Arthur Russell Strings
...providing a context and a community for young classical musicians
2009 Distinguished Faculty

A native of California, Nancy Colter, ARS Artistic Director, began her piano studies in the San Francisco Bay Area with Norma Brown and Carlo Bussotti, then continued as a graduate student with Bernhard Abramowitsch, in Berkeley, and Katja Andy, in Boston. Nancy holds a B.A. in music from Sonoma State University, where she graduated with honors and distinction, and an M.F.A. in chamber music performance from Bennington College. As a recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed widely on the West Coast and throughout New England, and has presented premier performances of works by contemporary composers. Nancy has performed on national television and public radio, as well as with the Bennington Choral Society in Vermont and the Acadia Choral Society in Maine, as an accompanist and soloist. Additionally she has for many years been an inspirational teacher to students of all ages. Besides her private studio, teaching credits include Santa Rosa Junior College, as well as Mills, Williams, and Bennington colleges. A founding member of Arthur Russell Strings, Nancy currently lives with her husband in New Hampshire, and is a member of the piano faculty at Concord Community Music School.

Violinist Richard Hsu, performs with Orchestra of St. Lukes, New York Collegium, The American Classical Orchestra, Clarion, and Concert Royal. He was formerly associate concertmaster of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hsu holds a performer diploma and bachelor's degree in violin performance from the Indiana University School of Music. He furthered his studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Glenn Dicterow and other members of the New York Philharmonic in the orchestral performance program. He was violin soloist with the Moscow Ballet at the Spoleto Festival. He can be heard on the Disney movie soundtrack Casanova. Previously, Richard taught violin part time at the St. Thomas Choir School for Boys in NYC and at the Beacon, NY public schools. Currently Richard teaches violin in Blue Hill and Bangor. He and his wife, violinist, Heidi Powell have recently founded the Peninsula Community Orchestra, which includes local string players ages 11 through adult. Richard and Heidi also perform locally with their chamber groups, The Cormier Trio and Windhover Ensemble.

Violinist Claire Jolivet, has rapidly established herself as one of the country’s leading interpreters of baroque and early classical repertoire, maintaining a busy career appearing regularly with ensembles throughout the Northeast, including Sarasa, Concert Royal, Repast, Clarion, Ars Antiqua, the Four Nations Ensemble and the Dodd String Quartet, of which she is a founding member. She is the concertmaster of Opera Lafayette in Washington DC, and The Grand Tour Orchestra in New York, and has played as a guest with Musica Pacifica, Tafelmusic, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Paris-based Opera Fuoco. On modern violin, Ms. Jolivet freelances with many orchestras in the New York area including the Stamford Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. She was the founder and Artistic Director of the Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival in Colorado, an organization she steered for over 10 years. Ms. Jolivet maintains a small teaching studio at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City, and has coached student chamber ensembles at the Mannes College of Music preparatory division, and at Pro Corda in England.

Noreen Silver was born and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. Her cello studies took her to London's Royal College of Music and to Boston's New England Conservatory as the recipient of a Rotary International Fellowship. It was in Boston that she met her husband, pianist Phillip Silver, and together they formed the Silver Duo. Their numerous performances have featured live and recorded broadcasts on BBC's Radio 3, the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Swedish National Radio, London's South Bank, and appearances in premier concert halls of the UK, Germany, Israel and the United States. Noreen's experience in the profession includes several years as orchestral cellist in Seattle's Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Boston Opera, London's BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She is now principal cellist of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra in Beethoven¹s Triple Concerto along with husband Phillip, and concertmaster Trond Saeverud. From 1990-1999 she was on the string faculty of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, her home town, returning briefly to the USA in 1994 to complete her DMA from the University of Washington in Seattle. Noreen is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine, Orono, teaching cello and chamber music. She is a dedicated teacher, and has inspired many young cellists with her musical insights. She has also established a fine reputation as soloist and chamber musician.