London-based American violinist Shana Douglas’s recent performances include chamber music recitals at Kings Place and Barbican Hall, London, concertos by Barber, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, and Mozart with orchestras in the UK and the USA, and a solo recital in Molière Hall in Lyon, France. Having begun her violin studies at the age of four, Shana went on to earn her Bachelors Degree in 2006 from the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied for five years as a student of Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt and was the recipient of the Harry Springman Memorial Fellowship. Following her graduation from Curtis, Shana moved to London to pursue studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School where she spent three years as a Guildhall Artist Fellow, after first receiving her Masters Degree with Distinction in 2007. Other important mentors of Shana’s include Shmuel Ashkenasi and Miriam Fried.
Shana has been featured as a soloist with orchestra twice at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and has also performed a full solo recital on the esteemed “Dame Myra Hess” Recital Series which took place in Chicago’s Cultural Center and was broadcast live on television and radio. While a student at Curtis, she performed alongside a distinguished line-up of violin virtuosos including Maxim Vengerov and Mark O’Connor in a benefit concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York, at the invitation of Arnold Steinhardt. A dedicated chamber musician, Shana has collaborated with renowned artists such as Atar Arad, Roberto Diaz, Gil Kalish, Kim Kashkashian, and Steven Tenenbom at festivals such as the Ravinia Festival, Chicago and the IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions, Cornwall. Shana is also the Artistic Director of the “Accord et a Cordes” Chamber Music Festival, which takes place in the South of France during the summers.
In addition to fulfilling her solo and chamber music concert schedule, Shana is also an avid orchestral musician, and she currently holds the No. 4 First Violin (Assistant Concertmaster) position in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared as Guest Concertmaster of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the English National Opera, Assistant Concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Principal Second Violin of the English Chamber Orchestra, as well as working with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St- Martin-in-the-Fields. Her orchestral career has taken her all over the world from Jamaica to Azerbaijan to China, and she has performed in wonderful concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, New York, and the Musikverein, Vienna. Shana currently plays a violin built in 1743 by Carlo Antonio Testore, on loan to her by the Dutch “Jumpstart Jr” Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, spending time with friends, watching tennis, and studying orchestral conducting.
Winona Fifield, violin
Born in New York City to musical family, Winona Fifield began playing the violin at the age of three. She studied at the Juilliard School and at Indiana University where she was a pupil of the renowned pedagogue Josef Gingold. Frequently invited as a guest principal violinist, Winona has led the Seattle Symphony as Concertmaster, the London Philharmonic as Principal 2nd Violin, the Liverpool Philharmonic as Assistant Concertmaster, the BBC Philharmonic as Co-Concertmaster, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic as Assistant Concertmaster. Currently based in the United Kingdom, Winona plays regularly with the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields and has worked with artists such as Joshua Bell and Murray Perahia.
Winona has given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, and has performed as a concerto soloist with the Tulsa Symphony and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. She founded the Gruyere String Quartet which won top prizes at the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions.
Jessica Chang, viola
Taiwanese-American violist Jessica Chang leads a versatile career as a chamber musician, recitalist, and educator. As the Founder and Executive Director of Chamber Music by the Bay, currently in its eighth season, Ms. Chang performs interactive concerts to over 2,000 youth throughout the San Francisco Bay Area annually. As a chamber musician, she has performed in concert tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Her recent festival appearances include Festival Mozaic, Bard Music West, Juneau Jazz & Classics, the Verbier Festival, Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Aspen, Tanglewood, IMS Prussia Cove, Music from Angel Fire, Savannah Music Festival, Taos School of Music and performances on NPR’s Performance Today. She has also served as the violist of the Afiara Quartet, formerly Quartet-in-Residence at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and visiting faculty at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Ms. Chang is a graduate of Yale College, and completed her graduate studies at Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. A sought-after chamber musician and teacher, she maintains a private studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she performs frequently with ensembles including Ensemble Illume, the Ives Collective, Ensemble San Francisco, and Chamber Music Silicon Valley, and leads a dual career as a security analyst and tech lead at Dropbox.
Adam Satinsky, cello
Adam Satinsky began his cello studies with Miron Yampolsky at age six. By the time he was 13, he had already performed the Boccherini and Saint-Saens Concerti with WYSO at Interlochen's National Music Camp. His rapid progression led him to the highly sought after class of Stephen Kates at Peabody Preparatory. There he also received chamber music coaching from Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard Quartet and was Principal Cello of the Peabody Institute Chamber Orchestra, performing the Haydn C Major Concerto in his junior year. Adam then received a Bachelors Degree and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School and in his senior year won First Prize at the American String Teachers Association national competition in New Orleans.
For graduate work, he was accepted into Janos Starker’s studio at Indiana University where he earned an Artist Diploma and once again won the concerto competition. He also performed at Merkin Hall with the I.U. New Music Ensemble and attended the Marlboro Music Festival for two summers. As a performing cellist, Adam is the former Principal Cello of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and remains in the same position at the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. Over the past two decades, he has played summers at the illustrious Grand Teton, Bellingham and Colorado music festivals. He has been featured as a recitalist in concert series in Vermont, New York, Maryland, Iowa, and Florida. In the summer of 2018 he helped to establish the Lowcountry Chamber Music Festival (in Savannah, GA and Beaufort, SC) as a world-class retreat for chamber music lovers.