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Violinist Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout the U.S., Canada, France, Holland, Japan, and Switzerland. An advocate of contemporary music, she has worked with composers such as Derek Bermel, Carter Burwell, Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, and Morton Subotnick, and has premiered works on the Princeton Composers’ Series and the TriBeCa New Music Festival. In 2001, she gave the premiere of “Violynn,” a work for violin and electronics written for her by Alvin Lucier. Called ‘up-and-coming’ by TimeOut and noted in All About Jazz for her ‘virtuosity and technical expertise,’ she performs with Zentripetal, Miolina, Quartet Metadata, North/South Consonance, SEM Ensemble, and the disco band Escort, and has been a member of groups that have included Bleecker StQ, the East Village Opera Company (rock/opera band), and Lumina String Quartet. Ms. Bechtold has performed around the world, and has been heard on CBC Radio, CBS-TV, NBC-TV, NHK-TV, and WNYC, and on shows such as 30 Rock, The CBS Morning Show, Good Day NY, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Other programs have been with Absolute Ensemble, Catalyst Dance, DJ Spooky, the NY Symphonic Ensemble, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, 10 Hairy Legs, the Vermont Symphony, VisionIntoArt, VOX Opera Readings, and Pablo Ziegler. In addition, she’s performed with entertainers such as Boyz II Men, Willie Colon, Sheryl Crow, Dead Can Dance, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society Band, Roberta Flack, Left Banke, Smokey Robinson, J-Pop band SMAP, Donna Summer, and Stevie Wonder. As part of a project by artist Derrick Adams, she was part of Performa ’13, the performance art biennial. An active performer, she has performed at diverse venues such as the Blue Note, Carnegie Hall, Citi Field, the Frick Museum, the Harvard Club, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, Merkin Hall, National Sawdust, nublu, le Poisson Rouge, Radio City Music Hall, and St John the Divine. She received her M.M.from Mannes-The New School for Music, where she was a student of noted violinist Felix Galimir. Prior to that, she received a double-degree in Violin and English from the New England Conservatory and Tufts University in Boston. In addition, she likes to compose electroacoustic works, and to write articles about food/music/life. Her compositions have been performed on the Circuit Bridges, Composers Concordance, Music With a View, and NWEAMO Festivals, and at venues such as the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Bohemian National Hall. She is on the faculties of The Dwight School, Greenwich House Music School, and The Town School in NYC, as well as the Norwalk Youth Symphony in CT.
Labeled ‘dynamic duo’ by Classics Today, and ‘on the edge’ by Strings Magazine, Zentripetal made its debut in 2006, when violinist Lynn Bechtold and cellist Jennifer DeVore decided to explore the violin/cello duo repertoire and to premiere new works for the combo. Longtime collaborators, the two have been performing together since they were students at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. To date, the duo has performed at the American Museum of Natural History, Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, Dixon Place, Galapagos, Goethe Institut NYC, JCC, Museum of the City of New York, LPR, Players Theatre, Poets House, Roerich Museum, Renee Weiler Concert Hall at Greenwich House, ShapeShifter Lab, and Yeshiva University Museum in NYC; at the Cité Internationale des Arts and l’Institut Finlandais in Paris; as well as on the Music With A View Festival, North River Music Series, Vox Novus Series, and on series in NJ and PA. Their first album was released on September 30, 2014 on CCR/Naxos Records. It has received rave reviews. www.zentripetalduo.com
Miolina was formed in 2012 when artistic director/violinist Mioi Takeda decided to form a violin duo with longtime collaborator, violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold. To date, the duo has had successful performances in NYC at The Church of the Transfiguration, City Lore, Gallery MC, Greenwich House Music School, The Morbid Anatomy Museum, NoMad Loft, Parsons School of Design, Queens Library, Spectrum, St. Mark’s Church, and Turtle Bay Music School, as well as at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago; at Monk Space in Los Angeles; at the Cité Internationale des Arts and l’Institut Finlandais in Paris, France; at Corner Store Arts in Washington, DC; and at Koendori Classics and Monten Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, they have performed on series and festivals such as Circuit Bridges, Composers Concordance, Electronic Music Midwest, and NWEAMO. Miolina specializes in violin duo music that employs the natural beauty and sound of the instruments, with or without electronics and video. They enjoy collaborating on new compositions with composers, as well as discovering hidden gems of the past. Some of their recent collaborators include multi-instrumentalist Ken Butler, cellist Jennifer DeVore, and percussionists Ian Ding and Eric Millstein. Miolina’s future productions include creating music for silent Japanese films of the 1920s, and a program about immigration for students. Both violinists are longtime advocates of new music, and have performed with various new music groups, including the American Symphony Orchestra, Composers Concordance, Glass Farm Ensemble, North/South Consonance, SEM Ensemble, & VIA. They are recipients of a 2015 grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and 2014 & 2016 grants from New York Women Composers. http://miolinanyc.wix.com/miolina
Quartet Metadata formed in 2016, as an offshoot of Bleecker StQ. To date, the group has performed works by composers Lynn Bechtold, Dan Cooper, Jordan Kuspa, Dorian Wallace, Ann Warren, and Matthew Welch, among others. Their performances have been at venues such as FIT/SUNY, Yale University, and on the Concrete Timbre series in Brooklyn. Members are: Lynn Bechtold & Hajnal Pivnick, violins; Hannah Levinson, viola; Jisoo Ok, cello. http://quartetmetadata.wixsite.com/metadata/about
Bleecker StQ–a string quartet–was founded in 2010 by four musicians who wanted to perform über-groovy music, no matter what the genre: Contemporary, World, Pop, Improvisational, & Classical. Their debut performance that year drew four-star critiques and offered them opportunities to perform more works of living composers. Their concerts have included performances with pianist Pablo Ziegler in New York City and California, and collaborations with composers/performers such as Octavio Brunetti, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Carter Burwell, Latin Grammy winner Carlos Castro, Steve Cohen, Dan Cooper, Hector del Curto, Lawrence Kramer, Gene Pritsker, and Randy Woolf, among others. Their repertoire includes works by Classical masters such as Haydn and Mozart to modern innovators such as Mauricio Kagel and Silvestre Revueltas. To date, they have performed at venues such as Brooklyn Bridge Park, The Cell Theatre, St. Peter’s Church in the Citicorp building, Columbia University, Fordham University, Symphony Space, and the Robert Mondavi Center. In 2014, they were chosen to perform on the opening concert of the TriBeCa New Music Festival, and have also performed on the Composers Circle Series and Make Music NY. The members of Bleecker StQ have diverse backgrounds, being involved in groups such as Absolute Ensemble, DJ Spooky’s ensemble, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Mis-En, Eternal Tango Orchestra, Miolina, Tenth Intervention, & Zentripetal. The Bleecker StQ members are: Lynn Bechtold & Hajnal Pivnick, violins; Edmundo Ramírez, viola; Jisoo Ok, cello. www.bleeckerstringquartet.com