Dan Weiser, piano

Daniel Weiser, piano, has a Doctorate in Piano/Chamber Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Samuel Sanders and Robert MacDonald and won the Richard Franko Goldman prize for outstanding contribution to musical and education life. He has performed on many great stages, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art in D.C., and on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. He has also concertized around the world, including Israel, Thailand, Holland, and France and was the 1996 U.S. Artistic Ambassador Abroad, for which he performed on an eleven-country tour of the Middle East and Asia. He has been on the music faculty of Dartmouth College and the prestigious St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH.

Besides founding AmiciMusic, he co-founded and still serves as Artistic Director for Classicopia, a similar type of chamber music organization based in New Hampshire. He was also a founding member of the Adirondack Ensemble, which won a Chamber Music America award for inventive programming and outreach. He has participated in the New Hampshire Music Festival, Musicorda, and the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival and has been the Music Director of the Da Corneta Opera Ensemble, the Opera North Young Artist program, and Opera New England. A phi beta kappa graduate of Columbia University with a degree in American History, he also spent a year at Harvard Law School and was a classmate of President Obama. A native of Buffalo, NY, he currently lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife, Dr. Kisha Weiser and their eleven-year old twin daughters, Emma and Sophie.

Classicopia Performers

Cecylia Barczyk, Cello

Cecylia Barczyk has achieved international recognition as a complete artist, successful teacher, and great humanitarian. She has given concerts, recitals, and master classes throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America and has appeared as a soloist with prominent orchestras including those of Amman, Baltimore, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Berlin, Bucharest, Budapest, Jakarta, Leipzig, London, Moscow, New York, […]

Craig Sandberg, Double-Bass

Craig Sandberg, double-bass, has been playing music longer than he can remember. Classical piano lessons at the age of 4, violin at 6, and singing in choir and plays since he was old enough to understand the concept. It wasn’t until 19 that he started playing the upright bass, but the moment he picked it […]

Daniel Lau, Piano

Daniel Lau, piano, has performed around the world in recitals and with orchestras and has been praised for his “exemplary artistry” and “beautifully shaded playing.”    A versatile pianist, violinist and conductor, Daniel has served as Music Director for performances of Manon, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Merry Widow, and The Magic Flute, among others. […]

Elizabeth Borowsky, Piano

Elizabeth Borowsky, piano, enjoys a vibrant musical career as soloist and collaborative pianist, composer, educator, speaker, and recording artist. She has been a featured performer at distinguished venues including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, and has performed in over thirty countries. Borowsky has also earned a reputation as a dedicated instructor, presenting masterclasses in […]

Emmanuel Borowsky, Violin

Violinist Emmanuel Borowsky has toured 35 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  As one critic wrote:  “He brought forth a celebration of fire and temperament, as well as immense sensitivity, wonderfully flowing chants and a pliant tone. He is a remarkable talent.”  Mr. Borowsky has performed as soloist with orchestras across the globe […]

Erma Mellinger, Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-soprano Erma Mellinger has been a principal artist with many opera companies across the United States including the Cleveland Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, the Dallas Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the Chautauqua Opera, the Pittsburgh Opera Theater, the Fresno International Grand Opera, Opera North, Opera Maine and the Shreveport Opera.  Her roles, in over thirty […]

Frances Borowsky, Cello

Cellist Frances Borowsky has been praised by the Heidelberg Rhein-Neckar Zeitung as “marvelously colorful, performing with deep expression and a compelling temperament,” and has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and the Penderecki European Music Centre. She has soloed with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Gettysburg Chamber […]

Iris Jortner, Cello

Iris Jortner, cellist, is a native of Israel. She has performed in important venues in Israel, Europe, China, Australia, and the United States.  Ms. Jortner has collaborated  with Yefim Bronfman, Michael Tree, Itamar Golan, Levon Chilingrian, the Orion Quartet, the Avalon Quartet, and the Apple Hill Chamber Players. Iris was a member of the Aviv […]

Janet Polk, Bassoon

Janet Polk is principal bassoonist with Portland (ME) Symphony and Vermont Symphony.  As a soloist, she has performed with the orchestras of Portland, Vermont, Indian Hill, Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire and with the Furman University Concert Band. Chamber music is a vital part of her musical life and with the trio, […]

Jessica Deskin, Singer

Jessica Deskin is an American vocalist, pianist, and songwriter, with an eclectic background in music, as well as a voice technician and coach, with classical, jazz, commercial and Estill voice training, choir and music director (Chess, A New Brain, Mamma Mia). She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Towson University in 2006, where she […]

Laura Compton, Mezzo-Soprano

Mezzo-Soprano Laura Compton is a two time Metropolitan Opera National Council district winner and regional finalist.  She has performed many roles including Hansel in Hansel & Gretel, Mrs. P in Michael Nyman’s The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly.  Ms. Compton has worked extensively with Marilyn Horne, singing the role of Dorabella at The […]

Marcia Cassidy, Viola

Marcia Cassidy, viola, is an active chamber music recitalist, teacher, and freelance violist. As a member of the faculty of Dartmouth College, she teaches violin and viola, coaches chamber music, and leads sectionals for the Dartmouth Symphony. Marcia is a member of the Musicians of the Old Post Road, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and is […]

Margaret Herlehy, Oboe

Margaret Helfer Herlehy, oboe, received her formal musical training at the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College where she remained as Artist in Residence for a 5 year tenure. On relocating to New England, she joined the faculties of Phillips Exeter Academy and later, the University of New Hampshire and enjoys working as a […]

Omar Chen Guey, violin

Omar Guey, Violinist

Brazilian violinist Omar Chen Guey has been a soloist with the Brazilian, Campinas, Goiania, Minas Gerais, Claudio Santoro National Theater, Sao Paulo University, Sao Paulo Municipal, State of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestras, the Amazonas Philharmonic, Petrobras Pro-Musica, Experimental Repertoire, Manhattan School of Music, Stony Brook University Symphony, Maidstone Symphony, Qatar Philharmonic and the Seychelles International […]

Philip Liston-Kraft, Piano

Philip Liston-Kraft studied piano as a young boy at the New England Conservatory with Jeannette Giguere and Russell Sherman. As a teenager, he performed Liszt’s First Piano Concerto with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He graduated Harvard College with a degree in biochemistry and music. Since 2001, he has been one of the “Lawyers in Love […]

Ralph Allen, Violin

Ralph Allen, violinist and violist, has a BA in Philosophy from Yale, and degrees in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, SUNY Stony Brook and the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. He studied with Dorothy Delay, Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann, and Vera Beths, and has performed with opera, baroque, and contemporary ensembles throughout Europe, […]

Roseminna Watson, Violin

Roseminna McLeod Watson began work on the violin at the age of three, and one year later finally acknowledged her need for some help with the endeavor.  Her mother, Clyde Watson, taught her for the following six years until she went on to study at the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School with Melba Sandberg and Magdalena Richter.  […]

Sarah Hill, Viola

Sarah Hill is a freelance violist and chamber musician living in the Boston area. She attended Oberlin College and Conservatory, earning Bachelor’s degrees in English and Music, and completed her Master’s at New England Conservatory, where she studied with Mai Motobuchi of the Borromeo String Quartet. Her other important musical mentors include Peter Slowik, Lenny […]

Steve Loew, Clarinet

Steve Loew, clarinet, is a former member of the U.S. Marine Band and a member of the White House Orchestra who has performed for President’s Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush Senior.  A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Loew has also played with the New York Philarmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, and has […]

Tim Schwarz, Violin

Since his solo debut with the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra at age nine, violinist Timothy Schwarz has been praised for his “energetic performances” (Rome News) and “technique beyond reproach” (Buffalo Times). Schwarz has recorded solo and chamber music CD’s for Naxos, EMI, Marquis Classics, and Centaur Records. The American Record Guide praised his 2006 solo CD as “good […]