Marie Alatalo has appeared in concerts throughout the United States and Japan. She has captured attention with a repertoire embracing both classical and contemporary literature. Ms. Alatalo has performed as guest artist at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, playing George Crumb’s “Five Pieces for Piano.” As a long-time faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago, she presented a program of Bolcom, Bernstein and Crumb as part of the Music Institute’s “From Sea to Shining Sea” series of concerts celebrating the work of American composers. She performed “Five Pieces for Piano” and “Eleven Echoes of Autumn” in the Institute’s “George Crumb Project.” As Artist in Residence she appeared on numerous occasions at the prestigious Cliff Dwellers Club of Chicago. She has been soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, performing Michael Torke’s “Rust” and has played the Liszt “Totentanz” with various orchestras. Ms. Alatalo collaborates frequently in duo and chamber music recitals. She performs as part of a two-piano team with pianist Susan Osborn and is pianist for the L’aquarelle Piano Quartet. She performed with “OperaFaves,” an ensemble of singers from the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus that presented semi-staged operatic scenes. She has been the pianist for the Eastman School of Music Musica Nova Ensemble, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, with whom she can be heard on the Sony release “Live in Osaka.”
Garrett Mendelow is an up and coming percussionist from the United States. Though his interest in percussion extends to many different facets of the art, he dedicates much time to contemporary percussion performance practices and new music in both solo and chamber settings. He has appeared in national and international venues throughout the United States and Europe, and has also appeared in several music competitions. In 2012, Garrett ventured to the Netherlands for the 2012 Tromp Percussion Competition and won 2nd Prize and the Youth Jury Prize. He also had the pleasure of premiering a new double percussion concerto by Nico Muhly with world-renown percussionist Colin Currie, and the Britten Sinfonia during the competition. In September of 2014, Garrett was the only American competitor in the 63rd edition of the ARD Music Competition, and was a semi-finalist.