Violist Samuel Kelder is a multifaceted performer of contemporary music and proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration. Beginning his violin studies at the age of six in Houston, Texas, Sam grew up with an inquisitive mind for the arts and passionate dedication for sharing music with many communities. Described as “dynamic and committed” by the Boston Globe, Sam performs regularly in New England, namely with Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, Ensemble Mise En, Hub New Music, Times Arrow Ensemble, and various regional symphony orchestras. In addition to local projects, he has also performed as soloist at the Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival and NYCEMF. Sam holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, a Masters Degree from Mannes the New School for Music, and is in pursuit of his doctoral studies at Boston University as teaching assistant to Michelle LaCourse. Sam has had the great fortune to work with many prominent living composers such as Beat Furrer, Hans Abrahamsen, Olga Neuwirth, Krzysztof Penderecki, Roger Reynolds, Michael Finnissey, Joan Tower, William Bolcomb, Derek Bermel, and John Harbison. In his spare time Sam enjoys teaching, cooking, reading, and exploring.
Samuel is an artist member of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our home communities.
Described as "brilliant" by the Pittsburgh Tribune, pianist Wei-Han Wu has performed in such venues as the Chicago Cultural Center, the Kennedy Center, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He has been a featured performer at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Castleton, Lake George, and Walla Walla Chamber Music Festivals. Dedicated to the performance and promotion of new music, Mr. Wu is currently pianist for the [Switch~ Ensemble], and previously served as president of OSSIA New Music. He was the pianist for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble for three seasons, and appeared as guest with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda, he is the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Juilliard School, the Felicia Montealegre Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Collaborative Piano Fellowship from Bard College. Mr. Wu holds degrees from Northwestern and University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing a double doctoral degree in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano at the Eastman School of Music.