Laura Woyasz, recently seen on Broadway in For The Girls, singing alongside Kristin Chenoweth.
Laura made her Broadway debut as Glinda in Wicked, performing the show for five years. She was also seen on Broadway
in For The Girls with Kristin Chenoweth.
Off Broadway she was seen in: Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, The Marvelous Wonderettes and My Life With Albertine. National Tours and other favorites: James Joyce’s The Dead, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hello Dolly, Anything Goes, Working (Broadway World Best Actress Nomination), Grumpy Old Men (World Premier) with Sally Struthers and Hal Linden, Cheers Live On Stage (World Premier), Noises Off, Smokey Joes’ Cafe, Venus in Fur, Little Shop of Hor- rors, Boeing Boeing, Women In Jeopardy, Sex With Strangers and more. Laura made her feature film debut in The Desiring.
On TV, she played a Person Of Interest on ...
Mark Nuccio, Clarinet
Critics have praised clarinetist Mark Nuccio for both his solo and chamber appearances, describing him as “the evening’s highlight”, full of “mystery and insight” and “shaping his phrases beautifully with a rich, expressive tone.” (NY Times)
Mr. Nuccio is currently the Principal Clarinetist of the Houston Symphony since 2016. Prior to that, he was a member of the New York Philharmonic having joined in 1999 as Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinetist. During Nuccio’s 17 years in the NYP, he served as Acting Principal Clarinet for four years from 2009-2013. Prior to his service with the Philharmonic, he has held positions with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida working with distinguished conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, André Previn, Christoph von Dohnányi, Valero Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Alan Gilbert, Andres Orozco Estrada, and Juraj Valcuha. Additionally, Mr. Nuccio has toured extensively with the Houston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and in numerous countries, recorded with all three orchestras, and performed regularly with the Philharmonic on the award-winning series, Live from Lincoln Center, broadcast on PBS. Recent highlights include the Philharmonic’s historic and newsworthy visits to North Korea and...
Yoonshin Song, 1st Violin
Acclaimed as “a wonderfully talented vio- linist...whose sound and technique go well beyond her years,” violinist Yoonshin Song was born in South Korea, where she began her musical studies at age five. Making her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 11, she has since built a successful performing career internationally.
Yoonshin was appointed as Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony in August 2019. Before that she held the same position with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for seven seasons. Yoonshin has also served as guest concertmaster of the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer.
Beyond her first chair duties, Yoonshin has performed as a soloist with many orchestras around the world, including the Houston Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Paul Constantinescu Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Philhar- monic Orchestra, the KBS Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others.
The highlights of her 2020-2021 season as a soloist included concertos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Houston Symphony and the New Mexico Philhar- monic Orchestra...
Oleg Sulyga, 2nd Violin
A native of Moscow with Ukrainian roots, Oleg Sulyga began his music education at Moscow Central Music School and continued it at SMU in Dallas and Paris, France and the University of Houston under guidance of professor Emanuel Borok. He was a member of world-renowned ensemble The Moscow Virtuosi led by Vladimir Spivakov, with which he traveled extensively and performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls.
As a chamber musician, he performed with the principals of the Wiener Philharmoniker and The Kopelman Quartet. As orchestral musician, Mr. Sulyga has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Houston Symphony orchestras. In addition, he has participated in many international festivals, including Ravinia, Prague Spring, Pacific Music Fes- tival, Colmar International Music Festival, Schlezwig-Holstein Festival, and Grand Teton Music Festival.
Currently, Mr. Sulyga is a violinist of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Houston Ballet, Mercury, the Bach Society of Houston and is a frequent chamber musician, teacher, clinician and adjudicator. Previous positions include being an Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston, where he taught violin and assisted in the quartet in residence program. He also is passionate about his other career as a realtor at the REALM Professionals, and he is an avid recreational cyclist.
Joan DerHovsepian, Viola
Joan DerHovsepian is Acting Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She joined the viola section of the Houston Symphony in 1999, hired by Christoph Eschenbach, and began serving as Associ- ate Principal in the fall of 2010.
Ms. DerHovsepian was Principal Viola of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra for two seasons and played in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared as guest principal viola with the Cincinnati Symphony.
Ms. DerHovsepian is an Artist Teacher of Viola at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, instructing students in viola orchestral repertoire and chamber music. Students who have come through her orchestral repertoire course have gone on to earn positions in the Cincinnati Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Houston Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, North Carolina Symphony, Pittsburgh Sympho- ny, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and Washington National Opera, among others.
She is a regular guest faculty for the New World Symphony and has given master- classes in the study of orchestral excerpts at the New England Conservatory and for the viola students of the Juilliard School. Ms. DerHovsepian participates annually at the Mimir Chamber Music Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and ...
Suren Bagratuni, Cello
Hailed as “a cellist of uncommon attainments,” by the Boston Globe, Suren Bagratuni was winner of the Silver Medal at the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory.
Bagratuni has gone on to a distinguished international career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist. In addition to performing throughout the former Soviet Union, he has toured world- wide earning enthusiastic praise in both traditional and contemporary repertoire.
As soloist, Bagratuni has performed with all
the major orchestras in the former Soviet Union, including the Moscow Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, and has also appeared with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and others.
Recital and chamber music appearances have included guest invitations with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Newport Music Festival, Festival of the Hamptons, the Russian Winter Festival in Moscow, the El Paso Pro Musica Festival, and numerous international festivals in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Korea, and Taiwan.
Bagratuni’s other solo...