An all-star ensemble led by pianist Anton Nel and Artistic Director Barry Shiffman will feature Brahms’ chamber music masterpieces. The program highlights the vocal splendor of American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, who was the Grand Finals winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; the incomparable violinist Chee-Yun, winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant; and culminate with horn virtuoso William Vermeulen.


Two Songs for mezzo, viola and piano
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Horn Trio, Op. 40


Video Notes

Barry Shiffman on the many vocalists performing at the RCMF

SAMANTHA HANKEY, mezzo-soprano
Acclaimed as “serious and penetrating” by The New York Times, American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey is a rising star of the opera world. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms. Hankey has won many major international competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Grand Finals Winner, 2017). In addition to her recent Carnegie Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah with Musica Sacra, Ms. Hankey has performed the title role in Handel’s Agrippina at The Juilliard School, about which Opera News wrote she “zipp[ed] through Agrippina’s punishing music with beautiful tone, immaculate prosody and queenly authority”. She also appeared in a concert of the Rossini Stabat Mater with The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and The Wake World, a new commission by David Hertzberg for the Philadelphia Opera. Ms. Hankey has been featured in the HBO documentary ‘A Young Arts Master Class’ with soprano Renée Fleming, and has been heard on NPR’s ‘From the Top’ as a recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award.  Ms. Hankey is a native of Marshfield, Massachusetts and attended the Walnut Hill School for the Arts.