Eight Strings & a Whistle

has been committed to presenting and expanding the repertoire for the unique combination of flute, viola, and cello since 1998. A cutting- edge presence, the Trio champions Baroque, Classical, and Romantic repertoire — and collaborates regularly with a wide roster of living composers, premiering and performing their pieces throughout the concert season.


Eight Strings & a Whistle’s appearances include performances at the Festival Música Contemporánea de la Habana (Havana, Cuba), the Festival of New American Music (Sacramento, California), the Spectri Sonori Series at Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana), the Stern Virtuoso Series at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York), and the University of Maine campuses at Presque Isle and Fort Kent. Performances in New York City include concerts at the Tenri Cultural Institute, the 2014 Queens New Music Festival, Spectrum, Merkin Concert Hall, and Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space. Television and radio appearances include “Minding Your Business,” hosted by June Middleton (MNN TV), and Maine Public Radio’s live performance series with host Suzanne Nance. Winner of the Artists International Special Presentation Award, Eight Strings & a Whistle performed its critically acclaimed New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall in May 2003.


Eight Strings & a Whistle’s debut album, ALBERT’S WINDOW (RR7918), was released on Ravello Records in November 2015. In August 2016, Ravello Records released 96 STRINGS AND 2 WHISTLES (RR7940), a recording of the music of Scott Brickman, featuring Eight Strings & a Whistle with pianist, Beth Levin. The Trio can also be heard on Douglas Anderson’s CHAMBER SYMPHONIES 2, 3 & 4 (RR7940, Ravello Records, January 2016) and TULPE, a recording of music by Sarah Davol and GRAMMY-nominated artist Dawn Avery (Okenti Records, January 2008).


In June 2017, Eight Strings & a Whistle launched its first 8SW Composer Competition to further its desire to promote chamber music for the flute, viola, and cello and to encourage the writing of contemporary chamber music in general. The competition is held once every two years.


Suzanne Gilchrest, flutist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland. She has been noted for her “highly artistic standards” (Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Bregenz, Austria), her “beautiful sound” (Anzeiger der Stadt Kloten, Switzerland), and her “polished and brilliant playing” (Dolomiten Zeitung, Bolzano, Italy). Her recordings as a member of the Browning-Gilchrest Duo, Serenade for flute and guitar and Duo Chant (Prospect Classics label), have received wide critical acclaim. Live radio performances include several appearances on “Around New York” on WNYC-FM, “Morning Pro Musica” on WGBH-FM in Boston, and “Live at 11” on Maine Public Radio. She is a Powell Artist and is currently a member of the Flute and Chamber Music faculty of the Department of Music and Performing Arts at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, as well as SummerKeys in Lubec, Maine.


Violist Ina Litera is an active symphonic and chamber musician, performing with many New York–based ensembles. As a soloist, she has performed Hindemith’s Trauermusik, Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante, Hummel’s Potpourri, and Berlioz’s Harold in Italy. She premiered Douglas Anderson’s solo viola work “...mood, enough...” in 2007 and recorded it for the Ravello Records 2018 release ONE AT A TIME (RR7992). Litera has performed and recorded with many notable musicians, including saxophonist David Sanborn, John Zorn, Chris Rael, Galt MacDermott, and with the band Church of Betty. Live radio performances include appearances on “Around New York” on WNYC, WBAI radio, and “Live at 11” on Maine Public Radio. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at The City University of New York, and is on faculty at the Third Street Music School Settlement and the Lucy Moses Music School in New York City.


Matt Goeke, cellist, performs as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player in a broad range of musical styles. Classical recordings include North/South Recordings and 4Tay, Inc, and he has also recorded for Opus One Records, Polygram, Elektra, Tzadik, Innova, and Koch International Classics labels. Non-classical recordings are with the bands GIANTfingers and Voltaire. He can also be heard on Angelique Kidjo’s 2007 Grammy Award winning album Djin Djin, and on David Bowie’s Time Will Crawl. Goeke is also a member of the di.vi.sion Piano Trio, whose debut recording, Music of Merrill Clark, was released in October 2015 by Albany Records, and whose second CD, Dream Forms, devoted to the music of Steven Burke, was released in December 2017. In addition to maintaining an active teaching studio, Goeke is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY, and coaches for the New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music program.


To read more about Eight Strings & a Whistle, and for booking information, please visit: www.eightstringsandawhistle.com






photo: Ernesto Oliva Figueredo

photo: Tina Harrington

Mark Winges was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and currently resides in San Francisco, where he has been resident composer/advisor for the chamber choir Volti since 1990. He was also composer-in-residence for the San Francisco Choral Artists in the 2012–13 season. He is a graduate of both the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University, and has studied at the Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, Sweden, with composer Arne Mellnäs.


Gramophone magazine has characterized Winges’ music as “Stylistically adventurous in setting, but strongly beholden to conventional means.” SF Classical Voice describes him as “a composer with the skill and self-confidence to write music that is clear, direct, and at times even simple, but not at all simple-minded.” Winges has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaiso (Mojácar, Spain), and the Ragdale Foundation. He has been accepted for a residency in January 2022 at the Visby (Sweden) International Centre for Composers.


Spun Light, a “distanced” concerto for violin and chamber ensemble received its virtual premiere in February 2021 by the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and Icelandic violinist Hrabba Atladottir. Tomorrow’s Dream Not The Same for 16 solo voices was premiered by Volti in February 2020, the performance slipping in a mere week and a half before the ‘great pause.’ Other recent pieces include Light Becoming Song, a cycle of 18 pieces for organ written for Hans-Ola Ericsson, and Adventure in the Air, a concerto for soprano saxophone and wind orchestra written for James Spinazzola, which is scheduled for premiere in May 2022. Two upcoming projects are a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and instruments for Megan Ihnen and a series of short works for pianist Blaise Bryski.


To learn more, please visit: markwinges.com


Mark Winges has been interviewed as part of the 8SW Featured Composer series. You can read the full interview with him at eightstringsandawhistle.com/2019/06/18/mark-winges/

Paul Théberge was born in Brunswick, Maine. In his late teens he emigrated to Canada, where he studied music at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, and later, Communications and Media Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. As a composer, he has created works for a variety of media and has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts and from the National Endowment for the Arts (United States). His works have been performed throughout North America, in Europe, and in the Middle East. Théberge is also well known for his writings on music, and technology and culture, including the award-winning book Any Sound You Can Imagine: Making Music/Consuming Technology (1997). He is co-editor of Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound (2015). In 2012, he produced and engineered Glenn Gould: The Acoustic Orchestrations, a two-disc set for Sony Classical. He is presently a Canada Research Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa.

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Pamela Sklar

Born in New York City and based in Westchester County NY, Pamela Sklar collaborates as flutist and composer with various ensembles co-featuring classical, pop-rock, blues, meditative, and improvised music. Her critically acclaimed performances have included international tours and national/regional appearances with Claude Bolling, Dave Brubeck, Alan Hovhaness, Jack Wilkins, and Tony Bennett.


Sklar’s composing evolved naturally as an extension of her performing career. Her works have been praised as “...the listener is transformed into another time and place...hauntingly beautiful...full of colors...excellent...mastery" (The Flutist Quarterly) for her debut recording A Native American-Jazz Tribute/A Tune for America, and described as "Magical sound...expertly written, Sklar creates a fascinating exploration of Ancient Egypt using contemporary sound.” (Fanfare Magazine) for her recording, Silver Pharaoh/An Original Tribute to Ancient Egypt.


Recent projects include a 2020 Arts Initiative Award from ArtsWestchester for Words Into Music, inspired by her conversations with more than 40 individuals from Mount Vernon NY, who shared stories about family situations, community issues, and personal struggles.


Other premieres include: Mandolin on the Moon, written for members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and presented at the Hudson River Museum Planetarium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing; Two Journeys, performed in Havana, Cuba and New York City by Eight Strings & a Whistle; The Chains of Love, performed in Madrid and New York City. Additional notable performances include works presented at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago and the International Double Reed Society Conference in New York City.


New York Women Composers awarded Sklar for two seasons for New York Tapestries, a project with her duo 2Flutes with Laura Falzon. A copy of her score, Spell #166, for five various flutes and organ, is included in the Special Collection of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. To learn more, please visit: www.pamelasklar.com


Pamela Sklar has been interviewed as part of the 8SW Featured Composer series. You can read the full interview with her at eightstringsandawhistle.com/2019/03/17/pamela-sklar/

John Newell

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, John Newell graduated from Duke University, having pursued studies in composition, piano, and conducting. He earned his M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts, where his primary teacher was Mel Powell. Newell completed his formal training at SUNY Buffalo, working with Morton Feldman, as recipient of the first Edgard Varèse Fellowship. Since earning his Ph.D. in 1979, he has pursued an independent creative path.


Newell’s objective is to create works that reflect his personal sensibility, that are inspiring and rewarding for performers and listeners alike. He is equally at home composing for orchestra, solo instruments, vocal ensembles, and chamber groups.


Organizations that have commissioned works include Resinosa Ensemble, Eight Strings & a Whistle, Atlantic Sinfonietta, The Bowery Ensemble, Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), the Enid Symphony Orchestra (Oklahoma), as well as a number of amateur groups such as Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra (Maine). His work has received support from the American Music Center, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Meet the Composer. Newell’s works are self-published through Abierto Music, and he is a member of Broadcast Music Inc. An accomplished pianist, conductor, and teacher, Newell lives with his wife, Linda, in Downeast Maine. He serves on the faculty of the SummerKeys music program and is founding director of the choral ensemble Quoddy Voices. To learn more, please visit: https://www.johnnewellmusic.com/


John Newell has been interviewed as part of the 8SW Featured Composer series. You can read the full interview with him at https://eightstringsandawhistle.com/2019/03/09/john-newell/

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Jorge Amado is an up-and-coming young Cuban composer and violinist. Since winning the 8SW Composer Competition, Amado has received commissions for his work by ensembles such as the Catalyst Quartet and organizations such as the Centro Nacional de la Música de Concerto de Cuba. He has received numerous awards from such competitions as Mexico’s 2019 International Composition Competition for String Quartet and the Ojalá 2018 Symphonic Composition Award. His orchestral work, Reencuentro, was premiered by the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic in Chicago in 2016.


Other awards include several from “Concurso Musicalia” sponsored by Cuba’s Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), the "Harold Gramatges" Competition (Cuba), the Alfred Schnittke Competition and Composers’ Forum (Ukraine). Amado’s work has been presented at several festivals, including the Festival de Música Contemporánea de la Habana and the Festival de Música de Cámara (Havana, Cuba), and in the United States at the Austin Chamber Music Festival (Texas), and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival (Virginia).


As a violinist, Amado has performed with orchestras, including the Orchestra of Cuban Radio and Television (Miguel Patterson, conductor), the orchestra from the Chicago-ISA project (Orbert Davis, conductor), and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (Orbert Davis, conductor). Amado has performed in concerts and workshops presented by Casa de las Américas in Havana, as part of their Composition Awards concerts, and as a soloist he has participated in the recording of five albums, sponsored by AHS (Asociación Hermanos Saíz), and the Colibrí and EGREM labels.


Amado is a member of the Cuban Association of Musical Copyright (ACDAM) and the General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE). He is a 2019 recipient of Cuba’s AHS 2019 Scholarship for composition and a 2020 graduate of ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte) with degrees in both violin and composition. A catalogue of his works can be found at cayomusic.org


Jorge Amado has been interviewed as part of the 8SW Featured Composer series. You can read the full interview with him at : eightstringsandawhistle.com/2019/03/17/jorge-amado


photo: Henrieke I. Strecker

Péter Kőszeghy’s work is inspired by Greek mythology and Hungarian Shamanism — and the connection between the physical and spiritual worlds. His interests lie in the beauty, the colors, and the expression of the sensibility and delicacy of music itself.


Kőszeghy has been awarded numerous prizes for his work. He has been commissioned by such organizations and ensembles as the Berlin Senate, the Long Night of Electronic Sounds of the AdK (Berlin), the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Deutschlandfunk, the Ensemble EAR (Budapest), the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, and the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.


Kőszeghy’s work has been performed internationally at such festivals as Ultraschall Berlin, Ensemblia Mönchengladbach, AdeVantgarde (Munich), Tongyoeng International Music Festival (Korea), and First Bohlen-Pierce Conference (Boston). He has been invited to appear at conferences such as the 4th Young Talent Forum of the GNM and Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt aM); the CDMC 1° Forum International des jeunes compositeurs (Paris); Musik unser Zeit (Münster); and was Composer in Residence at the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne.


Performers of his work include the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the MusikFabrik NRW, the Ensemble Zagros (Finland), the Ensemble Aleph (France), the vocal ensemble AuditivVokal (Dresden), the e-mex Ensemble (Düsseldorf), and Eight Strings & a Whistle (United States). Soloist performers include Camilla Hoitenga, Peter Veale, Istvàn Matùz, Pascal Gallois, and Carin Levine.


In 2018 Kőszeghy co-founded the HDES ensemble for contemporary music with his composition student Fabian Blum. Kőszeghy is also the founder and director of the Contemporary Music Festival at the Reinickendorf Music School in Berlin, where he has been a faculty member since 2018.


Born in Hungary, Kőszeghy moved to Berlin in 1992 after studying flute and music pedagogy at the Franz Liszt Musikakademie in Györ. He earned a degree from the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin in 1999, where he studied composition with Paul-Heinz Dittrich and electronic music with Andre Bartetzki. He continues to make Berlin his home. To learn more, please visit his website at www.koeszeghy.net


Péter Kőszeghy has been interviewed as part of the 8SW Featured Composer series. You can read the full interview with him at eightstringsandawhistle.com/2019/03/08/peter-koszeghy/





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