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Marlon Daniel
One of the most dynamic conductors of his generation, Marlon DANIEL has been described as "a natural and enormous talent" (Chicago Sun-Times) and his artistry has been hailed as “fabulous and exceptional” (Pravda – Moscow). Winner of the 2014 John and Mary Virginia Foncannon Conducting Award, he has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in Europe and the United States that range from Carnegie Hall to the Rudolfinum in Prague and several international music festivals. He has also appeared with international artists that have included Yuriy BEKKER, Koh Gabriel KAMEDA, Julian MILKIS, Magali LÉGER, Kristin LEWIS, Rachel BARTON-PINE, Eric SILBERGER, Russell THOMAS and Deborah VOIGT, to name a few.

He has received numerous prizes and awards including the Mabel Henderson Memorial Grant for Foreign Experience, a Rose Hanus Fellowship, and an Honorary Key to the City of Chicago for Outstanding Musical Achievement and the ‘Voice of the Artist’ Award from the United Nations in recognition of his charitable work of bringing awareness to the crisis in Darfur.

He was educated at Manhattan School of Music, Le Conservatoire Américain - Fontainebleau (France), Centro de Estudios Musicales Isaac Albéniz (Spain) and the Prague Academy, where he received his training in conducting whilst serving as Associate Conductor of the Praga Sinfonietta. He has also profited from the advice of Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic as a James and Lola Faust Fellow, and Jorma Panula at the Panula Academy in Finland.

He is one of the foremost exponents of music by composers of African and African American descent, performing works from Saint-Georges to George Walker. In 2011 he conducted the Russian première of William Grant Still’s iconic Afro-American Symphony and received the praise of the Still Family Foundation as a champion of the works of the composer.

An avid supporter of music by living composers, he has worked closely with and conducted première performances of major composers that include Aldophus HAILSTORK, Giya KANCHELI, Matthew KAJCIENSKI, Libby LARSEN, Dominique LE GENDRE, Nkeiru OKOYE, Fred ONOVWEROSUOKE, Patrick SOLURI, Eino TAMBERG and Lev ZHURBIN. His recording “Phoenix Forever” (music of Hampson SISLER) on the MSR Classics label received rave reviews and was in consideration for a 2011 GRAMMY.

Mr. DANIEL is former Artistic Director of the International Festival of Composers of African and Afro-Caribbean Descent organized by Nassau Music Society and sponsored by Atlantis Resort, Société Générale and the Embassy of the United States, Associate Conductor of the Praga Sinfonietta, Associate Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta and Principal Guest Conductor of the Sofia Sinfonietta.

Most recently he was the featured in Symphony Magazine and on National CBS news documentary/interview “Changing the Color of Classical Music” hosted by anchormen Lee Cowan and Scott Pelley, and produced by EMMY winning producer Alturo Rhymes. He also made his London Royal Festival Hall début, to great acclaim, under the auspices of the CHINEKE! Foundation.

Currently he is Artistic Director of the Festival International de Musique Saint-Georges, the Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra (BNSO) Orchestra Workshops, Music Director of the Colour of Music Festival, Music Director of Ensemble du Monde, Guest Conductor of the Pazardzhik State Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Sofia Opera and Ballet in Bulgaria, a Guest Artist and Lecturer at Columbia University Teachers College for the Diversity in Classical Music Project and was be a guest lecturer at Yale University.

TIA ALLEN, viola (USA)

Tia Allen
Born in Italy, American violist Tia Allen has performed in the Europe, Asia and both North and South America in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Teatro Nacional and the Royal Opera House Muscat.
A six-summer veteran of the Aspen Music Festival and School, she is a graduate University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she received her Bachelors and Master’s degree Magna Cum Laud and was a two-time winner of the school’s Geraldine Gee Competition. She also holds a Professional Studies Certificate in Orchestral Performance from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a student of Karen Dreyfus.
Currently a freelance musician living in New York, Ms. Allen in a member of Ensemble du Monde and has performed with such diverse artists as Julia Fischer, Paul Gemignani, George Manahan, Phillipe Entremont, Lorin Maazel, and Seal, Cee-Lo Green and Nikki Jean on Late Show with David Letterman.



Achim Melzer
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Achim Melzer is a graduate from the Hochschule der Musik in Karlsruhe (Germany) where he studied with Prof. M.Ostertag. A stipend from the DAAD enabled him to continue his studies at the Mannes College of Music New York in the class of Prof. Timothy Eddy. There he got his Masters Diploma and was honored with the rare award “Excellence in performance”. Among other former teachers are Janos Starker, Heinrich Schiff, Daniel Schafran, Hatto Beyerle (Alban-Berg Quartett) und Yo-Yo Ma.
Winner of numerous competitions, Mr. Melzer joined the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in 1993 and currently helds a teaching position at the Bamberg University. In 2014 he became music director of the “Banz chamber music festival”.
Mr. Melzer is a tenured member of the Bamberger Symphoniker, on the faculty of the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg and Music Directorof the Banz Chamber Music Festival.


Hristo Popov
Concertmaster of The Cleveland Opera, violinist Hristo Popov has been described described as “Virtuoso-violinist extraordinaire” (Musical Horizons), brings tremendous experience to the concert stage. He made his orchestra debut at the age of nine with Plovdiv State Philharmonic Orchestra and since then has performed at major performing arts venues as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in United States, Asia and Europe.
A top prizewinner at the Kozian International Violin Competition, he has also won the Silver Medalist at the California Young Artist Competition, the Grand Prize Winner of the International Institute of Music (Germany, USA) and First Place at the American String Teachers' Association Chamber Music Competition.
Dr. Popov performances have been documented on television and radio. He continues to receive rave reviews - as described recently by The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, “…the performance benefited from the elegant purity soloist Hristo Popov invested in every phrase.” “Popov traced the lyrical and vibrant lines (Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish) with unruffled assurance. He enabled the music to float where necessary and made easy work of the acrobatic demands.” In April 2009, he was selected as Artist of the Month for the Obama for Arts and Entertainment Organization.


Jamshed Turel
Originally from Mumbai, India, Jamshed TUREL received his Bachelors and Masters of Music in violin performance, computer science and music theory from Indiana University, where he studied with Mauricio Fuks and Federico Agostini. At age thirteen he was the youngest player admitted to the Bombay Chamber Orchestra, and in 1994 he became the youngest concertmaster of the Bombay Players Orchestra. He has led orchestras in New York, Chicago, Houston, Dubai, Toronto and London, as well as having performed as a soloist in several concerts across North America, Europe and Asia.
Combining his musical and technological interests, he has been involved in and headed numerous technological and pedagogical projects, including being the software designer for an online musical tutorial for Indiana University called "Music Fundamentals Online." In 2005, he moved to Montréal, where he taught and pursued his doctorate in music theory and film at McGill University.
Currently Mr. Turel is the Head of the Music Department of Mohawk College in Canada. In 2013 he was nominated for two JUNO Awards, and he is a recipient of the Hamilton Industry Music Award.