Stephanie Mortimore, piccolo
Stephanie Mortimore has held the position of Principal Piccolo with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2000. She has won numerous distinctions, including first prize in the Myrna Brown Competition, the James Pappoutsakis Competition and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Competition. She can also be heard on three Grammy Award winning recordings with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Ms. Mortimore received her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music from DePaul University. She also spent a year studying in Switzerland at the Conservatoire de Genève.
An active recitalist and sought-after teacher, Ms. Mortimore has given numerous concerts and masterclasses in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, and in her native state of Wisconsin. She has performed as a soloist with the Dallas Chamber Orchestra and presented the world premiere of Daniel Felsenfeld’s double piccolo concerto in the of Spring 2015 with Ensemble 212. She has spent the last 17 summers performing with the Grand Teton Music Festival.
Bruno Eicher, violin
French-born violinist Bruno Eicher is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, which he joined in 2001, after serving for four years as Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony and the previous four years as Assistant Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. His wide-ranging orchestral experience includes playing for the Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, among others.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Eicher has performed extensively throughout Europe and the U.S., as well as in South Korea. A native of Dijon, France, Mr. Eicher is a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire. In the United States, he was a student at the Juilliard School, from which he holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In 1992, he was the 2nd prize winner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. Bruno has been a member of the GTMF Festival Orchestra for the past 12 summers.
Ling Ling Huang, violin
Ling Ling Huang started violin at the age of 4 with her mother, Lilan Z. Huang. She continued studying violin with Fredell Lack until her admission to the Cleveland Institute of Music at the age of 15. There, while studying with Paul Kantor, she won the concerto competition and performed the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the C.I.M. Orchestra.
Ms. Huang performed the Britten Violin Concerto with the Shepherd School Symphony after winning the Concerto Competition in 2014 at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where she continued her studies in the Artist Diploma Program.
Ms. Huang is a current substitute violinist in the New York Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, ProMusica Columbus, the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, and has been the substitute concertmaster of the Houston Ballet Orchestra. She currently resides in New York where she plays with the Experiential Orchestra, Music Kitchen, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and spends her summers at Artosphere, Sunset Chamberfest LA, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Ling Ling has been a member of the GTMF Orchestra since 2016.
Mary Hammann, viola
Violist with the Met Opera since 1992, Mary Hammann hails from a family of five musical sisters. She graduated from Curtis Institute and Mannes College of Music, studying with Michael Tree, Karen Tuttle, and Walter Trampler.
Mary has appeared in numerous chamber music festivals, including Marlboro Music, and for 20 years has concertized and recorded numerous CDs with her award-winning trio, Auréole.
2020 would have been Mary’s fourth summer with the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.
Kari Jane Docter, cello
Kari Jane Docter is a native of Minneapolis, MN. She was a student of Eleonore Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California, and graduated magna cum lauda from Rice University, where she studied with Norman Fischer. Upon graduation from Juilliard, as a masters’ student of Joel Krosnick, Kari entered the professional orchestra scene, which took her from the New World Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Utah Symphony, to the Minnesota Orchestra, where she played two seasons. In the fall of 2002, she joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
A lover of chamber music, Kari has been heard at such prestigious music festivals as Marlboro, Tanglewood, and the Grand Teton Music Festival, as well as on the smaller stages of Carnegie Hall with the MET Chamber Ensemble. She can also be seen on Wynton Marsalis’ PBS series, “Marsalis on Music,” performing with Yo-Yo Ma. Kari has been a GTMF orchestra cellist for the last 15 summers.
Joel Noyes, cello
Joel Noyes is Assistant Principal Cello of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. As a chamber musician and recitalist, Joel has appeared throughout the United States at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Bargemusic, Ltd. He performed with Renee Fleming in the opening night concert of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and has been seen there several times since as part of the Musicians from the Met chamber series with James Levine.
Born into a musical family, he began playing the cello at the age of three under the tutelage of his father. Joel graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with David Soyer. While at Curtis, he was chosen principal cellist of the Institute’s orchestra, and frequently played in the Philadelphia Orchestra.
A versatile musician, Joel enthusiastically composes his own music, plays Egyptian music in a band in New York, has been seen on the Late Show with David Letterman, and has participated in numerous movie soundtracks. Joel is a veteran of the Grand Teton Music Festival and has been coming to Jackson for seven summers.
Paolo Bordignon, harpsichord
Paolo Bordignon is harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic and has recently appeared with Camerata Pacifica, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, All-Star Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), and the Florida Orchestra, among others.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he has collaborated with Sir James Galway, Itzhak Perlman, Reinhard Goebel, Paul Hillier, Bobby McFerrin, and Midori, as well as Renée Fleming and Wynton Marsalis in a Juilliard Gala. For the opening of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, he gave the east coast première of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra.
As Organist and Choirmaster of St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York, he directs St. Bartholomew’s Choir (professional), St. Bart’s Singers, serves as principal organist, and helps oversee one of the nation’s pre-eminent church music programs. Paolo has performed 10 summers as a musician with the GTMF Orchestra.