Orion Music
Beryl Diamond-Chacon
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The Orion Music Ensemble performs Baroque, Classical and Romantic chamber music especially adapted for the ensemble. OME performs a wide range of musical styles, from Bach, Mozart and Debussy to Tangos of Astor Piazzolla and Stravinsky.

OME has been photographed for House & Garden, written about in The New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, and Vanity Fair and interviewed for CBS Sunday Morning With Charles Osgood. OME recently recorded a piece composed and dedicated to the ensemble by American composer Joe Gianono. It is the first of a Trilogy of pieces being written for the ensemble.

OME has a vast and unique repertoire. Signature pieces include Beethoven Piano Concerto #1 and Septet, Astor Piazzola’s Four Seasons, the Schubert Trout Quintet, Brahms Sextets and Debussy’s Childrens Corner Suite.

Founding OME Member Beryl Diamond Chacon is a concert violinist specializing in Chamber Music. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Ms Diamond Chacon studied Chamber Music with Josef Gingold and Earl Carlyss of The Juilliard Quartet. Her primary violin teachers were Eugene Phillips and Sally Thomas. Ms. Diamond Chacon and OME have performed in Avery Fisher Hall as a small chamber orchestra in a program with James Earl Jones narrating. OME has also performed in Lincoln Center's MidSummers Night Series. Ms. Diamond Chacon performed as concertmistress and violin soloist in London, conducting members of the London Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic at a private reception for the Queen and members of the Royal Family. Ms Diamond Chacon founded and performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony, informal chamber music series, from September 1991 through September 2012. She originated and programmed acoustic music series for The Solomon R. Guggenheim's WorldBeat Jazz Series as well as originating the first year of MoMA's Summergarden. Ms Diamond Chacon has been active in the commercial recording field. She has recorded for numerous artists on the Columbia, BMG and Warner labels. These include Tony Bennett, Carly Simon, Katy Perry, Bette Midler and Billy Joel. On her own label, Beryllium Records. she has produced and recorded “The Romantic Piano Trio”, “OME: Piano Quartet Selections” and the 2012 release “Music On The Balcony”.

Emilie-Anne Gendron, Violinist, lauded by the New York Times as a brilliant soloist, enjoys an active freelance career based in New York. A committed chamber musician, Ms. Gendron is also a member of the Sejong Soloists; the Marlboro Music Festival and the Momenta Quartet. The Momenta is fixture on the New York contemporary music scene and a two-time Koussevitzky commission grant recipient. Ms. Gendron is a past winner of the Stulberg Competition and took 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition. She trained at Juilliard where her principal teachers were Won-Bin Yim, Dorothy DeLay, David Chan, and Hyo Kang. Ms. Gendron holds the distinction of being the first person in The Juilliard Schools’ history to be accepted simultaneously to its two most selective courses, the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Artist Diploma. She holds a B.A. in Classics from Columbia as a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard joint-degree program, and a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from Juilliard.

William Hakim, violist, has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Praised for his "warmth of tone and musicality" (Leipziger Volkszeitung), he studied with John Graham at the Eastman School of Music. Mr Hakim attained his Masters from The Juilliard School as a student of Samuel Rhodes. He is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center of CUNY where he studies with Paul Neubauer. Mr.Hakim has recorded for Albany Records, Decca, and Nonesuch. Recently he has performed with and recorded for artists Renee Fleming, Chris Botti and Josh Groban. Mr. Hakim has served on the faculty at Brevard Music Center and Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Festival. He currently is on the faculty of Seton Hall University and Saint Rose College.

CYRUS BEROUKHIM is a doctoral graduate of The Juilliard School and a former student of Cho-Liang Lin and Roland and Almita Vamos. A frequent performer on the Balcony on both violin and viola, Cyrus specializes in chamber music and solo performances. As a first violinist of the Zukofsky String Quartet he has performed to critical acclaim in the New York Times at the Bargemusic Series. He currently serves as concertmaster of the New York Symphonic Ensemble and regularly performs in Japan and Taiwan as violin soloist with the orchestra. He has recorded numerous records for Vanguard Classics, Arabesque, Furious Artisans, Aeon, and New World Records.

Dr. Chungsun Kim, Cellist, graduated from the Juilliard School with her BM, MM, and DMA, and studied with the cellists Channing Robbins, Leonard Rose, and Harvey Shapiro. She is a founding member of the Amasi Piano Trio where she has been an adjunct faculty at Nyack College since 1994. In 2000, she was invited as a soloist and faculty at the New International Music Festival in Seoul, Korea.. She has been a soloist with the Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra, NY Virtuosi, and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. Dr. Kim has been a featured artist in Beethoven Music Festival, Laurentian Summer Music Festival, Arcady Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, and Bach Festival. She toured as soloist with the Philharmonia Lawrencia throughout New England area, including radio broadcast. She appeared as a guest artist with the Little Orchestra Society at the Lincoln Center in part of the “Vivaldi’s Venice”. She also won the Artist International Debut Presentation Competition, and this led to her recital debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall. As a dedicated teacher, she has taught at the Sarah Lawrence Music Festival and frequently teaches master classes at the Ithaca College. She has toured as a chamber musician and orchestra member through Singapore, Germany (under the direction of Leonard Bernstein,), Chile and the US.
Nelson Padgett, Pianist, is a protégé of Leon Fleisher. Nelson tours yearly as part of Philip Glass’ ensemble. Nelson is a prize winning solo pianist as well as a partner for the top tier of violin virtuosi. He has accompanied Pinchas Zukerman, Pamela Franks and Augustin Hadelich as well serving as a pianist for the Quadrennial International Indianapolis Violin Competition, Nelson was chosen by Elmar Oliveira as his recording partner in a book and recording titled The Miracle Makers which was recorded at The Metropolitan Museum. Published by Bein and Fushi, it compared the tonal qualities violins of Stradivari and Guarneri Del Gesu violins.
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