Chamber16 is a consortium of professional musicians which grew out of its predecessors (Classical Live, Brigantia and Resonant Spectra) because of a desire to expand the group's musical horizons. By moving to a roster-based group, as opposed to a fixed ensemble for each concert, Chamber16 is now able to present wide-ranging programs which include music for varying instruments and voice.
Chamber16, which was founded by pianist Mary Bopp and violinist Sharon Gunderson, has been performing a variety of repertoire over the last four years. Concert venues include the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Cedarmere (the historic home of William Cullen Bryant), and Saint Peter's Church in Manhattan, among others.
At Chamber16 we believe that anyone can be inspired, enlivened and entertained by music of the classical tradition. We perform traditional repertoire, lesser known works of the past, and music of living composers in intimate settings. It is of great importance to create programs that show interesting connections between pieces and their histories in order to capture the imagination of the audience.
We don't do boring at Chamber16!
Mary Bopp, pianist, has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist in a wide variety of settings ranging from Weill Hall to the Knitting Factory (broadcast live on WFMU), and the Los Angeles Bach Festival to the New York International Fringe Festival. She is pianist and co-founder of Chamber16. In 2001-2002 she was a coordinator/performer in daily concerts for World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers at St. Paul’s Chapel. She was featured in a live broadcast on WNYC in the Queens finals of Battle of the Boroughs and most recently performed the Mozart Piano Concerto no. 13 at Saint Peter's Church in New York City with the Chamber16 orchestra.
Mary made her debut at the age of thirteen, performing the Mozart Concerto in d minor, K. 466 with the Peninsula Symphony in her native California. She proceeded to win numerous awards and honors including first place in the Music Teachers Association of California state solo competition.
She earned her Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music with Constance Keene and Marc Silverman followed by post-graduate studies with Phillip Kawin and with John Perry as a scholarship student at the Aspen Music School.
Sharon Gunderson, violinist, was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston’s New England Conservatory. Her teacher and mentor for the last eleven years is the great Manhattan violin guru Joey Corpus.
During her 13 years in New York City, Sharon has performed with the New York Grand Opera at Carnegie Hall, Musica Viva at All Souls Church, and as concertmaster with the Orchestra of the Bronx. She has appeared with André Watts, Itzak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Johnny Mathis, Dianne Reeves, and Bernadette Peters, as well as the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004 Sharon had the opportunity to play opera in Tuscany, Italy.
Sharon was one of many volunteer musicians who played for the recovery workers at St. Paul’s Chapel next to Ground Zero. It was there that she first played with Mary Bopp. Sharon has presented solo recitals at the NYPL Donnell Library, Riverside Church, and Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, where she is also an active member and liturgical assistant. She has lived for eight years in central Harlem.
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