ENSEMBLE & STAFF
Executive Director & Sound Designer
Kevin Noe, Executive Artistic Director
Kevin Noe is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. A passionate supporter and promoter of composers, creators, and the arts of our time, Mr. Noe has commissioned and premiered over thirty new works written for new music ensembles and orchestras in the last five years alone. He has a particular interest in works which employ a variety of art forms including music, dance, theater, film, and visual arts, and he serves regularly as conductor, stage director, actor, and filmmaker for a variety of mixed-media, operatic, and theatrical productions. Mr. Noe is a co-founder of the newly formed company Now Here This which creates and performs new works in a wide variety of forms, and is currently in creation of its first multi-disciplinary work entitled Glass Witness.
Mr. Noe has held conducting posts at the University of Texas at Austin, Duquesne University, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Opera Center and he works regularly as a guest conductor with a wide variety of ensembles. Noe completed his graduate studies at Rice University in Houston, Texas where he received the prestigious Sally Shepherd Perkins Prize in Music and was awarded the Maurice Abravanel Fellowship as a conductor at the Tanglewood Festival. Mr. Noe’s principal conducting teacher was Larry Rachleff, and he also studied conducting with Robert Spano, Gunther Schuller, and Seiji Ozawa.
Chris McGlumphy, Executive Director & Sound Designer
From 2004 to 2006 Chris McGlumphy was Managing Director of Philadelphia’s new music ensemble Relâche. During this time he presented 26 concerts and 14 world premiere works, including a major new work from composer Gavin Bryars; an evening-length drama by the Minimum Security Composers Collective based on the books of Maurice Sendak; a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic silent The Lodger with a new live score by British composer Joby Talbot; and composer Jay Fluellen’s innovative tribute to Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday that brought together the Relâche Ensemble octet, a gospel choir, original poetry and film for special performances at the National Constitution Center and the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia.
From 2006 to 2008, Chris was Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society where he presented a series of 6 to 8 chamber music concerts per season featuring some of the world’s most renowned musicians. He also planned and implemented the largest special event in the organization’s history – a two-year, eight concert festival of string quartets that included the commissioning of four new works.
Chris has composed scores for a number of films, including the award winning independent feature Being Claudine, Vasarma’s Lovers, and the experimental silent film Synchronicity; as well as works for live theater such as Gibbous Moon, Inchoate’s Journal, James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake and songs for the American premiere of Dario Fo’s The Devil With Boobs. Chris has also worked with the Music Department of ABC Television and for several years worked in the promotion department of one of America’s oldest and most respected classical music publishers, G. Schirmer, Inc. Chris completed his undergraduate studies at Dickinson College, where he earned a B.A. in Music and a B.S. in Mathematics, and his graduate work at New York University, where received an M.M. in Music Technology. While at NYU, he studied composition with Ken Valitsky, Nick Didkovsky, Philip Johnston, and Ron Sadoff; Max/MSP programming with Dafna Naphtali; and audio editing with Emmy winning sound editor Sean Huff.
Lindsey Goodman, Flute
Lindsey Goodman is known for her “generous warmth of tone and a fluid virtuosity” (Charleston Gazette) and for her “impressive artistry” (Tribune-Review), “agility and emotion” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Renowned for her "brilliant," "bravura performances" (Tribune-Review), Ms. Goodman is in high demand as a soloist, chamber collaborator, orchestral musician, teacher, and clinician.
As a soloist, Lindsey was most recently featured in her New York City recital debuts presented by the Phoenix Concerts and PRISM Projects, as concerto soloist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Bach and Beyond International Baroque Soloists (NY), and the River Cities Symphony Orchestra (OH), in “a near perfect recital” (Daily Mail) presented by the Charleston Chamber Music Society (WV), and as the guest artist for Marshall University’s FluteWorks festival (WV). Goodman has performed as a featured soloist at the National Flute Association Convention (NC), the June in Buffalo festival (NY), the NewSound Festival presented by the Ethos New Music Society (NY), the Sound Series at the Andy Warhol Museum (PA), and at Walfrid Kujala’s retirement gala (IL). In the past four seasons, she has presented recitals at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Bowling Green State University (OH), Duquesne University (PA), the University of Akron (OH), West Virginia University, the University of Mount Union (OH), Frostburg State University (MD), and Allegheny College (PA). Lindsey’s solo recording debut of Russell Pinkston's Lizamander for flute and electronics was released on the CD against the emptiness, and she has been featured in radio broadcasts on WQXR (NYC), WQED (PA), and West Virginia Public Radio. Ms. Goodman will record and release her debut solo CD of commissions on New Dynamic Records in the 2014 - 2015 season.
An avid performer of new music, “flutist Lindsey Goodman appears to know no fear in tackling the most demanding music” (Tribune-Review). A strong advocate for emerging composers and electroacoustic or multimedia works, Lindsey is an active commissioner of new pieces and has given over fifty world premieres, including seventeen solo and chamber compositions written especially for her. Goodman is in her twelfth season as solo flutist of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, a group with whom she has recorded two CDs, made two international tours, and been featured eight times as soloist. Additionally, Lindsey, with collaborator Robert Frankenberry, is co-founder of Chrysalis, a transformative duo for singing flutist and singing pianist, and she has performed with the new music band Alarm Will Sound in the Miller Theatre (NYC), as flutist/actress at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK), and with Music on the Edge (PA).
As an orchestral musician, Goodman holds the Martha Gaines Wehrle Chair in her sixth season as principal flutist of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and can be heard on both of the orchestra’s CD releases. Lindsey has also performed with the Toledo, Lima (OH), and River Cities (WV) Symphony Orchestras, the Fort Wayne (IN), Erie (PA), and Tuscarawas (OH) Philharmonics, and the Ohio Valley and New World Symphonies (FL). Ms. Goodman is on faculty at Marietta College (OH) as adjunct instructor of flute, and is sought after as a clinician, giving master classes and presentations to students at fourteen universities and colleges across seven states in the last three seasons.
In the 2012 - 2013 season, Lindsey eagerly anticipates the New World Records CD release of her interpretation of Mathew Rosenblum's Under the Rainbow for solo flutes with soundtrack, teaching and performing as guest artist at the West Virginia University Fall Flute Fling, performing a recital and teaching a masterclass at the Ohio State University, and performing at the TUTTI! New Music Festival at Denison University (OH) with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Ms. Goodman also looks forward to making her debut as vocal soloist with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, giving two state premieres of Joseph Schwantner’s new trio Taking Charge on the Kanawha Forum (WV) and with Fresh Ink (NC), teaching a masterclass at Otterbein University (OH), and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s DVD release of George Crumb’s An Idyll for the Misbegotten.
A student of New York Philharmonic principal flutist Robert Langevin, Lindsey also studied with Walfrid Kujala, former principal piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She received her masters degree from Northwestern University, her bachelors degree summa cum laude from Duquesne University, and a professional studies diploma from the Manhattan School of Music’s orchestral performance program. Born in Virginia and raised in Ohio, Ms. Goodman resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and dog. There, she maintains an active teaching studio with students who have won state and regional honors as soloists and ensemble members, and trains as a classical mezzo-soprano. Ms. Goodman gave her professional vocal debut with Opera Theatre Pittsburgh in 2009, made her New York City vocal debut in 2011, has commissioned five works for singing flutist, and can be heard singing on recital events throughout central Ohio.For more information, visit www.LindseyGoodman.com.
Conor Hanick, piano
An active performer and versatile musician, Conor Hanick’s performances have been hailed by the New York Times and Gramophone magazine as “excellent,” “brilliant,” “astounding” and “colorful,” demonstrating “technical precision and musical conviction,” and, in a 2009 performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Couleurs de l’cite celeste, reminded New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini of “a young Peter Serkin.”
As soloist, chamber musician and ensemble member, Mr. Hanick has been heard in the United States, Europe and Japan, and has performed in Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, Lucerne Hall, and Kyoto Concert Hall. He has appeared with Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, and David Robertson, in these performances covering an enormous variety of repertoire ranging from Franz Schreker and Francis Poulenc to Messiaen and Boulez, whose Derive I Mr. Hanick has performed twice under the baton of the composer. Mr. Hanick has also worked with Alfred Brendel, Peter Serkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, and members of Ensemble InterContemporain.
In 2009 Mr. Hanick was invited to perform with David Robertson and the Juilliard Orchestra in the inaugural concert of Alice Tully Hall’s reopening celebration, playing Messiaen’s ninety-minute piano concerto, Des canyons aux etoiles..., a work he also performed in 2008 with Jeffery Milarsky and the AXIOM Ensemble in Lincoln Center. In addition to his appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra and the AXIOM Ensemble, Mr. Hanick has been a soloist with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn in the concertos of Johann Sebastian Bach, Orchestra Iowa in Sergei Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto, the New Juilliard Ensemble in the opening concert of the 2007 FOCUS! Festival in György Kurtág's piano concerto, ...quasi una fantasia..., the Des Moines Symphony, and the Eastern Symphony Orchestra. This year Mr. Hanick also performs again with the Juilliard Orchestra in the world premiere of Hyeon Joon Sohn’s Piano Concerto, and later with members of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in two all-John Adams programs.
A devoted promoter of contemporary music, Mr. Hanick has collaborated with, commissioned, and performed works of composers from Northwestern University, Princeton University, Yale University, the Aspen Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music, and Juilliard, where in 2007 he performed solo piano works and collaborated with Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Lang in a series of concerts at Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and in 2009 worked with John Adams on the composer’s works for solo piano, and chamber ensemble. As part of the Lucerne Festival in 2008, Mr. Hanick worked with Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble InterContemporain in works by Elliott Carter, Boulez, and Luciano Berio. Mr. Hanick is a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, AXIOM, the New Juilliard Ensemble, and has performed with the Metropolis and NOW ensembles.
At age eight Mr. Hanick began studying violin and viola in the Iowa City Community School District before starting piano at age ten, two years later beginning studies at the University of Iowa with Daniel Shapiro and Rene Lecuona. In 2005 Mr. Hanick graduated with honors in piano and journalism from Northwestern University, studying piano with Alan Chow and Ursula Oppens.
Now a student at the Juilliard School, where he completed his master’s degree in 2008 and was awarded the Helen Fay prize in piano, Mr. Hanick is a full-scholarship C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio. He resides in New York City.
Timothy Jones, Bass-Baritone
Acclaimed in concert halls throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe, Timothy Jones is rapidly emerging as one of the leading bass-baritones of his generation. His eagerly anticipated performances combine intelligent musicianship, commanding vocal technique and a unique ability to connect with audiences. He is a champion of opera, the concert stage, chamber music, solo recitals and the premieres of contemporary works.
Jones has performed under Craig Hella Johnson, Martin Katz, David Mairs, Nicholas McGegan, Gustav Meier, Kevin Noe, Laurence Leighton Smith, and Christopher Wilkins. A favorite of contemporary composers, he has commissioned and premiered numerous compositions including works by Robert Avalon, James Balentine, Derek Bermel, Laura Carmichael, John Vasconcelos Costa, Ellwood Derr, Jeffrey Goldberg, David Heuser, Jeffrey Nytch, Doug Opel, and Joe Stuessy.
Jones is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano and voice at Centenary College and earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan, where he studied under the tutelage of distinguished professor George Shirley. He was the winner of the Alice Baird Award, the Joy Whitman Weinberger Award, the Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee Award for academic study and the Friends of Opera Competition. He was also awarded a fellowship at the Aspen Opera Theater Center where he was a winner in the Concerto/Aria Competition. Jones currently resides in Houston where he serves on the faculty of the University of Houston.
Norbert Lewandowski, Cello
Norbert Lewandowski was born in Milwaukee, WI and began cello studies at the age of 13. He holds a Master’s degree in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and is currently in his sixth season as Assistant Principal cellist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in Charleston Norbert performed as a member of the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestras, the Minnesota Opera, and the chamber music festival in Taos, New Mexico. As the newest member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble he brings with him a wealth of contemporary music experience, having performed and recorded extensively with the groups Alarm Will Sound and Brave New Works. He has also been featured as a soloist on numerous occasions including past performances with the New World Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Norbert's cello was made by Emil Hjorth in Copenhagen, 1890, and is on a generous loan from the Virtu Foundation in Charlottesville, VA.
Andy Ostrowski, Lighting Designer
Andy Ostrowski is pleased to be working for PNME once again. This past year has been quite busy for Andy, during which time he designed multiple shows for City Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, the Pittsburgh Playhouse and 5 operas for Pittsburgh Opera. During the summer of 2003 he worked in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Munich as the Lighting Director for an international tour of Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess." He also had time to design "My Fair Lady" and "Funny Girl" for Civic Light Opera. He recently had the opportunity to be part of the world premiere of "RED" for the Pittsburgh Playhouse Conservatory, while his work on Pittsburgh Irish and Classical's production of "Faith Healer" was revived and toured 15 cities in Ireland.
Andy has also designed productions for Club Med and has worked and designed for the Spoleto Festival, USA. A prominent member of the Pittsburgh theatrical community for over a decade, Andy's work on "Grand Hotel" for the Playhouse Conservatory 2 years ago earned him a national merit award from the American College Theater Festival. He would like to thank his family and friends for their ongoing support.
Kevin Schempf, Clarinet
Kevin Schempf is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Bowling Green State University and is active as a soloist, chamber and symphony musician. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Eastman School of Music, he performed with the United States Coast Guard Band and toured with them throughout the United States and to St. Petersburg, Russia. A frequent soloist with the Band, he was featured on NPR broadcasts and on their 75th Anniversary CD Recording. He was on the faculty at Connecticut College and performed with the New London Contemporary Ensemble. He has also taught at Wesleyan University where he played with the New World Consort, which gave regular concerts throughout Connecticut, in New York City, and at the Kennedy Center.
Mr. Schempf played Second and Eb clarinet with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra for nine years, appearing as a concerto soloist on several occasions. He has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Lima Symphony, Musicians of the Detroit Symphony, and the Toledo Symphony. Chamber music engagements include performing with the Ying Quartet, concerts and a CD recording with the Society for New Music in Syracuse, NY, appearances at the Skaneanteles Festival, and with the Wall Street Chamber Players. He has recently appeared with TILT Dance Company in Hawaii, fEARnoMUSIC in Portland, CrossSound in Juneau, NOVA in Salt Lake City, and with the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. He was solo clarinetist with Brave New Works from 2007-2009 and has recently returned to the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble after playing with them from 2003-2008. He is very happy to be back!
He has performed in Canada, Germany, Russia, Sweden, China, the Netherlands, and will be on tour with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in 2010 and 2011. A particularly adventurous tour was as solo clarinetist on the Crystal Symphony cruise from Los Angeles to Hong Kong in 2009. CD recordings include the premiere recording of Stephen Albert’s Wind Canticle with the Bowling Green Philharmonia, Appalachian Spring with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Drunken Moon/Night Music and against the emptiness with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and The Toledo Clarinets with members of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
Nathalie Shaw, Violin
Born in London in 1984, Nathalie Shaw made her concerto debut at the age of ten with a performance of Mozart’s D major Violin Concerto K218. Nathalie studied in London with David Takeno, in the U.S.A. at the Meadowmount School of Music and, with the aid of a Zaleski Foundation Scholarship, in Paris and Italy with Olivier Charlier and Ana Chumachenko. She was awarded her Premier Prix in Paris “à l’unanimaté avec félicitations du jury” in 2004 and in the same year also became a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music (F.R.S.M.). Nathalie is a laureate of the Avignon International Competition, the Vatelot-Rampal Violin Competition and in 2007, she won 1st prize in the “Union Française des Musiciens” violin competition in Paris.
Nathalie gives recitals in festivals and music clubs in the U.K., France, Italy, Switzerland and the U.S.A Over the last three years alone she has appeared as soloist with orchestra in concertos by Brahms, Beethoven, Bruch, Chausson, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Sarasate, Sibelius, Vieuxtemps and Vivaldi. Her performances of Paganini’s 1st Violin Concerto with the Leeds Sinfonia and the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra were described as “heart-stopping,” “dazzling,” and “full of bubbling wit.” (Nottingham Evening Post)
She has developed a wide-ranging recital repertoire and has a specialist knowledge and experience in the contemporary music field. In 2008 she gave the world première of Jérôme Combier’s Anima Foglia for Solo Violin in the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland and appeared as soloist in Stravinsky’s Concertino conducted by Pierre Boulez. Boulez subsequently invited her to give further performances of Anima Foglia at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, as part of the series “Le Louvre invite Pierre Boulez,” broadcast live on Radio France. This season, she has premièred solo works by the French composers Sébastien Béranger and Jérome Combier, also broadcast on French radio, and the American composer Steve Ricks, together with numerous other solo and chamber works in Europe and the USA in her capacity as Solo Violin of the Ensemble Multilatérale (Paris) and of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (USA). Following a première of Arches for Solo Violin by Kevin Puts The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review described her virtuosity as “stunning” and “mesmerizing.”
Nathalie works regularly with the Ensemble Intercontemporain (under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Susanna Malkki, Francois-Xavier Roth) and is involved with many projects and recordings at IRCAM, as well as giving frequent masterclasses at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris to young contemporary composers.
A passionate chamber musician, she is Artistic Director of the “Festival International de Musique de Chambre en Charente” founded three years ago in South-West France by the Shaw String Trio (with her father Julian Shaw - viola, and brother Jacob Shaw - cello).
Nathalie Shaw currently holds a professorship at the Conservatoire Municipal Darius Milhaud (14th arrondissement, Paris).