Artistic Director Stephanie Arado, was born and raised in Chicago and studied violin at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Juilliard in New York City, and at Western Illinois University. Her teachers included Almita and Roland Vamos, Dorothy Delay, and Paul Kantor. She performed as a part of Musiktreffen in St. Moritz with Paul Tortelier and Yuri Bashmet, two of the most renowned chamber musicians of the century.
As the Concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony she played in the Rocky Mountains for a year under Marin Alsop, one of the uniquely talented individuals Stephanie has shared her musical life with over the past forty years. That list includes Doc Severinsen, Elvis Costello, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, the Bakken Trio, and her many colleagues in the Minnesota Orchestra where she served as Assistant Concertmaster for 23 years under conductors Edo de Waart, Eiji Oue, and Osmo Vanska.
Producing Artistic Director Mina Fisher began her musical studies in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with her parents, both music educators. A graduate of Indiana University, she studied cello with Janos Starker and Fritz Magg, and chamber music with William Primrose and David Dawson. Mina also studied with Andre Navarra in Siena and at the Hochschule for Musik in Vienna. Previously Principal Cellist of the National Symphony of Costa Rica, and the Associate Principal Cellist of the New Orleans Philharmonic, she toured and recorded for 31 years as a member of the Minnesota Orchestra. As cellist of the string trio Ensemble Capriccio, she helped commission over a dozen pieces for string trio, toured internationally, and recorded four CDs.
Artistic Director Pitnarry Shin, has been praised in Strad magazine for her beautiful tone and passionate interpretations in her New York debut recital at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall. She has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and her native Korea and has performed as soloist with the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, the Kunsan Philharmonic, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra.
Currently a cellist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Ms. Shin has appeared at many of the leading international festivals including the Ravinia Festival, the Edinburgh and Dartington Festivals (England), Colmar and Evian Festivals (France). A recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Germany, Ms. Shin has served as guest Co-Principal Cellist with the London Symphony Orchestra and as Acting Principal of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has also played with the New York Philharmonic, and with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.