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.
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.
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.