• Ensemble Mycelium

    Music Trio

    Molly Aronson

    Cellist

    As a cellist known for her “solidity and verve” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Molly Aronson enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and educator. She has performed across the U.S. and internationally with highlight engagements including performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Embassy Series, Bargemusic, Chamber Players International (New York), the Luzerne Festival Series, New York Composers Circle, Chateau Festival (Paris and Berlin), among many others.

     

    As a proponent of new music, Molly frequently premieres, performs, and records music by contemporary composers. She has worked with influential composers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec, Guggenheim Fellow Felipe Salles, Shelley Washington, and frequently records with the American Composer’s Alliance.

     

    Molly has performed with popular artists including the Eagles, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, and Michael Bublé at distinguished venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden. She has worked with Grammy-award winning producers and engineers recording on albums with many classical, jazz, and pop musicians, and can be heard on the Arabesque and Naxos Labels and movie soundtracks for Warner Brothers and Sundance films.

     

    Using music as a vehicle for positive change, Molly has performed at the United Nations, in nursing homes and dementia wards, schools, prisons, and has organized multiple fundraisers for causes related to Autism. She believes that opportunity begins with exposure and accessibility, and aligns herself with organizations and patrons that support young musicians in need. Molly currently maintains a large private studio of cellists, many of whom have been competition winners, and been admitted to major conservatories and music degree programs.

    Laura Manko Sahin

    Violist

    Laura Manko Sahin has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, andorchestral player throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. She was formerly the Principal violist of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, violist of the Boston Harp Trio, and a member of the Bilkent (Ankara, Turkey), Knoxville, and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Sahin is on faculty at Skidmore College and the New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Hubbard quartet, and substitute with the Phantom of the Opera Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the summers, she is on the viola and chamber music faculty at Luzerne Music Center, and a resident artist at the Meeting House Chamber Music Festival. Dr. Sahin completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Music from Bilkent University as a student of Ece Akyol. She earned her Artist Diploma and Master of Music from Boston University as a student and teaching assistant of Michelle LaCourse and Bachelor of Music Degree from University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a student and teaching assistant of Sheila Browne.

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    Taisiya Pushkar

    Pianist

     

    Described as 'a graceful pianist', with an 'impeccable sense of timing', Taisiya Pushkar enjoys a vibrant career as a collaborative pianist. Having performed extensively in Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Israel, Canada and the United States as a recitalist and in collaboration with many leading singers and instrumentalists, Taisiya is in demand as a dynamic performer and a sensitive collaborator. Her debut CD 'Flavours', recorded with the Dutch cellist Amber Docters van Leeuwen, can be heard on the Brilliant Classics label.

    Taisiya has been performing with the Young People's Chorus of NYC for many years, and in 2019 became their first full-time collaborative pianist. She is also the pianist for the SoHarmonious Women's Choir, an all female choir committed to deepening and broadening cultural equity, diversity, and inclusion among singers, audiences, and musical community.

    Dr. Taisiya Pushkar holds a Bachelor's Degree from Oberlin College, and an MM and DMA degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. In New York, Taisiya has been on the faculty of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, the Horace Mann School, and the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center, of which she is an alumna. Taisiya is also a teaching artist for the Distance Learning Center at the Manhattan School of Music, where she develops programs for students in a cutting-edge interactive videoconference setting, and has presented to schools both nationally and internationally.

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