Sound Impact is a collective of musicians dedicated to serving communities and igniting change through live performance. In 2012, co-founders Danielle Cho, cello; Rebecca Jackson, violin; and Tiffany Richardson, viola brought "Haim" by Polina Nazaykinskaya to Washington DC areas. This chamber work, inspired by the life of David Arben, Holocaust survivor and former Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra had an overwhelming response by both performers and audience. The music, his story, and meeting David Arben, ignited a desire in these women to help the world through music. Since its inception, Sound Impact has connected with communities in hospitals, schools, homeless centers and children's homes. Each project brings aboard different collaborators creating a unique team of musicians and creative spirits. Most recently, Sound Impact embarked on an international tour to Costa Rica, presenting masterclasses and concerts in five cities across the country. This season includes an educational residency at The Arts Center in North Carolina, an expanded tour of Costa Rica, and a residency at the Juvenile Detention Center in Felton, California.
Rebecca Jackson is acting assistant principal 2nd violin of the San Francisco Ballet. She is a founding member of Ensemble San Francisco & artistic director of Music in May, an annual chamber music festival. In its 8 season history, notable musicians Martin Beaver, Michael Tree, Ron Leonard, and Shmuel Ashkenasi have been featured. Ms. Jackson performs with Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, San Francisco Opera & Santa Fe Opera. Believing strongly in the power of music to heal and unite, an important part of her career has been discovering volunteer opportunities to serve others through her violin. These activities have taken her into communities in Lebanon, Ukraine, Romania, Dominican Republic, and the Haitian tent cities. Combining her passion for music and service, she is co-founder of Sound Impact, an ensemble devoted to taking music to underserved communities such as youth in hospitals & correction facilities. The latest undertaking, in collaboration with her father, is writing the authorized biography of her mentor David Arben, imprisoned in 7 Nazi death camps & former associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Jackson received her B.M. from The Juilliard School and a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz.
Violist Tiffany Richardson made her solo debut in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age seventeen. Ms. Richardson has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Wolf Trap Opera, National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Washington National Opera. Ms. Richardson has attended prestigious festivals in Aspen and Breckenridge, Colorado, IMS Prussia Cove in the UK, and Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California. Deeply committed to promoting arts-integrated education, Ms. Richardson was selected to participate in the 2013 Arts and Passion Driven Learning Institute at Harvard University, and is violist in the King String Quartet, a National Symphony Orchestra In-School Ensemble. Motivated to share music throughout her community, Ms. Richardson is a co-founder of Sound Impact, and coordinator of the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation Arts Initiative. A pupil of Daniel Foster, Michael Tree, Carol Rodland and Ralph Fielding, Ms. Richardson holds degrees from University of Maryland and the New England Conservatory of Music.
Korean-American cellist Danielle Cho enjoys an exciting and varied musical career. Based in Washington D.C., she regularly performs with the Washington National Opera and National Philharmonic and is co-founder of Sound Impact. After studying in Barcelona, Spain as a Fulbright Scholar, she was invited to play with the Palau de Les Arts Orchestra in Valencia where she toured internationally under Lorin Maazel and regularly returns to perform at the Festival del Mediterrani with Zubin Mehta. A dedicated contemporary music advocate, she has performed at the Cabrillo Festival, Spoleto USA “Music in Time” Series, Santa Fe New Music, and the Lucerne Festival Academy. She enjoys a unique collaboration with the renowned DJ Spooky and has performed with him at the Freer and Corcoran Galleries in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. Festival appearances in Europe and the US include IMS Prussia Cove, Music in May, the Holland Music Sessions, Taos, Sarasota, Schleswig-Holstein and the New York String Seminar. She is a graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music and New England Conservatory. An avid teacher, she is on faculty at the Washington Conservatory and adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College.
Jae Young Cosmos Lee
Guest Artist, Project Haim
Jae Young Cosmos Lee, violin, has been hailed as "Beguiling" & "Bursting with color" (Boston Globe), is concertmaster of Camerata New England based in New Hampshire, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra & a founding member of A Far Cry, the resident chamber orchestra of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He is also assistant concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra & first violinist with the QX String Quartet. Jae has been a guest artist with the Audubon, Borromeo & Jupiter Quartets, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, ECCO, the Firebird & Radius Ensembles. He is a recipient of numerous awards & honors, and has performed in many of the finest music festivals including Apple Hill, Aspen, Chautauqua, Norfolk, Sarasota, Banff, Seoul, Scotia, New South, Salzburg, Prussia Cove & Kneisel Hall. Jae holds degrees from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the New England Conservatory & has been heard on Performance Today, Boston's WGBH and Maine & Vermont Public Radios.
Ashley William Smith
Guest Artist, Project Haim
Described as ‘incandescent... a masterly display of skill and insight... as an apologist for contemporary music-making, you would search hard to find this young clarinetist's equal’ (The Age), clarinetist Ashley William Smith has emerged as one of Australia’s most exciting young musicians. The current Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellow and ABC Symphony International Young Performer Award winner, Ashley has been identified as a ‘rising star’ by the world's leading clarinet manufacturer and is a Buffet-Crampon Artist. Ashley has performed as a soloist with several of Australia's major orchestras. His Melbourne premiere of the Lindberg Concerto was ranked amongst The Age's Top 5 Classical Performances 2010. In 2013 Ashley shall perform extensively in Australia with the Australian String Quartet, the Syzygy Ensemble, as well as in recital with his duo partner, pianist Aura Go. Internationally, Ashley has engagements with Bang on a Can, the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Ashley is a Fellow of the Australian National Academy of Music and a graduate of the University of Western Australia where he was awarded the Sir Harold Bailey as the most outstanding graduate of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. He is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Yale University under the tutelage of David Shifrin.
Guest Artist, Project Haim
Konstantin Soukhovetski's charismatic personality and ease in communicating with his audiences has already won him the title of the "rock star" of classical music while critics call him a "...pianist who captivates” with his “distinctive lyricism”, “immaculate technique” and “vigor…refinement… and drama”.
Winner of a number of top international awards including Cleveland International Piano Competition and William Petschek Debut Recital Award this season Konstantin will appear with Miami Symphony Orchestra, Piano en Valois in Cognac, France and Symphony Space, NYC. Host and producer of first-ever classical music reality show Real Pianists of The Hamptons. Konstantin also makes his feature film debut as actor in Dishonorable Vendetta, out in 2014.
Konstantin is also Artist in Residence at Pianofest in The Hamptons and serves on the boards of Southampton Cultural Center and Hamptons Music Sessions. Konstantin is an Arts Global Artist.
Elizandro Garcia-Montoya, clarinet
Guest Artist, Project Costa Rica
Born in Costa Rica, clarinetist Elizandro Garcia-Montoya is an active performer and educator. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Jacksonville Symphony and the State of Mexico Orchestra in Toluca, Mexico. A prizewinner in the 1999 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, he has performed with groups such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Pilgrim Chamber Players and The Chicago Ensemble, among others. Mr. Garcia-Montoya has performed at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, National Repertory Orchestra, Kent/Blossom Music, International Festival at Round Top, Spoleto/USA and Yale University's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Garcia-Montoya completed his master's degree at Rice University. He also holds a bachelor's degree from Baylor University, a professional studies diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and pursued additional post graduate studies at DePaul University.
Mr. Garcia-Montoya lives in Chicago, IL and is currently principal clarinetist of the New Hampshire Music Festival and the New Millennium Orchestra in Chicago.
Juan Jaramillo, violin
Guest Artist, Project Costa Rica
Since his arrival in the US from his native country of Venezuela, Juan Jaramillo has established himself as a prominent violinist in a variety of music scenes around the country. He is a product of the internationally famous "El Sistema" orchestra program that started in Venezuela. Mr. Jaramillo has played with many ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Opera, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and many more. Juan has also performed as Acting Associate Concertmaster and Assistant Principal Second of the Britt Music Festival. Currently he is the Principal Second of the Wheeling Symphony and first violinist for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, as well as the Sarasota Opera Orchestra. Juan is also in his second year as the Artist-in-Residence at St. Matthews Church in Wheeling, WV, where he is the coordinator and performer of the "Chamber Music Project 2012". Mr. Jaramillo has performed at summer festivals such as San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival (Mexico), Latinoamerican Quartet Seminar (Venezuela), Deep Creek Summer Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, Britt Festival, and Des Moines Metro Opera. He received his Bachelor's Degree and Artist Diploma from Duqesne University and also earned a Master's Degree from Penn State University. When he is not performing, rehearsing, or teaching, Juan enjoys running, cooking, and the movies.
Music is life. Music is hope. Music is Peace. I cannot ask for more.
- David Arben, Former Associate Concertmaster of Philadelphia Orchestra