About the Phoenix Ensemble
Since its formation as a nonprofit organization in 1998, The Phoenix Ensemble has been a resource for artists and the educational community.
We have collaborated with the following artists:
- William Bolcom and Joan Morris
- Andrew Kirshner
- Peter Sparling
- Peter Salaff
- Atar Arad
- Don Weilerstein
- Vivian Hornik Weilerstein
- Enid Sutherland
- Lynne Aspnes
- Jeff Haas
- Mimi Zweig
- Martha Katz
- Almita and Roland Vamos
- The Cavani String Quartet
Our projects have included:
- UMS concerts featuring the Phoenix Quartet
- The Orchestra is Here to Play, featuring Gemini (concert and live CD)
- Relive the Magic: An Evening with Tony Amore, starring Andrew Kirshner (concert and live CD)
- The Ives American Music Festival with William Bolcom and Joan Morris, Kathryn Goodson and Peter Sparling
- The Oblivion Project
- Daphne and Apollo Remade, a musical drama by Enid Sutherland
- CelloPhest with Stephen Katz
- Jeff Haas Quartet and The Phoenix Ensemble Double Quartet Project
PE executive director Gabriel Bolkosky founded the PhoenixPhest Chamber Music Festival in 2001, starting with just 20 participants. Since then the festival has grown to around 100, and also includes a Suzuki workshop for younger children.
To answer the many Phesters who asked for more, in 2010 we introduced PhoenixPhest Grande, a week-long expanded version of PhoenixPhest that includes private lessons and electives along with the chamber music curriculum. Grande also offers a full-scale Suzuki institute and continuing education workshops for teachers. Combined, we served almost 250 participants this past year.
In 2012, we added the Marathon Concert to our regular schedule of events. This fundraiser provides performance opportunities for artists young and old, professional and amateur.