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Cellist Carl Donakowski holds degrees from Indiana University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and an Artist Diploma from the Musikhochschule Freiburg. His major teachers were Timothy Eddy, Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman and Christoph Henkel. Mr. Donakowski was a prizewinner in the 1989 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. His recital performances have been heard on WQRS Detroit, WQXR and Sudwestfunk Radio Baden-Baden. As a chamber musician, Mr. Donakowski has been a member of the North Shore Pro Musica, the Fontana Chamber Music Society and the Orpheus Piano Trio. As a member of the West End Chamber Ensemble he participated in the National Endowment for the Arts/Chamber Music American Rural Residency Chamber Music Initiative. Mr. Donakowski is Assistant Professor of Cello at James Madison University. He previously served on the faculties of Central Michigan University School of Music and Alma College. During the summer, he teaches and performs at the Bay View Music Festival as a member of the Westbrook String Quartet.
Wanchi Huang began taking violin lessons in her native Taiwan at the age of six. At 13, she came to the United States to study violin with Daniel Heifetz at the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Division. She received a bachelorÆs degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, a masterÆs degree from the Juilliard School, and a doctorate at Indiana University. She was the winner of the Taiwan National Violin Competition and several state competitions including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition. Her highly acclaimed recitals and chamber music performances have been aired numerous times on WFLN, the classical radio station in Philadelphia, as well as on WQXR in New York City.