Thomas Gallant, Artistic Director
Caeli Smith, Associate Director

Frisson is explosive!

From New York City, the ensemble features the best and brightest of classical music's rising stars drawn from many of the nation's major music schools including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale. Frisson showcases a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks. Listen and enjoy as Frisson expands and contracts into a variety of ensembles, including quintets, sextets, nonets, and a small chamber orchestra. The ensemble debuts in major cities across the United States during the 2017-18 season and they are rapidly becoming one of the busiest classical music ensembles with dozens of performances planned for the 2018-19 season. 

Jeremías Sergiani Velázquez, violin
Caeli Smith, viola and Associate Director
Julian Schwarz, cello
Sam Suggs, double bass
Ji Weon Ryu, flute
Thomas Gallant, oboe and Artistic Director
Stas Chernyshev, clarinet
Gabriela González-Briceño, bassoon
Nathaniel Silberschlag, french horn

Jeremías Sergiani Velázquez, violin
Hailed as “accomplished in mechanism and style” (Buenos Aires Herald), Argentinean violinist Jeremías Sergiani-Velázquez was awarded First Prize at the Argentinean Hebrew Foundation Competition and at the 2012-13 and 2013-14 New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble Competition. He has performed with the renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and in Germany, as well as throughout the US and in Canada, serving as principal second violinist on several occasions. Most recently, he has performed at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York along with Miranda Cuckson. In December of 2016 and June of 2017, he will travel to Nepal and Japan as part of the “Music Sharing” International Community Engagement Program where he will be performing alongside violinist Midori Goto in a string quartet.
Jeremías started playing the violin at the age of three, made his first solo appearances at the age of ten, and has soloed with the Córdoba Youth Orchestra, the Córdoba National University Symphony, and the San Martín Theater Youth National Symphony. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory under Miriam Fried, and has recently obtained his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. While in the US, he has attended the Aspen Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, among other programs.
Jeremías is a recipient of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 “Fondo de Becas” and the 2016 Teresa Gruneisen scholarships from the Argentine Mozarteum.

Caeli Smith, viola
Caeli Smith is a stunning, award-winning performer, committed to bringing classical music to all audiences. Called "intense, precise, and full of personality" by OperaClick, Caeli (pronounced chay-lee) has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the BBC Proms. A winner of the Juilliard concerto competition, Caeli appeared as a soloist with The Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall.
A dedicated journalist, Caeli has written for radio, TV, and print, and her articles have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as Strings, Teen Strings, and Symphony magazines. As a teen, Caeli was a Roving Reporter on From The Top, a national radio and TV program dedicated to the discovery of young musicians.
Strongly dedicated to community engagement and education, Caeli is a member of the Teaching Artist faculty for the New York Philharmonic. She is on the faculty of the Chamber Music Intensive at the Danbury Music Center in Danbury, CT.
Caeli has performed as a principal of both the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, and the Juilliard Orchestra. She is a member of Symphony in C and the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra.
Caeli holds bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Misha Amory, Catherine Cho, Ronald Copes, and Hsin-Yun Huang.

Julian Schwarz, cello
Born in Seattle into a musical family, cellist Julian Schwarz is already being recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21st century. Julian made his orchestral debut at the age of 11 playing the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony with his father, Gerard Schwarz, on the podium. Since then, he has appeared with the Seattle, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Columbus (OH), Syracuse, Virginia, Sarasota, Grand Rapids, Omaha, Wichita and Modesto symphonies among others. He also appears regularly on the stage of Bargemusic in New York City playing chamber music and recitals with his regular recital partner, pianist Marika Bournaki. In August 2013, he was awarded first prize in the professional cello division of the inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong.
In August 2012, Julian recorded the Samuel Jones Cello Concerto, which was written for him, for PBS television with the All Star Orchestra (subsequently released as a DVD on Naxos). Mr. Schwarz’s other recordings for Naxos include Bright Sheng's "Northern Lights", “In Memoriam” for the Music of Remembrance series and the Saint-Saens No. 1 and Haydn C Major cello concertos with the Seattle Symphony. Mr. Schwarz's duo recordings with Marika Bournaki include the complete cello/piano works by Ernest Bloch for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, and a duo recital disc to be released in late 2016.
Julian received his Bachelor of Music of Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Joel Krosnick, During the 16/17 season, he will serve as Mr. Krosnick's teaching assistant.
Julian currently performs on a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743, and is an active contributor to the Strings Magazine Artist Blog.

Sam Suggs, double bass

An omnivorous musician, Sam Suggs was named New Artist of the Month by Musical America soon after receiving the Gary Karr Prize for 1st place at the 2015 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition at which he performed many of his own compositions.  Sam was named Concert Artists Guild's New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2016 CAG International Competition, making him first double bassist in thirty-six years to join the CAG roster: "What Suggs proceeded to play quite simply boggled the mind." (Oregon Arts Watch)  As a collaborative bassist, he has performed at Mostly Music, Yellow Barn, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and was a Protégé Artist at Chamber Music Northwest. Sam has received commissions from BMI and ISB, and written arrangements and theatrical/film scores for Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, the Yale School of Drama and Yale School of Art.   
A regular member of a few different ensembles, he performs with Foundry, which was named a Laureate Winner in the Open Division of the 2015 inaugural M-Prize Competition, and his ensemble Quartet Le Loupe won the Grand Prize at the 2015 Oneppo Chamber Series Competition.  In addition, he has toured internationally to Africa and Europe with his contemporary/jazz trio, Triplepoint, he has recorded with the Tom Bergeron Quartet, and has been coached by Krzysztof Penderecki with duo partner and violinist Suliman Tekalli.   
Currently Assistant Professor of Jazz and Classical Bass at James Madison University, Sam Suggs received a Presser Foundation Award and Dean's Prize for the highest level of excellence at the Yale School of Music during his doctoral studies.  A native of Buffalo, NY, he earned honors studying music theory and cognition at Northwestern University while working as the youngest principal bassist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago..

Ji Weon Ryu, flute
Flutist Ji Weon Ryu is a graduate of accelerated Bachelors and Masters degree programs at The Juilliard School. During her studies, she played in the Juilliard Orchestra and worked with many leading conductors, including Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi, and David Zinman among many others. In 2014, she was chosen as one of two principal flutists to participate in New York String Orchestra Seminar, which performed in Carnegie Hall.
Ryu has distinguished herself at many national and international competitions. She is the 1st prize winner of the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition, the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia Young Artist Competition, 38th National Flute Association (NFA) Soloists Competition along with the Best Performance of the Newly Commissioned Piece Award (Anaheim, CA).
As a soloist, Ryu made her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 12. Since then, she has been actively presenting concerts in the United States, Austria, Switzerland, and Korea. Recently, she was invited to Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation’s Young Artists Concert Series and will present a recital in July,  2017.
Her primary teachers include Carol Wincenc, So Young Lee and Young Ji Song. Currently, she is pursuing Orchestral Performance program at Manhattan School of Music with Robert Langevin.

Thomas Gallant, oboe and Artistic Director 
Oboist Thomas Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on this instrument. He has been praised by The New Yorker as “a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit.”
Mr. Gallant was a First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition. His performances have taken him to Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Recital Hall and the Frick Collection in New York City, to Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, to the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Kronos Quartet at the Ravinia Festival, and has collaborated with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal, with Cuarteto Casals, the Colorado, Calder and Lark Quartets, Cuarteto Latinoamericano and with the Adaskin String Trio.
Recent and upcoming performances include a concert of solo and chamber music works for the oboe at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and tours across the United States as soloist with Camerata Bariloche from Argentina performing concerti by J. S. Bach and Vaughan-Williams. Next season Mr. Gallant tours with the Kodaly Quartet from Budapest.
Mr. Gallant is dedicated to performing neglected and contemporary works for the oboe, and has given the New York premieres of works for oboe and strings by Berio and Penderecki, as well as the Washington, DC premiere of Elliot Carter’s Quartet for oboe and strings. This season he will release a recording of the Mozart oboe quartet and be featured in a documentary about the Three Romances for oboe and piano of Robert Schumann. He is a member of the trio Ensemble Schumann, and Artistic Director of the chamber music group Frisson, based in New York City.

Stas Chernyshev, clarinet
Clarinetist Stanislav Chernyshev is rapidly gaining the attention and love of the public, due to his extraordinary, soul-exciting musicianship, charisma and flawless technique. "Stanislav Chernyshev is silken-sounding clarinetist with impressive technique and amazing musicianship to go with."
Concerts of Mr. Chernyshev have been held with great success at the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, St. Petersburg State Academic Capella and St. Petersburg Philarmonia. He participates in the concert programs of Mariinsky Clarinet Club. Mr. Chernyshev was regular participant of the St. Petersburg House of Music project, and Curtis on Tour.
Mr. Chernyshev is a winner of the “International Competition of Wind Instruments” in the Ukraine, "2nd International Rimsky-Korsakov Competition” in Russia, “LISMA Foundation International Competition” and “Mary Smart Concerto Competition” in the US. At the age of 19, Mr. Chernyshev won the Special Prize at the 62th Geneva International Music Competition in Switzerland.
Mr. Chernyshev graduated with honors from the Special Music School in St. Petersburg, where he studied with Professor Nikolay Kiruhin, and was awarded the Rostropovich Fund Scholarship. In 2014 Stanislav graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music (Professor Donald Montanaro) and St. Petersburg Conservatory (Professor Nikolay Kiruhin).
As a chamber musician, Mr. Chernyshev has worked with the world-renowned musicians including as Roberto Diaz, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Peter Wiley, Julian Milkis, the contemporary music ensemble “eighth blackbird”. Stanislav also performs with such ensembles as Jupiter Chamber Players, Orpheus Orchestra, and Novus NYC.
As an advocate of new music, Mr. Chernyshev has worked with such composers as Penderecki, Meredith Monk, David Lang, and Rene Orth.
Mr. Chernyshev is a alum of Ensemble Connect (formerly known as Ensemble ACJW), and a principal clarinet of the Symphony in C Orchestra.

Gabriela González-Briceño, bassoon

Gabriela González graduated from the Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, with Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. She also studied at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Caracas with Professor Omar Ascanio. Gabriela was Principal Bassoonist with the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra for seven years, during which time the orchestra had the honor of playing in prestigious Festivals (Beethoven Festival 2010 in Bonn, Salzburg Festival 2013) and prominent Halls including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus of Vienna, and Het Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. She has had the honor to be conducted by Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel and Frühbeck de Burgos. As a soloist, she has played several times in Venezuela (1st Soloists Festival 2010, 1st International Bassoon Festival 2013, 2nd Chamber Music Festival 2010, 1st Bassoon Festival 2006 and 1st Viva Vivaldi Festival 2009). Through El Sistema, Ms. Gonzalez also taught in several music schools in Caracas starting in 2011, working both with beginners and advanced bassoonists.
After traveling to the United States, Gonzalez had the opportunity to perform with the Miami Symphony and recorded Mozart's Serenade in E-flat major, K.375 with the West Point Band. In 2015, Gabriela won the Concerto Competition with the Purchase Symphony Orchestra. She also was one of the 2015 recipients of the BCC Music Scholarship. In 2016 she played with various ensembles based in New York City such as Decoda and Metropolis Ensemble. She has had attend Le Domaine Forget (Quebec, Canada) in 2013 and Imani Chamber Music Festival with a fellowship in 2016.
Gabriela earned her Master of Music degree at Purchase College at SUNY Conservatory of Music under Adrian Morejon. Other notable teachers include Klaus Thunnemann, Hening Trog, Matthias Racz, Laurent Lefevre, Giorgio Versiglia, George Sakakeny and Whitney Crocket. She has also participated since 2003 with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, in Master Classes.
Currently, Gabriela is the guest principal bassoon player for Miami Symphony Orchestra and a member of Frisson Ensemble based in NYC. She lives with her husband violinist Gustavo Briceño in Westchester County-NY.

Nathaniel Silberschlag, french horn
Hornist Nathaniel Silberschlag in his second year at The Juilliard School where he studies with Julie Landsman and is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. He is from Leonardtown, Maryland, and is the third generation of musicians in his family who have attended Juilliard. Nathaniel made his professional debut at age 9 in Italy and at age 11 appeared as a soloist with the Bulgarian Philharmonic. He was principal horn of the Romanian State Symphony while they were on tour in Northern Italy and has also appeared as a soloist with New York’s Little Orchestra Society. Nathaniel Recently won the 2016 Juilliard Horn Concerto Competition. Last year he was the first recipient of the Edwin C. Thayer, Laurel Bennert Ohlson Award for artistry and excellence on the French horn. In 2014 and 2015, he attended the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center and graduated from the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program in May 2015. This past summer, he attended the Eastern Music Festival. Nathaniel has been a fellow at the Alba Music Festival in Italy since 2007, and has performed with the Chesapeake Orchestra since 2011. He was principal horn for the Maryland Youth Symphony and section leader of the Brass of Peace. He has studied with Sylvia Alimena (National Symphony), Jeff Lang (Philadelphia Orchestra), Tony Valerio (Naval Academy Band), and Corrado Saglietti, (RAI Orchestra, Turin). He is currently a member of the New York Festival Brass Quintet.