“The cornerstone of the city’s new music groups.” – The Arts Fuse

BMV Core EnsembleBMV Ensemble

Richard Pittman, Music Director
Ann Bobo, flute
William Kirkley, clarinet
Robert Schulz, percussion
Geoffrey Burleson, piano
Bayla Keyes, violin
Gabriela Diaz, violin
Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello

Ann BoboAnn Bobo, flute

Ann Bobo frequently performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, with whom she has toured throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Korea. She also performs with the Boston Symphony and Pops Orchestras during their summer season at Tanglewood and has twice been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Other engagements include the St. Louis Symphony, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, and Boston Lyric Opera. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Bobo is an avid chamber musician who has been a featured performer at the Carolina Chamber Music Festival and holds awards from the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Societies, and the Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition. She has recorded for RCA Victor, Arsis, and New World Records, and is currently on faculty at the Boston Conservatory. (Back to top)

William KirkleyWilliam Kirkley, clarinet

Active as an orchestral musician, recitalist, and chamber musician, clarinetist William Kirkley’s performances have been called “emotional, committed, and intensely exciting” by the Boston Globe. Kirkley has performed to acclaim with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Santa Fe Opera, and other ensembles throughout North America. Currently principal clarinet of the Cape Ann Symphony and the Lexington Symphony, he is a faculty mentor with the Gordon Symphony and is on the music faculties at Gordon College and Salem State College. Mr. Kirkley is a core ensemble member of Boston Musica Viva and the Auros Group for New Music, commissioning and recording works for clarinet and chamber ensemble.  He has also performed with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Harvard Group for New Music, and Brandeis New Music.  He has given recitals and master classes at many colleges and universities in the Northeast, including the New England Conservatory and Harvard University.  Mr. Kirkley’s principal teachers were Robert Umiker, Robert Marcellus, and Anthony Gigliotti.  He has recorded on the CRI, SEAMUS, New World, and Centaur labels. (Back to top)

Robert SchulzRobert Schulz, percussion

Described by the Newport Daily Express as "Bare hands, bare feet, tour de force complete!", Robert Schulz has become one of modern music's busiest and most versatile percussionists.  He serves as principal percussionist for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, and Opera Boston Orchestra.  He has worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston and the Boston Chamber Music Society.  As a timpanist, mallet specialist and multi-percussionist, he has been a featured soloist with the Boston Celebrity Series on numerous occasions. In 2004, Mr. Schulz received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Small Ensemble Performance on Yehudi Wyner’s The Mirror (Naxos). That year he also gave the Boston premiere of Tan Dun’s Water Concerto with BMOP. Schulz leads his own group, the BeatCity Art Ensemble, in performances for the Boston Celebrity Series, Lincoln Center, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He has toured nationally and internationally with pipa virtuoso Wu Man and was the featured recitalist for the 2006 CrossSound Festival in Juneau, Alaska.  In 2010 he recorded Kick and Ride, a concerto for drumset and orchestra written for him by Eric Moe.  With a performance described as "Stunning" by Fanfare Magazine, it was released by BMOP Sound in 2011 and adds to a growing catalogue of over 30 recordings with that ensemble as principal percussionist. An experienced drummer in virtually all contemporary styles, Mr. Schulz has performed with Dave Brubeck at the Newport Jazz Festival, jazz violinist Leroy Jenkins, guitar legend Jim Hall, the San Antonio Symphony, and countless jazz combos, cover bands, and original music groups over the last 30 years, including the New England Swing, a big band featuring some of Boston's top jazz musicians.  He was recently the solo percussionist in a new "re-imagining" of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess, developed and premiered by the American Repertory Theater. (Back to top)

Geoffrey BurlesonGeoffrey Burleson, piano

Geoffrey Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer.  The New York Times has hailed Mr. Burleson’s solo performances as “vibrant and compelling,” furthermore praising his “rhythmic brio, projection of rhapsodic qualities, appropriate sense of spontaneity, and rich colorings.”    Currently, Mr. Burleson is recording Camille Saint-Saëns:  Complete Piano Music, on 5 CD volumes on the new Naxos Grand Piano label. Three volumes have been released so far, including Complete Piano Études (Vol. 1), and most recently, Character Pieces (Vol. 3).  They have been lauded in International Piano Magazine (International Piano Choice Award), International Record Review, Gramophone, Diapason (France) and elsewhere. Other recent solo CDs include Roy Harris-Complete Piano Music (Naxos), and Vincent Persichetti:  Complete Piano Sonatas (New World Records), a 2-CD set on which all twelve of Persichetti’s piano sonatas are united on one release for the first time. The Persichetti recording was accorded high acclaim from the BBC Music Magazine (“BBC Music Choice”; 5/5 stars), a laudatory feature review in Gramophone, and was listed among the best recordings released in 2008 by Fanfare and the American Record Guide.   Another recent release is Odd Couple  (Oxingale Records), a duo CD of American works with cellist Matt Haimovitz, featuring the Barber and Carter Sonatas, as well as newer works by David Sanford and Augusta Read Thomas.  Mr. Burleson is principal pianist with Boston Musica Viva, the Tribeca New Music Festival, David Sanford’s Pittsburgh Collective, and a member of Princeton University’s Richardson Chamber Players.   He teaches piano at Princeton University, and is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College-City University of New York. (Back to top)

Bayla KeyesBayla Keyes, violin

Bayla Keyes, violin, is “a charismatic soloist of expressive generosity and technical élan,” noted the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  First performing with the acclaimed Musicians from Marlboro, Ms. Keyes was a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Muir String Quartet, winners of the Evian and Naumburg awards and two Grand Prix du Disque.  Her recent concert highlights include numerous premieres with Boston Musica Viva, as well as frequent performances of the standard concerto repertoire.  Her piano trio, Triple Helix, is in residence at Wellesley College where their series of Beethoven concerts earned them the accolade “Musicians of the Year 2002” from the Boston Globe. Ms. Keyes is Associate Professor of Violin at Boston University, founding director of the String Quartet Institute at Tanglewood, and director of the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Conference. She has recorded for Ecoclassics, CRI, Musical Heritage, EMI-France, Koch, Bridge, and New World Records, and holds degrees from the Curtis Institute and the Yale School of Music. (Back to top)

Gabriela DiazGabriela Diaz, violin

Georgia native Gabriela Diaz began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. Diaz came to Boston to study at New England Conservatory, where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, studying with James Buswell.  As a cancer survivor, Diaz is committed to cancer research and treatment. In 2004 Diaz was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. This grant enabled her to begin organizing a series of chamber music concerts in cancer units at various hospitals in Boston called the Boston Hope Ensemble. Devoted to contemporary music, Diaz has been fortunate to work closely with many significant living composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, Lee Hyla, Hans Tutschku, and Helmut Lachenmann. Diaz is a member of several Boston-area new music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, and Callithumpian Consort.  Diaz can be heard on New World, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, and Tzadik records. (Back to top)

Jan Muller-SzerawsJan Müller-Szeraws, cello

Cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws’ musical journey has taken him over three continents as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Recent solo-engagements include performances with the New England Philharmonic, the Concord Orchestra, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción and Orquesta de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile with repertoire ranging from concertos from the traditional repertoire such as Dvorak, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich to concertos by contemporary composers Chou Wen Chung, Gunther Schuller, Bernard Hoffer and John Harbison. Recent recordings include  Bernard Hoffer's Concerto di Camera no. 2 for cello and ensemble, written for him and Boston Musica Viva, the Allende cello concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, which has been released by the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts and most recently a disc with music for cello, tabla and carnatic soprano by Shirish Korde. Müller-Szeraws has been a guest artist at many festivals such as the Cape & Islands, Rockport, El Paso Pro-Musica, Music at Gretna and Kingston Chamber Music Festivals. He is member of contemporary music ensemble Boston Musica Viva and Trio Tremonti and appears regularly in recital with pianists Ya-Fei Chuang and Adam Golka. He is currently on the faculty at the Phillips Academy Andover and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He is a grant recipient of the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation. A prize-winner at the Washington International Competition, Müller-Szeraws is a grant recipient of the Saul and Naomi Cohen Foundation. He studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany, and at Boston University. His teachers include Andrés Díaz, Christoph Henkel, Arnaldo Fuentes and Javier Santamaría. He plays a cello by David Tecchler. (Back to top)