B i o g r a p h i e s
Amy Hersh, flute, began her career playing flute and piccolo for the Mexico City Philharmonic and the Filharmonica del Bajio.
Since returning to New York, she has had an active freelance career, playing with the New Jersey Symphony, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Stamford Symphony, and the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. She has played flute and piccolo with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and has been a sub in various Broadway pit orchestras. Ms. Hersh was a winner of the New York Flute Club and the Artist’s International competitions. The New York Times has written that Amy Hersh “…plays the flute…with directness and an ear for subtlety.” She received her Bachelor and Master of music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, and currently teaches in Westchester, both at Hackley School and in her private studio.
Elizabeth Condon, oboist, is a freelance artist in the New York area. In addition to performing with the Virtuosi Quintet, she has toured as a guest artist in chamber ensembles, and has performed as a chamber soloist in Italy and Swiitzerland. Performance credits include freelance work with the New York City Opera Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic and the Greenwich Symphony. Ms. Condon has performed at Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and Carnegie Hall. Ms.Condon holds a Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her principal teachers include John Mack and Elizabeth Camus. Ms. Condon is on the faculty at the Hoff Barthelson School of Music, Scarsdale and Hackley School, Tarrytown.
Larry Tietze, clarinet, is a member of Twentieth Century Unlimited, the SUNY Contemporary Music Ensemble, New York Virtuosi, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players. He has also performed with the New York Philomusica, Atlantic Sinfonietta, Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. He toured the U.S. as principal clarinet with the Goldovsky Opera and prior to that position was solo principal clarinet with the West Point Band.
James Jeter, bassoon, is the founder of the Virtuosi Quintet. He has an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician, with various performances in Europe, South America and Asia. In 2010, he toured internationally as principal bassoon for StarWars in Concert. He has often performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Orchestra of N.Y., Berkshire Opera Company, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Alvin Ailey Dance Co., Jupiter Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Atlantic Sinfonietta, various Broadway shows and orchestras in New York and abroad (Italy and Switzerland). As part of its “Debuts and Encores Series” The Carnegie Hall Corporation sponsored Dr. Jeter in a critically acclaimed solo recital. He has been a featured concerto soloist for the Arcady Music Festival (ME), Connecticut Chamber Orchestra and the Biel Symphony (Switzerland). In addition to recordings with the Quintet, he made a debut solo recording for Crystal Records. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at SUNY Stony Brook in May, 2000. Each summer he performs and teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in western Michigan.
Ian Donald , horn, is a California native who received a degree in French horn performance from the University of Southern California, where he studied with James Decker. While in Los Angeles, he played on numerous studio recordings for film and television, and performed
throughout the area in groups including the San Diego Symphony, the New West Symphony, and the Fresno Philharmonic. Ian has traveled throughout the United States as well as Central and South America performing with classical, pop, and Broadway tours. Since moving to New York City in 2003, he has performed with the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera, as well as many regional orchestras and chamber ensembles. Ian can frequently be heard in Broadway pit orchestras, having performed in over two dozen different Broadway productions.