CAMERATA PHILADELPHIA is an ensemble without musical boundaries. From symphonies to concertos to chamber music to lieder to choral to opera, CAMERATA not only brings a fresh and distinct interpretation to the venerated classics, but also seeks to bridge the styles of classical, jazz, folk and world music – each program an eclectic and richly diverse musical offering. Committed to music appreciation for all ages, it is the mission of CAMERATA to make the experience of great music accessible to all.
With Music Director Stephen Framil (cellist and conductor), CAMERATA has performed throughout the United States, a nine-concert tour to China (2011), and is the ensemble-in-residence at the Port City Music Festival (North Carolina) and Church of the Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square (Philadelphia). Artistic and concert collaborations include the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the International Opera Theater of Philadelphia, the West Philadelphia Orchestra, and an array of internationally renowned concert soloists and chamber musicians.
CAMERATA programs and projects include the Port City Music Festival (Wilmington, NC), CelloFeast (avocational cello workshops), Camerata Youth Orchestra & Ensemble, domestic/international concert tours, and Camerata Records.
CAMERATA PHILADELPHIA INC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charitable organization.
Distinguished as the first American cellist to perform in Hanoi since the Vietnam War, Stephen Framil has performed as concert soloist, chamber musician and conductor around the world: including Carnegie Weill & Avery-Fisher Halls (New York), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), Hong Kong City Hall, with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Hungary), Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (Italy Tour 2007), Manila Philharmonic Orchestra (Philippines), National Philharmonic of Moldova, Oltenia State Filarmonica (Romania), Zaporozhye Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), Vratza Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), Viêt Nam National Symphony Orchestra, Bombay and Bangalore Chamber Orchestras (India), Redlands Symphony Orchestra (CA), Nashville Chamber Orchestra (TN), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series (“Live” Broadcast on WFMT - Chicago), Brunei Music Society, and the Hong Kong Chamber Music Society, among others. Stephen Framil is the Music Director & Conductor of CAMERATA PHILADELPHIA, and Artistic Director of the Port City Music Festival (North Carolina).
As a versatile and dedicated educator Stephen Framil (DM, Indiana University) has given cello and chamber music masterclasses at the Shanghai Conservatory (China), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), DePaul University (Chicago), Longy School of Music (Boston), Vanderbilt University/Blair School of Music (Nashville), University of Arizona, Roosevelt University/Chicago College of Performing Arts, University of Reno, Volgograd Conservatory (Russia), Moldova Academy of Music, University of Hong Kong, Silliman University (Philippines), and the Hanoi Conservatory (Vietnam), to name a few. Dr. Framil is been an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools of Music Festival (2004), and the 2007 Schadt String Competition (Allentown, PA).
Dr. Framil has been an Assistant Professor of Music at Andrews University in Michigan (1994-2002), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Delaware (2003-2004), Lincoln University in Pennsylvania (2005-2006), and Towson University in Maryland (2008). An advocate of inner-city music education in Philadelphia, Dr. Framil is the Conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Ensemble, and Director of the Philadelphia Community Conservatory: a community music school that provides scholarship lessons for underserved youth. In 2008 Dr. Framil joined the artist faculty at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, and is currently the Symphony Orchestra Music Director & Conductor at Eastern University.
Recordings by Stephen Framil for RADIO 4 HONG KONG include the complete J.S. Bach Suites for Solo Cello, as well as the works for solo cello by Zoltán Kodály and Gaspar Cassadó. In April 2006 he recorded the two Haydn Cello Concertos with Paul Freeman and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CENTAUR RECORDS).
Luigi Mazzocchi studied in the Venezuelan "El Sistema” and the Latin American Violin Academy with José F. del Castillo. He was a first violinist of the “Simón Bolívar” Symphony Orchestra and performed as soloist with the leading Venezuelan symphony orchestras. He attended international music festivals in Latin America, the US, Spain, France and Australia and is a prizewinner such competitions as the Venezuelan “Del Castillo” Latin American Competition and the 1999 FOSJA, performing in the Casals Festival. Mr. Mazzocchi studied with Liliana Ciulei and Helen Kwalwasser and has coached with M. Pardee, Z. Bron, O. Charlier, T. Tanaka, W. de Pasquale, L. Biava, and D. Arben. Currently, he is the Concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Co-Concertmaster of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony and a member of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the West Jersey Chamber Orchestra, the Ocean City Pops, the Philly Pops and the Gaudeamus and Cachasa ensembles.
Blake Espy has enjoyed a diverse career as an active recitalist and performer with several orchestras and chamber ensembles. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Ballet and a frequent performer with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra among others. Blake has been a violinist in La Catrina Quartet, in residence at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. As a member of the quartet, he has performed in more than 35 states in the US and Mexico. The quartet recorded with Cuerteto Latinoamericano on the Dorian Label, which subsequently won a Latin Grammy for best classical album 2012. In 2007, Blake was invited to become a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, a professional studies orchestra whose alumni have gone on to join the ranks of professional orchestras all over the US and world. In this program, he was given the opportunity to act as a rotating concert master, chamber musician, and educator to young musicians in the Miami area.
Michael T Jamanis received a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, a Master of Music from Yale University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University. He has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, including the Lincoln Center, Victor Herbert, Metro-Media and National Federation of Music Clubs Awards. In addition, Jamanis has worked with such artists as Arnold Steinhardt, Joseph Fuchs, Syoko Aki, Bernard Greenhouse, Aldo Parisot, Timothy Eddy, Claude Frank and Leonard Bernstein. Jamanis has appeared as a soloist on NPR radio and PBS television. He is a founding member of the acclaimed Newstead Trio and has performed in major concert halls worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. Dr. Jamanis is a core member of Inspira, an ensemble that fuses classical and jazz vocabularies to create contemporary performances that promote beauty and social justice. Dr. Jamanis has been Instrumental and innovative in offering musically enriching experiences to diverse audiences around the world. As a teacher and educator, he has provided performance and educational programs from inner city schools to colleges, to music conservatories. While at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music for nearly two decades, Jamanis chaired the string department, directed the senior orchestra and Satellite Schools program, and established a summer string institute that became the international chamber music festival known as Vivace. Currently, Michael directs the “Music in the Schools” program sponsored by the non profit organization Music For Everyone based in Lancaster, PA. This program, funded by public and private sector, engages professional musicians and student mentors to enhance the music programs at primarily inner city schools. Jamanis is also a senior adjunct assistant professor at Franklin and Marshall College, Director of the string ensemble and instructor of strings at Lancaster Catholic High School and is also on the faculty of the Music School of Delaware.
Jonathan Kim is the Principal Violist of Opera Philadelphia. He was most recently a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jonathan completed his Bachelor of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Cleveland Orchestra Principal Violist, Robert Vernon. He began his viola studies with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Violist, Choong Jin Chang. While a student in the Cleveland area, Jonathan served as Principal Violist with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra with which he was also featured as soloist. He has studied violin with Michael Ludwig, Yong Ku Ahn, Martin Beaver, Misha Rosenker, and Keng-Yuen Tseng. During summers Jonathan has also participated in the Encore School for Strings, Itzhak Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Pacific Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Jonathan is a recipient of the Robert Vernon Prize in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Ms Sutton has an international profile as both a performer and teacher. As a performer she has brought music to some of the most eminent figures in the history of our time. She has played a command performance for the late Pope John Paul II; was invited to perform at the State Banquet and Celebrations in honor of Nelson Mandella and Queen Elizabeth II, not to mention performances for Diana, Princess of Wales, The Duchess of York and the Duchess of Kent. Her playing has been described by the Saanen Post (Switzerland) as "enthralling", captivating audiences with her "range of emotion and the darkly melancholic timbre of the instrument". Ms Sutton has performed throughout Europe, North and South America. She has appeared as both soloist and principal violist with the Camerata Lysy Gstaad (Switzerland), and played at many prestigious venues, including the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Teatro Colon (Buenes Aires), the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall and St John's Smith Square (London). Festivals include solo and chamber performaces at the Summer Music Festival at Blackthorpe Barn (UK), the Menuhin Festival, Alpen Gala, and Verbier Summer Academy (Switzerland), and Tanglewood (USA). An avid chamber musician, Ms Sutton has collaborated with the Carmina Quartet as Guest Violist in performances as part of the Rencontres Musicales (Switzerland), and has appeared as a soloist in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, with members of the New World Symphony and Nicholas McGeegan. As an orchestral player, Ms Sutton has held the Principal Viola position with the New World Symphony (directed by Michael Tilson-Thomas) and was a member of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a guest Sub-Principal with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (UK), participating in the historic EMI recording of Tristan and Isolde with Antonio Pappano and Placido Domingo, and the new production of Das Rheingold, which has been broadcast live on BBC TV and BBC Radio 3. Sarah has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia(formerly the Concerto Soloists) and also appears as Guest Principal Violist with the Princeton Symphony and guest artist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Born in England, Ms Sutton is a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music (UK), where she studied with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Simon Rowland-Jones, Yuko Inoue and Mauricio Fuks. She went on to accept a full scholarship at the International Menuhin Music Academy (Switzerland) where her teachers were Johannes Eskaer and Maestro Alberto Lysy. Ms Sutton went on to study with Alan DeVeritch at Indiana University, where she was his Assistant. Ms. Sutton resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband, William Wozniak, and son Edward. She plays a beautiful viola by Sergio Peresson (anno 1970) named "The Geist".
Douglas Mapp is at home in many styles of music ranging from classical to jazz and Broadway to contemporary classical. The list of artists that he has performed, recorded and toured with includes Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Donnie McClurkin, Richard Smallwood, Natalie Cole, Randy Brecker, Sean Jones, Ernie Watts, Lana Del Rey, Earth Wind and Fire, R Kelly, and Jeff Majors.
He is the principal bassist of the Reading Symphony and Assistant Principal of the Delaware Symphony. He performs regularly with some of the regions premiere ensembles including the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philly Pops, Harrisburg Symphony, and has a twenty-year tenure with the Philadelphia based new music ensemble Relâche. He has performed as substitute bassist with the Philadelphia Orchestra both at home and on tour. He has performed as a soloist with many of the groups with which he performs, including his spring 2015 performance of the Bottesin Grand Duo Concertante with the Reading Symphony.
His publishing company, Douglas Mapp Music has been helping bassists to solve the age-old dilemma of solo versus orchestra tuning for over twenty years with piano parts written in keys that fit with standard orchestral tuning. He is president-elect of the International Society of Bassists and will chair the 2015 ISB convention at Colorado State University.
Mr. Mapp is a graduate of the University of the Arts and Temple University where his primary teachers were Neil Courtney and John Hood.
After being awarded First Prize in the Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition, Doris gave her New York City debut, performing the world premiere of John Carbon's "Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra," at Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Symphony. About the performance, Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote, "... a demandingly agile clarinet line, played with both virtuosity and nuance by Doris J. Hall-Gulati, wove its way through a variegated orchestra fabric." Ms. Hall-Gulati made her Carnegie (Weill) Hall debut playing with the Alaria Chamber Ensemble, and her Merkin Hall debut, premiering Thea Musgrave's "Ring Out Wild Bells," with the Philadelphia Trio. Doris can be heard on the MMC, Naxos and New World record labels. About the recent Naxos recording of Hansen's "Nymphs and Satyr Ballet Suite," Paul Cook of classicstoday.com, was moved to say, "I was particularly taken (by) Doris Hall-Gulati on the clarinet." A new recording of clarinet and bass clarinet works was released in September 2017, and in the past year she has recorded several new works with groups and composers such as The Crossing, Lyric Fest, John Carbon and Simon Andrews. Doris will be recording new works for Lyric Fest in April 2019. An advocate for new music, Doris has performed in music festivals and on multiple Series as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. Doris is a member of the Fulbright-Hays awarded ensemble Trio Clavino, performing throughout the US, Europe and Asia. This year the Trio signed a contract with the CHINA Conservatory of Beijing to premiere new works for two weeks every June, for the next three years. Doris also performs annually with Beyond Ourselves, a group of chamber musicians who performs to help raise monies for MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) peace-keeping efforts around the world. In 2018, this four-member ensemble plus guests raised funds for the MCC/MDS post-hurricane efforts in Puerto Rico and Haiti. Doris also spent time in CUBA and BERMUDA in June 2017, volunteering as a clarinet instructor and mentor. Doris earned her Bachelor's degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and she received a Masters in Music studying on a graduate fellowship from the University of Michigan. Doris is a Phi Kappa Lambda. Her principal instructors have been Ignatius Gennusa, Loren Kitt, and Fred Ormand. She was introduced to chamber music by Karen Tuttle, whom Doris greatly admired. In addition to her position as Principal Clarinet in The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Doris is also Bass Clarinetist of Opera Philadelphia and Assistant Principal/Bass Clarinetist with the Lancaster Symphony. In 2011, Doris became an Artist-in-Residence at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and is happy to have joined the faculty of the Lancaster Bible College in 2015. Doris and her husband Andy are active in the Catastrophic Relief Alliance. This is a grass roots organization composed of college students and local craftspeople whose mission is to help those in need. CRA strives to provide support by rebuilding homes affected by natural disasters. Their next trips will be in January 2019 to Puerto Rico for rebuilding after Hurricane Maria .
Daniel Lau has received enthusiastic press notices for both his solo and chamber performances. The Washington Post praised his “exemplary artistry;” the Baltimore Sun noted “Lau’s beautifully shaded playing;” the Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA) lauded his “flair, great technical proficiency and expressiveness;” and La Liberté (Fribourg, Switzerland) cited “playful nuances, translucent phrasing, and miraculous sonorities.” He has appeared in recitals and with orchestras throughout North America and Europe. He collaborates frequently with singers internationally and is a sought-after chamber musician. With soprano Sabrina Coleman Clark, he has performed a multimedia show, “Marian Anderson – A Legacy of Hope,” to thousands of school children. He is a founding member of the Ravel Trio praised recently by the Swiss Journal du Jura, “Splendid interpretation, vigorous and nuanced playing.” Since 2006, Dr. Lau has released half a dozen recordings with a variety of artists, including a CD with award winning engineer Marc Arbort and a self-produced solo CD “Transcendent Colors.” With a special interest in Asian American and African American composers, Lau is committed to the performance of living composers. He has premiered many solo and chamber music works and can be heard on a number of recordings of works by contemporary living composers. A versatile pianist, violinist and conductor, Lau has served as Music Director for performances of Manon, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Merry Widow, and The Magic Flute, among others. Lau attended Loma Linda University, where he served as concertmaster of the orchestra and 1st violinist of the LLU String Quartet. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance – high honors, he won the coveted Dean’s Award. He then attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, becoming a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda honorary society while earning masters and doctoral degrees. His major teachers include Lillian Freundlich, Anita Norskov Olsen, Samuel Sanders, and Jerome Lowenthal. Dr. Lau is a dedicated educator of music and has given masterclasses and clinics throughout the United States. He serves as Chair of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association Chamber Music Festival and Competition Coordinator for the American Liszt Society Liszt-Garrison International Piano Festival and Competition. He has taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Washington Adventist University and on the faculty of the New England Music Camp.
Tomoko Kanamaru first appeared with a professional orchestra at the age of nine in Tokyo. She made her U.S. concerto debut with the Savannah Symphony in December 2000, performing Grieg’s Concerto. Ms. Kanamaru has also made solo appearances with the National Repertory Orchestra (at the Breckenridge Music Festival), the Toledo Symphony, and the Binghamton Philharmonic. More recently she performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Middletown Symphony (Ohio), Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Petrushka with the Annapolis Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall, performed with the Philharmonic Quintet of New York, and made a recital appearance in Tokyo with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra members during the company’s Japan Tour. In September 2011 she participated in the New York Chamber Music Festival, to which she returned in the subsequent seasons. As a part of the Delphinium Trio, with violinist Elmira Darvarova and hornist Howard Wall, she performed in the opening concerts for the 11th Red Rocks Music Festival in Arizona. In addition to her performances on radio and television in the U.S., Japan, and Canada, she has recorded solo and chamber music for such labels as Nippon Columbia, MSR Classics, and Urlicht AudioVisual. Ms. Kanamaru was invited by the Yamaha Corporation of America to give master classes and lectures in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Chicago, Jackson, and Washington D.C., and has visited such academic institutions as the Indiana State, Syracuse, and Carnegie Mellon universities. In addition to writing articles for several Japanese music magazines, Ms. Kanamaru co-edited more than 30 volumes of pedagogical piano music for the Yamaha Music Foundation, and recently edited the piano part for Lauren Bernofsky’s Trumpet Concerto, published by Balquhidder Music. Ms. Kanamaru's workshop at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago in 2009 led to interviews with the Washington Post and BBC’s The World Today. Ms. Kanamaru holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, an advanced certificate from The Juilliard School, and doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Having previously taught at the UC-CCM, and College of Mount St. Joseph, Ms. Kanamaru currently serves as associate professor/keyboard area coordinator for The College of New Jersey.
Stanley Grill was raised in the Bronx, studied at the Bronx House School of Music, and later graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with undergrad and graduate degrees in music theory. He studied piano with Robert Helps and Leon Kushner and composition with Ursula Mamlok and Joseph Prostakoff. Major works include music for string orchestra and various solo instruments, a cello concerto, ten string quartets, a nonet for winds and strings, and numerous song cycles for mixed voices and chamber ensemble. Performances have been produced by the composer, as well as presented by the Composers Guild of New Jersey, the St. Paul’s Church Festival of the Arts, the Leonia Chamber Players, the New York Composers Circle, the Northern New Jersey Camerata, One World Symphony, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Tokyo based Duo + Ensemble, the Pandolfis Consort and the Camerata Philadelphia.
Stan's music is melodic, modal, contrapuntal, characterized by extended, interweaving lines. His musical influences span the centuries, and include Machaut, Josquin, Palestrina, Monteverdi, Lassus, Britten, Ives, Vaughn Williams and Shostakovich. Two main themes permeate many of the pieces - music intended to influence the minds and hearts of those who hear it in such a way as to encourage thoughts about the possibility of world peace - and music composed in an attempt to translate something about the nature of the physical world.
Jack Moore has been in broadcasting for over 45 years, and his career has covered every aspect of the radio industry from on-air hosting to programming, and from sales to management. His many years of experience include stints at radio stations in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and upstate New York, including six years at WFLN. Jack joined WRTI in 1997 as a classical host and has also been classical music director since 2002. At Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Jack majored in music. He still maintains an active professional career as a violist and conductor and has been music director of the Ambler Symphony since 1996; principal conductor of the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia since 1997; and music director of the Old York Road Symphony since 2016.