Season 8

      Core ensemble

Hailed by the New York Times as "outstanding clarinetist" Pascal Archer leads an active career as a performer and teacher.  Since 2011 he is the artistic director and founder of the Exponential Ensemble. He is the principal clarinetist of the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra and the NEPA Philahrmonic. He also performs regularly in Broadway shows orchestras, most recently on "My Fair Lady" at Lincoln Center. He is also a former member of the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy where he performed for four seasons under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas.


In recent years he has collaborate with the Jack and St. Lawrence String Quartets, Camerata Pacifica, the Adaskin String Trio and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. He has performed at renowned festivals such as Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Monadnock, UBS Verbier, Spoleto USA and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.  


Pascal is on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, the Chamber Music Center of New York and Fordham University.


Originally from Québec, Canada, Mr. Archer holds degress from the Conservatoire de Musiqueue de Montréal, Université de Montréal, Indiana University and the Manhattan School of Music.

A native of Gulf Shores Alabama, Kemp Jernigan performs extensively in and around New York City in ensembles varying in size and style. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Music, Kemp has participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, Norfolk, Banff, Bowdoin, and the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague.  He has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra as well as playing in many different New York City venues with the ensembles Contemporaneous and Le Train Bleu. Participating in these programs and performing in these ensembles has led him to meet and play with many incredible people and live a life of sharing his love for music with others. Kemp received his bachelor’s from The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, Performer’s Certificate from SUNY Purchase and master’s from The Yale School of Music. 

Finnish-American flutist Anna Urrey is a passionate musician who enjoys a wide variety of creative performance projects. She has performed in numerous orchestras, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, the Mark Morris Dance Company and spent three summers in the festival orchestra under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Music Festival. A dedicated educator, Anna is a New York Philharmonic Teaching Artist and teaches flute at the Marymount School of New York. She holds the Performance Certificate and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and the Bachelor of Music from Rutgers University.

Guest musicians

Gina Cuffari, Bassoon


Bassoonist Gina Cuffari is a versatile musician who performs with many orchestras and chamber ensembles in the New York City area.  Praised for her "sound that is ny turns sensuous, lyric, and fast moving" (Palm Beach Daily News), she was thrilled to become co-Principal Bassoonist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2017, the newest member of the group.  Gina is also a member of the Lincoln Center-based Riverside Symphony, and is a regular performer with the Westchester Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, and Iris Orchestra.  In addition, she has made several appearances with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Ballet Theater, Stamford Symphony and New Haven Symphony.  Broadway productions include Fiddler on the Roof and Sunset Boulevard.   As a chamber musician, Gina is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Sylvan Winds, and Quintet of the Americas.  She has performed in NYC restaurants as part of the tertulia Ensemble, and has performed live music with silent films at Lincoln Center as part of the BQE Ensemble.  She is a recent addition to the artist roster of the west coast-based Camerata Pacifica, a renowned ensemble which performs throughout California.  Gina is also a champion of new music, and has performed with the Argento New Music Project, ACME, and has recorded the Schoenberg Wind Quintet and Stokhausen Zeitmasse for Albany Records with the Phoenix Ensemble.  As a frequent collaborator with Alarm Will Sound, Gina has toured and performed with the group as bassoonist, contrabassoonist, pianist, and vocalist, and can be heard on their recent Slitting Adams album (music of John Adams).


Gina is a passionate educator, and is an Adjunct Professor of Bassoon at New York Univeristy and Western Connecticut State University.  

Performer and composer Robert Fleitz is committed to curating mesmerizing and idiosyncratic performance experiences. As a pianist known for “mesmerizing” and “commanding” playing (NY Times) Robert has worked closely with composers including Thomas Adés, Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Tan Dun; and appears frequently as a soloist and chamber musician in the US and Europe. His “dreamy…ambrosial” compositions (Boston Music Intelligencer) synthesizes fragmented expressivity, performative vulnerability, devised theatre, and queer iconography. Recent commissions include the Off-Broadway show "Babel", Hilary Easton Dance Company, and JUX. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is based in New York City.

Andy Lin, Er-hu


Taiwanese born violist and erhuist, Wei-Yang Lin is the artistic director and co-founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and holds his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School and his Doctorate degree from SUNY Stony Brook.


He has won the Taiwan National Viola Competition and Frist Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition.  He has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Busan Metropolitan Traditional Music Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic,  Milwaukee Symphony, Orford Academy Orchestra.  


Andy is also a member of the Musicians of Lenox Hill and serves as principal violist of the New York Classical players and the Solisti Ensemble.   


William Short, bassoon


William short was recently appointed Principal basooon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He previously served in the same capacity with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the Houston Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra


As a chamber musician, William has toured around the United States with Curtis on Tour and has traveled to Belize, Cuba, Guatemala, and Nicaragua with the Philadelphia-based wind quintet Liberty Winds.  Additionally, he has performed chamber music with principal players from the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, as well as with musicians such as Joseph Silverstein and Ida Kavafian. William's performances have been featured on NPR's "Performance Today" and on WHYY's "Onstage at Curtis." William has performed at teh Mostly Mozart Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Pacific Music Festival, and Verbier Festival.  He received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Daniel Matsukawa and Bernard Garfield, and his Master of Music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamis. Additinoal major teachers have included William Lewis and Krsitin Wolfe Jensen.

Anna Stoytcheva, piano


Since winning the prestigious Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition in Milan, Italy, at age seventeen,  Anna Stoytcheva has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan. She has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra del' Angelicum in Milano, the Juilliard Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, among many others, and she has been the subject of several documentaries on Bulgarian National Radio and Television. In New York City, where she now makes her home, she has graced the stages of Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall, and her extensive chamber music experience includes performances at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Banff Center for the Arts, the Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, and the Bowdoin Music Festival. She has also recorded two solo albums, distributed internationally on the GEGA NEW label, and she is a co-founder of the concert series “Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York,” which takes place at the Consulate of Bulgaria. Ms. Stoytcheva holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School, where among her many honors were the Vladimir Horowitz and William Petschek scholarships and the Rockefeller Award, the Peter Jay Sharp Award, and the Helen Fay Prize. 

Lora Tchekoratova, piano


Pianist Lora Tchekoratova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She began her piano studies at age four. Soon after, she became a pupil of the legendary piano pedagogue Lydia Kuteva. At age nine, Lora gave her first solo recital at the State Music School "Lubomir Pipkov" where she received her high-school education. In Bulgaria she also studied with Vessela Marinova and Prof. Jenny Zaharieva. In 1992, at the suggestion of Prof. Zaharieva, Lora moved to the United States where she continued her studies at the Juilliard School in New York. As a student of Seymour Lipkin, Lora earned a Bachelor's, Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees thus becoming the first Bulgarian musician to hold a Doctorate from Juilliard. While still a student, she won numerous scholarships, awards, grants, and the first prize of the 1996 Washington International Competition for Pianists. Her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. was followed by recitals, and chamber music appearances throughout the United States and in Europe. Lora Tchekoratova has been praised for her virtuoso performances of piano music from the 19th and 20th centuries. In her vast repertoire, she shows particular interest in the music from Eastern Europe. She has made numerous recordings for radio and television stations in the United States, Finland, Sweden, and Bulgaria. In 2005, together with distinguished Bulgarian musicians, and the American Foundation for Bulgaria, she co-founded the concert series Bulgarian Concert Evenings at the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in New York and has been co-chair of the organization for 13 consecutive seasons, performing and presenting music from Bulgaria to the American public as well as providing opportunities for collaboration between Bulgarian and international artists. Since 2017 Ms. Tchekoratova is the Artistic Director of the Salon de Virtuosi in New York. She serves on the faculty of Mannes Prep at the New School.

Caleb van der Swaagh is an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW (now known as Ensemble Connect) - a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. He is the recipient of the Tanglewood Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Prize and the Manhattan School of Music Pablo Casals Award, and was also a grant recipient from the Virtu Foundation. A native New Yorker, Caleb graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University as part of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange program with a degree in Classics and Medieval & Renaissance Studies. Caleb received his master’s degree with academic honors from New England Conservatory and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers are Bonnie Hampton, Laurence Lesser, and David Geber. For more information, visit


Daniel Wilson is a composer and pianist, originally from Philadelphia. He studied composition with Daniel Ott and Nathan Lincoln-Decusatis at Fordham University, where he also received a degree in philosophy. He currently lives in New York, where, on top of composing, he teaches, accompanies, and conducts. He recently played and conducted the New York premiere of the musical Cry Love atNYCSummerfest, and a selection of his songs will be performed as part of the inaugural Woodstock Festival of Song in October. This is his third composition for the Exponential Ensemble, with whom he has worked since his days at Fordham.