Competition. Kate has participated in many summer music festivals including the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and Fêtes Musicales de Savoie.
Cassidy Moore, violin
Cassidy Moore, 18, began her studies at age four, and has recently completed her senior year at LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. In the fall 2011, she will be entering her freshman year at the Lynn Conservatory on full scholarship as a student of Carol Cole and Elmar Oliviera. She has recently performed in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City’s Lincoln Center as a member of various student ensembles. For the past five years, Cassidy has been a student of Eriko Sato at the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division. She has served as concertmistress of the Mannes Symphony, and is now a first violinist of the Mannes Philharmonic. Cassidy attended the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in 2009 and 2010, where she studied with Arik Braude. In addition to playing the violin, Cassidy has sung with the New York City Opera Children’s Chorus in performances of Carmen, The Little Prince, La Boheme, and Mourning Becomes Electra. Cassidy has participated in JVNY concerts and workshops since 2010.
Anna Theresa Sigmund, violin
Anna Theresa Sigmund, age 17, began playing the violin at age 4. She presently serves as concertmaster of the "Landesjugendorchester BW", of which she has been a member since 2008. Recent solo appearances include the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Russian Chamber Philharmonic (2010). Anna Theresa has participated regularly in "Landeswettbewerb Jugend Musiziert BW". She is a recipient of the "Intensivkurs Streicher" scholarship (2010, Tettnang, Germnay). Festivals include the Idyllwild chamber music festival in Los Angeles (2010). Ms. Sigmund is currently a student of Prof. Rudolf Rampf with whom she has studied since 2007. She will be joining JVNY on their France summer 2011 tour.