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Daniel Epstein

Daniel Epstein

Pianist Daniel Epstein made his orchestral debut with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1973. A graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Adele Marcus, he was presented in his Carnegie Hall debut recital by the Concert Artists Guild. Winner of many awards and prizes including the Kosciusczko Chopin Award, the National Arts Club Prize, the Prix Alex de Vries in Paris, Epstein has appeared as guest soloist with major symphony orchestras including those of  Philadelphia, San  Francisco,  Houston, Dallas, Detroit, and Rochester.  He has given recitals at Lincoln Center, Carnegie  Hall, and the 92nd Street Y as well as in major  cities throughout  the US, Europe, and Asia, complemented by master classes and  intensive seminars for pianists.

Recent performances (2005-2007) include two tours to China for recitals and master classes in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, and Xian; performances and teaching at Intituto Musicale Vaccaj in Tolentino, Italy; solo and duo concerts at the Festival of the Canary Islands;  and performances of both Brahms piano concerti in New York.

As the pianist and founding member of the famed Raphael Trio since 1975, Daniel Epstein has performed virtually the entire piano trio repertoire. He has collaborated with many renowned string quartets, including the Ying, American, Chiara, New Zealand, and Talich as well as with the members of the Juilliard, Guarneri and many other distinguished chamber musicians and soloists.

Daniel Epstein is a member of the piano faculties of  Manhattan School of Music (New York) and Rutgers University (New Jersey) and is the co-founder/director of the Raphael Trio Chamber Music Workshop in Wilton, New Hampshire.

Susan Salm

Susan Salm

Hailed by critics as “a cellist of very great significance”, “brilliant and deeply moving”, Susan Salm received her earliest musical training in her native Chicago and later studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro and in master classes of Pablo Casals, Gregor Piatigorsky and Pierre Fournier. As prizewinner of the coveted Concert Artists Guild Award Ms. Salm was presented in her New York debut at Carnegie Hall.

Since then she has appeared as soloist with major orchestras, including l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the BBC Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony, Orchester der Frankfurter Museumsgesellschaft, Orchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, Bruckner Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony appearing with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Otmar Suitner, Gunter Wand, and Erwin Ortner.

Ms. Salm performs solo recitals in the major cities of the US, the UK and Europe: in Vienna, London, Trieste, Venice and Bolzano, Italy; in the major halls of Munich, Stuttgart, Oslo, Copenhagen, Cologne, Frankfurt, Budapest, Krakow, Paris, Brussels, Zurich and Geneva. In the United States, Ms. Salm appears in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Denver, Dallas, Miami, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Chicago.

As both soloist and chamber musician her participation in international music festivals includes the Wiener Festwochen, Vienna Mozart Festival and Klangbogen (Vienna); Saratoga, Newport, Marblehead, Dartmouth, Ouray, Aspen, Angel Fire, the Beethoven Festival of San Francisco, Chenango, and Juneau Jazz and Classics; the Spitalfields and Sheffield Festivals and the Wigmore Hall Beethoven Festival (UK); Montepulciano Cantiere d’Arte and Cortona (Italy), and the festivals of Budapest and Berlin.

Ms. Salm records frequently for the BBC, ORF (Vienna), South and North German Radio, Hessisch Radio, Radio France, Zurich and Basel Radio, Brussels Radio and the Suisse Romande, as well as for NPR in the US.

A dedicated chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Raphael Trio and has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland and Emerson String Quartets. She gives master classes and chamber music courses at universities and conservatories.

Ms. Salm has recorded for Nonesuch, Sonar, Newport Classic, EMS, Unicorn, ASV, Discover, SNE and SONY and for radio and television in the US, the UK and Europe.

Composers who have written solo works for Ms. Salm include Dina Koston, Wolfgang Florey, Laura Kaminsky and Rainer Bischof.

She is the co-founder/director of the Raphael Trio Chamber Music Workshop in Wilton, New Hampshire.