Jacek Muzyk, born in Krakow, Poland, began to study French horn at the age of 18 and graduated with a master's degree from the Academy of Music in Krakow. Mr. Muzyk earned his second master's degree at the Mannes College of Music in New York City studying under David Jolley. He continued his education at the Juilliard School of Music under William Purvis and at Rice University in Houston, Texas under William VerMeulen. Then, Mr. Muzyk returned to Poland and worked full time with the best polish orchestras, including Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Philharmonic of Warsaw, Polish Radio Orchestra, and the Krakow Philharmonic. In 1999, he was nominated the Principal Horn for Krystian Zimerman's Polish Festival Orchestra, the elite group of Poland's finest musicians that toured Europe and the United States with over 40 performances of Chopin's concertos; the tour won numerous accolades including Grammy Award. In 2002, Mr.Muzyk moved to the United States where he played with the Houston Grand Opera and the Dallas Symphony before being appointed the Principal Horn with the Buffalo Philharmonic. He made guest appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras in the USA, Asia, Europe, and South America, often performing as a guest soloist. Mr. Muzyk has given numerous master classes and recitals throughout all habitable continents and has made solo recordings under the Polish Radio label. Currently, there are three CD recordings of Mr. Muzyk's performances: Mozart's Concertos (Including all concertos) Bach Music for French Horn (Cello Suites 1, 2, and 3) Horn Constellation. (French horn played in various configurations from solo and duets with various instruments. Michal Muzyk, Mr. Muzyk's talented 12 year old son, plays first horn in a duet with his father in one of the selections.) After winning the Associate Principal Horn position with the Houston Symphony and performing there for a year, Mr. Muzyk decided to go back to Buffalo and continues as Principal Horn for the Buffalo Philharmonic.
Praised by the New York Times as “dramatically astute” and a “stand out” performer, tenor Steven Brennfleck has been consistently acknowledged for his consummate artistry, vocal flexibility, and moving interpretations on the operatic and concert stage. His operatic credits include Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, Dr. Binch in Aldridge’s Elmer Gantry, El Remendado (Carmen), Cégeste in Glass’ Orphée, Beppe (I Pagliacci), Testo in Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Parpignol (La Bohème), Pang (Turandot), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Tobias Ragg (Sweeney Todd), The Madwoman (Curlew River) and Gonsalve (L’Heure Espagnol) with companies including American Opera Projects, the Caramoor Festival, Glimmerglass Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Opera Piccola of San Antonio, Portland Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, The Tanglewood Festival, Theatre Nohgaku and the Westminster Opera Theatre.
Mr. Brennfleck made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 in Handel’s Messiah under the baton of Andrew Megill. He was also among the first artists chosen for the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar under the direction of Stephanie Blythe. During the 2014/15 season he returned to Carnegie Hall in a performance with the MET Chamber Ensemble in a performance of Charles Wuorinen’s cantata It Happens Like This. He has collaborated with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Princeton Baroque Orchestra, LA International New Music Festival, June in Buffalo Festival, Temple Symphony Orchestra, Abington Symphony Orchestra, Westminster Festival Orchestra, and Princeton Pro Musica in works such as Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat, and St. John Passion, Britten’s Cantata Misericordium, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Missa St. Nicholas, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mass in C minor, Requiem, and Vesperae Solennes del Confessore, and Saint-Saen’s Christmas Oratorio.
His performances during the 2016/17 season include performances with the Alamo City Opera (Don Ramiro, Cenerentola), American Bach Soloists, The Austin Symphony Orchestra, Chorus Austin, The Georgetown Festival of the Arts, and the Round Rock Symphony.
Mr. Brennfleck is a native of Ewing, NJ and currently resides in Austin, TX In addition to his performance schedule, he is also conductor of the Ars Longa Ensemble, and a certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique.
Cellist Bion Tsang has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation: among his many honors are an Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York, Mexico City, Moscow and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the Atlanta, Pacific, Civic, American and National Symphony Orchestras, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Saint Paul and
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras and the Taiwan National Orchestra.
Mr. Tsang’s chamber music career has also been a distinguished one, marked by collaborations with such artists as violinists Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Anne Akiko Meyers and Kyoko Takezawa and Chee Yun, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Gary Karr and pianist Leon Fleisher. He has been a frequent guest artist of the Chamber Music Societies of Boston, Brooklyn and Fort Worth, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Da Camera of Houston, Camerata Pacifica of Los Angeles and Bargemusic in New York and performed at such festivals as Marlboro Music Festival, the Cape Cod, Tucson, Portland and Seattle Chamber Music Festivals, the Bard Festival, Bravo! Colorado, Music in the Vineyards and the Laurel Festival of the Arts, where he served as Artistic Director for ten years.
Mr. Tsang has toured the complete Beethoven works for cello and piano with pianist Anton Nel in, among other venues, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, with the latter performance recorded by WGBH and commercially released on the Artek label. Artek subsequently released Tsang’s performance of the Brahms Cello Sonatas and Hungarian Dances (transcribed by Tsang), also in Jordan Hall with Nel, in early 2010.
Mr. Tsang received his BA from Harvard University and his MMA from Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. His other cello teachers included Ardyth Alton, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, Channing Robbins and Leonard Rose.
Mr. Tsang resides in Austin, TX, where he is on the faculty at the UT Butler School of Music and enjoys trying to keep up with the various adventures and endeavors of his three children: Bailey, Henry and Maia.
RRS Music Director
Stefan Sanders is as an imaginative conductor, devoted educator and ardent champion of many types of music. He has collaborated with an array of distinguished artists such as violinist Gil Shaham, Fred Childs from public radio’ s Performance Today, country sensations The Texas Tenors and the esteemed Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, to name a few.
Guest conducting engagements in the U.S and abroad include the San Antonio Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (CZ), Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera and the Round Top International Festival Institute.
Mr. Sanders is currently the Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic (NY) and Music Director of the Round Rock Symphony (TX) where he is attracting much praise for innovative programming, seeking new venues and collaborations with local arts organizations, attracting broader audiences, and redefining the orchestra’s role in its community. Past positions have included Assistant Conductor for the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Apprentice Conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director of the University Orchestra at the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to a career as a conductor, Mr. Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in the United States, Asia and Europe. His performance of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, with the Czech Philharmonic, can be heard on the Albany Records label. Mr. Sanders was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic’s trombone section for seven seasons and has performed with several orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Opera’s 2001 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and the Florida Orchestra. Mr. Sanders was also invited by Sir Elton John to play in the orchestra for his Radio City Music Hall concerts in 2004 recorded for the Bravo Television Network.
Beginning formal conducting studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Sanders continued his studies as a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Hugh Wolff. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and The Juilliard School.
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