Yoram Youngerman, Founder / Summer Artistic Director, Violin and Viola The Director of Israel Music institute in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Mr. Youngerman founded MYCO Youth Chamber Orchestra (formerly known as the Mallarme Youth Chamber Orchestra) in 2005. He was a visiting professor at Duke during the 2011-12 school year and faculty at UNC -Chapel Hill. Yoram Youngerman has performed in major venues worldwide including the Lincoln Center, New York; Barbican Center, London; and other venues in Washington, Toronto, Amsterdam, Zurich, San Francisco and Berlin. He performed extensively around the country as a member of the internationally award winning Amernet String Quartet and was invited to collaborate with prominent ensembles, including the Tokyo String Quartet, Ying String Quartet, members of the Cleveland String Quartet, Ciompi String Quartet and as a guest solo artist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Youngerman has served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Northern Kentucky University and East Carolina University. He is a regular participant of Summit Music Festival in New York, where, in addition to teaching and performing, he conducts the Festival Orchestra.
Mimi Solomon, Co-Artistic Director, piano
American pianist Mimi Solomon enjoys a multi-faceted career as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. She has performed throughout the United States, China, Japan and Europe, has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Shanghai Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and Yale Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts including the McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase, France 3, France Inter, and National Public Radio.
An avid chamber musician, Mimi regularly appears at music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic such as Santander, IMS Prussia Cove, Lockenhaus, Rencontres de Bel-Air, Ravinia, Taos, Norfolk, Yellow Barn, Charlottesville, La Loingtaine, and Aspen. Mimi spends part of every year coaching and performing chamber music at Kinhaven Festival in Vermont, and has taught at Cornell University, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Ithaca College.
Mimi recently returned to the US after nearly a decade in Paris, during which in addition to being active as a a chamber musician and soloist, she perfected her French and gained an assiduous understanding of where to find the best French delicacies. She graduated cum laude in East Asian Studies from Yale and went on to receive a Master of Music from Juilliard. Her main teachers were Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald, and she has also played regularly for Ferenc Rados and studied the fortepiano with Patrick Cohen. Her studies were generously supported by a Beebe Grant and two Woolley Scholarships from the Fondation des États-Unis. She currently lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, violinist Nicholas DiEugenio.
Nicholas DiEugenio, Co-Artistic Director, violin
Praised for his “invigorating, silken" playing and “mysterious atmosphere” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and as an “evocative” violinist (New York Times), Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile performing life as a chamber musician, concertmaster, and soloist in music ranging from early baroque to current commissions, and everything in between!
Nicholas and pianist Mimi Solomon perform in the US and abroad, and are currently embarking on the project “Unraveling Beethoven,” a cycle of all ten violin sonatas combined with response works from five composers. He has played concerts in St. Petersburg’s Glinka Hall, Merkin Hall, at the CMS of Lincoln Center, and at Carnegie’s Weill Hall. His recording of the complete Schumann violin sonatas with fortepiano (Musica Omnia) garnered several Global Music Awards in 2015; Nicholas can also be heard on recent recordings with the Sebastians and the Quodlibet Ensemble. His upcoming album with Mimi Solomon includes works for violin and piano of Steven Stucky and Robert Palmer.
A passionate teacher, Nicholas is Assistant Professor of Violin at UNC Chapel Hill, and was previously violin professor at the Ithaca College School of Music. He teaches at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont during the summers. Nicholas holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CIM, and both an Artist Diploma and DMA from the Yale School of Music. As a core member of the Sebastians, Nicholas performs on a violin made by Karl Dennis in 2011, and also on a 1734 violin made by Dom Nicolo Amati. For more information, please visit nicholasdieugenio.com.
Board of Directors
Leslie Kirkham-Lacin, Chair
Mike Bate, Treasurer
Lin Coleman, Parent Coordinator/Event Coordinator
Trude Bate, Fundraising/Event Coordinator
Marcia Davis, Fundraising / Development
Artistic Advisory Board
Ed Szabo, Prof. Emeritus, Planning Coordinator
Karen Allred, Meredith College
Dr. Donald Oehler, UNC-Chapel Hill
Prof. Eric Pritchard, Duke University
Teddy Robie, pianist