Second-year Fellow Sarah Peters showcases vibrant works for violin. Presented in the intimate SunTrust Pavilion, Solo Spotlights feature one or two Fellows in recital programs they design.
Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade”
Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano
Allegro vivo Intermède, fantasque et léger Finale: Très animé
Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Sz. 86
Suite in G minor for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71
Allegro energico Allegro moderato Lento assai Molto vivace
Sarah Peters, violin
Second-year Violin Fellow Sarah Peters is an orchestral performer, chamber musician and teacher. She received her graduate diploma and bachelor of music degrees from the New England Conservatory (NEC), where she studied with Paul Biss and Nicholas Kitchen. During her studies, Ms. Peters performed in the NEC Philharmonia, Chamber Orchestra and Bach Ensemble. She also won the NEC-A Far Cry Fellowship and worked and performed alongside Grammy-nominated A Far Cry for a semester.
Professional orchestral experience includes performances with the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. Additionally, she served as the principal second violin in the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Festival appearances include Britt Classical Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Spoleto Festival U.S.A. and Pacific Music Festival in Japan. At Tanglewood, she was the recipient of the Jules C. Reiner violin prize. Ms. Peters has performed chamber music alongside renowned artists such as the Borromeo Quartet and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
As a teacher, Ms. Peters spent two summers teaching at Heartland Chamber Music Festival’s Overture camp for young musicians. She performed educational concerts with her quartet as a part of NEC’s Community Performances and Partnerships program. Her passion for community engagement led to serving on New World Symphony’s Community Engagement committee. She also led chamber music rehearsals at the NEC Preparatory School over the course of two years.
Ms. Peters began her violin studies at the age of three in Tokyo. At 10 years old, she moved outside of Kansas City, where she continued her studies with University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Benny Kim.
John Wilson, piano
A third-year Piano Fellow at the New World Symphony, John Wilson regularly performs solo, chamber, concerto and orchestral repertoire, and is equally at home on the piano, organ, harpsichord, celeste and synthesizer. In addition to the New World Symphony, he has recently won keyboard auditions for guest orchestral positions with the Milwaukee and San Diego symphonies. Previously he served as Principal Keyboardist for the Reading Symphony, and as répétiteur for Baltimore Lyric Opera.
Mr. Wilson has recently performed as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Napa Valley Festival Academy Orchestra, New Amsterdam Symphony and Camerata Notturna in New York City. Taking a particular interest in contemporary music, he has performed on the U.S and World Premiere performances of works by Reinbert de Leeuw, Michael Tilson Thomas, HK Gruber, Timo Andres and Bernd Deutsch. Mr. Wilson has performed in recital with violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Johannes Moser, and in ensembles with Daniel Hope and Robert McDuffie. He has also collaborated with David Foster, on synthesizer, and Audra McDonald, on piano.
While at the New World Symphony, Mr. Wilson has studied with Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He is also a graduate of Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Benjamin Pasternack and Marian Hahn, performed in master classes with Leon Fleisher and Murray Perahia, and was a recipient of the Presser Award and Clara Ascherfield Prize.
Maria Semes, guest violinist
Maria Semes currently holds a position in the first violin section of the Louisville Orchestra. She has performed as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra and the Spoleto U.S.A. orchestra. She has also been a member of the Britt Festival Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival and School Orchestras. Her solo performance highlights include Ravel’s Tzigane with the Shanghai Philharmonic and Vivaldi’s Four Violin Concerto with the Macau Youth Orchestra. Ms. Semes performs extensive chamber music on both the violin and the viola including performances in Juilliard’s ChamberFest, at the Juilliard Commencement in Alice Tully Hall, at the Luzerne Music Center and in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Ms. Semes received her bachelor and master of music degrees from The Juilliard School under the direction of David Chan and Naoko Tanaka. At school, she was an active participant in community engagement where she taught and performed. She was a recipient of the Morse Fellowship where she taught violin and viola lessons in NYC public schools, the Gluck Community Service Fellowship and the New Orleans ArtReach Project.