A graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School, violinist Min-Young Kim has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and American Chamber Players, and has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Takács Quartets. She made her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2001 as a winner of Artists International Competition and has performed as a soloist with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. With interests ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, Ms. Kim has performed and recorded with Apollo’s Fire and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has premiered numerous works in the Boston and New York areas as well as at new music festivals in Spain and Greece. She is also strongly committed to education, and was one of the first recipients of the Morse Fellowship at Juilliard, teaching music in inner city classrooms through creative activities. Ms. Kim has served on the faculties of Columbia University and the School for Strings, and her principal teachers have been Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann, and Shirley Givens.
Canadian violinist Matilda Kaul is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Upon completion of her studies, she joined the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, with whom she has appeared in the great halls and festivals of the world (Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique and Salle Pleyel, Lucerne KKL, Proms, Edinburgh Festival) with some of the most respected conductors of our time (Haitink, Harnoncourt, Nézet-Séguin, Jurowski). Ms. Kaul has been a frequent guest concertmaster and principal in orchestras around Europe (Zürich Tonhalle, BBC Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Kammer Akademie Potsdam), and maintains a strong interest in historical performance practice, having been heard in recording and on stage with John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Romantique et Revolutionnaire and English Baroque Soloists, Philippe Herreweghe’s Orchestre des Champs Elysées, and Emmanuel Krivine’s Chambre Philharmonique. Ms. Kaul has performed as chamber musician on both sides of the Atlantic, at festivals such as Ravinia, Norfolk, Charlottesville, Prussia Cove (U.K.), La Loingtaine (France), Oulosalo (Finland), East Neuk (Scotland), and Alfred Brendel’s Music at Plush (U.K.).
Violist Jessica Thompson is a passionate chamber musician who has performed at the Marlboro, Portland (Maine), and Verbier (Switzerland) Music Festivals. She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and performs frequently with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. Before joining the Daedalus Quartet, Ms. Thompson was a member of the Chester String Quartet, the resident ensemble at Indiana University South Bend, where she served as Associate Professor of Viola. She currently teaches viola privately and at Columbia University. Ms. Thompson has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and has given recitals in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. She performed at the “Wall-to-Wall Bach” event at Symphony Space in New York in 2008 and at the International Viola Congress in Minneapolis in 2004. Educated at the Curtis Institute of Music, her principal teachers have been Karen Tuttle, Korey Konkol, and Alice Preves.
Cellist Thomas Kraines has forged a multifaceted career, equally comfortable with avant-garde improvisation, new music, and traditional chamber music and solo repertoire. Mr. Kraines has been heard with ensembles such as Music from Copland House, Concertante, Mistral, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and the Network for New Music, and at festivals including the Bravo! Vail, Bard, the Sebago/Long Lakes, and Moab. An accomplished composer of chamber music, his works have been performed across the country by artists such as pianists Awadagin Pratt and Wayman Chin, violinists Corey Cerovsek and Jennifer Frautschi, and sopranos Maria Jette and Ilana Davidson. His free-improvisation duo Dithyramb, with percussionist Cameron Britt, has performed and taught as guests of the Longy School of Music, the University of Florida at Gainesville, and the Jubilus Festival. Mr. Kraines has taught at the Peabody Conservatory, the Longy School of Music, the Killington Music Festival, Yellow Barn, and the Walden School, and is currently on the faculties of Princeton University and Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, violinist Juliette Kang, and their two daughters, Rosalie and Clarissa.