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The Bowery Trio Downtown Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra

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The Downtown Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra presents ’The Bowery Trio’ Esther Seitz, cello, Mark Allen Jr. clarinet, Allison Wang, piano

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Mark Allen Jr. holds a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Roosevelt University and is currently working toward his master’s degree in music performance at New York University.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, clarinetist Mark Allen Jr. began his clarinet studies in 2011 through the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program. While in the program, he studied with bass clarinetist of the Atlanta Symphony, Alcides Rodriguez. Mark has performed in numerous venues, such as Sydney Harman Hall, Symphony Center in Chicago, Harris Theater, The Auditorium Theatre, Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, Ganz Hall, Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall.

Mark has also served as principle clarinetist of multitude of ensembles, such as The Classical Symphony of Chicago, The Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Contemporary Ensemble. He has performed with the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble, Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, Manchester Festival Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony and the New York International Symphony Orchestra. As a studio musician he can be heard on the soundtrack of the film "Passover" and the documentary "Uber Presents", both directed by Spike Lee.

Described by Pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute as “an excellent clarinetist”, Mark has competed in multiple chamber music competitions. Placing 1st in the American Protege placed 3rd in the American Prize Chamber Music competitions. Mark was accepted as a Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta during their 2016-2017 season. He has performed in masterclasses with Franklin Cohen, Michele Zukovsky, Mark Dover, Tod Palmer, Wonkak Kim and Charlene Zimmerman.

Praised for her "singing tone" by the Kansas City Star, Cellist Esther Seitz made her solo debut as a teenager performing with chamber orchestra at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Seitz is currently a graduate student studying Classical Cello at the Manhattan School of Music under Julia Lichten. Other notable teachers include Carter Enyeart and Michael Mermagen. Seitz has been honored to participate in chamber coachings and master classes with artists such as Josephine Knight, David Geber, John Sharp, and Daniel Avshalomov, among others.

A young musician in demand, Esther has performed all over the United States as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has had the pleasure of performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Manhattan School of Music, the Meadowmount School of Music, the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, and the Kansas City Ballet's Todd Bolender Center. During these performances, Esther has shared the stage with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Olga Kern, Susan Graham, David Geber, Julia Lichten, Philippe Muller, and Leonard Slatkin, among others.

Seitz also enjoys performing with her piano trio, The Bowery Trio which is based in New York City, as well as the Revelation Ensemble as part of the Downtown Brooklyn Chamber Music Festival, Kansas City's professional contemporary music ensemble newEar, and the Kansas City Symphony. When Esther is not playing cello, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating great food, and admiring all the dogs walking down the streets of New York City.

Praised for her "singing tone" by the Kansas City Star, Cellist Esther Seitz made her solo debut as a teenager performing with chamber orchestra at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Seitz is currently a graduate student studying Classical Cello at the Manhattan School of Music under Julia Lichten. Other notable teachers include Carter Enyeart and Michael Mermagen. Seitz has been honored to participate in chamber coachings and master classes with artists such as Josephine Knight, David Geber, John Sharp, and Daniel Avshalomov, among others.

A young musician in demand, Esther has performed all over the United States as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has had the pleasure of performing at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Manhattan School of Music, the Meadowmount School of Music, the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, and the Kansas City Ballet's Todd Bolender Center. During these performances, Esther has shared the stage with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Olga Kern, Susan Graham, David Geber, Julia Lichten, Philippe Muller, and Leonard Slatkin, among others.

Seitz also enjoys performing with her piano trio, The Bowery Trio which is based in New York City, as well as the Revelation Ensemble as part of the Downtown Brooklyn Chamber Music Festival, Kansas City's professional contemporary music ensemble newEar, and the Kansas City Symphony. When Esther is not playing cello, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating great food, and admiring all the dogs walking down the streets of New York City.

Born in Taiwan, Allison Wang moved to the U.S in 2007. She has been playing piano since the age of five, and received her bachelor’s degrees in Piano Performance and Music Education at Roosevelt University- Chicago College of Performing Arts.

As a professional and upcoming pianist, she has won numerous awards and honors including: Silver Prize Winners of Paris Music Competition 2019, 1st Prize Winners of American Protege International Competition 2018, chosen participant for Gilmore Keyboard Festival 2018, first prize winner of Cremona International Music Academy String & Piano Competition, winner of the 2017 American Opera Society of Chicago Scholarship, winner of the 2016 Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarships. Allison has performed internationally including Weill Recital Hall-Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Opera America, Chicago Cultural Center- Preston Bradley Hall, Ganz Hall, the Stradivari Museum- Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium, Priestereminar in Graz, and she travels back to Taiwan regularly and gives community performances. As a collaborative pianist, she is co-founder of the W. 4th Duo and Bowery Piano Trio, participated in 2019 AIMS intensive summer program in Graz, Austria, and has also played in Masterclasses for Martin Katz, Barbara Bonney, Ulrich Eisenlohr, Bo Skovhus, and Wonkak Kim.

Allison has studied with Ludmila Lazar, Yi-Fang Chiang, and Judith Jaimes. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Piano Performance at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Inesa Sinkevych.

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