Meet Billy Short, the new Principal Bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Billy has just moved to New York City from Houston, Texas, where he was studying at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and performing with the Delaware Symphony (quite the commute!). Before that, Billy was studying at the Curtis Institute of Music, appearing on tour with their orchestra and traveling with his own wind quintet, Liberty Winds, to Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. He has just…Continue
Meet cellist Christine Christensen from Hilleroed, Denmark. As a teenager, Christine faced many challenges, skipping high school and heading straight to the Royal Danish Academy. At 18, she left her family and country and moved to New York City to study at the Manhattan School of Music. After completing…Continue
Bassist Jonathan Colbert comes from Atlanta, Georgia. He started playing bass in his mother’s middle school orchestra, went on to play with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra and also spent summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp. After high school, Jonathan moved to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. He has toured Europe, Asia, South America, Australia…Continue
Julian Azkoul, London-based violinist, gives a piece of advice on audition taking. Julian has played in such youth orchestras as Britten-Pears Young Artist's Programme and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Originally from Lebanon, Julian currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music. This was his first summer at Verbier.