Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), the nation’s premier repertory company for chamber music, makes its home in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. CMS is committed to bringing audiences the finest performances of an extraordinary body of repertoire. Pianist Jeremy Denk, clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, hornist John Zirbel, violinist Erin Keefe, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis perform works by Bruch, Brahms, and Dohnányi.


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As the nation’s premier repertory company for chamber music, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is committed to bringing the finest performances of extraordinary repertoire to their audiences, and this tradition will continue with a performance at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, October 8 at 8 pm.

As one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world, the Chamber Music Society brings together some of the best in the chamber music world to not only perform, but to educate and expand the chamber music footprint. Six outstanding musicians will come together for the performance in Clemson and engage the audience with pieces from Bruch, Brahms, and Dohnányi.

America pianist Jeremy Denk has steadily built a reputation as one of today’s most compelling and persuasive artists. He has appeared in several national and international festivals, premieres, and performed with Joshua Bell at the Spoleto Festival which sparked a recital tour and musical partnership that continues today.

Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester is a captivating performer of “poetic eloquence” (The New York Sun) and “technical wizardry” (The New York Times). Winner of the 2004 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, he was awarded YCA’s Claire Tow Prize and the Alexander Kasza-Kasser Prize, which sponsored debuts in New York and the Kennedy Center respectively.

As principal horn of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since 1979, John Zirbel comes to the stage with years of experience both nationally and internationally. He also enjoys teaching and mentoring talented young horn players both at the Aspen Music Festival and at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, where he is an associate professor.

Recently named concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, American violinist Erin Keefe has established a reputation as a compelling artist who combines exhilarating temperament and fierce integrity. Winner of a 2006 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2009 Pro Musicis International Award, Keefe earned a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and a bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music.

Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, Paul Neubauer is the chamber music director of the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma and artist director of the “Chamber Music Extravaganza in Curaçao. He has appeared with over 100 orchestras and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.

The New York Times describes the cello playing of Nicholas Canellakis as “impassioned” with “the audience seduced by [his} rich, alluring tone.” A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music as well as the New England Conservatory, Canellakis was a founding member of the Vertigo String Quartet, which received First Prize in the Musicatri International Competition in Italy in 2006.