Ledah Finck is a violinist, violist, improviser, and composer splitting her time between Baltimore, Maryland and NYC. A passionate performer, creator, and curator of contemporary classical music, she is an active member of experimental duo The Witches, the Bergamot String Quartet, Nick Dunston’s Atlantic Extraction, and earspace ensemble. Compositional projects include commissions by Imani Winds, Alarm Will Sound/Now Hear This, the Bridge Ensemble, and The Peabody Community Chorus.
She has completed studies at the Banff Centre, the Lucerne Festival, Ensemble Moderne’s Klangspuren Academy in Austria, the Aspen Music Festival, and Bang on a Can among others. She holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in violin performance and composition from the Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Herbert Greenberg, Oscar Bettison, Judah Adashi, and Mike Formanek.
Violinist Sarah Thomas performs and teaches in the Baltimore area and is committed to engaging the community through chamber music in fresh and exciting ways. In addition to her work with the Bergamot Quartet, she is a member of the ensemble Chamber Encounters, which comprises a series of several chamber music concerts per season. She also has a private violin studio at the Chamber Encounters Music Academy. In the 2018-2019 season, Sarah was co-director of the Peabody String Sinfonia, a conductorless chamber orchestra that performs in community venues in Baltimore. In her hometown of Memphis, TN, Sarah directs a summer String Chamber Music Workshop, as well as the Chamber Music with Friends concert series. In her free time, Sarah can be found reading, drinking coffee, or going on long walks with friends. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the Peabody Conservatory with Violaine Melançon.
Violist Amy Huimei Tan is dedicated to working with a wide range of repertoire from performing Classical Orchestral works to workshopping newly composed pieces.
Amy’s previous musical engagements include performing at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival, the National Orchestra Institute, the International Music Festival of the Adriatic, and the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity. Passionate about connecting with people through the creation of new musical experiences, Amy has worked and collaborated with composers and various chamber ensembles including the University of Michigan’s Contemporary Directions Ensemble, the Peabody String Sinfonia and Peabody’s Now Hear This where she was recently featured in a side-by-side performance with Alarm Will Sound. This summer she will be attending the Next Festival of Emerging Artists and the Banff Centre’s Evolution of the String Quartet with Bergamot Quartet.
Born and raised in Singapore, Amy received her bachelor’s degree in 2017 from the University of Michigan, where she studied viola with Yizhak Schotten, and composition with Paul Schoenfeld, Evan Chambers and Bright Sheng. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies at the Peabody Institute studying with Victoria Chiang (viola) and is a recipient of the Israel Dorman Memorial Award for strings.
Cellist Irene Han is a dedicated chamber musician, passionate about performing a wide array of styles. As a soloist and a chamber musician she has performed at Musique en Graves, Musique à Hourtin, Festival de Musique a Flaine, Sowebo Arts and Music Festival, Festival ils Prennent la Place, Evolution Contemporary Music series and the Banff Festival.
Currently, Irene is an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the 2018-2019 season, a member of Ensemble Nova, an ensemble focused on creating new performance concepts in music including non standard repertoire and styles based in Lyon, France, and the Bergamot Quartet currently based in Baltimore. Her passion projects include working with movement and free improvisation.
Raised in Paris, France, she holds prizes from the Bellan Competition, the Fontainebleau Competition, as well as a unanimous first prize from the CRR of Paris, a Degré de Perfectionnement from the CRR of Lyon, a Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters Degree from the Peabody Institute of Music where she was awarded the Israel Dorman Memorial Award in strings and the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in chamber music.
Irene studied with Annie Cochet, Philippe Muller, Augustin Lefebvre and Alan Stepansky.