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Neva Pilgrim, soprano, a native Minnesotan, graduated magna cum laude from Hamline University, received a Master of Music from Yale, and studied at the Vienna Academy of Music on a Ditson Fellowship. The recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller grant, NEA and Fromm Foundation commission grants, she has also received a Certificate of Merit for her significant contribution to the field of music from the Yale School of Music, an outstanding alumni award from Hamline University, and the Laurel Leaf Award from the American Composers Alliance. Ms. Pilgrim is known throughout the country for her extensive work with composers, many of whom have written for her.

She appears regularly in recital and as soloist with orchestras, having performed with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, and Clarion Concerts. She has concertized in Japan, Canada and Europe and appeared at such festivals as Tanglewood, Marlboro, Chautauqua, Monadnock, and Saratoga Baroque, as well as the International Computer Music Festival. Neva Pilgrim has 19 recordings to her credit and has soloed with such distinguished chamber ensembles as the Da Capo Chamber Players; Speculum Musicae; the Baltimore Chamber Music Society; and the Concord, Tremont, and Madison Quartets, to name but a few. She is artist-in-residence in voice at Colgate University and maintains a private studio in New York City.

Edward Smith, harpsichordist, is known throughout the USA and Europe as both a soloist and ensemble performer. A native of Wisconsin, he received his Bachelor of Music from Lawrence University, studied composition with Luigi Dallapiccola in Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship, and was a student of Ralph Kirkpatrick at Yale. Mr. Smith was a member of the famed New York Pro Musica from l964-69, was a founding member of the Philidor Trio, and has been a regular performer with the New York Consort of Viols and the Waverly Consort.

Mr. Smith's recitals have been heard in such cities as New York, Salzburg, Venice, Cleveland, Paris, and Verona. Presently a resident of Verona, Italy, Mr. Smith was the continuo player for the Handel Opera Festival in Venice during the summer of l989, then performed Handel operas in Paris with the Clemencic Ensemble. He has recorded for Decca and the Musical Heritage Society, and has recorded Stradella and Carissimi with soprano Neva Pilgrim on the Musical Heritage and Spectrum labels.

Steven Heyman, pianist, earned his BM and MM degrees from Juilliard as a scholarship student of Adele Marcus. He continued his studies with Hans Graf at the Hochschule für Müsik in Vienna. His appearances have included solo recitals, chamber music concerts and concerto appearances throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including the Syracuse and Milwaukee Symphonies and Norwegian radio.

Mr. Heyman has received prizes in national and international competitions, including the Beethoven Competition in Vienna, the Gina Bachauer Competition in Salt Lake City, the Southern International Competition in Missouri, the Portland Competition in Maine, and the American Music Scholarship Competition. He was the top American and fourth Laureate in the prestigious Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition. As a result of winning the Juilliard Piano Concerto Competition, he appeared with the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. Mr. Heyman teaches at Syracuse University and Hamilton College in upstate New York. His students have won local, state and national competitions including top prizes in ARTS (National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) in Miami, the Van Cliburn Summer Institute Competition and the National MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Competition.





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