The Ensemble was founded by Colin Pip Dixon and Arnaud Ghillebaert. It has performed in Paris, London, Edinburgh, New York, Montreal, Boston and Beirut. These are biographies of anyone who has worked with the Elsewhere Ensemble since it’s creation, or during the years when it was being formed.
COLIN PIP DIXON (composer, violinist & actor – U.S.A.)
Returned to New York City in 2012 after living and working for 14 years in Paris. In 2013/2014 he produced, performed and composed music for His Majesty, the Devil – a play with music. The play was performed at 59E59 Theaters (NYC) and as part of the Edinburgh and New York City International Fringe Festivals.
His compositions include: I Have a Dream (MLK jr.) for soprano and string trio (Paris & Lyon), Inovcation, for soprano, violin & viola, Suite Khamush, for voice, violin and cello based on the poetry of Rumi (performed in Paris, Lyon, Saintes, Belgium, etc); music for the theater piece Etty Hillesum (Paris, Avignon, Brussels, Geneva, Montreal, QuebecCity, etc.); original music for the play The Tolstoy Diaries (Sarasota Fl, Paris, Lyon, Brussels). Pieces for chamber music with narrator include Chekhov Triptych (Paris, New York, Boston), The Happy Prince (Paris, New York) and The Velveteen Rabbit (orchestra version as well) (Paris, London). His compositions have received grants from the French institutions SACEM & SPEDIDAM and the French cultural magazine “Etudes” described the music of Suite Khamush (co-written with Eveline Causse): “Admirable music which is both ancient and new, contemporary and traditional, clear yet passionate, with rough, sensual and transparent sounds.” He is currently writing Underground – the musical based on Alexandra Devonls adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground. As a musician in the theater: The Cherry Orchard, Primo Levi, Pinocchio, Dancing Color Box (circus show), Cyrano de Bergerac, La Premiere Seconde. He has performed in various chamber music groups and orchestras in France and other European countries, including a chamber concert in Yerevan, Armenia (2007), and has taught violin in France’s National Conservatories in Reims and Versailles, among others. In 2010 he was honored to be invited to play at Les Invalides, Paris for the 100th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy’s death. As an actor: La Premiere Seconde (Paris, Lyon), Etty Hillesum (France, Belgium, Quebec, etc), Our Town (George), Into the Woods, etc. as well as appearances as a child in the films: Popeye (Robert Altman), and Paternity (Burt Reynolds). His studies took place at the High School of Music & Art, Mannes College of Music (prep.), a BA in music from Haverford College, and a year at the European Mozart Academy in Poland. His most important teachers have been Barbara Krakauer and Carol Amado. As a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner he gives workshops to other professional musicians. In 2006 his book of short stories entitled “…in God’s Flower Garden” was published in the U.S. by Pocol Press. http://www.colinpipdixon.com
ARNAUD GHILLEBAERT (violinist & violist – France/U.S.A.)
Originally from Paris, Arnaud Ghillebaert has performed as an orchestra musician with The Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (Sir Neville Mariner) and the London Symphony Orchestra. He toured Europe for two summers with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis and Herbert Bloomstedt in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in London or the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and is now part of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra (Corrado Rovaris, musical director) and the New York Symphonic Ensemble (Japan tour, summer 2015). He was a member of the Southbank Sinfonia in England for one year and appeared in London’s National Theatre production of Tom Stoppard’s and Andre Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. His interest for projects involving music and theater led to a long term collaboration with composer and violinist Colin P. Dixon and French actor Dominique Rozan (Comédie Française/Renaud-Barrault company), and to performances in various French festivals. A founding member of the Elsewhere Ensemble, in 2013 he created the role of the Shadow in His Majesty the Devil-a play with music. The show, inspired by Dostoyevsky, was performed at 59E59 Theaters in New York City, FringeNYC, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. A dedicated chamber musician, he was recently invited to perform at the Louis Moreau Institute in New Orleans and in the “Starry Nights” music series at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University alongside Colin Carr, Eugene Drucker (Emerson String Quartet) and Nick Cords (Silkroad Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider). He received his Masters from the Royal College of Music in London and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Violin and Viola performance at Stony Brook University with violinist Hagai Shaham, and violists Nick Cords and Larry Dutton (Emerson String Quartet). Other performances as an orchestra musician include concerts with the Bournemouth Sympony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and Opera North.
MACINTYRE DIXON (actor – U.S.A.)
MacIntyre Dixon has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in regional theatres all over the country, and in films and television. He was most recently seen in Shakespeare in the Park’s As You Like It (2012). Some of his Broadway performances were in Cyrano de Bergerac (with Kevin Kline),The Tempest (with Patrick Stewart), The Crucible (with Liam Neeson), Gypsy (Bernadette Peters), The Threepenny Opera (with Sting), Beauty And The Beast, 1776, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and the National Tour of Guys and Dolls. Off-Broadway he was seen in Comic Potential, Arms And The Man, Room Service, Kevin Kline’s Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming Of The Shrew, and Second City. He also co-created and performed in the comedy Stewed Prunes at the Circle In The Square. FILMS include It’s Kind of a Funny Story, School of Rock, In And Out, A River Runs Through it, Secret Of My Success, Popeye, and Reds. He is currently performing in The Fantasticks in New York.
with the ELSEWHERE ENSEMBLE: Mozart & the Happy Prince; Chekhov Triptych; His Majesty, the Devil
DOMINIQUE ROZAN (actor – France)
He is laureate of the National Conservatory of Dramtic Arts in Paris (1956). Member of the legendary Renaud-Barrault theater company from 1953–1960, he made his debut in Paul Claudel’s Christophe Colomb. He performed in all of the company’s shows, among others: Duel of Angels (Giradoux), The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov), The Castle (Kafka), The Satin Slipper and Tête d’Or (Claudel). He sang the role of the Brazilian in La Vie Parisienne (Offenbach), and was part of all the company’s international tours. In 1960 he played King David (A. Honegger) at the Paris Opera Garnier, then the role of Joad in d’Athalie (Racine) at the Sarah Bernhardt Theater. He played and sang the title role in The Apothicary, comic opera by Haydn and Goldoni. He then went on to direct and perform in several plays by Pirandello and was part of the company “Théâtre Vivant”. He acted in Le Vicaiare and Le Dossier Oppenheimer under the direction of Jean Vilar, who named him director of a tour in Africa in 1968, sponsored by the “Ministère de la Coopération”. Pierre Dux invited him to join the Comédie Française in 1971. In 1976, he played the clown Feste in Shakespeare’s Twelth Night and was made a “Sociétaire” of the Comédie Française. In 1996 he decided to leave the Comédie Française and adapted and performed Le Comfort Intellectul by Marcel Aymé. In film he acted in five movies with Alain Resnais: La Guerre set Finie, Je t’aime Je t’aime, Mon Oncle d’Amerique, On Connate la Chanson, Les Herbes Folles (2009), and a film directed by Dominique Moll – Harry, un ami qui nous vet du bien (With a Friend like Harry). He was named Officier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters). wikipedia (in French)
with the ELSEWHERE ENSEMBLE: Mozart & the Happy Prince; Chekhov Triptych
JUDY PANG (Pianist – China/U.S.A.)
Ms. Judy Pang has concertized frequently as both solo and chamber musician in the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Australia and China. Ms. Pang’s most recent solo appearances in New York have taken place at Steinway Hall, Yamaha Piano Salon, Greenfield Hall, Staller Recital Hall and Bargemusic. As a devoted chamber musician, she has collaborated with Hai-Ye Ni, principle cellist of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, as well as the celebrated erhu player Hongmei Yu and guzheng player Xiaohong Zhang. Most recently she collaborated with Polish cellist Evva Mizerska on a two-week concert tour of the Mediterranean. Ms. Pang obtained her Bachelor’s of Music degree with honors in 2006 from the University of Melbourne where she studied with Igor Machlak. During that period, she was awarded first prize in the Melbourne University Aria and Concerto competition, the Alumni Chamber Music Competition and the Piano Duo Competition. After relocating to New York, she developed her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music where she was a recipient of the President’s Award and Dean’s Award. She has also studied with the pianist Bernard Flavigny, a protégé of Olivier Messiaen and Alfred Cortot. In May 2015, Ms. Pang completed her Doctor of Musical Arts course at Stony Brook University after presenting an all-Russian virtuoso final dissertation recital. Her teachers there were Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.
with the ELSEWHERE ENSEMBLE: The Happy Prince; Concert: Shadows & Light; Concert: What is Essential is Invisible to the Eye; Broken Hearts concert.
JEREMY LAMB (cellist – U.S.A.)
Jeremy Lamb is currently the Assistant Principal of NE Pennsylvania Philharmonic and
plays in the Broadway musical Aladdin. As an orchestral musician, he travels throughout the Northeast performing with the New Haven Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Orchestra Now, Binghamton Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and Sonos Chamber Orchestra. He is also a regular guest musician in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Jeremy Lamb is the Artistic Advisor and a frequent performer on the NE Pennsylvania Philharmonic Chamber Series. This season he was featured on their opening concert with violinist Erica Kiesewetter and pianist Spencer Myer, broadcast over WVIA, Scranton. As a recitalist, he has performed in numerous venues around New York and Boston with pianists Andrew Goodridge and Wei-En Hsu. He is also a member of the Aaron Teitelbaum Ensemble, traveling around New York and New Jersey for contracted events and recordings. This year, he joins the Amadeus Conservatory Quartet for their series in Chappaqua, NY, and the Chamber Music Workshop in Scotland. Lamb received his B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory with Alan Stepansky, former Associate Principal of the New York Philharmonic. He has performed in masterclasses with David Finckel, Lynn Harrell, Rafael Wallfisch, Philippe Muller, Matt Haimovitz, Clive Greensmith, David Geber, Alan Harris, Michael Mermeggen, Brian Manker, and many others. He has attended music festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including Tanglewood, Pacific, Aspen, Brevard, Bowdoin, International Musical Arts Institute, and spent four summers at the beautiful Domaine Forget International Music Festival in Quebec, Canada. In 2005, he was the principal cellist of the Oaxaca International Festival Orchestra in Mexico. In 2006, he toured with Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra on their summer and winter tours of Spain, Germany, and The Netherlands.
MIRIAM LESKIS (pianist – Russia/Israel/U.S.A.)
A musician praised for her “high sensitivity and musical intelligence”, Miriam Leskis is a versatile chamber pianist collaborating with singers and instrumentalists. Miriam has performed in chamber music and art song festivals in Europe, North America and Israel including the stages of the Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, Weill Carnegie Hall in New York, the Recanati Auditorium at the Tel Aviv Museum and the Jerusalem Theatre in Israel among others. Miriam received her Master’s in piano accompaniment at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama with high distinction and a Concert Recital Diploma, also winning the Cunard Carpathia Accompanist Prize and the Cunard Prize for English Song Accompaniment. She also holds a BA in Philosophy and MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since 2012 Miriam resides in New York City, where she maintains a private studio and works as freelance collaborative pianist, regularly performing in the NY and NJ areas.
LIAM VEUVE (cellist – USA)
Born and raised in Brooklyn, cellist Liam Veuve is an active performer and freelancer. Liam has concertized across North and South America and Europe, in a wide array of settings including orchestral and chamber music in Carnegie Hall, a solo performance in Avery Fisher Hall, and concerts in Severance Hall in Cleveland. He recently appeared as a guest artist with the North Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble, and the Manchester Music Festival, among others. He was selected as a fellow of the Louis Moreau Institute for New Music, which held its inaugural season in New Orleans in March 2015. As an orchestral musician, Liam has worked under conductors such as Giancarlo Guerrero, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Benjamin Zander, and has held the principal cello position in the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and YOA Orchestra of the Americas’ 2012 tour of Chile. As a chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Puck String Quartet, which recently performed the world premiere of a new work for string quartet “Ascension” by Jason Eckardt and attended the prestigious Robert Mann String Quartet Institute. Liam holds a BA from New York University, an MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase. He is currently on cello faculty at the Mahanaim School in Huntington NY, and assistant faculty at the Manhattan in the Mountains summer festival.
with the ELSEWHERE ENSEMBLE: The Happy Prince; Concert: What is Essential is Invisible to the Eye.
ROBERT THOMPSON (pianist – U.K.)
Robert Thompson is in great demand as a chamber musician and piano accompanist having performed with a large range of instrumentalists and singers including Natalie Clein, Julian Bliss and Romanian soprano Leontina Vaduva.
He has twice appeared in the Rimscha Recital Series in Boston, Massachusetts and has given numerous concerts in London including at the Wigmore Hall. In recent years Robert has been heard on BBC Radio, performed as soloist in charity concerto performances and given concerts in Finland, France and in series throughout the UK. He was also recently invited to appear at the Casa da Música in Portugal as part of the 2010 Harmos Festival.
Robert held the Gilbert and Eileen Edgar Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music 2006-8. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Clifford Benson and Julius Drake where he was supported by the St Marylebone Educational Trust and at Trinity College of Music with Hilary Coates. As a student he was the recipient of several prestigious awards including twice receiving the Elisabeth Schumann Duo Prize. He has taken part in masterclasses with Rudolf Jansen, Michael Roll and with Pierre Amoyal and Bruno Canino at the Academie Lausanne in Switzerland.
Robert has worked as piano teacher and accompanist at the Junior Departments of Trinity and the Guildhall School and taught piano at a school in Oxfordshire where he has coached chamber groups who have been prize-winners in both regional and national competitions.
with the ELSEWHERE ENSEMBLE: Concert: A World Tour through Music
MARIAM TAMARI (soprano – Japan & Palestine)
Born to a Palestinian father and Japanese mother, Mariam Tamari has been making international headlines representing Palestine as soloist since the historical debut of the Palestine National Orchestra in 2010. In October 2013, she was the guest of honor at the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Cairo Opera House in October, simulcast in several countries. She has performed for the Emperor and Empress of Japan and two Prime Ministers of Japan, as well as the King and Queen of Jordan. Mariam made her lead operatic debut as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Nissay Theater in Tokyo, where her skills as an actress were also acclaimed as Jeanne in Honneger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher with conductor Hiroshi Wakasugi. She has performed as soloist with major orchestras in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the U.S., singing the solos in Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Exsultate Jubilate, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Messe G-Dur, and Handel’s Messiah, among others, and musical theatre roles include Ivy Smith and Maria in Bernstein’s On the Town and West Side Story, as well as Angelina in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. Along with recitals in Japan, the US, Indonesia, Italy, Switzerland, and France, recent highlights also include a concert at the Cadogan Hall in London with tenor Sir Dennis O’Neill, a concert at the Auditorio Ibirapuera in São Paulo singing Bachianas Brasileiras, as well as with the Jakarta Philharmonic in Indonesia for the 100th anniversary gala of the national composer Ismail Marzuki. In 2015, she tours with the Palestine Youth Orchestra in Paris, Lyon and Aix-en-Provence, and sings at the National Theater of Algeria for the Symphonic Music Festival. She is the subject of an NHK World documentary film entitled “My Song, My Palestine”, diffused on September 18. Having graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College, USA, where she studied philosophy and music, she is now based in Paris. http://mariamtamari.com/
with the ELSEWHERE ENSEMBLE: Invocation; Concert: A World Tour through Music; I Have a Dream
MATHILDE SCHENNEN (actor & director – Belgium)
Mathilde Schennen is an actress/director originally from Brussels, Belgium. She moved to New York in 2010 and pursued a one year program at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Since coming to New York she acted in Lorca Peress’ production of The Three Penny Opera, and Folie Pure (directed by the Swiss director Eléonore Dyl at the Theatre for a New City). She directed Waiting for Godot last November at the Kraine Theatre in the East Village and most recently Gogol’s Diary of a Madman at Under St. Marks. She was also assistant director to Mary Kate Burke for the play the Middle of the Night. In Belgium she studied at the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Mons and enjoyed a career in contrasting roles from Suzanna in Beaumarchais’ the Marriage of Figaro, to Zazie in Zazie in the Metro, by Raymond Queneau and many other roles in both contemporary and classical theatre. She has also performed in successful pieces in Brussels based on the poetry of Pasolini and Norge. She also was assistant director to many Belgian directors such as Guy Theunissen and Laurent Capelluto.
with the ELSEWHERE ENSEMBLE: His Majesty, the Devil – a play with music
RAFAEL SVARIN (actor & director – Switzerland)
LIBBY SKALA (actor & writer – USA)
NATHALIA MILSTEIN (pianist – Russia/France)
Nathalia Milstein was born into a family of musicians in 1995 . She began the piano at age 4 with her father, Serguei Milstein. In 2009 she entered her father’s piano studio at the Geneva Conservatory of Music where she graduated with honours in 2012. In 2013, Nathalia began studies with Nelson Goerner at the Geneva Hochschule of Music. Her international career was launched in May 2015 when she won 1st Prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition. First female winner since the Competition’s foundation, Nathalia has received engagements all over Europe and North America in some of the most prestigious halls, such as the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. Other competitions include: First Prize at the « Flame » Youth Competition in Paris; First Prize with distinction at the Geneva Conservatory of Music competitions (2010, 2011 and 2012). In 2011, Nathalia received the First Prize in the category « 16 and under » in the Fourth Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists, performing Chopin 1st Piano Concerto in E minor with the Manchester Camerata. Second Prize in the Grand Concours International de Piano in Corbelin (France) in 2013, and First Prize in the category “Young Pianists” of the Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in Gaillard (France) in May 2014. Nathalia Milstein has followed masterclasses with renowned pianists and professors such as Elena Ashkenazy, Krzysztof Jablonski, Jean-Marc Luisada, Vladimir Tropp, Mikhail Voskressensky, Jan Wijn, Menahem Pressler, and Nelson Goerner. She concertizes in France and abroad, both as soloist and chamber musician; she has also performed for the French television and the Dutch radio. For several years she has been performing in duo with her sister, violinist Maria Milstein. Nathalia Milstein is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at the Geneva Hochschule of Music in the class of Nelson Goerner. www.nathaliamilstein.com
with the ELSEWHERE ENSEMBLE: Quand les Poilus Etaient Poètes (When Soldiers were Poets) produced by Théâtre de l’Arc-en-Ciel
CYRIL SIMON (cellist – Belgium)
Après l’obtention de son Master de violoncelle et de son agrégation au Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles dans la classe de Marie Hallynck, Cyril Simon varie ses activités entre musique de chambre, pédagogie et pratique orchestrale. Son expérience de quartettiste, notamment au sein du quatuor Amôn, lui permet de se perfectionner auprès de grands maîtres tels que le quatuor Artemis à la Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth ou encore Valentin Erben (violoncelliste du quatuor Alban Berg) grâce à la formation internationale Proquartet. C‘est dans cette formation qu’il se produit régulièrement en France et en Belgique dans des salles aussi prestigieuses que la grande salle du Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles et Flagey. Souvent invité par des orchestres, il participe à une série de concerts à Séoul et a la chance de jouer notamment au Royal Concertgebouw d’Amsterdam sous la direction de P. Herreweghe, à Die Glocke à Brême et au Bozar de Bruxelles avec l’orchestre des Siècles sous la direction de F .X Roth ainsi qu’au théâtre des Champs Elysées de Paris avec l’Orchestre National de Belgique. A présent, Cyril Simon se produit régulièrement avec l’Opéra Royal Liège-Wallonie et l’Orchestre Royale de chambre de Wallonie ainsi qu’avec son quatuor de violoncelle: TetraCelli (quatuor de violoncelles de Bruxelles) pour lesquels il réalise des arrangements.Parallèlement à ses activités de concertiste, il effectue des remplacements en académies et souhaite avant tout faire découvrir la musique et particulièrement le violoncelle à travers des activités pédagogique et des spectacles qui permettent de sensibiliser un nouveau public à la musique. Cyril Simon travaille actuellement sur la réalisation de spectacles musicaux mélangeant musique de chambre, pédagogie et arts de la scène.