Originally from Stuttgart, Germany, Violinist Susanna Klein has enjoyed a varied career as a violinist, educator and classical music innovator on the East Coast. She has performed in orchestra and chamber music settings in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Israel as well as throughout the United States. Currently she serves as violinist with both Trio 826, based in Iowa, and the trailblazer group Atlantic Chamber Ensemble (ACE) in Richmond. ACE has garnered national attention through its novel connections to audiences, recently detailed in Chamber Music Magazine.
As an orchestral musician, Ms. Klein served as principal second violin of the Richmond Symphony for five years. Other full time orchestral appointments have been with the Colorado Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Vermont Symphony (as acting concertmaster) and Rhode Island Philharmonic. Klein has played under the baton of notable conductors such as Marin Alsop, Sejii Ozawa, Yoel Levi, and Lorin Maazel. She participated in the music festivals at Tanglewood, Spoleto Italy, Shira, Kneisel Hall, and Nova Scotia. In 2011 and 2012 performed at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival in Virginia and in 2012 at the Lake George Music Festival in New York.
Ms. Klein can be heard regularly on radio and TV spots including the PBS Series “The Retirement Revolution.” She has been a soloist with Up Close and Musical in Denver, the Richmond Ballet, and Charlottesville Youth Symphony. Ms. Klein can be heard as a guest on the compact discs of One Ring Zero, Modern Groove Syndicate and the Klavier label Chamber Music Series.
A passionate educator, Susanna Klein has taught violinists aged 4 to 74. She has served on the violin faculty at the Governor’s School of Virginia Summer program, the Richmond Symphony Camp, and the Boston Youth Symphony Retreat. Susanna Klein is assistant professor of violin and coordinator of strings at her alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University. Klein holds a Bachelor of Music degree from VCU and Master of Music degree from Boston University, where she was an assistant to the legendary violinist Roman Totenberg. She co-founded The Orchestra Project in 2010.
Violinist Ross Monroe Winter joined the violin faculty at VCU in 2012. A sought-after teacher, he has served on the violin and chamber music faculty at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy since 2007 and previously taught at The Chamber Music Workshop, New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and Festival Youth Orchestra Summer Institute. He has also been an instructor of violin at Purchase College in New York, and maintains a private studio.
Winter returned to Hampton Roads as a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 2012; he has been a member of the Richmond Symphony since 2004 and a substitute with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he has been a member of or performed with ensembles such as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic, as well as the orchestras of Rhode Island, Albany, Roanoke, New Bedford and South Florida.
Devoted to chamber music, he is a founding member of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, which is ensemble-in-residence at both WCVE Public Radio and the Lake George Music Festival. He is frequently heard in recital, as a guest with numerous ensembles and, in the summers, as a member of the Wintergreen Chamber Players. He has performed at the festivals of Aspen, Santo Domingo, Todi, Maastricht, Virginia Arts and Music at Penn’s Woods. This season he will give recital performances of Dvorak, Haydn and Messiaen, and be featured as a soloist in 10 performances of Stravinsky’s Duo Concertant with the Richmond Ballet.
Winter holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Malcolm Lowe, and from the State University of New York Purchase Conservatory with Laurie Smukler. Other principal teachers include Sylvia Rosenberg, Kurt Sassmannshaus, and Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet.
His most notable student has been Robert Downey Jr. for the Warner Bros. film “Sherlock Holmes,” in which he also played the principal role of violinist. Other tastes of Hollywood include roles as a featured performer in “Sex and the City 2,” “Taylor Swift’s NBC Thanksgiving Special,” HBO’s series “Mildred Pierce” starring Kate Winslet and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” He also spent time working on USA Network’s series, “Royal Pains” as an adviser, tutoring guest star Sami Gayle for the episode “A History of Violins.” (2011)
Susy Yim joined the Richmond Symphony in 2001 after completing her Master of Music degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Ms. Yim earned her undergraduate degree from Boston Conservatory, where she received the Arthur B.Whitney award for highest scholastic achievement and was the winner of the Boston Conservatory Concerto competition. She has studied with Raphael Fliegel, Kenneth Goldsmith, Tatiana Dimitriades and David Kim. A native of Hong Kong, Ms. Yim started playing the violin at the age of four and attended the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts when she was nine. Competitions and summer festivals have brought her to countries including France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Scotland, and Japan. Ms. Yim is also an active chamber musician and teacher, and currently a member of both the Richmond Chamber Players and the Oberon String Quartet which is in residence at St. Catherine’s and St. Christopher’s Schools.