Core Faculty: Artists-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross
Cello, Artistic Director
Cellist and Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross Jan Müller-Szeraws has an active career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Solo performances have included engagements with the New England Philharmonic, Concord Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción, Orquesta de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile with repertoire ranging from concertos from the traditional repertoire such as Haydn, Dvorak, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich to contemporary composers Chou Wen Chung, Gunther Schuller, Bernard Hoffer and John Harbison.
Recent projects have been the release of "Anusvara", a disc with music by Shirish Korde for cello, tabla and carnatic soprano, the premiere of "Mutations" for solo cello and computer by Chris Arrell, the premiere and recording of "Suite for Solo Cello" by Thomas Oboe Lee as well as a disc with sonatas by Brahms and Chopin with pianist Adam Golka for Hammond Performing Arts. He has been guest professor at the Universidad Católica de Chile, a guest with the Israeli Chamber Project as well as guest principal cellist for the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany. He is member of contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and Boston/Andover based ensemble Mistral.
Also on the faculty at Phillips Academy Andover, he is a frequent guest artist at many festivals and is founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Institute at Holy Cross, an intensive summer program for talented high-school and college students. Müller-Szeraws studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and holds degrees from Boston University. He plays a cello by David Tecchler, on loan from the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation.
Born in Texas to a family of Polish musicians, pianist Adam Golka has won widespread critical and popular acclaim with his “brilliant technique and real emotional depth” (The Washington Post). He has garnered international prizes including the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award, first prize in the 2003 China Shanghai International Piano Competition and the 2009 Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award of the American Pianists Association.
In the United States, Golka has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Pensacola, Lansing, Knoxville, Ann Arbor, Albany, Omaha, South Dakota, and Grand Rapids symphonies, as well as with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. Internationally, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, among others.
Golka’s solo performances have taken him to Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Musashino Civic Cultural Hall in Tokyo, Mostly Mozart Festival, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Ravinia Festival, New York City International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, Newport Music Festival, and the Duszniki Chopin Festival. His chamber music appearances have included prestigious festivals such as Marlboro, Caramoor, and Music@Menlo.
Adam began piano studies with his mother, pianist Anna Golka, and continued as a teenager with Dariusz Pawlas of Rice University. He holds Artist Diplomas from Texas Christian University and the Peabody Conservatory, where studied with José Feghali and Leon Fleisher, respectively. Adam has continued his development in lessons with Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Murray Perahia, and András Schiff, at whose invitationAdam will participate in a series of solo recitals in New York, Berlin, and Zurich in the 2014-2015 season.
Also in the 2014-2015 season, Adam will also be performing with Vancouver, San Diego, Richmond, Billings, Evansville, and Brevard symphonies, as well as solo recitals for the Van Cliburn Foundation and at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Adam's début recording, featuring the Sonata Opus 1 of Brahms and the Hammerklavier Sonata of Beethoven, was released in August 2015 by First Hand Records.
Saul Bitran was born in Mexico City, to Chilean parents. A graduate of the Rubin Academy of Tel Aviv, Israel, where he studied under Prof. Yair Kless, he also studied at the National Conservatories of Chile and Mexico. During his six years in Israel, Saul played in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and was concertmaster and frequent soloist of several orchestras in that country. As first violinist of the Rubin Academy String Quartet, Saul performed throughout Israel and Europe.
In 1986 he joined the Cuarteto Latinoamericano as first violinist, group with which he has recorded extensively and toured worldwide.
The Cuarteto Latinoamericano, winner of the Latin Grammy in 2012, and nominated for two Grammys in 2002, was Quartet in Residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh between 1987 and 2008, where Saul was Associate Professor and Artist in Residence at CMU’s School of Music.
The Cuarteto heads now the Latin American Academy for String Quartets, in Caracas, Venezuela, under the auspices of the Sistema.
Cuarteto Latinoamericano has recorded most of the string quartet repertoire by Latin American composers, in over 70 CDs for various international labels. The quartet’s most recent CD contains Quartets No. 1 and 2 by Spanish composer Ruperto Chapí. In addition to the Latin Grammy, these recordings have received numerous awards.
Saul Bitran has played as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa among many other orchestras, under conductors Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gerard Schwarz, Eduardo Mata, Keith Lockhart, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Kery Lynn Wilson, among others.
Saul Bitran divides his time between Mexico City and Boston. In Boston he is the founding violinist of the Trio Tremonti, as well as Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.
Former Assistant Professor of Theater at Tufts University, Managing Director of Tufts Arena Theater, and co-founder of Alexander Technique International and ATI's first chair, for the past 40 years, Tommy Thompson has taught the Alexander Technique to professional and Olympic athletes, dressage riders, scientists, physicians, corporate and university professionals, musicians, dancers, actors, children and the disabled.
He has an active private teaching practice and has given close to 400 workshops for Alexander teachers, teacher trainees and the general public in the U.S.A., England, France, Ireland, Spain, Hungary, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Japan and Israel.
Tommy is founder and Director of the Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge, which has been training Alexander teachers since 1983. Tommy is also on the faculty at Harvard University where he teaches the Technique to graduate students enrolled in the Institute for Advanced Theater Training, Harvard University/Moscow Art Theater and the American Repertory Theater. Tommy also served as special assistant to the 1976 Olympic USA Heavyweight Rowing Crew.