2012 GBS Competition for Young Instrumentalist Finals Judges

Heather Hamilton, piano/organ -- a native of Fairfield, CT, Heather Amlin Hamilton has performed as pianist, accompanist, organist, percussionist and conductor throughout the United States and Europe.  She attended the Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied conducting with Amy Kaiser and Yakov Kreizberg, organ with Edward Thompson and William Whitehead, piano with Diane Walsh, and chamber music with Sally Thomas. While an undergraduate she performed with the Chamber Orchestra of CT, and in many venues in NYC including Merkin Hall, Symphony Space and Lincoln Center.  As a member of the Mannes Percussion Ensemble she was fortunate to premiere a work by Joan Tower.  At the Manhattan School of Music, Dr. Hamilton was a full-tuition scholarship student achieving the degree of Master of Music in Solo Piano Performance in 1993.  She studied piano with Marc Silverman and Jeaneane Dowis and then was invited back to the Manhattan School as the first pianist in the Orchestral Performance Program studying under Harriet Wingreen, pianist with the New York Philharmonic, thus earning a second Master’s Degree.  As a graduate student she premiered over eighty new works and was fortunate to work with acclaimed composers Aaron Jay Kernis, Richard Danielpour and John Corigliano. She has attended the National Orchestral Institute, The Waterloo Music Festival, was assistant to Ms. Dowis at the Music Studies Abroad Program in Provence, France for two summers and was a conducting student at the Tanglewood Music Center in 1987 working under Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Meier, Seiji Ozawa among others.   Dr. Hamilton has performed under the batons of Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur, Gerard Schwartz, and Gunther Schuller.  She was founder and conductor of the Meetinghouse Orchestra and made her European conducting debut conducting Brahms’s Requiem in Varna, Bulgaria.  She served as full-time Music Director and Organist at First Church Congregational, Fairfield from 1996-2004 and is currently the Music Director and Organist at Saugatuck Congregational Church, UCC in Westport, CT.  In May of 2010 she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Bridgeport.   Heather is a frequent guest lecturer In the Lifelong Learners program at the Fairfield Senior Center among other venues.  Dr. Hamilton resides in Fairfield where she is the owner of Hamilton Music Services, teaching beginner through advanced piano, as well as theory, history and composition to children and adults of all ages.

Jung Lin, piano -- has been acclaimed for her poetic and virtuosic pianism. A native of Taiwan, she conducted her own orchestral works at age 12, won numerous competitions in her native country, and was featured on Taiwan’s major news program “90 minutes.” At sixteen her symphonic poem, “The Black Wedding” was given its premiere by the Juilliard Symphony under Miguel Harth-Bedoya. While at Juilliard Ms. Lin studied composition with the renowned American composer David Diamond, and for six years, piano with the eminent pianist Martin Canin.
One of the outstanding Chopin pianists of her generation, Ms. Lin has given numerous all Chopin recitals. In 1999, the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death, she was heard at such prestigious venues as the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, the Summit Festival, and the Kosciuszko Polish Foundation. In October, 1999 she was featured at New York’s Alice Tully Hall in the Gala Chopin recital which included 25 world renowned pianists. In addition to Chopin, Jung Lin is an avid champion of Nikolai Medtner, she is currently recording the complete Tales for Naxos. During 2004 Ms. Lin was invited by radio station WQXR to perform three recitals at the New York Botanical Garden, playing to capacity audiences and worldwide on wqxr.com. A highpoint of 2004 was a December recital debut at Alice Tully Hall. Other recent New York appearances have included the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bargemusic, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival. Ms. Lin returns to Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in December of 2005. She lives in New York City.

Tamar Beach Well, oboe -- a versatile soloist and orchestral musician. She tours nationally with the Grammy-nominated Borealis Wind Quintet, and has five CD’s with them.  She is principal oboist with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and plays regularly with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, including their inner city school outreach program. She performs with the American Composers Orchestra, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble and the Westchester Symphony. She has toured nationally with Andrea Bocelli and has been a member of the Springfield Symphony and the Goodspeed Opera. In addition to the oboe, she plays the English horn, oboe d'amore and bass oboe and frequently collaborates with vocalists, choruses and other artists in diverse settings ranging from traditional solo performances to recording sessions with pop singers. She holds degrees summa cum laude in performance and education from the Hartt School of Music and Performing Arts and a Masters degree from the Juilliard School of Music. Tamar has been on the faculty of the Hartt School and the University of Connecticut and maintains a private studio in her Litchfield County home.  She enjoys non-competitive ballroom dancing with her husband, Richard and having her two daughters, Rebecca and Alicia, cook for her.

Deborah Wong, violin -- graduated from the Juilliard School with both Bachelors and Masters degrees under the tutelage of the renowned Dorothy Delay. Her violinistic abilities span a wide range of styles and activities from chamber music to symphonies to cutting edge contemporary. In demand as a guest concertmaster, she has performed with the Oklahoma Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. In 2002, she was appointed concertmaster of the Bridgeport Symphony. Also, as the newly appointed concertmaster of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, she was hailed as "Splendid!" by the New York Times for her solo performances of the Meditation from Thais and the Bach A minor Concerto during their 2003 Lincoln Center season. As a soloist, she has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Brattleboro Bach Festival Orchestra, the Stony Brook Symphony, the North Country Quartet and the Hawthorne Piano Trio. A champion of new music, Ms. Wong performs in New York with such groups as the Washington Square Contemporary Music Ensemble, Speculum, ISCM and the New York New Music Ensemble. A dedicated teacher, she has been on the faculty of the Weston Music Center, is a registered Suzuki violin teacher and maintains an active private studio. Ms. Wong has recorded for Deustche Gramophon, Elysium and CRI, New World Records and Reflex Editions. She resides in New York with her husband, cellist Chris Finckel and their two children, Emeline and Paul. Ms. Wong joined the New York City Opera Orchestra in 2003.


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