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The Bridge Chamber Players

  • Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College 1500 Saint Olaf Avenue Northfield, MN, 55057 United States (map)

Renown St. Olaf faculty present works by Schumann, Brahms and Dvorak. This performance will feature Francesca Anderegg, violin, Charles Gray, viola, David Carter, cello, and Esther Wang, piano.

David Carter

Cellist David Carter is Professor of Music at St. Olaf College. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Carter's principal cello teachers include Robert Jamieson, Gary Hoffman, Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. He has also worked extensively with Pedro de Alcantara, a world-renowned practitioner of the Alexander Technique.

He is Artistic Director of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival, performed for many years as cellist of the Melius Trio, and recently served as Cello Editor for the Minnesota String Teachers Association newsletter, StringNotes. Dr. Carter has served as Principal Cellist of the Wichita Symphony, performing as soloist with that ensemble in addition to the Minnesota Orchestra under Neville Marriner and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He served on the faculty of Wichita State University, as well as the Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Red Lodge Music Festival, and currently the Interlochen Summer Music Camp. Recent performances include concerto appearances with the Century Chamber Orchestra and the Winona State University Chamber Orchestra, and recitals and master classes at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Interlochen Arts Academy.


Francesca Anderegg

Violinist Francesca Anderegg graduated from Harvard University in 2005. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, where she also received a Master’s in Violin Performance. Her former teachers have included Robert Mann, Nicholas Mann, Ronald Copes, Naoko Tanaka, Lynn Chang and Betty-Jean Hagen. She currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Violin at St. Olaf College, and teaches at Interlochen Center for the Arts in the summers.

Lauded for her “exceptional performances” and “fiery interpretation,” Ms. Anderegg delivers sensational accounts of contemporary and classical music. Her playing has been praised by the New York Times for its “dark, mournful tone” and “virtuosic panache.” She has collaborated with the leading musicians of the concert stage, and regularly performs throughout the United States.

Anderegg recently performed the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the St. Olaf Orchestra, and was the featured soloist on the orchestra's 2016 tour to Argentina and Uruguay. As winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, she performed the Ligeti Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra.

A versatile musician, Ms. Anderegg is equally at home as a soloist and chamber music artist. Her chamber music credits include performances with Itzhak Perlman in major venues throughout the country, for which the Chicago Sun-Times praised her “astonishing assurance.” In 2008, she had her Carnegie Hall debut, performing in Weill Recital Hall as a participant in the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop series with Pamela and Claude Frank.


Charles Gray

Charles Gray earned a B.M. from Wheaton College, an M.M. from the University of Michigan, and he received a chamber music certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he pursued additions study on viola. His principal study was with Paul Makanowitzky and Sylvia Rosenberg (violin), with Atar Arad (viola), and with the Cleveland Quartet (in chamber music).

Gray was the violist of the Casella String Quartet, winner of the 1981 Cleveland Quartet Competition and the 1983 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has performed as a solo recitalist at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and as a chamber musician at the Aspen Music Festival and the Steamboat Springs Festival in Colorado.

Previously a member of the Rochester Philharmonic (N.Y.) and the Grand Rapids Symphony (Mich.), and concertmaster of the Bloomington Symphony (Minn.). Gray is currently a substitute member of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is also employed on the music staff of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, Minn. In recent years he has been featured as a violin and viola soloist on many occasions with the St. Olaf Choir, St. Olaf Cantorei, and St. Olaf Orchestra. In September 2008, he was awarded “2008 Minnesota Master String Teacher of the Year” by the American String Teachers Association.


Esther Wang

Esther Wang, pianist, is an active soloist and collaborator throughout the United States and has appeared on numerous concert series, including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago and the A. Mozart Fest Series in Austin, TX. The San Jose Mercury News has called Wang "a forceful, take-charge kind of artist with personality...spirited and vital," and the Double Reed journal called her a "magnificent accompanist" after the 1999 International Double Reed Conference.

She has won prizes in the Kingsville and Shreveport Young Artists Competitions and has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Green Lake Festival Orchestra under Sir David Willcocks. As a chamber musician, Wang has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, the LaSalle String Quartet, the Maia Quartet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,The Cleveland Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra.

Wang received the Bachelor of Music at Baylor University, where she studied with Roger Keyes. She continued her studies with Frank Weinstock at the University of Cincinnati, earning the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. She also studied privately with renowned pianist Lilian Kallir and attended the Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, and Taos Chamber Music summer festivals.

Wang is an enthusiastic teacher and adjudicator. She has served on faculties at St. Olaf College, The University of Texas at Austin, University of WI-Oshkosh, University of WI-Platteville, Baylor University, Northeast MO State University, Northern Kentucky University, Lutheran Summer Music, the New England Music Camp, and Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT. She performs and lectures on J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier as a member of The Bach Four and has recorded solo and chamber works by Jan Radzynski on the Centaur label. In the summers, she teaches at the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Adamant Music School (VT).