Desdemona String Quartet

The Desdemona Quartet is a New York City-based ensemble devoted to providing meaningful and unique performances to all audiences. They appear in a variety of formations and are adaptable to any space, from concert halls to cafés and with repertoire ranging from the Baroque era to world premiers. Devoted to reaching new audiences, Desdemona has performed house concerts in New York and New Jersey, offering close encounters with a range of music in a comfortable space. In Savannah, Georgia, the quartet has performed on the Live Oak Concert Series in churches, galleries, and kayak shops to bring classical and new music to a broader audience. In Fall 2018, Desdemona will collaborate with Kinds of Kings to present and premiere new works by women composers in New York and abroad.


Billy Hunter, tumpet

A native of Austin, Texas, Billy Hunter is currently Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Before this, he was Principal with the New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival Italy orchestras, and has performed as Guest Principal with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Germany, Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras he has performed with are the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Baltimore, and Dallas Symphonies. As a chamber musician and soloist Mr. Hunter has performed with several ensembles and music festivals including Grant Park Orchestra, New World Symphony, University of Texas Symphony and Wind Ensemble, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Festival and the MET Chamber Ensemble. His honors and awards include first prize in the Kingsville International Solo Competition Brass and Non-string divisions, second prize in the National Trumpet Competition, recipient of the Roger Voisin Trumpet award as a fellow of the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires, and most recently, the University of Texas at Austin Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Juilliard School, his teachers have included Mark Gould (former Principal Trumpet of the Met), Raymond Mase  (Principal Trumpet of the NYC Ballet and ABQ), Raymond Crisara (former trumpet of the Met and NBC Symphony), and Harry Shapiro (former horn player of the Boston Symphony).


Nick May, saxophone

Saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer/arranger Nicholas May has been recognized as an outstanding musician from a young age, picking up the saxophone at the age of 10 and soon was preforming with honor groups. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska he has won or been a finalist in numerous state, nationa, and international competitions including the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, Nebraska Music Teachers Association Young Artist Competition-Woodwind Division, Singapore Woodwind Festival - Saxophone Division, University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Undergraduate Concerto Competition, MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions, and the Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Artist Completion. Nicholas is a member and founder of the T.C.B.S.Q.,the Heartland Duo, and the Sanders-May Duo, all of which have performed and premiered works by: Nicholas May, Larkin Sanders, David von Kampen, Daniel Baldwin, J.S. Bach, Aldemaro Romero, Phil Woods, Glazunov, etc… at recent International Navy Band Saxophone Symposiums, NASA regional and biennial conferences, and American Single Reed Summit. As a soloist Nicholas maintains a regular touring schedule. Nicholas regularly appears as a guest artist and recitalist nationally and internationally. Additionally, he is currently preparing a commercial recording of the works of David Maslanka for Alto Saxophone and Piano with pianist Ellen Sommer (pieces include his Sonata and Tone Studies), labeled under Albany Records.In the spring of 2017, Nicholas was a featured soloist with the Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra as winner of the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition.  He has appeared as a guest artist and soloist with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and UNL Wind Ensemble, and performs frequently in regional theatre productions as a woodwind artist.Performances include concerts and master classes with: Ryan Kilgore, Chris Vadala, Alan Ferber, Anthony Wilson, Jun Ho Pak, the Boston Brass, John Ellis, George Stone, the Chiara String Quartet, Harry Allen, Fabrice Moretti, Dave Pietro, Doc Severson, and Jamey Aebersold.Nicholas is an Adjunct Instructor at Mid Plains Community College in McCook, Nebraska where he teaches applied clarinet and saxophone lessons. He received his Masters of Music at the University of Kansas, where he was a student of Vince Gnojek – Professor of Saxophone, studied clarinet with Dr. Robert Walzel – Dean of the School of Music, and additionally studied with saxophonist, Matt Otto – Assistant Director of Jazz Studies. He received his Bachelors of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a student of Dr. Paul Haar, Associate Professor of Saxophone/Jazz Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also studied privately with saxophonist Harvey Pittel and Rebecca Fischer, violinist in the Chiara String Quartet.

Nicholas is proudly a Silverstein Works Pro Team Artist 


Shorena Tsintsbaze, piano

Born to a musical family in Moscow, Shorena Tsintsabadze began her musical career at an early age with her mother as her teacher. She later graduated from the academic music college of the Moscow Conservatory and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory under People’s Artist of Russia Professor Z.A. Ignatyeva, who represented the class of renown pianist, Professor S.E. Finberg. During her time at the Conservatory, Ms. Tsintsabadze was a prize-winner of various international piano competitions including the Classical Heritage Association International Competition (Moscow), the International Piano Competition (Paris), the Ibla Prize (Italy), where she won the special Jordanian Prize for “Outstanding Musicianship and Talent”. In 2000 she recorded the music of S. Rachmaninoff with the Russian Federal Orchestra led by Maestro V. Jordania on the Angelok label. In 2008 Ms. Tsintsabadze signed an exclusive recording contract with NAXOS and recorded the works of S.M. Lyapunov with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra led by D. Yablonsky. In 2010 the CD, which featured all of Lyapunov’s piano concertos and his Rhapsody on Ukrainian Themes for piano and orchestra Op. 28, garnered impressive reviews from the musical press.“Moscow-born Shorena Tsintsabadze seems born to play this music; she embraces in like Van Cliburn did the Tchaikovsky, warmly lyrical and impassioned and blessed with a wide-ranging span of the keyboard from full bass to glittering, yet never clattery top end.” (American Record Guide)

“The performances are terrific, with monumental playing from Shorena Tsintsabadze…” (The Guardian)

“Moscow-born pianist Shorena Tsintsabadze catches the fire and the poetry of the music, meets its pyrotechnical demands with relative ease and imparts a wonderful sense of imagination to her interpretations.” (Classical Net)

“…Tsintsabadze brings to bear a light and delicate poetic touch with unbridled passion reserved for the Concerto’s climactic passages.” (MusicWeb International)

A few years later her CD was listed with the “Best Selling NAXOS CDs.

Ms. Tsintsabdze later returned to the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory to pursue her post-graduate studies under People’s Artist of Russia Professor Sergei L. Dorensky who mentioned Shorena as a “brightly presented pianist with unlimited technical abilities and bright individuality.” During this time she had the opportunity to perform in some of the world’s major concert halls and collaborate with renown conductors and orchestras. She also appeared in broadcasts on television and radio stations in Russia, USA, Canada, and Europe.

In 2015 Ms. Tsintsabadze founded the “Young Musicians International Association of Georgia”. The mission of the organization is to help young talented musicians, to motivate them, and to support them in their creativity and career advancement. One of the most important achievements to date is the establishment of  the “Music International Summer Academy” and MISA Youth Symphony Orchestra in Georgia

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