Little Ears Collective
Little Ears Collective is a NYC based group made up musicians of all genres coming from very diverse backgrounds including Chicago, Montana, France, NYC, Nashville, South Korea, and California. They are unique in their talent of blending HipHop, Classical, Jazz, Funk, and Soul. In addition to transcribing popular music into a live instrumental groove, they also individually compose their own original works to perform as a group.
The collective consists of international professional musicians that have performed in venues in the New York area such as Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, National Sawdust, Rockwood Music Hall, Terminal 5, DROM, the Guggenheim Museum, Electric Factory, and many more. Recent collaborations have included Avery Florence, Armani White, and many others.
Eilene Lee, 16, is a junior at Bergen County Academies, and started the violin at the age of 5. Eilene has been studying with Yu-Jeong Lee and currently is a student of Naoko Tanaka at The Juilliard School, pre-college division. Eilene has won prizes in numerous national and international violin competitions. She was the 1st prize winner of the YWCA New York Music Competition, the NY International Music Concours, and a winner of the NLPA National Young Virtuosi Recital Competition. She has won prizes in other competitions such as the KRB NY International Music Competition, the International Virtuoso competition, and the International Grande Music Competition. She has performed in the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie, and the Merkin Hall in Kaufman Center. Her orchestral experiences include the New Jersey Region I Junior High School Orchestra, where she has served as concertmaster, the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra 2, and the Juilliard Pre-college Symphony where she has served as principal.
Virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger is a prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011. His performances have been described by critics as “spine-tingling…astonishing” (The Guardian), “dazzling virtuoso playing” (The Washington Post), “impeccable level of playing, a wonderful musician” (Heather Kurzbauer, The Strad), and “ ….he has got everything in his favour, technique, composure and personality” (El Pais, Spain).
He has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and around the world, including solo performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Mariinsky Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among many others. Conductor collaborations include Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and numerous other conductors.
Solo Highlights of the 18/19 season include a performance with the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, and a tour in Spain with the Munich Chamber Orchestra to name just a few. He has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Louvre in Paris, the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, The Moscow International House of Music in Russia, Shanghai Grand Theatre in China, Royal Festival Hall in London, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, the National Arts Centre in Canada, and more. Among numerous television and radio appearances in the United States, Asia, and Europe, he was featured on Radio France, STV in China, KBS in Korea, and WQXR, WFYI, FOX 59, WISH-TV, and NPR, among others. An avid chamber musician, Eric frequently performs chamber music internationally. He also has a special collaboration with bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre.
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Mentors have included Glenn Dicterow, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Robert Mann, and Dorothy Delay, among others. He was also mentored by Maestro Lorin Maazel.
Eric plays on a rare J.B. Guadagnini violin from 1757 on generous loan from the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation and family of Sau-Wing Lam.
Clarinetist Ki-Deok Park has won numerous competitions and has received distinctions for his solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. Recently, Mr. Park began to work with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra performing both chamber and symphonic works. In 2015, Mr. Park was chosen to play Principal Clarinet for the Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Riccardo Muti. In 2016, he won the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and was guest soloist with the orchestra. He has participated in numerous summer festivals. In his Sophomore year at Manhattan School of Music, he and his string quartet won the The Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition playing Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor. In 2018, he won 1st prize for the New York Artists International Competition. Mr. Park made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in June, 2018. Currently, he is the principal clarinet for New York Youth Symphony Orchestra and Manhattan School of Music Orchestras. Ki-Deok Park attended New York University for two years studying pre-med and clarinet performance, and is currently a Junior at Manhattan School of Music studying under Pascual Martínez-Forteza (New York Philharmonic).
Ms. Daneshpour is the 3rd prizewinner of the 2017 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition, the 2014 prizewinner at the Seoul International Music Competition in Seoul, Korea, the 2013 Laureate of the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association, 1st prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2007 International Russian Music Piano Competition among many other international awards.
She has studied under the direction of Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music, Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School, and Dr. Oleg Volkov. Her studies continue under Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2015. Ms. Daneshpour has performed in her native city of Washington DC, and throughout the U.S., Russia, Canada, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, France, Sweden, Spain, and Japan She has been heard on stages of such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. In addition, she has been featured nationwide on 160 public radio stations. She has been featured as a soloist in many prestigious music series such as the Werner Richard Saal series in Munich, Germany, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Strathmore Hall in Washington, DC, Ventura Festival, The Frederic Chopin Society in St.Paul, Minnesota, The Gnessin School of Music in Moscow and many others. with her performances earning high accolades from the critics and audiences alike. The Washington Post wrote “…she created transfixing poetry. And she found delightful details in passagework and incidents that other pianists treat as routine.” The Baltimore Sun stated that Sara “delivered a powerhouse account of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 producing enough tone for two pianists in the process.” while The Mercury News called her performance “…sensational. Strength, finesse, passion; it was all there. “The New York Concert Review wrote,“ …she exhibits all the requisites for a high voltage career and more: blazing technique, power, expressivity, imagination, and a lovely stage presence.“
Ms. Daneshpour is an Astral Artists laureate, having been a winner of the 2010 national auditions.