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American Chamber Ensemble

Co-directed by pianist Blanche Abram and clarinetist Naomi Drucker, The American Chamber Ensemble is a consortium of distinguished artists dedicated to the exploration of literature for piano and clarinet in the many combinations possible with strings, woodwinds and voice. The repertoire of the ACE ranges from classical to contemporary, and the Ensemble has recorded many of the twentieth century works it has premiered. In addition, a sense of a strong connection to its home base has led to the ACE's ongoing Festival of Long Island Composers.

Pianist Blanche Abram has performed in New York City's major concert halls, throughout the Eastern United States, at many universities and in the Caribbean. She is pianist of the Drucker Trio, adjunct senior professor of music at Hofstra University, and faculty member of the Ninety-Second Street "Y." Ms. Abram has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad, and has been honored by the Music Teachers National Association as a "Master Teacher." She has premiered many new works and recorded for the Leonarda, Gasparo, Soundspells and Dionysian labels.

Naomi Drucker, internationally known clarinetist, has performed in the USA, Japan, Great Britain, the USSR, Sweden, Canada, and Argentina. Ms. Drucker, a faculty member of Hofstra University, is principal clarinetist of the Nassau (Long Island) Symphony and the New York Virtuosi. In conjunction with the American Chamber Ensemble, Ms. Drucker has participated in the commissions, world premieres, and recordings of numerous compositions including works for two clarinets and piano in which she was joined by her husband, clarinetist Stanley Drucker and pianist Blanche Abram.

Deirdre Kingsbury, mezzo-soprano, has performed as a singer, actress and musical theatre artist throughout Canada, the Eastern United States, and Ireland. She sang in La Traviata and Hansel and Gretel with the Hamilton Opera in Ontario, and was featured in Alberta's CBC Artist Spotlight. Her theatrical credits include Tom Lehrer's Tom Foolery; Canada's 1940 revue Blue Champagne; the critically acclaimed one-woman show, Gee, Gertie on the life of Gertrude Lawrence; Private Lives; and Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill.

Timothy Baker, violinist and a winner of the 1982 Tschaikowsky Competition in Moscow, won first prize at the International Bach Solo Violin Competition and the North Carolina Symphony Competition. He has appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, Miami Philharmonic, National Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and has made extensive recital tours of the United States and Europe.

Chris Finckel, cellist, is a member of the Atlantic String Quartet, the New York New Music Ensemble, Parnassus, and the North Country Chamber Players, and has participated in the Casals, Madeira Bach, and Monadnock Festivals. He has given performances throughout the Western hemisphere and in Europe, Australia, and the Far East. Widely respected for his performances of contemporary music, Mr. Finckel has participated in the premieres of works by more than 100 composers.




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