Versatile and adventurous, flutist Daria Binkowski enjoys a multi-faceted worldwide performance career. Currently based on the East Coast, Daria recently returned from a year in Beijing, where she was the principal flute of the National Center for the Performing Arts Concert Orchestra. When not in orchestra, Daria is devoted to the development and performance of contemporary music, especially that of emerging young composers. Daria is a founding member and flutist with the Talea Ensemble, a contemporary music group based in New York City, and has performed with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Signal Ensemble, and Bang on a Can, among others. Prior to returning to America, Daria was co-principal flute of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Nishinomiya, Japan and was a guest artist at the Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea. She has also performed with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. Daria has given master classes and talks on both traditional flute technique and contemporary flute practice for performers and composers across North America and Asia. Daria completed her studies at the Eastman School of Music with Bonita Boyd and at McGill University with Timothy Hutchins.
Kimberly Fitch holds a Bachelors of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and a Masters of Music in Viola Performance from UC Santa Barbara. Fitch's primary teachers have included world-renowned soloist Helen Callus and Phillip Ying, violist of the Ying Quartet. As a scholarship recipient, Fitch attended the Aspen Music Festival, Fontainebleau Schools in France, The Britt Institute with the Cavani and Pacifica Quartets, Soundfest Quartet Institute with the Colorado Quartet, and the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival with the Tokyo Quartet. Fitch recently performed the Bartok Viola Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra in Santa Barbara as first place winner of the Concerto Soloists Competition. Fitch was also a semifinalist at the 2005 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, winner of the 2002 Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon Concerto Competition, and recipient of the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music at the Eastman School. Currently, Fitch resides in Ashland, OR where she performs with orchestras throughout the state and teaches a studio of young violinists and violists.
David Gerstein, cellist and devoted performer of chamber and contemporary music, has played concerts all over the world, from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the Great Wall of China. Gerstein has recently appeared in concert with the Ying Quartet, flutist Leone Buyse, clarinetist Michael Webster, mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, soprano Renee Fleming, cellist Fred Sherry, violinist Jonathan Carney, and Vern Sutton of The Prairie Home Companion.
During the summer of '10 as a guest artist at Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Gerstein performed in the American Premiere of Elliott Carter's What Are Years. The performance received favorable reviews in both the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Gerstein performed as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2006-2008. Past summers have included residencies at the Banff Centre in Alberta, CA and the Colorado Quartet's Chamber Music Institute on Cape Cod. Gerstein is currently the principal cellist of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, of which he has been a member of since September '08. He is also the cellist of the Quapaw String Quartet, which performs regularly at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR, as well as in schools all over the state as part of the ASO's Arts Partner program. David received a B.M. with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with David Ying. He completed his studies at Rice University in 2008, where he earned a Masters of Music under the direction of Norman Fischer.