March 9 2003
Christine Nield, flute, born in New York, studied extensively
with Philip Dunigan, James Galway, & Marcel Moyse. She has
participated in the Accademia Chigiana in Siena Italy, the New
England Bach Festival, the Library of Congress Music Series, &
the Marlboro Music Festival, & plays annually in Festival
Miami. She is principal flutist with the Florida Philharmonic
Orchestra and the Florida Grand Opera, & is Professor of Flute
at the University of Miami, Ms Nield has recorded solo & chamber
music on the Audiofon, Centaur, Coronet, & Altarus labels
& orchestral recordings are on Marmonia Mundi.
Mei Mei Luo, violin has been a member of the Florida Philharmonic
since 1988; associate concertmaster since 1999. Her first US position
was with the Philadelphia Orchestra.. Born and raised in China,
she took Second Prize in the Nations Youth Violin competition
in China, and a Third Prize in the San Diego Youth Music Competition.
At age 12, she performed with the prestigious Peking Opera Company.
In 1997, Mei Mei was selected from a worldwide group of Chinese
musicians to participate in the reunification celebration of the
return of Hong Kong to Mainland China. Ms. Luo performs on an
1803 Johannes Giagliano violin made in Naples Italy.
Iris van Eck, cello, a native of Holland, studied at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Jean Decroos & Rene van Ast before moving to the United States where she studied with Raya Garbousova. Of Master classes attended,of most influence were Paul and Maude Tortellier and William Pleeth. She has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras in the U.S. & in Europe, was assistant principal cello in the Florida Philharmonic for the past 17 years, and is now principal cellist for the Florida Grand Opera. Her cello is an old French instrument made by Bernardel Pere.
Anne Louise-Turgeon, piano, enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She has performed in hundreds of concerts on several continents, including appearances with many noted instrumentalists. As a soloist, she has taken prizes and awards in the Canadian Music Competition, the Sydney International Piano Competition, and the Cleveland International Competition. In recognition of her talents as a soloist, she received a Government of Canada Award for Special Achievement in the Arts.
As a member of the piano team "Duo Turgeon", with her husband Edward Turgeon, Dr. Louise-Turgeon has performed in many prestigious festivals and halls, including the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Holland Music Sessions Festival, where she performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Banff Centre of Fine Arts Festival, under whose auspices she performed at Weill Recital at Carnegie Hall. Her duo prizes and awards include First Prize in the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duos (Czech Republic, 1995), and First Prize in the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition (Miami, 1997). Duo Turgeon was also awarded the special prize for best performance of John Corigliano's "Chiaroscuro" for two pianos tuned a quarter -tone apart, a new work commissioned by the Dranoff Foundation for the 1997 competition.
Over the past few years, Dr. Louise-Turgeon's recording activities
have included five compact discs on the Marquis Classics/EMI,
Vanguard Classics, Dranoff Foundation, and Albany Records labels.
Her recorded performances have received special recognition as
"CD of the month" and "top classical CD of the
Year". Upcoming projects include recordings of works
for two pianos by Johannes Brahms and two-piano music by Latin