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ZAFFIRO TRIO joins together superb artistry of musicians Tina Faigen (piano), Mary Beth Malek (clarinet) and Paula Tuttle (cello). All three have extensive backgrounds in performance, recording and teaching. Tina, in addition to her active solo career, has a library of published music editions, Mary Beth and Paula are both long time members of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and all three are faculty members at University of Pittsburgh. The Zaffiro combination of instruments provides the audience the opportunity to hear beloved works of the great masters, such as Brahms and Beethoven that are rarely heard in concert. Together these three founding members of Zaffiro Trio bring a unique quality of sound, expertise and sensitivity to their ensemble that audiences adore.
comprised of musicians Mary Beth Malek (clarinet), Paula Tuttle (cello), and Juan Jaramillo (violin) is joined by soprano Lilly Abreu for select performances. The trio and Lilly together form a nimble ensemble that can play in any venue as they can play acoustically or amplified. In 2018 the ensemble was featured at the Fridays at the Frick
for a free lawn concert in tandem with the art and movie presentations showcasing the great masters of France. Their repertoire showcases the music of Latin America and other ethic and world styles. A recipient of a grant from University of Pittsburgh Year of Diversity
, Diamante has performed for audiences in Pittsburgh and Westmoreland counties, bringing classical, pop and jazz music to schools, stages and venues throughout the community.
comprised of musicians Ellen-Maria Willis and Katie Wickesburg (violins), Paula Tuttle (cello), and Louise Farbman (viola) perform classical, baroque, romantic, modern and popular string quartet repertoire and are often joined by other instruments or voice on recitals. Recent performances in Pittsburgh at The Frick, Heinz Chapel and Frick Fine Arts have included String Quartets by Mozart, Corelli, Britten and Brahms, with Clarinet joining them for the Mozart and Brahms Quintets. The Quartz also does outreach concerts at area schools, performing for and coaching the string players in high school orchestras. Recently featured in the Ohio County Library's Lunch with Books Series and at the Frick Pittsburgh Museum for holiday concerts, the Quartz Quartet mixes popular music in their programs for casual events. Quartz performs for community concert series and, recently they were invited to the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church to play a concert of Mozart and Dvorak.
, pianist, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from University of Miami where she studied under renowned pianist Ivan Davis. A recipient of many prizes and awards, she has performed on the distinguished Pittsburgh "Y" Recital Series, is a 1989 winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Majors, and has been engaged as guest pianist with numerous orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13, and having been awarded a debut tour, with Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzeze in Italy.
Appearing in over 30 performances of Tchaikovsky's 3rd Piano Concerto with Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, the Miami Herald writes, "Tina Faigen played so brilliantly that it was difficult at times to concentrate on the dancing. Music critics have described her as "commanding a rich palette of pianistic colors and fingers of awesome dexterity," and as having "a compelling combination of solid technique and distinctive interpretation, full of color and nuance, with her virtuosity the servant of the music. A stunning performer who plays with assurance, fluidity and power."
Faigen's recordings of Robert Schultz's works Visions of Dunbar and Tina Faigen Plays Piano Transcriptions have received rave reviews. "Faigen plays Schultz' s works superlatively, effortlessly clarifying their rippling complexities and performing with supple dexterity, a clear, resonant tone and sensitive touch." Faigen is co-author of the acclaimed Accelerando Piano Technique Series, along with numerous other editions of educational piano music. Since 1992 she has served as the principal editor for The Robert Schultz Piano Library.
Since her recent relocation to Pittsburgh, Faigen has performed on the Steinway Recital Series, the Chatham Guest Artist Series, the Pittsburgh Concert Society 70th Anniversary Gala, was featured artist on the Carnegie Mellon University special event concert, "Schultz, Faigen and Friends," and has performed live on WQED-FM. Faigen has maintained an active teaching studio since the age of 14, is on the piano faculty at University of Pittsburgh, and is a faculty member of the Music Preparatory School at Carnegie Mellon University. Also a violinist, Faigen serves as Principal 2nd in the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra.
MARY BETH MALEK
, principal clarinetist for the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra, former principal clarinet for Wheeling Symphony and Westmoreland Symphony, performs with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's Summerfest. As a member of Renaissance City Winds, she performed extensively in the region and in Carnegie Hall in New York. In her role as principal clarinetist with Pittsburgh Opera since, she received special recognition from Luciano Pavarotti during his curtain calls of Tosca, and again from Lorin Maazel during his curtain calls of La Traviata. Mary Beth enjoys collaborating with local musicians and performing a wide range of musical styles from Classical to Jazz, Broadway and Klezmer. With Tom Roberts, (piano) they accompany the silent films of Charlie Chaplin with original music, performing in movie theaters and concert venues in the Pittsburgh area.
A recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Mary Beth studied in Vienna, Austria after receiving her Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music where she graduated with the Performer's Certificate Award. Mary Beth performed in Austria at the Graz Festival, toured Austria with a youth orchestra and presented solo recitals during her Fulbright residency. She joined the Heidelberg Festival in Germany for two summers. She previously earned her Bachelor's degree at Northwestern University. Mary Beth teaches clarinet at the University of Pittsburgh as well as Chatham University, and works with high school students in her home and during summer festivals. Each year PMEA State band selects several students from her home studio, as in 2016 five of her students were awarded the special honor of attending the PMEA State Band Festival.
Cellist PAULA TUTTLE
, has traveled and performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as orchestral musician, soloist and chamber music artist. She performed as principal cello for the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. During three summers at the Acadamie Franco Americain in Vaison-la-Romaine, France, she presented numerous solo recitals and chamber music performances. An active soloist and recitalist in the Western Pennsylvania region, she performed as concerto soloist with University of Pittsburgh Orchestra, Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, Slippery Rock Symphony, I Solisti di Oakland, Butler Symphon yand Edgewood Symphony.
A member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras, performing as assistant principal cello as well as principal cello, she also is the solo cellist for PBS's My Music Orchestra
, has been part of the creation of many PBS specials and recorded with over 100 Rock, Pop, Soul and Disco stars. She teaches a large cello studio as she is on the faculty of University of Pittsburgh, Chatham University and Carnegie Mellon University. Ms. Tuttle studied at Eastman School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University and New England Conservatory. She and Mary Beth are also founding members of another chamber group called the Diamante Trio which performs an extensive repertoire of Latin American music. Both the Diamante and Zaffiro Trios have received support from the University of Pittsburgh for their projects bringing music to schools and community organizations.
is one of Brazil's greatest cultural assets, a versatile artist with
numerous appearances as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras and chamber ensembles in France, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, United States and Brazil. Lilly Abreu performed for Brazil's First Lady, Ruth Cardoso in Pittsburgh. A winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society and a guest on the Chamber Music Concert Series, she sang the Bachianas Brasileiras no.5 with cellists of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Abreu sang Bach's Wedding Cantata with the Culver City Chamber Orchestra in Hollywood and Culver City, California and appeared as a guest soloist in the "Strings in the Mountains" Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Ms. Abreu has been on the roster of the Pittsburgh Opera for many years, singing in operas such as Carmen and Turandot. In addition to her classical engagements, Ms. Abreu is also an accomplished popular music artist, performing regularly some of the greatest tunes of the Brazilian repertoire, as well as Broadway and Jazz standards. She has
released a CD entitled BRASILEIRA where she performs Brazilian Jazz, and has
recently released BOSSA, a CD of Brazilian popular songs with the Grammy winner
string quartet Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Ms. Lilly Abreu teaches Voice at Carnegie Mellon University.
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 has also served as the Artist-in-Residence at St. Matthews Church in Wheeling, WV, as the coordinator and performer of the "Chamber Music Project". 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.