Mr. Dickson has performed over 2,000 concerts throughout North American, South America, Russia and China. He has studied with such diverse artists as the Arianna, Muir, Parker, Tokyo, Emerson, and Pacifica String Quartets, Midori, Joanna Hodges, Gila Goldstein, and Olga Kern. He is Founder and President of Chamber Music Now, and is also President and Artistic Director of the New England Chamber Music Society, which is focused on bringing concerts into the suburbs of New England. A native of California, he received his professional training at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where he was a student of Kurt Baldwin and Alla Voskaboynikova. Receiving degrees in both cello and piano performance, Mr. Dickson continued his education with Masters Degrees from Boston University, again in cello and piano performance under the direction of Michael Reynolds and Gila Goldstein. He is currently a candidate in Boston University’s esteemed Doctorate of Music program.
Mr. Dickson has taught privately and in public schools for the past twelve years. He was a sought after accompanist in St. Louis, MO, and was a accompanist at the University of Missouri St. Louis during his time in the state. He currently teaches at Note-Worthy Experience Music Studio in Sudbury, and is adjunct faculty at Boston University. Mr Dickson was a substitute member in the Manhattan Symphony, and has played with many orchestras around the Nation. He is the director of music at the Federated Church of Norfolk, and maintains an active performing schedule around the nation.
Daniel is a state certified real estate agent and works at Benjamin Apartments and Cityside Homes as a licensed sales agent. He enjoys playing competitive volleyball and participates in tournaments around the state. He is also a donut enthusiast, and enjoys making and consuming these delicious treats.
Texan cellist, Jonathan Butler has been recognized by the Boston Globe as 'dynamic and committed.' Since winning several prizes in the Amsterdam Cello Biennale Competition, he has been engaged by the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in Europe and Asia, A Far Cry in the US, and Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music in the UK. Jonathan's interest in contemporary music has resulted in close work with many composers from his own generation as well as notable figures such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Brett Dean, Harrison Birtwhistle, and Julian Anderson. Jonathan has been a recipient of the Gregor Piatigorsky scholarship at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Natasha Brofsky, and is currently completing a doctorate. Previous teachers include Michel Strauss and Richard Aaron, and Jonathan has received musical guidance from Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Gabor Takacs-Nagy. As a dedicated pedagogue, committed to passing on the knowledge learned from these figures to the next generation of musicians, Jonathan currently holds faculty positions at NEC Preparatory School, MIT Emerson Scholars program, and Chamber Music Now, where he also serves as Artistic Director. In his free time, Jonathan reads the dictionary, scours YouTube for ‘good’ videos, and enjoys natural-processed hand-pour coffee with layered notes of fruit and chocolate nougat.
Maya French grew up in midcoast Maine studying Suzuki violin with Janet Ciano and later with Gilda Joffe through Bay Chamber Concerts. She has had the opportunity to study and perform at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Orford Music Academy, Manchester Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Interlochen String Quartet Seminar, Virginia String Quartet Seminar, and Kinhaven Music School. Maya received her BMA in Violin Performance from Boston University in 2014 under the direction of Bayla Keyes. Currently she works as the founder and the Managing Director of Palaver Strings and is a violin faculty member at Bay Chamber Concerts Music School, and as an early childhood music teacher at The Opportunity Alliance and Youth and Family Outreach in Portland, Maine. In addition, Maya has worked as a Teaching Artist Fellow, Massachusetts Cultural Council and as a teaching artist fellow at Bridge Boston Charter School’s El Sistema-inspired strings program. She is certified in as a teacher of the Suzuki Violin method and a method of early-childhood music education, Music Learning Theory. Maya is dedicated to using classical as a motive for social change and community building.
Ian Gottlieb (b. 1990) is a Los Angeles-based composer and cellist whose music grapples with nostalgia, mysticism, folk tradition, eclecticism, and spirituality. His music has been performed by ensembles and artists including Sandbox Percussion, Ensemble dal Niente, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Hilary Summers, Antico Moderno, Triple Helix, and Palaver Strings. Recent commissions include works for Contemporaneous, Arcomusical, and arx duo. His work has received support from New York State Council for the Arts, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and ASCAP. A Los Angeles native, he holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, Boston University, and Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences.
Violinist William Hagen has performed across the United States, Europe, and Asia as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and the Belgian National Orchestra, has worked with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Matthias Pintscher, Marin Alsop, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Placido Domingo, and has performed in great venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Davies Hall in San Francisco, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Beethovenhaus in Bonn. This year, William performs concertos with orchestras across the United States and performs at the Louvre in Paris and in other venues around Europe. William studied for many years at the Colburn School in Los Angeles with Robert Lipsett, and also studied at the Juilliard School in New York City with Itzhak Perlman and at the Kronberg Academy with Christian Tetzlaff. He performs on the “Arkwright Lady Rebecca Sylvan” Antonio Stradivari, made in 1732, on generous loan from the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation.