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amazing and persuasive...

simply outstanding.

Classical Voice of New England

Avery Ensemble Biography

Greater than the sum of its parts, Avery Ensemble's 24 years of dedication and "outside the box" programming have been praised by New London's The Day as "designed to shake the cobwebs of chamber music. . . the best concert of this, or any season." Frequent guests, new music, historically-informed early music, an emphasis on American music, thematic unity and diversity in instrumental configuration lend a compelling versatility and variety to Avery's performances, praised by Audiophile Audition as "marvelous," and by the Classical Voice of New England as "committed. . . excellent. . .amazing and persuasive. . . simply outstanding." Recent engagements include appearances as guests of the Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky, the Rossmoor Music Association in New Jersey, Coe Hall in New York, and the Teatro São Pedro in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Avery Ensemble was First Prize Winner of the 2016 American Prize in Chamber Music and the focus of an article in the Summer 2016 issue of Chamber Music America's Chamber Music Magazine.

In 2017, Avery Ensemble released a CD of works by Biber, Schoenfield, Creston and Mozart, which showcases the group’s attention to stylistic contrast in its interpretation of these works from four distinct historical periods. Further Avery recordings include piano trios by Mendelssohn and Copland (2000), Re: Moon in the Afternoon by Ken Steen (2001) and piano quartets by Brahms, Mahler and Schnittke (Zephyr, 2007). Avery recently published the only extant recording of Rubin Goldmark's Piano Quartet, available on

Avery Ensemble has been sought out for premiere recordings of music by living composers, and commercial recordings of Avery premieres are available on Ablaze Records (2011) and Parma Records (2014). Avery's 2018 new music activity included the Hartt School New Music Recording Residency, as well as performing the premiere of We are Making a New World, for piano quartet and narrator, a work written in 2018 for Avery Ensemble by composer David MacBride.




Violinist Jaroslaw Lis received his Master of Music degree summa cum laude from the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland and was a recipient of the prestigious Polish Ministry of Culture scholarship. As a youngest member of the Sinfonia Varsovia he has worked with Yehudi Menuhin, Krzysztof Penderecki and Emmanuel Krivine as well as recorded for Denon and Aperto labels. He received an Artist Diploma and Master of Music degrees from the Yale School of Music. He has studied with Jan Jakuc, Wojciech Malinski, Zofia Kuberska, Julia Jakimowicz, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Syoko Aki and the Tokyo String Quartet, and was a scholarship student of Nathan Milstein (Zurich, Switzerland). He has been a member of the Assai and Essex Quartets, receiving Second Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition with the Assai Quartet. He recorded on Roesch Records with Assai Quartet and Ahmad Jamal. He has been on the faculty of the Madeline Island Music Camp, the Palisade Arts Festival, Friends of Music Camp in South Korea and is a former director of the Music Adventure Camp at Tenuta di Spannocchia in Tuscany. He is an acting principal second violin of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. He is a chamber music director of the Trentino Music Festival, Italy and a Music Director of Doctors Orchestra. He is on faculty of Connecticut College, Trinity College, and Hartt School Community Division.

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Violist Aekyung Kim is a diverse musician and currently the Assistant Principal violist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. She travels to perform with other ensembles such as the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Broad Street Orchestra, the Novus ensemble, the Music and Medicine orchestra, Handel Festival Orchestra, and Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has performed chamber music in venues such as the Peter Jay Sharp Theater in Lincoln Center, Ozawa Hall, the New York Supreme Court building, and the United Nations Headquarters. Along with frequent performances in chamber, orchestra and educational outreach concerts, she brings music to the community through teaching. With 12 years of private teaching experience, Kim manages her own private studio of around 30 students with a driving passion to make music more accessible to all. She was on faculty at the Fairfield | Trumbull School of Music for 3 years before pursuing her own private business. Between performance and teaching, she leads a busy lifestyle that gives her the greatest sense of fulfillment in sharing the joy of music-making.

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Hans Twitchell's international concertizing has included engagements in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, Israel, Brazil and Argentina. He has served as principal cellist of both the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in Texas and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, and has appeared as a guest with the Emerson String Quartet.  Recent season highlights include a performance of Alfred Schnittke's Cello Sonata no. 2 at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, C.P.E. Bach's A-major Concerto with the Filarmonia Catarinense to a sold-out hall at the Teatro Ademir Rosa in Florianópolis, and a recital of French gamba music at the Colóquio Quinard in São Paulo. Dr. Twitchell has recorded on the New England Viola da Gamba Society Record Label and NovoDisc Midia Digital da Amazonia, and is head of the music department at the State University of Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil.

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Adriana Jarvis began piano studies at the age of four, and by sixteen had performed as soloist with orchestra four times. At age eleven her performance with the Utah Symphony was reviewed as "a reading of power and penetration, which at the same time found room for . . . the music's poetry." She is an active chamber musician and soloist both on piano and harpsichord, including a 2019 performance as harpsichord soloist of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 5, and a March 2020 performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4 with the Camerata Florianópolis (Brazil). Together with Hans Twitchell, she has performed virtually the entire standard cello/piano duo repertoire in the U.S., Israel and Brazil, including recent performances at Sam Houston State University, Texas Tech University and a live Brazilian nationwide broadcast on Radio MEC in Rio de Janeiro. The  Jarvis Twitchell Duo was a prize winner at the 2011 International Liszt-Garrison Duo Competition in Baltimore. She has recorded on the Zephyr, Parma and Ablaze record labels.  Dr. Jarvis is also a specialist in anxiety, particularly music performance anxiety, and is an anxiety coach and podcast author at

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