ROARING FORK CHAMBER PLAYERS
Upcoming Concerts in 2019
Basalt Regional Library Concert Series
Friday, February 1, 2019
Masterworks by Beethoven and Brahms
Free and open to the public - no tickets required
About the Roaring Fork Chamber Players
The Roaring Fork Chamber Players is an ensemble of professional musicians based in the Roaring Fork Valley region who present classical music concerts to diverse audiences throughout the Western Slope of Colorado.
The Roaring Fork Chamber Players was originally founded in 1994 and continues its mission today as a part of the Roaring Fork Music Society nonprofit organization. The musicians of the RFCP have presented free educational community concerts for nearly twenty years.
Roaring Fork Chamber Players
Erin Gallagher studied viola with Richard Marshall of the Minnesota Orchestra before attending Northwestern University (Evanston IL). There she studied viola with Roland Vamos, and spent six months studying with Sven Arne Tepl at the Conservaterium van Amsterdam. An avid chamber musician and Early Music performer, she has played in chamber and Baroque concerts and festivals in Amsterdam, Paris and Nice, France, Boston, and Vancouver, BC. After receiving degrees in Viola Performance and English Literature from Northwestern, Erin moved to Aspen for the skiing and stayed for everything else. Erin is a viola and violin mentor with the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra and teaches students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
Cellist Sarah Graf is active as a chamber musician, teacher, and soloist around Colorado. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s Degree in cello performance and was also awarded a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Alan Harris and Steven Doane. Sarah has taken part in the Freiburg Baroque Academie, Aspen Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute and Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Since moving to Colorado in 2007, Sarah has performed extensively across the Western Slope. Sarah is Executive Director of the nonprofit Roaring Fork Music Society and program director of the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra. Sarah is dedicated to sharing the experience of serious musical study and performance with the next generation of young cellists. Sarah teaches throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and has completed registered Suzuki teacher training. Sarah began playing at the age of 9 in a public school music program in her hometown of Frederick, Maryland. She believes strongly in continuing the tradition of classical music study and the importance of youth music education.
Through performances in the United States, Austria, Italy, and Ireland, pianist Kevin Kaukl has captivated audiences with his sensitive artistry. His recitals of the music of Beethoven have been described by the Irish pianist John O’Conor as “powerful, intense, insightful and imaginative.” Kaukl has made a special focus of the music of Beethoven, Chopin, and modern American composers.
Kaukl was a national finalist in the MTNA Steinway Young Artist Competition as a result of winning first prize in both the Washington State and Northwest Regional divisions. He was also a honored as a recipient of the 2008 Gaiety Bursary to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, awarded by the historic Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. His recordings of early 20th century American music were recorded and archived under a grant by the University of Washington.
A sought-after collaborator throughout his native Washington state, he has been engaged in chamber music performances at several important civic events, including inauguration festivities for Seattle Mayor McGinn at Seattle City Hall; the 2011 Washington State Legislative Reception for Governor Christine Gregoire; and the 23rd annual King County Martin Luther King Celebration at Seattle's historic Paramount Theatre.
Kevin earned a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from the University of Washington as a student of Dr. Robin McCabe. He continued his studies under Dr. John O'Conor, receiving a Master of Music from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and also an Artist Diploma from Shenandoah Conservatory. During graduate studies he also taught and assisted in undergraduate courses for applied piano, accompanying, class piano, and music history.