ICE is comprised of a flexible group of thirty-three artists, including strings, woodwinds, piano, percussion, voice, light and sound designers, which enables great flexibility of programming.
James Austin Smith
Claire Chase is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and arts entrepreneur. Over the past decade Claire has given the world premieres of more than 100 new works for solo flute, many of them tailor-made for her, and she has produced and curated more than 500 concerts of contemporary music. First Prize Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Claire has given solo recitals recently at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and throughout the US. Claire released her debut solo album in October 2009 on the New Focus Recordings label featuring world premieres by emerging composers, which was named one of the Top Ten Releases of the Year by TimeOut Chicago.
Joshua Rubin is a founding clarinetist and the co-Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), where he oversees the creative direction of more than sixty concerts per season in the United States and abroad. As a clarinetist, the New York Times has praised him as, "incapable of playing an inexpressive note."
Pianist Jacob Greenberg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has earned worldwide acclaim. As a longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), he has performed throughout North and South Americas and Europe. His solo concert series, Music at Close Range, shows his equal commitment to classics of the repertoire.
Praised for her “flair” and “deftly illuminated” performances by the New York Times, Bassoonist Rebekah Heller is a uniquely dynamic chamber, orchestral and solo musician. Equally comfortable playing established classical works and the newest of new music, Rebekah is a fiercely passionate advocate for the bassoon.
Ross Karre is an experimental percussionist and intermedia artist who collaborates with a variety of performers, composers, and artists throughout the world. Ross has presented his own works and interpreted the works of countless composers in Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Canada, and throughout the United States.
Praised for "superb" performances by The New York Times as well as his ability to "show off the instrument's malleability and freakish extended range as well as its delicacy and refinement" by The Chicago Reader, Ryan Muncy is a saxophonist who performs, commissions, and presents new music.
For the past thirty years, Artist in Residence Steven Schick has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and teacher, and by commissioning and premiering more than one hundred new works for percussion. Schick was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City from 1992-2002 and is founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, red fish blue fish. In 2007 he was named Music Director and conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, and in 2011 he was named the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
Kyle Armbrust started playing the viola at age three. Since giving his New York solo debut with Kurt Masur and the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, he has created a multi-dimensional career performing and recording a wide range of music. The New York Times has described him as “assured, brilliant, and stylish…” and the New York Post called him “musically mature, technically sound...”
Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold and powerful interpreter,” soprano Tony Arnold has gained international acclaim for sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores. Tony is the only vocalist ever to be awarded first prize in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition, and her recording of George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children earned a 2006 Grammy nomination.
Founding ICE violinist David Bowlin is a versatile and accomplished interpreter of works both old and new, and is active as a soloist, collaborator, recording artist, and teacher. He has been a member of the Oberlin Conservatory of music violin faculty since 2007.
Atlanta, Georgia native David Byrd-Marrow received his Bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with the late Jerome Ashby. For his Master's degree, David went on to study with William Purvis at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was then selected for fellowship in the Juilliard-Carnegie Hall Academy Ensemble ACJW. David has also played with groups such as Carnegie Hall's "Zankel Band," The Orchestra of St. Luke's, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Tokyo Symphony, The New York and Atlanta Operas and The New York Philharmonic.
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, the founding cellist of ICE, has been teaching cello in a full-time position shared between Smith College and Mount Holyoke College since 2005.
Erik Carlson has performed as a soloist and with many chamber and orchestral ensembles throughout Europe and the United States.
Praised by The New York Times for her "delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity," Phyllis Chen is a pianist, toy pianist and multimedia artist that performs original multimedia compositions and works by contemporary composers.
Dynamic violinist Jennifer Curtis appears regularly as featured soloist and as collaborative chamber musician across the United States and abroad.
Percussionist and composer Nathan Davis makes music inspired by natural processes, acoustic phenomena, and the abstraction of simple stories. He has received commissions from ICE, the Calder String Quartet, the Ojai Festival (for Eighth Blackbird and an installation by sound-sculptor Trimpin), Ethos Percussion Group, TimeTable, and the Moving Theater Dance Company, and received awards from Meet The Composer's Commissioning Music/USA, the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, MATA, the Argosy Foundation, ASCAP, and the ISCM.
Born in 1981, Peter Evans has been a member of the New York musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet performance. Peter currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, chamber orchestras, performance art, free improvised settings, electro-acoustic music and composition.
Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Gareth Flowers is an electro-acoustic trumpeter, know for "shimmering vibrato" and "wide-ranging lines" (The New York Times, June 2010). He has performed with ICE since 2003.
As a New York City based Lighting Designer, Nicholas Houfek has designed in rehearsal halls and warehouses to Lincoln Center and almost everywhere in between. His work in Music, Dance, and Theater reflects the collaborative spirit he is influenced by.
According to the New York Times, Harpist Bridget Kibbey "makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it." Bridget is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's 2012 Young Artist Award, and winner of Concert Artist Guild's International Competition and Astral Artist Auditions. Bridget's debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York.
A native of The Hague in the Netherlands, Katinka Kleijn began her undergraduate studies at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam at age sixteen.
Guitarist Daniel Lippel is active as a recitalist, chamber musician, recording artist, and performer in several different styles, as well as the founder and artistic director of New Focus Recordings. He enjoys close collaboration with composers, and is responsible for commissioning for over fifty solo and chamber works, many of which he has recorded on his label. "Daniel Lippel is exceptional in his craft but he does not ham it up...The apotheosis of the modern guitarist." Guitar Review
Levy Lorenzo is an electronics engineer and percussionist living and working in New York. Specializing in microcontroller and Arduino-based systems, he performs experimental electro-acoustic music using new electronic musical instruments and percussion. Levy also specializes in Live Sound Engineering for concerts of electro-acoustic music with experimental and non-traditional configurations.
Seattle native Campbell MacDonald is Principal Clarinet of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and a fixture at chamber music, opera, pop and orchestral music venues throughout the mid west.
Oboist Nick Masterson has been a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2006. With ICE, Nick has recorded John Adam's Son of Chamber Symphony for Nonesuch records and has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle and Nagoya Symphonies performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Dai Fujikura's Mina for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Percussion and Orchestra.
Canadian cellist Michael Nicolas is one of the rising stars of his generation and a dynamic performer on the classical and contemporary music scene, in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He performs across North America, Europe, and Asia, in collaboration with many renowned artists and ensembles, including the Met Chamber Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, Musicians from Marlboro, Metropolis Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
Maiya Papach is acting co-principal viola of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and served as acting principal last year.
Dan Peck is a tubist, multi-instrumentalist, and creative artist currently living and working in New York City. Since his move there in 2005, Dan has been active as a soloist, improviser, creative performer, composer, and artistic collaborator in a wide variety of settings.
Wendy Richman, deemed "spectacular" by The Washington Post, performs as a soloist and chamber musician across the U.S. and Europe. Her diverse career combines contemporary and traditional chamber music, recitals for singing violist, full-time orchestral playing, and a large studio of viola students at Cornell University.
Praised for his "virtuosic" and “brilliant” performances (The New York Times), oboist James Austin Smith performs equal parts new and old music across the United States and around the world.
Pianist Cory Smythe is a graduate of the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California. As a member of ICE, he has contributed to many premieres, worked with composers Philippe Hurel, Magnus Lindberg, and David Lang among others, and performed in many venues across the U.S. and abroad.
Recent successes at Teatro alla Scala, Lincoln Center, and the Beijing International Music Festival lead tenor Peter Tantsits to be named, "one of his generation's most consistently satisfying contemporary vocal music specialists" by OPERA Magazine (UK). Well known as the raving George III in ICE’s elegant, high-impact production of Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, he is deeply committed to expanding the repertoire for high male voice.
Flutist and soprano Alice Teyssier brings “something new, something fresh, but also something uncommonly beautiful” to her performances. She has appeared with the San Diego Symphony, the Palimpsest Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and is regularly featured on Los Angeles’ renowned Monday Evening Concerts series.
Nuiko Wadden is the principal harpist of Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras as well as the Des Moines Metro Opera. She is also a member of both the janus trio, based out of Brooklyn, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
Randall Zigler began his bass studies as a high school student in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Oberlin College shortly thereafter, where he received undergraduate degrees in bass performance and mathematics. He has since received a Master of Music degree from Boston University, and continues to freelance as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout New England.