Michael Avitabile // Flute // Founder & Executive Director
Praised for playing that is "warm and vocal" (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Michael Avitabile is a flutist, entrepreneur, and educator dedicated to the music of our time. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Hub New Music, a Boston-based chamber music organization actively performing and commissioning the latest generation of composers. Under his leadership, Hub has regionally and world premiered music by the nation’s most innovative musical minds including Kati Agocs, Daniel Wohl, Missy Mazzoli, Robert Honstein, and many others.
In addition to his work with Hub, Mike has collaborated with today’s most prominent composers including Harrison Birtwhistle, John Zorn, Brett Dean, and Christian Wolfe. He also performs with the Callithumpian Consort, Unitas Ensemble, EQ Ensemble, and Verdant Vibes. As an orchestral musician, he has received fellowships to play with the National Repertory Orchestra, Banff Festival Orchestra, and has also performed with the New World Symphony. He was won first prize in the Ervin Monroe, Donald Voorhees, and Catherine E. MacPhail Young Artist Competitions and has had concerto appearances with the Allentown Symphony and Bethlehem Bach Choir Orchestra.
He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BM) and New England Conservatory (MM), graduating with top honors at both institutions. At Michigan, we was a Shipman Scholar, the highest award given to any incoming student university-wide. While at NEC he was awarded the John Cage Award for Outstanding Contribution to Contemporary Music. In his free time, Mike is a total foodie and can found reading a recipe blog at any given moment.
David Dziardziel // Clarinet
Described in The Boston Musical Intelligencer as “fluid and acrobatic without strain,” clarinetist David Dziardziel is a multifaceted Boston-based musician. He frequently performs with groups such as the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Haffner Sinfonietta, Unitas Ensemble, Phoenix, Symphony Nova, NEMPAC Opera Project, and Commonwealth Lyric Theater.
An avid chamber musician, David has collaborated with some of the world’s finest artists including legendary harpist Ann Hobson-Pilot and violinist Susie Park, former member of the Eroica Trio. He has appeared in Music for Salem, the Rockport Chamber Festival, and the Sarasota Festival. David is a founding member of Calliope Winds, a wind quintet that has been praised by The Boston Musical Intelligencer as “a highly experienced, technically adept, and mightily talented ensemble.”
As an advocate of new music, David is the clarinetist for Hub New Music, a critically acclaimed chamber ensemble comprised primarily of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello. Hailed by The Boston Globe as “elegant and exacting,” Hub maintains a national touring schedule, while contributing to the vibrant new music community at home in Boston. He has also performed for new music concert series' - Equilibrium (Boston, MA) and Verdant Vibes (Providence, RI). Recent collaborations include those with composers Kati Agócs, Robert Honstein, and Thomas Oboe Lee.
David began studying the clarinet at the age of 14 through University of Hartford’s Community Music Division with Dr. Richard Shillea and Alan Francis. He then went on to obtain his Bachelor of Music from The Boston Conservatory having studied with Michael Norsworthy, and most recently earned his Master of Music from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Richard Stoltzman.
For more information please visit www.daviddziardziel.com. .
Zenas Hsu // Violin
Zenas Hsu is a Taiwanese-American violinist with a passion for chamber music, performing, teaching, and personal and entrepreneurial outreach. He is a founding member and current resident artist of Chamber Music by the Bay, a performance and educational series now in its fifth season in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently based in Boston, Zenas is concertmaster and an administrative member of the orchestral/chamber ensemble Phoenix. He was a prizewinner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association in 2013 as the violinist of Trio Concorde.
Most recently, Zenas performed in the inaugural opening concert of Bard Music West, presenting works of Bartok and Roberto Sierra. He appeared with violist Sam Kelder for Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in the '16-'17 season of Phoenix. He performed works of Barber, Beethoven, Fairouz, Finzi at the Hayden Chamber Music Series in New Mexico. He has also performed as a guest member of A Far Cry, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Zenas's festival appearances include the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival, Caroga Lake Music Festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Banff Chamber Music Residency, Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Yellow Barn, Lake George Music Festival, Taos Academy of Music, Music Academy of the West, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, and Valdres Solo Academy. Zenas has studied chamber music with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Leipzig, Miami, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence String Quartets, and with renowned musicians including Lucy Chapman, Hsinyun Huang, Gil Kalish, Meng-Chieh Li, Robert McDonald, Ian Swensen, Steven Tenenbom, Susan Bates, Laurence Lesser, and Vivian Weilerstein.
A native of California, Zenas received his early training primarily with Wei He in the preparatory division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music while spending musical summers at Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Hotchkiss Summer Portals. He was accepted at age sixteen to the Curtis Institute of Music to study with Ida Kavafian. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Music degree four years later, Zenas moved to Boston and received his Master of Music and Graduate Diploma degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Nicholas Kitchen and Donald Weilerstein.
Zenas's artistic endeavors include photography, recording engineering, and reading. He maintains a strong interest in the productive use of technology in the music world.
Jesse Christesen // Cello
Hailing from Daytona Beach, Florida, Jesse Christeson has served as Principal Cellist of the Mississippi Symphony since the 2013-14 season. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Christeson received a master’s degree in music performance from Rice University (in the studio of Norman Fischer), and completed his third consecutive summer as a Fellow of the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center.
For several years Mr. Christeson has been very active as a multi-faceted performer and teacher in Houston, TX. In addition to working as a freelance cellist, he performed as a vocalist in the Houston Grand Opera and Bach Society of Houston choruses. During that time, he maintained a full cello studio of pupils from the Rice Preparatory Program and local public schools.
Apart from Tanglewood, Mr. Christeson’s recent summer engagements include the festivals of Aspen, Brevard, and the National Orchestral Institute. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stetson University in DeLand, FL, where he studied cello (in the studio of David Bjella), voice, and philosophy. Mr. Christeson has served as a frequent substitute cellist for the Orlando Philharmonic and Southwest Florida Symphony.