Mary Rowell, violin

Considered by critics to be one of the most important and exciting performers on the contemporary scene today, the innovative violinist Mary Rowell can not be classified. Known for her work with the Grammy Award® winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, she has carved an indelible place in the contemporary classical music world with the post-classical quartet ETHEL of which she is co-founder. Mary has performed, recorded and premiered countless scores of today’s composers as soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as violin and electric violin soloist with the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic, among others and has stunned the dance world with her brilliant solo electric violin performances of Richard Einhorn’s Maxwell’s Demon. Mary is an ensemble member of the Tribeca New Music Festivalspecializing in the “Avante-Pop” and is half of the experimental Americana duo BRIM with composer/performer Eve Beglarian. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she currently teaches at Middlebury College and is the concertmaster of the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and the Broadway hit show Newsies.

Devin Arrington '01, composer and violinist

Devin Arrington’s music has been performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and as far away as the Great Hall of the Composer’s in St. Petersburg, Russia. His music has been performed by violinist Daniela Shtereva (Indianapolis Violin Competition 2006 semi-finalist), clarinetist Alia Sabur, cellist Udi Bar-David (Philadelphia Orchestra), pianist Keiko Sato, the Grammy-nominated Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble, among others. The premiere performance of Jerusalem (2004) in Weill Recital Hall was recently broadcast on WQXR 96.3 as part of the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase, hosted by Robert Sherman. This year Devin Arrington received a 2006 fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Other awards include a First Music Prize (2004) from the New York Youth Symphony, a special distinction in ASCAP’s 25th Rudolf Nissim Prize for his orchestral work La Via Dolorosa (2004), 1st place in the Harry Archer String Quartet Competition (2003), the 2005 Westport Horizon Award, a grant from the Vermont Arts Council, and a 2004 CFAMC scholarship. He has been commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony, the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble, and flautist Alberto Almarza, among others. Mr. Arrington is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University where he was a scholarship student of Leonardo Balada and completed his Master of Music in Composition in May 2004. He studied with Su Lian Tan at Middlebury College and received his Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors in 2001. As a professional violinist Mr. Arrington studied with Masao Kawasaki at the Aspen Music Festival (1999) and with Yehonatan Berick at the Bowdoin Music Festival (2000). He acted as assistant concertmaster of the Delhi Symphony and performed in St. Petersburg, Russia; Mumbai, India; and at Carnegie Hall in NY. He has also studied conducting with Dr. Robert Page and piano with Natalie Maynard, Cynthia Huard, and Natasha Paden. Mr. Arrington performs regularly with the Westmoreland Symphony and teaches violin, piano, and composition privately in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.