Storm King Art Center | Old Pleasant Hill Road
Enjoy a spring afternoon of chamber music with Bard College Conservatory of Music faculty. Formed in 2013, the Bardian Ensemble is a faculty collective from the Bard College Conservatory and Bard College Music Program. Inspired by the opportunity to share their music-making with students, colleagues, and the broader community, the group performs a rich blend of chamber music for winds, brass, strings, piano, and soon, percussion.
Erica Kiesewetter, violinist, has been performing at Bard College since the Bard Music Festival’s inception in 1990. She has served as the concertmaster of the American Symphony Orchestra since 2001, where she enjoys the varied and unusual repertoire and occasionally appears as a soloist. She is also currently the concertmaster of the Stamford Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, Amici New York Orchestra, and the Long Island Philharmonic, and has frequently appeared as a concerto soloist with these groups. Ms. Kiesewetter also previously served as the concertmaster of the New York Pops and the Eos Ensemble, and has toured and recorded extensively with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her summers are divided between the Bard Music Festival, the OK Mozart Festival, and Round Top Festival Institute. Ms. Kiesewetter is the former first violinist of the Colorado and Dakota Quartets and has been a member of the Leonardo Trio for 14 years. She has performed concerts with these and other groups in 49 states, Canada, and several European and South American countries. Her solo appearance on a recording of the music of the Spanish pianist and composer Enrique Granados was recently nominated for a Grammy. Ms. Kiesewetter is a visiting associate professor at Bard College, where she maintains a violin studio. She is the director of Orchestral Studies at the Bard Conservatory and has also served on the faculty of Columbia University.
Melissa Reardon is the violist in the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet. Lauded by Classical Voice for her “elegant” and “virtuosic” performances, the Massachusetts-born musician won first prize at the Washington International Competition, and is the only violist to win top prizes in consecutive HAMS International viola competitions, as well the Tourjee Award in 2002. Solo engagements have included performances at the Stevens Center, Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall, and Jordan Hall. She has performed as a soloist with Camerata Notturna and the Boston Symphony. In 2006, she was chosen as one of four violists internationally to participate in “Chamber Music Connects the World,” in Kronberg, Germany, alongside Gidon Kremer and Yuri Bashmet. Melissa is also a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and is a sought-after collaborative musician. Melissa has appeared in numerous festivals across the United States, South America, Europe, Canada, India, and Korea. She has toured with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and with Musicians from Marlboro. Melissa holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers include Kim Kashkashian, Michael Tree, Joseph dePasquale, Karen Tuttle, Samuel Rhodes, and Hsin-Yun Huang, in addition to early chamber music studies with Eugene Lehner. She is married to the cellist Raman Ramakrishnan.
Raman Ramakrishnan, cellist, is a member of the Horszowski Trio with violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Rieko Aizawa. The trio has performed across the United States, Japan, and in Hong Kong, and records for Bridge Records. For eleven seasons, he was a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, with whom he performed around the world. Mr. Ramakrishnan is an artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and is on the faculties of Columbia University and the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He has given solo recitals in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and has performed chamber music at Caramoor and Bargemusic, with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and at the Aspen, Bard, Charlottesville, Four Seasons, Lincolnshire (UK), Marlboro, Mehli Mehta (India), Oklahoma Mozart, and Vail Music Festivals. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has performed, as guest principal cellist, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he has performed in New Delhi and Agra, India and in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Ramakrishnan was born in Athens, Ohio and grew up in East Patchogue, New York. His father is a molecular biologist and his mother is the children’s book author and illustrator Vera Rosenberry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University and a Master’s degree in music from The Juilliard School. His principal teachers have been Fred Sherry, Andrés Díaz, and André Emelianoff. He lives in New York City with his wife, the violist Melissa Reardon, and their young son. He plays a Neapolitan cello made by Vincenzo Jorio in 1837.