Guest Artists

GUEST ARTISTS 2019

Janet Clippard, bass, is currently the Principal Bass of the Miami City Ballet Orchestra and Orchestra Miami and is a member of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. She also performs occasionally with The Florida Orchestra and the Jacksonville Symphony. Previously, she spent 18 years as the Assistant Principal Bass of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Clippard was also a founding member of the American Sinfonietta, with which she toured annually playing in the great concert halls of Europe over a decade. The American Sinfonietta also served as the summer orchestra of the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington state. In chamber music performance, in addition to the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Ms.Clippard has collaborated with such groups as the Austrian String Quartet, the Delray String Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, and the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival.

Eva Conti, horn, is currently in her 19th season as Principal Horn with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the Stamford Symphony, The Symphonia Boca Raton and Berkshire Opera Orchestra. Previous positions include Principal Horn with the New Israeli Opera, Israel Camerata, and the Haifa Symphony. In addition, Ms. Conti has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, The Radio City Orchestra, Aspen Quintet, and in numerous Broadway shows. She has toured several times in the US, Canada and Europe as a member of the Barbra Streisand Orchestra and is on the CD and DVD of the 2006 US tour and the recently released Back to Brooklyn tour. Ms. Conti holds a Master of Music Degree in French Horn from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar and Biology from the University of Rhode Island. She is also a flamenco dancer, and has been a soloist, featured dancer and musical arranger with the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in the New York area for 10 seasons, having studied dance with Jose Molina, Omayra Amaya, Immaculada Ortega, Pastora Galvan, and Farruquito. As a member of the critically acclaimed ensemble SEGUE (guitar, violin, percussion and flamenco dancer) Ms. Conti has performed at Lincoln Center and other venues in the northeast, also offering lecture and performance workshops on the music of Spain. She has written flamenco guitar transcriptions for Carlos Lomas and studied flamenco guitar with Rogelio Moreno. As an arranger, she has made many chamber music arrangements that include horn with other instruments as well as guitar transcriptions of pieces by Debussy, Bizet, Granados, De Falla, Satie, and Stockhausen for live performances.

Joseph Kingma, piano, is a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Recognized for both the unique beauty of his sound and the emotional intensity of his performances, he has won awards in several international competitions, including first prize at the American Liszt Society’s 2017 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition. He has also appeared as a semi-finalist and/or won awards in the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the Sorantin Young Artist International Competition, and the Concert Artist Guild Competition. Dr. Kingma is regularly engaged as a concerto soloist and has performed with the Monroe Symphony, Manassas Symphony, Illinois Valley Symphony, Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony, and Spring Hill Orchestra, among others. He maintains an active schedule as a recitalist and has appeared at such series as the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, the Good Shepherd International Concert Series, Coastal Carolina University’s Piano Series, and the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series. Additionally, his performances have been broadcast on Chicago’s 98.7-WFMT. Dr. Kingma joined the faculty of Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2018, where he teaches piano performance, pedagogy, and literature as Assistant Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Division. He enjoys teaching masterclasses for pre-college and college students and has been invited to teach and perform at the Pensacola MTA, Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, William Carey University, University of North Alabama, and University of Toledo. Additionally, he teaches select advanced students through the PBA preperatory department. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Anton Nel. Previously, he earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at Rice University under the tutelage of Robert Roux. He has participated in masterclasses and coachings with Norman Krieger, Tali Morgulis, Sandra Wright Shen, Alan Chow, Craig Nies, and Jon Kimura Parker. His earlier teachers include Aviram Reichert, Philip Pletcher, and Elena Arseniev. Dr. Kingma is currently represented in North and South America by Elegy Artist Management. His website is www.josephkingma.com.

Olga Konovalova, piano, is a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. She made her debut as a child prodigy at Ekaterinburg Philharmonic Hall, Russia, and received a Fellowship Diploma from Trinity College where she was selected to perform at its Gala in London, UK. During a residency in the United Arab Emirates, she gave solo and chamber music recitals across the country. After relocating to South Florida, Ms. Konovalova has continued performing as well as teaching. She maintains an award winning private studio, presenting students at various competitions and venues, such as Carnegie Hall. She has appeared as a solo pianist as well as collaborator at various venues in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia. Recently, Ms. Konovalova has played in masterclasses for the renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira, composer Scott Wheeler, Emerson String Quartet cellist Paul Watkins, composer Evgeny Sharlat and others. She earned both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Urals State Conservatory in Russia and a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida. Her former teachers include Mikhail Andrianov, Alexander Chernov and Lisa Leonard.

Lisa Leonard, hailed as a pianist who “communicates great musical understanding through a powerful and
virtuosic technique”, enjoys a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. In 1990 at the age of 17, Ms. Leonard made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in six concerts at the Kennedy Center. The past two seasons included master classes and solo performances of Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds in Hungary and recitals with renowned trumpeter Eric Aubier, Grammy nominated bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann as well as recitals in Texas, Oklahoma and New York. She has appeared throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, and North America with many orchestras including the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon Mozart Players, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela with conductors including Gunther Schuller and Gustavo Dudamel. An active and dedicated chamber musician, her recent collaborations have included recitals with Elmar Oliveira, Marc Reese and Guillermo Figueroa. She is a long time member of the Palm Beach Chamber Players and has performed with members of the Concertgebouw, Berlin, Vienna, New York, Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota and Cincinnati Symphonies; American and Miami String Quartets, and the Empire Brass Quintet in performances featured on National Public Radios’ “Performance Today” and “Command Performance” programs. Her love of new music has resulted in several premieres of both solo and chamber music, including James Stephenson’s Concerto for Trumpet and Piano which was written for her and her husband, Marc Reese and which they premiered with the Lynn University Philharmonia. The performance was noted as one of South Florida’s Top 10 performances of 2007, which also included her performance of the Brahms F minor Piano Quintet at the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. Critic Lawrence Budmen said, “Her stellar technique, deeply penetrating musicality and volcanic power turned Brahms’ darkly ruminative score into an edge of the seat tour de force. She uncovered new sonic layers in an awesome deconstruction of a chamber music masterpiece.” Ms. Leonard has served on the faculties of the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Luzerne Music Center and the Meadowmount School of Music as a collaborative pianist, and the Las Vegas Music Festival. Currently, Ms. Leonard is Professor of Collaborative Piano at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music where she also directs the annual New Music festival, which has produced over 100 premieres. She has performed at many festivals including the Pacific Music Festival, Gilmore International and Caramoor; has been featured on Japan’s NHK television network, PBS, and can be heard on the Klavier, Centaur, and Summit labels. A native of Washington D.C., Ms. Leonard received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music where she was the premiere recipient of both the Rubinstein and Balsam awards, two of the highest awards given. Her former teachers include Marc Silverman, Eric Larsen, Suzanne W. Guy, Isidore Cohen, Cynthia Phelps, David Geber and the Meadowmount Trio.

Marc Reese, internationally acclaimed trumpeter, is best known for his near two decade tenure in the Empire Brass Quintet. As a member of the quintet, he toured the globe entertaining audiences and inspiring brass players with the quintet’s signature sound and virtuosity. Mr. Reese is also highly regarded as an orchestral musician having performed with many orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Boston Symphony. He has performed at many of the world’s prestigious summer festivals including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Blossom, Marlboro and the Pacific Music Festival. He currently spends his summers as a faculty member at the Interlochen Arts Camp. Mr. Reese appears on numerous recordings with the Empire Brass and recorded with John Williams and the Boston Pops. Since leaving the quintet, Mr. Reese embarked on several exciting projects. He designed and produced a new mouthpiece with master craftsman Ken Larson called Reesepiece and completed a recording of recital pieces for trumpet and piano with his wife, pianist Lisa Leonard, entitled The Other Trumpet. Mr. Reese recently authored an iBook that focuses on efficient double-tonguing practice entitled Repurposing Clarke. In 2018, Mr. Reese created a trumpet competition to honor his teacher and mentor, Roger Voisin which is held biennially at Lynn University. Additionally, Mr. Reese has always been a strong advocate for new music, commissioning more than a dozen new works for the trumpet in various settings and participating in numerous premiere performances. As a member of the International Trumpet Guild Board of Directors, he has sat on the Commissions Committee and has also served as the Composition Commissioning Chair as a member of the Florida State Music Teachers Association Board. Mr. Reese focuses a great deal of his time on education, serving as Assistant Dean and Brass Department Head for Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music. He is in great demand as a master clinician and frequently performs and adjudicates at international brass conferences and competitions, including annual judging at the National Trumpet Competition and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Most recently, Mr. Reese adjudicated at the Fischoff Chamber Music competition. He has written articles for multiple brass publications and serves as the contributing editor of the International Trumpet Guild Journal’s Chamber Connection, a recurring column that deals with the many facets of brass chamber music. As a young artist, Mr. Reese spent his summers at Tanglewood and attended Juilliard’s preparatory division where he studied with Mel Broiles and Mark Gould. He received his Bachelor of Music from Boston University as a student of Roger Voisin and his Master of Music from the New England Conservatory with Tim Morrison. Visit ReeseLeonardDuo.com for the latest information.

Elaine Rinaldi, pianist and Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra Miami, is a Miami native who has chosen to return home and reinvest in her community. Under her artistic supervision and direction, Orchestra Miami has performed high quality classical music concerts to literally thousands of people through its annual Free Outdoor Concerts and introduced over 23,000 school children to classical music through its collaboration with the MDCPS Cultural Passport Program and In-School Performances. Critics have called her work “absolutely exceptional” (El Nuevo Herald). Of her work, Lawrence Budmen of the Miami Herald wrote “Rinaldi clearly has a penchant for offering interesting thematic programming and promising soloists” and Daniel Fernandez of El Nuevo Herald wrote, “Rinaldi is a conductor who marries her professionalism with an exquisite sensitivity”. In addition to her work with Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi is much in demand as an opera conductor. Her recent engagements have included debuts at Opera Orlando for Don Giovanni, Mezzano Romantico Summer Festival (Fiera di Primiero, Italy) for Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi and at the Tri-Cities Opera for Don Giovanni. She was the Principal Guest Conductor at the Dicapo Opera Theatre from 2001-2006 and has led several tours for the National Lyric Opera, twice appeared as a guest conductor with the Albany Symphony for the Shaker Mountain Performing Arts Festival, and conducted performances of La Traviata for Island Opera Theater in Key West. Rinaldi has held many positions as an Assistant and/or Cover Conductor in many of this country’s leading regional opera theaters. From 1997-2000, she held the positions of Resident Associate Conductor and Chorus Master at the Florida Grand Opera in Miami. Critics called her work with the chorus “exquisite”, and Tim Smith of the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel said “the chorus, under Elaine Rinaldi’s direction, gets better and better.”(La Boheme). Her awards include the Agnis Varis/Intercities Performing Arts grant, the League of American Orchestra’s mentorship with Joann Faletta, Finalist for the American Prize for Orchestral Conducting and Orchestra Performance, the Newton Swift Prize for Accompanying at the Mannes College of Music and the M. B. Byrd full tuition scholarship at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. As a student and young professional pianist, Rinaldi had the privilege of working with many of the world’s most important opera singers, accompanying extensively in their master classes and lessons. Several of the artists with whom she worked closely are Renato Capecchi, Nico Castel, Joan Dornemann, Sherrill Milnes, Mignon Dunn, Renata Scotto, Juan Pons, Judith Blegen and Dodi Protero, as well as Franco Corelli, Sena Jurinacs, Theo Adam, Maestro Horst Stein, Dolores Ziegler and James King. This important work has contributed to her versatility and her status as one of the most sought after vocal coaches in opera today. As an educator, Rinaldi has taught at many opera training programs, and given master classes at several universities throughout the United States. At Intermezzo Summer Opera Training Program, she conducted performances of Die Zauberflöte and Suor Angelica, and led performances of Handel’s Orlando for BAYSOTI in San Francisco. Other coaching positions included running the Young Arts program and Summer Institute at Dicapo Opera, staff coach at the Martina Arroyo “Prelude to Performance” and Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami from 2007-2015. In the summer of 2017, she held the position of Senior Vocal Coach at Opera in the Ozarks, and recently completed a one-week engagement as visiting professor at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. In addition to her work with Orchestra Miami, Ms. Rinaldi maintains an active presence on the stage as a chamber musician and recital accompanist, working with some of the most recognizable names in opera. Notable recital engagements have included performances with Metropolitan Opera stars Russell Thomas, Eglise Gutierrez, Elizabeth Caballero and Yunah Lee, whom she accompanied in a recital tour of Japan.

Stan Spinola, horn, grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University as well as his Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami. His teachers were Richard Todd, Myron Bloom and Francis Orval. While at UM, he was a fellow at the Henry Mancini Institute and in 2013 was awarded “Outstanding Doctoral Student.” Upon graduation, Dr. Spinola became an active freelancer in the South Florida area. Currently he is a member of the Miami City Ballet, The Symphonia Boca Raton and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. He has also performed with Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony and Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables. His solo horn can be heard on PBS specials “Jazz and the Philharmonic” and “Gloria Estefan, The Standards”. He was also a member of ESPN’s “The U”. In addition, Dr. Spinola spent 7 summers in Graz, Austria as a member of the AIMS Festival Orchestra.

Erika Yamada, oboe, was born in Kyoto, Japan and grew up in New Orleans. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Richard Killmer and received a Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance and the Performer’s Certificate. Ms. Yamada was a member of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra for 17 seasons and presently plays Principal Oboe with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, The Symphonia Boca Raton and Orchestra Miami. She has also played Principal Oboe with the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, the Keys Chamber Orchestra, the Miami Chamber Symphony, and the Shinsei Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, she has performed with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, Palm Beach Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Sarasota Orchestra. Ms. Yamada has been a soloist with the Keys Chamber Orchestra, Miami Bach Society, and The Symphonia Boca Raton and is a frequent performer with the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. She has served on the faculties of the University of Miami, New World School of the Arts, Broward Community College, and S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo, and has been a panelist for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and Artek labels.