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).
David Oei, pianist, was a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic at the age of nine and has since performed with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore Symphonies. Mr. Oei is the winner of five Interlochen Concerto Competitions and the Concert Artists Guild, WQXR Young Artists, Young Musicians Foundation and Paul Ulanowsky Chamber Pianists Awards. A perennial fixture on the New York City chamber music scene he has made guest appearances with the Audubon Quartet, Claring Chamber Players, Da Capo Chamber Players, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, St. Luke's and Orpheus Chamber Ensembles and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In recent years he performed the Mozart Concerto No. 20, Brahms Concertos No.1 & No. 2, and Beethoven Concerto No.3 with the Strathmere Festival Orchestra and the Schnittke Concerto with the Washington Square Festival Orchestra. Founding director of the Salon Chamber Soloists and a founding member of Aspen Soloists and The Intimate P.D.Q. Bach he is currently a member of the Alaria Chamber Ensemble and the HD Duo with pianist Helene Jeanney besides enjoying a longtime duo with violinist Chin Kim. A former regular artist at Bargemusic and Chamber Music Northwest he has performed at various festivals including Caramoor, Sitka, Bard, Gretna, Seattle, Chestnut Hill, OK Mozart, Washington Square and Kuhmo. His television credits include Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts, CBS News Sunday Morning and the Today Show. He was the Music Director and Production Advisor for MusicTheatre Group's productions of Stanley Silverman and Richard Foreman's Africanis Instructus and Love and Science. He was also the Music Director for the Sundance Theater Workshop production of the Wallace/Foreman opera
Yiddisher Teddy Bears. In the summer of '07 he conducted the Washington Square Festival Chamber Orchestra in a Gershwin/Weill concert titled Music as Political Statement. He has recorded a wide range of chamber works for Delos, ADDA, Vanguard, CRI, Pro Arte, Arabesque, Albany, Grenadilla and New World Records. A very special project was his recording with Lutz Rath of The Lay of Love and Death of the Cornet Christoph Rilke by Viktor Ullmann for piano and speaker. In 2010 he released a duo CD with Eriko Sato titled Five Not-So-Easy Pieces on his new label Prestissimo. He recently released a solo CD of Steven Christopher Sacco's Book of Whimsy for the American Composers Alliance's USA label. This album is now available on Amazon and MP3 downloads are available on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify. His latest release on ACA is Sacco's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano with clarinetist Molly Wyrick-Flax. In the
Spring of 2022 he will record Sacco's Kaya Songs with violist Katarzyna Bryla- Weiss and present the world premiere of Sacco's Concerto for Piano and Fixed
Media, which is dedicated to him. A former longtime faculty of Summertrios, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Hoff-Barthelson Music School and the Mannes College of Music, he is currently a faculty member of the Alaria Chamber Music Program. In the summer of '14 he served as the director of the Smalls Chamber Music Salon at the Smalls Jazz Club. Since '15 he has been the director of the David Oei Classical Salon, a monthly chamber music series which originated at Mezzrow and is now residing at St. John's in the Village. An Artist of the New York Classical Music Society and the recipient of its 2017 Citation of Honor for his work with the Mezzrow series he is now also its NY Concert Director. David lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Eriko Sato, and their pit bull Marian.