Violinist Yuri Vodovoz is also an accomplished conductor, violist, chamber musician and teacher. He is Artistic Coordinator of Alaria and since joining the group in 1993 has had considerable influence in shaping Alaria's concert repertoire. Mr. Vodovoz has concertized extensively throughout the US, Europe, Israel, and South America. His Washington debut at Kennedy Center in 1988, and his New York recital debut at Merkin Hall were met with critical acclaim. His playing has been described as "breathtaking" (Washington Post), "finespun lyricism" and "high-powered technique" (New York Times) and "warm and romantic" (Chicago Sun-Times). He is currently on the faculties of Mannes College of Music and Fordham University, and has also served as artist/faculty of the Ameropa Festival (Czech Republic) and Auxere Festival (France).
Pianist David Oei soloed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic at age nine and has performed with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore Symphonies. Winner of the Concert Artists Guild, WQXR Young Artists, Young Musicians Foundation and Paul Ulanowsky Chamber Pianists competitions, he has performed with the St. Luke's and Orpheus Chamber Ensembles and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Founding director of the Salon Chamber Soloists and a founding member of the Aspen Soloists and Intimate P.D.Q. Bach, he is also currently a member of the Festival Chamber Music and Elysium chamber ensembles. A former artist at Bargemusic and Chamber Music Northwest he has performed at various festivals including Caramoor, Sitka, Bard, Washington Square and Kuhmo. Television credits include Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, CBS News Sunday Morning and the Today Show. He has recorded for Delos, ADDA, Vanguard, CRI, Pro Arte, Arabesque, Albany, Grenadilla, Festival Chamber Music and New World Records. He and his wife, violinist Eriko Sato, recorded a duo CD, Five Not So Easy Pieces, on their Prestissimo label. He is the Director of the new Mezzrow Classical Salon, presenting monthly classical chamber music concerts in an intimate West Village jazz club setting.