About the Members

Martha Cargo

MARTHA CARGO, Flute

Ms. Cargo embraces innovative interpretations within various genres of music, including chamber, classical, and contemporary repertoire. She has premiered works by Travis Reuter, Stephen Lewis, Ellen O’Meara, Zosha di Castri and Beavan Flanagan, among others, and has performed at numerous summer music festivals, including Centre Acanthes (France), Colorado College (USA), Orford (Canada), and Domaine Forget (Canada). Winner of the Columbia Orchestra Young Artist Competition and a finalist in the Encore Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Ms. Cargo worked as Director of Administration for the League of Composers/ISCM (US) and the Look&Listen Festival (NYC). She studied Chemistry and Flute Performance at Oberlin, Musicology and Art History at the Sorbonne (Paris, France), holds a Masters degree in Classical Flute Performance from SUNY-Purchase, and is currently a Masters candidate at Manhattan School of Music in the Contemporary Performance Program, where she studies with Tara Helen O’Connor. Upcoming projects include Pierre Boulez’s Marteau sans maître, an original composition by Anne Goldberg for flute and live electronics with dancers, and a live electronics collaboration with experimental jazz composer Travis Reuter with Lisa Dowling, bass.


Hannah Min

HANNAH MIN, Violin

Korean-Canadian violinist Hannah Min is an active freelance performer and chamber musician in New York City. She has been heard in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Issac Stern Auditorium, Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall as well as in performance spaces throughout Europe and Asia. She has had the privilege of working and collaborating with some of the world’s most renowned musicians such as Kurt Masur, Helmuth Rilling, Ani Kavafian, Placido Domingo, Julian Rachlin, Pinchas Zukerman, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Valery Gergiev.  A dedicated performer of contemporary repertoire, Ms. Min was recently reviewed in the New York Times as playing a “vivid, colorful and urgent performance“ with “piercing clarity” in Mohammed Fairouz’s opera, Sumeida’s Song. In addition to performing Classical repertoire in many orchestral and small ensemble settings, Hannah has also played sold out shows with pop artists such as M83. Ms. Min is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music where she received her Master of Music degree.


Katya Mihailova

KATYA MIHAILOVA, Piano

Born in Kyrgyzstan, Ms. Mihailova was awarded the 1st Prize at the National Young Pianists Competition in Kyrgyzstan in 1997 and received the President’s Scholarship Award. She performed all around the US and received the Martha Lithmann Music Scholarship Award and Rotary Scholarship. Her debut performance in New York was with the Italian chamber orchestra Italiani Virtuosi. New York Times hailed her playing “deftless” and “impassionate”. Further performances included venues such as Weill Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Wordless Music Series, Bargemusic, Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, Ethical Culture Society and New York Public Library. She has recently received her Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Arkady Aronov. Ms. Mihailova is a dedicated performer of the contemporary repertoire and has premiered works of numerous contemporary composers. Her performance with Beirut in the Wordless Music Series was broadcast on WNYC. In the summer of 2009, Ms. Mihailova taught piano in Afghanistan at the National Institute of Music as well as at Kabul’s University. Ms Mihailova is also a composer and writes solo piano, chamber and film music.


Camila Barrientos

CAMILA BARRIENTOS, Clarinet

Bolivian-born clarinetist Camila Barrientos has enjoyed a wide range of musical experiences as an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed under the batons of conductors such as Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Helmuth Rilling, and Phillipe Entremont, among others.Ms. Barrientos has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Vatican, from Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas) to a slaughterhouse-turned community Art Space in her hometown of Cochabamba. She has been a member of YOA Orchestra of the Americas, participated in festivals such as Music Academy of the West in California, Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and FESNOJIV in Venezuela. In addition to her performance career, Ms. Barrientos is deeply involved and dedicated to music education having co-founded Ensemble Eclectico, a group dedicated to bringing classical music to the most remote audiences in Bolivia. She hopes to expand this project to other regions of South America and beyond.A Master of Music Graduate from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Ms. Barrientos studied with Mark Nuccio, acting principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, and was a recipient of the Leon Russianoff Memorial Scholarship while studying there. Ms. Barrientos is currently freelancing in New York City.


Kjersti Kveli

KJERSTI KVELI, Voice

Ms Kveli is a Norwegian soprano, currently situated in New York City. Also known as “Cochlea Freedom” when diving head first into her Avant garde solo voice compositions and conceptual pieces. Together with the Cochlea Freedom Ensemble, which base themselves on freedom and improvisation as tools for self-realization, or with the Performance Art Duo, Duo Tamuveli, with pianist and composer Asami Tamura. Standard modern repertoire and late romantic operatic styles are explored with collaborator and husband Tor Morten Kjøsnes. She holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Lucy Shelton. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Tromsø, Norway, where she also obtained a teaching degree in voice. In 2008 she studied early music with Harry Van der Kamp in the Early Music Program in Bremen, Germany.

A winner of the 2008 Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, Ms Kveli specializes and contemporary music, as well as composing her own music in a modern folk style, and writing poetry/text for her own projects as well as for other composers.

Kveli has performed with ensembles and orchestras such as the Youth Orchestra of Nord-Trøndelag and the Tromsø Symphony Orchestra in Norway, the Namdal Symphony Orchestra in Norway, Bremer Baroque Orchestra HFK Bremen in Germany, the MIVOS String Quartet and CLOGS in the US. Summer 2012, Kveli was head-hunted by sculpturist/film maker Matthew Barney, for his upcoming large-scale film project, to be released in 2014.

In 2012, Kveli released her first folk album, titled “Release the Virgin.” She also received a grant from the Norwegian Lyricists’ Association, as well as an Annual Culture Award from the Municipality of Snåsa, the same year.


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