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  • Toby Appel, viola

    Toby Appel now splits his time between Santa Fe and New York, and is in his 28th year of teaching at the Juilliard School. He is a former member of Tashi, and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets. He began training at age 13 at the Curtis Institute with Max Aronoff. He has held professorships at ... Read more

  • Adam Golka, piano

    Polish-American pianist Adam Golka was recently selected by Sir András Schiff to perform recitals at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, Tonhalle Zürich, as well as in Berlin and New York (organized by the 92nd Street Y). Adam has been regularly on the concert stage since the age of sixteen, when he won first prize at the 2nd ... Read more

  • Ilana Setapen, violin

    Ilana Setapen, violin

    Since her solo orchestral debut at age 15 with the Amarillo Symphony, Ilana Setapen has been flourishing as a violinist with a powerful and original voice. She is currently the Associate Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago.

  • Nicholas Canellakis, cello

    Hailed by the The New Yorker as a “superb young soloist,” Nicholas Canellakis has become one of the most sought-after and innovative cellists of his generation, captivating audiences throughout the United States and abroad. In The New York Times his playing was praised as “impassioned” and “soulful,” with “the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis’s rich, ... Read more

  • Wendy Sutter, cello

    Heralded as “one of the great leading cellists of the classical stage” by the Wall Street Journal, Wendy Sutter has proven herself as one of the foremost and diverse soloists of her generation, having performed widely on five continents and acclaimed by critics in all major publications including The New York Times, Strad Magazine, The ... Read more

  • Margot Schwartz; viola

    Margot Schwartz is a member of the First Violin section in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and violinist in Milwaukee’s esteemed Prometheus Trio. A native of Oakland, California, she has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee, Berkeley, and Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Ms. Schwartz has performed extensively on both violin and ... Read more

The Stradivarius Affair” – Vanity Fair, November 2014

It isn’t every day that a street criminal—a high-school dropout with two felony convictions—is accused of stealing a centuries-old violin worth as much as $6 million. But nothing about the heist of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which galvanized the music world last winter, was normal, or even logical.

Read the complete feature in the November 2014 edition of Vanity Fair by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Buzz Bissinger.

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A Violin’s Life Vol. 2: Music for The ‘Lipiński’ Stradivari

The saga of the Lipiński Stradivarius of 1715 continues in this sequel to the critically acclaimed A Violin’s Life. Again we include compositions that have a connection to this storied violin’s history and pedigree. After a close brush with tragedy when the violin was stolen in 2014 and recovered after a valiant police pursuit, the violin’s story begins another chapter.