photo by Jesse Weiner
Each year, an audition committee of professional musicians selects a few exceptional students ensembles to represent the NEC Honors Ensemble Program.
Trio Auloi is coached by bassoonist Richard Svoboda of the faculty, a member of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. Their program will include a new work by Katherine Balch, who studies composition with Kati Agócs and is in her fourth year of the Tufts/NEC dual degree program.
Paul Lueders, oboe
Michelle Keem, bassoon
Theresa Leung, piano
Beethoven Piano Trio Op. 11 "Gassenhauer"
Glinka Trio Pathétique
Poulenc Trio pour Piano, Hautbois et Basson
Previn Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
Balch new work
Truly inspired by the limited works written for oboe, bassoon, and piano, Trio Auloi came together in January 2012 to expose audiences to the intriguing sound of their unique instrumentation. Paul Lueders (oboe), Michelle Keem (bassoon), and Theresa Leung (piano) are currently pursuing graduate degrees at the New England Conservatory, where they work with Richard Svoboda, Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal Bassoonist and member of the BSO Chamber Players, and also regularly work with NEC Collaborative Piano faculty Vivian Weilerstein and Cameron Stowe. In order to expand their repertoire, they’ve adopted music from beyond their own instrumentation and enjoy the challenge of making these pieces their own. Taking the stage with energy and passion, Trio Auloi strives to share their distinctive sound with many diverse audiences.
Oboist Paul Lueders, a native of Needham, MA, recently completed his undergraduate degree at New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with John Ferrillo. During his time at NEC, he has been a member of the NEC Philharmonia and Honors Ensemble The Zephyrus Quintet. Paul has been a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center and attended the Aspen Music Festival. Additionally, he has been a substitute and finalist with the New World Symphony and has been substituting as associate principal oboe with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Additional teachers have included Richard Woodhams, Jeanette Bittar, Jonathan Fischer, Robert Walters, and Robert Sheena.
Bassoonist Michelle Keem has performed with ensembles in the United States, Canada, and Italy, including New England Conservatory’s orchestras and wind ensembles and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been a soloist with the New England Conservatory Bach Ensemble and the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, and was a winner of the 2010 Boston Woodwind Society Sherman Walt Merit Bassoon Competition. Michelle has participated in the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and Oberlin in Italy summer festivals. A native of Western New York, Michelle is currently a Master of Music student at New England Conservatory where she studies with Rick Ranti. She holds a Bachelor of Music from NEC and has also studied with bassoonists Richard Svoboda, Marc Goldberg, and Patricia Rogers.
Hailed as a musician of “sophistication and elegance,” Australian pianist Theresa Leung is known both as a solo performer and as a collaborative artist, with performances in Europe, North America and Australia. She has also appeared at the Kneisel Hall and Mimir Chamber Music Festivals, USA; Orford Arts Centre, Canada; the Bad Bertrich and Murrhardt Piano Festivals, Germany; and the IBLA Festival in Italy. She has worked as a Collaborative Pianist at the Banff Centre, Canada and The Quartet Program, was a chamber music coach for the Young Artists’ Program at Kneisel Hall, and was on the Faculty of the Cleveland Music Settlement. While attaining an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School, Toronto and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music Theresa studied with John Perry, Virginia Weckstrom and David Louie, and worked regularly with Leon Fleisher, Jacques Rouvier, Marc Durand, Paul Kantor, and members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Julliard, Cleveland and Cavani Quartets. Theresa is currently a Doctoral candidate at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Vivian Weilerstein and Cameron Stowe.
photo by Jesse Weiner