Giovanni Bertoni, clarinet

Giovanni Bertoni is a first-year Clarinet Fellow at the New World Symphony. In the summer of 2018 he was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. In addition to orchestral performances at Tanglewood, he has played in the New Haven Symphony. In 2017 he received first prize at the Backun International Clarinet Competition, held in Nashville.

Mr. Bertoni has performed in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as part of the Yale in New York concert series. In 2017 he participated in the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble Workshop, which culminated in a tour of Oviedo, Spain. Mr. Bertoni has also participated in the Round Top Festival Institute, Musica Riva Festival and soundSCAPE Festival. He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the Conservatory Project concert series.

Originally from Crema, Italy, he received his master’s degree from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with David Shifrin. While at Yale, Mr. Bertoni began teaching clarinet to students of all ages. He earned his bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he studied under Richard Hawkins. Other teachers include Ricardo Morales and Corrado Giuffredi.

When he is not practicing and performing, Mr. Bertoni enjoys swimming, playing table tennis and listening to Prince’s music.

Nikita Borisevich, violin

Award-winning Russian violinist Nikita Borisevich is known for the precocious depth and sensitivity in his playing and utterly finessed technique. Since his debut with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve, he has performed internationally in Germany, France, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Austria, Latvia, Russia, Spain and across the United States on renowned stages such as the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada, Spain) and Shriver Hall (Baltimore). In 2017 Nikita was invited by Grammy-Award-winning cellist, Zuill Bailey, to join him on tour in Anchorage, Alaska and Spokane, Washington, performing chamber music.

Nikita is a frequent guest for many international festivals such as El Paso Pro Musica Texas, Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska, Northwest Bach Festival in Washington. In the season 2019-2020 Nikita together with his pianist wife, Margarita Loukachkina, will make a debut at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel(NY), the Alden Theatre in Virginia and the Gualala Chamber Music Society in California. In addition to his solo and chamber music career Nikita is a concertmaster of Mount Vernon Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra under the direction of world renowned cellist and conductor Amit Peled. Mr. Borisevich holds two Master Degrees from Moscow and Peabody Conservatories.

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Allison Freeman, piano

A native of North Carolina, pianist Allison Freeman is equally established as a soloist and collaborator. She earned her Master’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University as a student of Boris Slutsky, and completed her undergraduate studies with Alvin Chow at Oberlin Conservatory.

Allison has performed at the Southeastern Piano Festival, Meadowmount School Of Music, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Beijing International Music Festival. As winner of the Richard R. Deas Concerto Competition, Allison has appeared as soloist with both the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra.

While at Oberlin, Allison was a recipient of the Rudolf Serkin Prize. She was also named a winner in the 2015-16 Oberlin Senior Concerto Competition, and appeared as soloist with the Oberlin Orchestra.

In addition to her pursuits as a soloist, Allison served as a graduate assistant at Peabody in accompanying, with a focus on string repertoire. She has served as a collaborative pianist for the Castleman Quartet Program, and currently serves as piano faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute. In her free time, Allison enjoys running, rock climbing, and skydiving.

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Ismael Guerrero, cello

Ismael Ariel Guerrero Bombut is a cellist from Havana, Cuba. He began his cello studies at the age of 8. While in Cuba he won several competitions and participated in masterclasses from renowned cellists such as Carlos Prieto, Clemen Hagens and Leidi Litschauer, among others. He is now in his fourth year of his undergraduate studies at Peabody Conservatory, which he attends on full scholarship, studying with Amit Peled. He has performed with Heifetz On Tour in Exton, Pennsylvania and Staunton, Virginia after attending the Heifetz International Music Institute 2017 on full scholarship. Ismael was one of the eight semifinalists in the Artist Series National String Competition in 2018, which was held in Sarasota, Florida. He has also attended Keshet Eilon in Israel, where he won the concerto competition which allowed him to perform as a soloist with the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble in The Opera House of the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. He has also performed in Mexico, Cape Cod, North Carolina, Florida, Baltimore and Washington DC, sharing the stage with renowned musicians such as Vadim Gluzman, Michael Kannen, Alon Goldstein and Amit Peled. He has been invited in several occasions to join the Mount Vernon Virtuosi and the Peabody Cello Gang, which with he recorded a CD.

Guerrero loves teaching and interacting with the audience. Thus, he has been to the Heifetz International Music Institute not only as a student but also as an artistic coordinator, while given—in addition— the opportunity to teach masterclasses for the Heifetz PEG program.

He has also been involved in several outreach programs with the Peabody Peled Cello Gang, working with music students of all ages and bringing classical music to people who have less access to it. Guerrero has made his appearance on radio several times in different countries such as Cuba, United States and Israel. This year he was a semifinalist for the Astral National Auditions and during the summer he attended Manchester Music Festival in Vermont, performing chamber music.

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Yoshiaki Horiguchi, double bass

Yoshiaki Horiguchi has been acclaimed by the Baltimore Sun for his ability to perform with a “dazzling display of dexterity and panache.” Yoshi is an active double bassist, pedagogue, and educator in the DC-Baltimore area. His endeavors span across a broad spectrum of genres having performed with the National Philharmonic, Baltimore Boom Bap Society, Classical Revolution, Great Noise Ensemble and more.

In addition to being an active performer, Yoshi is an educator, pedagogue, and adjudicator. He has served on the faculty for the Baltimore Symphony’s, El Sistema inspired, ORCHkids program, Bass Works, the Peabody Preparatory, American Music Camps, York College of PA, UMBC, and more.

Yoshi graduated as a Linehan Artist Scholar at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he won the 2011 concerto competition. He then graduated as an Aegon USA scholar at the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University for his Master’s Degree in double bass performance and pedagogy and is currently pursuing his D.M.A. at Peabody. Yoshi has attended the Hot Springs Music Festival, National Music Festival, and Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. Yoshi proudly hails from the studios of Ed Malaga, Jeff Koczela, Laura Ruas, Paul DeNola, and Paul Johnson.


Seido Karasaki, viola

Seido Karasaki, a Naxos recording artist, is currently an Artist Diploma student at the McDuffie Center for Strings. His latest chamber music recordings of Beethoven’s Op. 16 Piano Quartet and other works will appear on the Naxos 250th Beethoven anniversary CD series. Karasaki has also received chamber music residencies with the Detroit Chamber Society and the St. Paul Schubert Club, among others. His solo awards include top prizes at the Ohio Viola Society and the Indianapolis Musicale Matinee competitions, and he was a competitor in the 2019 Lionel Tertis competition. He is also on the sub-list for the Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Indianapolis symphonies. Karasaki completed a MM with Atar Arad as his Assistant Instructor in 2018, and he earned a BM from Oberlin Conservatory in 2016. His other mentors include Kirsten Docter, Edward Gazouleas, Steve Wyrczynski, and Victoria Chiang. He enjoys cooking in his spare time.

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Amit Peled, cello

Israeli-American cellist, conductor, and pedagogue Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed worldwide as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today.

Highlights of Peled’s 2019-2020 season include over twenty concerto appearances around the world; recitals with pianist Noreen Polera and Alon Goldstein; the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Concerto for Cello and Choir with the Händel Choir of Baltimore; Haydn’s Cello Concerto at the Silver Lyre International Festival of Chamber Music in Saint Petersburg, Russia; the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Fundación de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Chile; and more. Peled’s conducting engagements include debuts with CityMusic Cleveland and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra as well as leading his own Mount Vernon Virtuosi. Peled also performs this season with the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio in Washington, D.C.; Yellow Springs, Ohio; and New York, NY.

Peled is founder of the Amit Peled Cello Gang, a touring group composed of students from his studio at the Peabody Institute, where he has taught since 2003 and was one of the youngest professors ever hired by a major conservatory. Peled is also conductor and artistic director of the Mount Vernon Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra dedicated to launching the careers of recently graduated students. Peled is a founding member of the Tempest Trio with pianist Alon Goldstein and violinist Ilya Kaler.

Peled’s discography includes acclaimed CDs on the Naxos, Centaur, CAP, CTM Classics, and Delos labels. Upcoming album releases include a Cassado recording for Naxos and the second installment of the Bach Suites for CTM Classics. In 2017, Peled published a children’s book, A Cello Named Pablo.

Peled lives in Baltimore, Maryland and performs on the only known copy of the "Servais" Stradivarius by Vuillaume ca. 1865. From 2012 to 2018, Peled performed on the Pablo Casals 1733 Goffriller cello. For more information, visit

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Orest Smovzh, violin

Ukrainian-born violinist Orest Smovzh is currently based in the United States.

Born in Lviv - Orest started to play the violin under the guidance of his mother and Nadiya Varyanko. For the past few years he is studying with Midori Gotō and is a student at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Orest also studied with Mariya Futorska, Yaroslava Rivnyak, Dmytro Tkachenko, Qian Zhou at Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, and USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.

Orest collaborated in chamber performances with members of Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy, pianists Thomas Hoppe, Albert Tiu, cellist Michael Kannen, also working on a diverse chamber repertoire with Bernard Lanskey and Jeffrey Kahane. As a soloist he took part in historically informed performances with Masaaki Suzuki as well as participated in several outreach projects with Midori Gotō in Mexico and USA.

Apart from performing, he is a co-founder of Dzenzelivka Classical Week - first Ukrainian chamber music festival in a village, where he was the Artistic Director for 8 years; Collegium Musicum Lviv - one of the most vibrant concert organizations of Ukraine; Melaka Classics ­– innovative classical music project in Malaysia.

Winner of 2015 Tadeusz Wroński Violin Solo Competition and the finalist of 2018 George Enescu Violin Competition, Orest has performed on instruments by Guarneri del Gesù, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, Carlo Landolfi, Lorenzo Storioni and Stefan-Peter Greiner, loaned by late Mr Rin Kei Mei and private collections.

He also had the pleasure of lessons with Vadym Repin, Ilya Gringolts, Ivry Gitlis, Gyorgy Takacs-Nagy, Nigel North, Pierre Amoyal, Nam Yun Kim, Petru Munteanu, Kszysztof Węgrzyn, Takashi Shimizu, David Takeno and Norman Fischer.

Orest’s artistic geography includes numerous countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia..