Scott Yoo, violin
Alice Dade, flute
Maurycy Banaszek, viola
Sophie Shao, cello
American conductor and violinist Scott Yoo is the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Mexico City Philharmonic and the Music Director of Festival Mozaic.
He is also the Host and Executive Producer of the all-new PBS series Now Hear This, presented by Great Performances – the first show about classical music on American prime time TV in 50 years. He is the Conductor of the Colorado College Music Festival.
As a violinist, Mr. Yoo has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, New World Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has also made guest appearances with chamber music festivals throughout the United States.
As a soloist, Alice Dade is an award winner of the Olga Koussevitsky Wind Competition of the Musicians Club of New York and The New York Flute Club Competition. She has performed with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Red de Escuelas de Música de Medellín (Colombia), PRIZM Festival Orchestra, and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra.
Ms. Dade has performed chamber music as part of the Busan One Asia Festival, Chestnut Hill Chamber Series, Concordia Chamber Players at The Princeton Festival, Summerfest of Kansas City, and National Flute Association Conventions.
Ms. Dade is a guest star of Now Hear This, which is hosted by her husband, Scott Yoo.
Maurycy Benaszak joined the Concert Artist Faculty at Kean University in 2011. His festival appearances include Marlboro, Seattle, Santa Fe, Aldeburgh, Moritzburg. Founding member of the conductor-less chamber orchestra ECCO, he toured with the Musicians from Marlboro, performed with the Guarneri String Quartet and has frequently appeared at Barge Music in New York. He was recently featured as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. He is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree.
Cellist Sophie Shao, winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions, is a versatile and passionate artist whose performances the New York Times has noted as “eloquent, powerful” and the Washington Post called “deeply satisfying.”
Ms. Shao has given recitals and appeared as a soloist to critical acclaim throughout the world. She is on the faculty of Vassar College and plays on a cello made by Honore Derazey from 1855 once owned by Pablo Casals.