Albanian native, Gert Kumi has performed as a violin soloist and recitalist across North America, Europe, China, South Korea and Africa. Gert began playing violin at age eight. Soon after, he won national recognition as the top prize winner of his country’s music competitions. At age 16, He made his orchestral debut with the Tirana Philharmonic Orchestra.
As concertmaster of the “Young Virtuosi of Tirana” Chamber Orchestra, Gert toured throughout Europe. He performed for dignitaries such as Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the King of Morocco, the Queen of Liechtenstein and the Royal Swedish family. And his performances were featured on radio and television throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, and Albania, as well as Hungarian television, and Vatican radio.
In the summer of 1995, Gert was invited to study at the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland, as a scholarship student of Alberto Lysy, protégé of Lord Yehudi Menuhin.
In February 2000, Gert immigrated to the United States to begin the Master’s Program at the prestigious Juilliard School, as a scholarship student of Stephen Clapp. He participated in masterclasses with Dorothy DeLay, Itzhak Perlman, David Kim, Donald Weilerstein, Robert McDuffie and many others as part of the DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School.
Throughout his career, Gert has played under world renowned conductors such as Sir Roger Norrington, Itzhak Perlman, Jahja Ling, Otto Werner Mueller and many others. He made his American debut in February 2006, at Merkin Hall in New York City. Gert has performed at the most important venues in New York City including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall. In July 2004, he was selected to perform with Sir Elton John as part of the Elton John American Tour Orchestra at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The performances were featured on NBC and Bravo.
From 2005-2007, Gert served as Adjunct Professor at Nyack College in New York City. In 2007, was appointed Artist in Residence at Grace College in Winona Lake, where he served for three years.
Professor Kumi is currently on the faculty at the Masterworks Festival in Winona Lake and was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Anderson University. He has performed as a soloist with the Shenyang Conservatory Orchestra in China, Staten Island Philharmonic, Symphony of the Lakes, and Masterworks Festival Orchestra. Gert plays regularly with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Anderson Symphony and Muncie Symphony.
Gert Kumi has been with Anderson University since 2011.
Stephanie Tretick joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra viola section in 1980.
A native of Boulder, Colorado, Ms. Tretick began her instrumental studies with the piano, and later took up the violin at the Interlochen Arts Academy. She attended Vassar College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts cum laude, and earned a Master of Music summa cum laude at Indiana University, where she was a fellowship student of Josef Gingold.
Before coming to Pittsburgh, Stephanie Tretick was a member of the Baltimore Symphony for five years, serving there as a violinist and violist. She also has performed on both instruments in Pittsburgh, substituting on short notice as a first violinist during a PSO Far East tour and appearing as violin soloist with the Orchestra in a performance of the Concerto in D by her father, the late Sidney Tretick.
Ms. Tretick has been associated with the Aspen and Casals festivals and the Bach Aria Group, the latter with which she collaborated in a recording of Bach's six Brandenburg Concertos. Solo engagements have included a performance of Brahm's Double Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony and an appearance in Indiana playing the Tretick Concerto.
|Yoonhae K. Swanson|
Yoonhae K. Swanson completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Cello Performance at Indiana University. She received the 2000 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Undergraduate String Award, The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and first prizes in the Kiwanis Musical Festivals. She was recognized for “High Scholastic Achievement” at Indiana University.
Yoonhae is an active performer, including Richmond Symphony Orchestra as an assistant principal cellist and a founding member of the 3 Beats Piano Trio.
|Noelle Tretick Gosling|
Noelle Tretick Gosling double majored in ballet and music at the North Carolina School of the Arts and performed with Ballet West. A graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in violin performance, she is a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and plays regularly with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Having taught at Anderson University and Park Tudor School, she maintains a private teaching studio in her home.