Neighborhood Strings Staff

 

Cellist Ariana Falk currently serves as Education Director for the Worcester Chamber Music Society and runs the Neighborhood Strings and ChamberFest Music Camp programs. She is a former Fellow at Community MusicWorks, the Providence organization committed to creating an urban community through music education and performance. She combines performance with a passion for forging new paths in teaching artistry.

Ariana received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University and Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale School of Music, where she was the recipient of the Aldo Parisot Prize. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Yale College. She has recently appeared as soloist with orchestras around North America, including Portland’s Columbia Symphony, the Olympia Symphony, Yale Bach Society, and the Banff Festival Orchestras. A recent review in Portland’s Oregonian said: “Falk was terrific; her tone was solid and appropriately dark, and she carefully calibrated her path from lyrically mysterious beginnings on to a blistering, biting climax.”

As a recitalist and chamber musician, she is a cellist with the Burlington Ensemble and has appeared recently as a guest artist on the Marlboro College and Longy School of Music Faculty Artist series, live on WGBH Boston and WVPR, with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and as cellist of the Worcester Bach Consort. She has collaborated with distinguished musicians including Menahem Pressler and Paul Katz. Notable past performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Sprague Hall at Yale and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, Ariana has toured with the Grammy Award-nominated Yale Cellos, and her discography includes their most recent CD, “Cello, Celli,” featuring the music of Bach and Dave Brubeck (Naxos).

Ariana was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and she now serves as Music Director of the Massachusetts Fulbright Association. She has served on the chamber music faculty of Brown University and on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Other festival appearances include the Norfolk Music Festival, the Garth Newel Music Center, the Banff Centre, and the Juilliard, Great Lakes, and Deer Valley string quartet seminars.

A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Ariana has premiered dozens of new works and is committed to performing and celebrating the music of our time. She worked with Joan Tower, was a member of the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, and gave the Heidelberg premiere of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XIV .

A native of Portland, Ariana made her solo debut with the “Live from the Schnitzer” orchestra playing Elgar at age fifteen. As part of the Charivari String Quartet with her violist twin brother, she appeared on the pilot season of “From the Top” in Boston’s Jordan Hall.

 


 

Violinist Debby Greenebaum is our Program Manager and Community Liaison. Debby manages our Seven Hills Charter Public School site and our new Clark Street School site. With a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Violin Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master of Arts in Education from Lesley University, Debby brings a wealth of knowledge from both the music and education fields. Debby received her Suzuki training at the School for Strings in NYC and worked as an intern with American violinist and music educator Roberta Guaspari Tzavaras, helping her prepare inner-city students for performances at Lincoln Center and The White House. Before moving to the Worcester area in 2009, Debby taught violin and chamber music at the Smith College Campus School and was the Director of Violin Programs in the Holyoke Public Schools and at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton. Having played with the Springfield and New Hampshire Symphonies, the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey and the Philharmonia Virtuosi in NYC, she is currently Director of the Greenwood Music Camp’s Junior Camp and on the faculty of the Joy of Music Program in Worcester, MA.

 


 

Rohan Gregory, violin – Rohan Gregory is a violinist that has cultivated a wide-ranging expertise in chamber music, new music and world music. He has played with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, the Ancora Ensemble and award-winning Boccherini Ensemble and was also a founding member for ten years of the Arden String Quartet, performing new music concerts in New York, Boston, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg, Russia.  He has recorded on for Centaur records.

On the world music scene, Rohan has toured extensively. His travels have taken him to Europe with the Klezmatics, to Thailand with multi-ethnic flute player Abbie Rabinowitz, to India with the Indo-jazz group Natraj and to the U.S. west coast with Sophia Bilides Greek Folk Ensemble. Recently he has played nationally and internationally with the flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual. Locally, Rohan is a member of the Lyric Opera Company and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He coaches chamber music for the Walnut Hill School, teaches at the College of the Holy Cross, and spends his summers coaching at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber music in New Hampshire, at Music at Port Milford in Ontario, Canada, and at the WCMS Chamber Music Camp.

 


 

Cellist Rajan Kapoor is an avid solo and chamber musician who has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Rajan is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford as a student of Professor Mihai Tetel.

Rajan has served as principal cellist of the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra, Opus One String Orchestra, Brevard Sinfonia, UMass Symphony Orchestra, and NYU Opera Orchestra. Additionally, he has served as a fellow with the Texas and Manchester Music Festivals and now performs regularly with the Opera Company of Middlebury.

Rajan recently received 1st Prize in the 2018 Grand Junction Symphony Young Artist Competition and will be performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the orchestra in the fall. He has gained additional recognition in the Hellam and Mondavi Young Artist Competitions and plays on an 1855 Goldmann cello generously loaned to him by the Carlsen Cello Foundation.

In 2017, Rajan co-founded the non-profit organization An die Musik NYC and currently serves as its assistant director. AdM NYC is a year-long concert series bringing the people of New York City high-quality classical music at very affordable prices. Now in its second season, it will present internationally renowned performers alongside many rising talents from the NYC community.

 


 

Worcester Chamber Music Society, Peter and the Wolf, March 3, 2014

Peter Sulski, viola, has performed in over 30 countries as a member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, and Al Kamandjati Baroque Ensemble (Palestine). He returned to his native Worcester in 2002, after holding the position of Head of Strings of the Edward Said National Palestinian Conservatory.
Mr. Sulski is a founder and member of the Worcester Chamber Music Society, which performs over twenty concerts annually in the New England region. He is an educator with the society’s Neighborhood Strings, a free program for disadvantaged youth. Peter is also the founder of Chapel Royal Concerts in Brighton, England, now entering its 25th season, presenting over 40 concerts annually.

He currently appears as principal violist with Odyssey Opera, Camerata New England, and the Orchestra of Indian Hill.  Other chamber music activities include the Pedroia quartet, (along with Jae Lee, a founder of A Far Cry), the Chameleon Ensemble,  duo partnerships with pianists Yundu Wang and Jonathan Yasuda, Boston Musica Viva, Clark 2021 Contemporary Ensemble, and the Al Kamandjati Baroque Ensemble.

Other activities and professorships include Concert Master of  Bach Consort, specializing in baroque violin concertos, and positions at College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, Assumption College, and Worcester State University.

He received his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music, and holds Artist Diplomas from the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Peter is a former fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center.

Mr. Sulski is a United States Cultural Envoy to Jerusalem for his work bringing music to young Palestinians living in refugee camps. He is also a solo recording artist for Parma Records.

His viola was made by luthier Marten Cornelissen, opus 252 (1980), in Northampton, Massachusetts.