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Parrish is a cello trio whose members first met and played together during their undergraduate degree at Eastman School of Music, and then continued their education together at New England Conservatory. Now, while based in three different states, the trio combines their talents and experience again to inspire students and audiences.
The trio had its inaugural residency in Greenville, SC, in October, 2022. The residency included a free masterclass at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, a live streamed house concert, and a featured concert at the Fine Arts Center.
The non-traditional nature of the cello trio ensemble lends itself to easily bridging "genre-hopping." Parrish plays music spanning from Lassus to Imogen Heap, with many pieces arranged by the trio themselves.
The trio gets its name from Maxfield Parrish, a painter known for his fantasy and neo-classical imagery, particularly popular in the 1920's. A Maxfield Parrish mural can be found in Eastman Theater at the Eastman School of Music, where the trio met.
Cellist Jamie Clark of Boulder, Colorado has been praised for her sensitive, imaginative, and colorful sense of artistry. She has concertized throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist and a chamber musician. She has performed solo and chamber music recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, Eastman's Kodak Hall, New York City's American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Recently, Jamie received the Presser Foundation's Graduate Music Award at the New England Conservatory, was a candidate in the 2015 Naumburg International Cello Competition, and was the Recipient of the George and Elsie Hodder String Scholarship for Doctor of Musical Arts Studies at the New England Conservatory.
As a chamber musician, Jamie has had the opportunity to collaborate with members of the Takács, Cleveland, Juilliard, Ying, Borromeo, Cavani, and Malibran Quartets, and individuals including Máte' Szücs of the Berlin Philharmonic, Kim Kashkashian, Carol Rodland, and Oleh Krysa. She has also had the opportunity to study with such distinguished musicians as Ralph Kirshbaum, Pieter Wispelwey, Gary Hoffman, Lluis Claret, and Steven Isserlis.
Both an enthusiastic chamber musician and entrepreneur of collaborative outreach programs, Jamie is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival, a non- profit organization based in Colorado. The festival strives to cross cultural, geographic, and temporal divides between performers, composers, and audience members, inspiring dynamic interaction within the entire Festival community. Jamie has also participated in a variety of international music festivals including Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, The Holland Music Sessions, the London Masterclasses, and Violoncelles á Fontfroide in France. She will return to Denmark and Sweden in the Fall of 2019 as a Thy Chamber Music Festival Artist on Tour.
Her commitment to community engagement has lead to collaborations with the Music For Food initiative in Boston, the New England Conservatory Community Partnerships Program, the Second Chance Center in Denver, and Attention Homes in Boulder. A passionate advocate for interdisciplinary collaboration between performer and scholar worlds, Jamie has written a series of scholarly papers including The Art of Rehearsing: A Multidimensional Study in Rehearsing String Quartets, Schoenberg Quartet No. 2: Between the Twilight of Tonality and the Dawn of Early Expressionism, Schumann's Fünf Stücke im Volkston: An Intricate Network of Implications and the Consistency of Meaning, and Finding Schubert Among the Haystacks.
Jamie has served as cello teacher and chamber music coach at the Phillips Exeter Academy, as well as teaching assistant to Laurence Lesser, Dr. Sean Gallagher, and Dr. Katarina Markovic at the New England Conservatory. She has also held recent teaching positions the Boston String Academy and the Newton Music School in MA. An advocate for cellistic education and a global cello community, Jamie serves as the Blog Master and Cello Chat Coordinator for the educational website CelloBello. Jamie received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser. She also graduated with honors from both the Eastman School of Music (BM) where she was a student of David Ying, and the New England Conservatory (MM) where she was a student of Paul Katz.
Cellist and conductor Kenny Lee has been praised for his “lyricism, drive, tenderness, and passion” (The Times Argus). He has concertized throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a recitalist and a chamber musician. He has won top prizes at the New York International Artists Competition, Hudson Valley String Competition, Borromeo Guest Artist Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition, and New England Conservatory Honors Chamber Music Competition as the founding member of the Gioviale Quartet. He has given solo and chamber recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and Eastman Kodak Hall. Mr. Lee has appeared as a concerto soloist with several conductors, including with Giancarlo Guerrero, Neil Varon, and William Drury.
As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with the members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Borromeo, and Ying Quartets, and principal players of the Berlin Philharmonic. Festival appearances have included Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival, and Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. He is also the co-founder and artistic director of the Flatirons Chamber Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado.
As a conductor, he has won first prize at the seventeenth International Conductors Workshop and Competition. He has recently worked with Western Illinois University Symphony Orchestra, Lviv Philharmonic, Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, Exeter Symphonia, Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, and Orlando Philharmonic.
Mr. Lee’s mentors have included Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Steven Doane, Steven Pologe, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Charles Peltz, and William Drury. He has also worked privately with Pieter Wispelwey, Lluis Claret, Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson, and Gary Hoffman. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music with the prestigious Celentano Award in Excellence in Chamber Music and Master and Doctoral degrees from the New England Conservatory with honors.
Mr. Lee is a dedicated educator and currently serves as the cello professor and director of orchestral activities at Western Illinois University. He has held teaching positions at Stetson University, Phillips Exeter Academy, and has given masterclasses at Dartmouth College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Keene State College. His former students have been accepted to the Manhattan School of Music, Harvard University, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute, and Peabody Conservatory.
Seth Russell performs internationally as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player. Audiences have praised his technical wizardry, adventurous programming, and inspiring musicianship. He has performed solo and chamber music recitals in venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, Eastman's Kodak Hall, and Taipei’s Elite Performance Hall. In 2017 and 2019 he was awarded a top prize in the New York International Artists Competition. He joined the Greenville Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina as Principal Cellist in 2021.
Seth is passionate about chamber music and creating new ways to connect with audiences. He recently formed the Parrish Cello Trio with cellists Jamie Clark and Kenny Lee. In October 2022 the trio had their inaugural residency in Greenville, SC. The trio led a masterclass with local students and performed a featured concert of diverse genres and arrangements at the Fine Arts Center. In 2014, Seth formed the Oceanus Quartet with colleagues in Boston, which received a New England Conservatory Entrepreneurial grant for a tour of Taiwan in May-June, 2015. The quartet performed and coached students at universities, schools, and concert halls throughout Taiwan. Seth was also a founding member of Phoenix, an innovative chamber orchestra in Boston that creates unique concert experiences through programming, venue, and audience engagement. Now in its ninth season, Phoenix has won the Improper Bostonian’s “Boston’s Best Classical Ensemble,” and was reviewed by the Boston Globe as “eminently worthy of your attention.”
Dedicated to pedagogy and music education, Seth has worked with students of diverse levels and backgrounds, both privately and with educational organizations. In 2015-16 he served as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello and cellist of the Ceruti Quartet at University of Memphis in Tennessee. His private students have been accepted into the “Rising Stars” Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the University of North Dakota, and Oberlin Conservatory. He has served on the faculty of several summer music festivals, including the Longhorn Music Camp, Furman Orchestra Camp, and MasterWorks Festival.
Seth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with David Ying. He received a Master’s degree in Cello Performance from New England Conservatory where he studied with Paul Katz. He studied with Bion Tsang at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 2019. His Doctorate research document, “House Concerts: Classical Music at the Heart of Community,” highlights the crucial role of house concerts in the history of classical music as well as the modern music scene. Seth has also studied with Lluis Claret, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Pieter Wispelwey, and worked with the Ying, Borromeo, Brentano, Shanghai, and Miro Quartets. Seth and his wife Chelsea are natives of Greenville, SC.
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