Musicians dedicated to civic engagement.

 
 
 
 Becky Anderson, Founding Co-Director

Becky Anderson, Founding Co-Director

Violinist Becky Anderson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who strives to bring intimate and direct musical experiences to a wide variety of audiences. Ms. Anderson’s recent performances range from solo appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra to collaborative projects with Questlove and Ben Folds.

An arts advocate and educator, Ms. Anderson has worked with diverse audiences on multiple continents. As a member of Ensemble Connect from 2016-18, she gave interactive performances throughout the New York City public school system, and at community venues including NYC correctional facilities. Ms. Anderson was one of twenty individuals selected to be a part of the 2010 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance, an arts advocacy summit whose members included actress Kerry Washington. Ms. Anderson also was a part of the 2012 Americans for the Arts "Arts Advocacy Day" in Washington D.C, culminating in a performance with Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Anderson has performed on the nationally-broadcast radio show “From the Top,” and she was one of three musicians invited to a workshop with Michael Tilson Thomas that was filmed for the documentary series “Masterclass,” airing on HBO in 2010.

Ms. Anderson is teaching for the studio of Ronald Copes at The Juilliard School during the 2018-19 season. She was Lead Faculty for the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard program in Switzerland in 2018, and also served as faculty member for the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Through Ensemble Connect, Ms. Anderson worked for two years with the public high school students at Brooklyn High School of the Arts, and also led workshops and coachings with students at Skidmore College and Wheaton College.

Ms. Anderson’s passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, and Music From Angel Fire. She has performed on concerts presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Library of Congress.

Ms. Anderson's solo appearances have taken her across the country as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Olympia Symphony, and Columbia Symphony orchestras. She was a first prize winner at the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. Other awards include the bronze medal and Bach Award at the Stulberg International String Competition, as well as the youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Anderson is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW).

 

 

 Alex Fortes, Founding Co-Director

Alex Fortes, Founding Co-Director

A native of San Diego, New York-based violinist Alex Fortes is recognized for his versatility and warmth. Recent performances have included concerts in France, Germany, Denmark, Austria, and Indonesia, as well as throughout North America.  His playing is featured on A Far Cry's 2014 Grammy-nominated album, Dreams and Prayers, as well as on Law of Mosaics, which The New Yorker’s Alex Ross hailed as one of the top ten albums of 2014. He can also be heard on a forthcoming album with the Henschel Quartett and pianist Donald Berman featuring the music of Chris Theofanidis.

Fortes holds a strong interest in finding new contexts in which to experience familiar music. His arrangements of Schubert lieder and chamber music were hailed by the Boston Globe as “uniformly resourceful and complementary...smart, subtle.” In May 2016, A Far Cry premiered his arrangement with Sarah Darling of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in collaboration with pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

A strong advocate for the importance of social and civic engagement, Alex spent a year working as an administrator and playing for the Longwood Symphony, an orchestra associated with Boston’s medical community that uses its performances to raise funds and awareness for medical nonprofits. In May 2010, he was chosen by former U.S. Senator and New School President Bob Kerrey to be the student speaker at the New School’s commencement ceremony, where he spoke about the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation and civic engagement for fostering innovation and strong communities.

Alex has participated in educational residencies in both English and Spanish related to entrepreneurship, music performance and education,  at colleges and public schools throughout the United States. He holds music degrees from Mannes College and a B.A. in Government from Harvard College.