Violinist Basil Alter began violin lessons with his mother at age 3. Beginning schooling at University of Memphis’ Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, where he was the violinist of the Contemporary Chamber Players and concertmaster of the schools symphonic and opera orchestras, he later moved to New York to study at Manhattan School of Music, where he was a rotating concertmaster of the school orchestras.
He has been featured in Jewish Scene Magazine’s article “Basil Alter’s World of Music,” the University of Memphis Magazine, and other publications.
He is a frequent guest performer at Temple Emanu-El of New York, most recently performing on instruments from the traveling exhibit “Violins of Hope.”
Upcoming performances include appearances with the Germantown Symphony (TN) and the Delta Symphony (AR), as well as recitals across the US.
Pianist Evan Solomon has appeared in chamber music and vocal recitals in France, Germany, China, Japan, Korea, and throughout the United States. His exceptionally wide repertoire has led to frequent engagements as official pianist at events such as the Hannover International Violin Competition, the International Viola Congress, the West Point Clarinet Summit, and the Starling-DeLay Violin
Mr. Solomon’s performances as faculty artist of the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea have been featured on the Korean Broadcasting System and NPR’s “Performance Today”. Additional television credits include appearances on A&E Network’s “Breakfast with the Arts” with violinist Sarah Chang and cellist Han-Na Chang, and “Live from Lincoln Center: Perlman at the Penthouse” on PBS. His recordings with tenor Michael Sells and clarinetist Seunghee Lee have received wide critical acclaim. A recent highlight was his premiere of the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by composer Gerald Busby with the Orchestra at Shelter Rock in New York.
Evan Solomon began his piano studies with Olga Radosavljevich at the Cleveland Institute of Music. A graduate of Grinnell College with a major in mathematics, he received the Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California as a student of Brooks Smith. Mr. Solomon was on the collaborative piano staff of The Juilliard School for over thirty years and currently resides in Memphis.