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Ciro Fodere, piano


Ciro Fodere is the pianist of the Miami Symphony and piano professor at the New World School of the Arts. As an enthusiast of the 21st century a-vant-garde approach to MISO’s performances, and as the First Prize winner of the XIV Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofieff International Competition, Ciro’s latest performances have been described as “masterful, electric, by turns fiery and lyrical” by The Post and Courier, and as “technical sheen articulation, alert dynamic shading, and an imaginative approach” by The Miami Herald, which also raves “edge-of-the-seat thrilling”.

Ciro completed his four year fellowship at the New World Symphony, an organization that featured him regularly in chamber music and orchestral performances in Miami. Among accompanying musicians like Joshua Bell and Renee Fleming, he has also participated with members of the NWS in Santa Cecilia, Rome, Perugia, and Carnegie Hall, NY. Mr. Fodere has soloed with many orchestras and will perform as a soloist with the New World Symphony, Miami Symphony, the Philharmonic of Montevideo, the Orquesta Sinfonica of Rosario, and the Sao Paulo state orchestra this coming year, performing Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, Mendelssohn and Gershwin concertos. In October 2016 he premiered De Concilio’s second piano concerto with MISO, a concerto that has been scheduled on tour in South America.

Daniel Andai

daniel andaiHailed as an “Exemplary Leader” by the New York Times for leading members of the New York Philharmonic and the Manhattan School of Music in Carnegie Hall, violinist Daniel Andai has shared his versatile artistry as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster, conductor and recording artist in major concert venues in over 50 countries across five continents, the Middle East, the Caribbean and over 30 United States. He is a prizewinner of national and international competitions and has soloed with orchestras around the world.  ​

Daniel Andai is concertmaster, frequent soloist and guest conductor of Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO). He was concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York with whom he recorded multiple Billboard rated SONY Classical CD’s, made numerous televised solo appearances and was featured on AeroMexico and Virgin Atlantic’s in-flight entertainment systems.

Daniel Andai held guest concertmaster positions with orchestras in Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and France, performed in the sections of the New York Philharmonic and the Miyazaki Festival Orchestra in Japan, and worked closely with members of major string quartets as well as symphony, opera and ballet orchestras around the world.    ​

Daniel Andai is Dean of Music at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and Artistic Director of Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Dr. Andai previously was violin professor and Marialice Shivers Endowed Chair in Fine Arts at University of Texas in Edinburg and served on faculties at Miami-Dade College and New World School of the Arts. He hold degrees from University of Miami, Manhattan School of Music and Lynn University.

Matthew Taylor

Saxophonist Matthew Taylor forges a brave new path for his instrument by honoring the musical traditions of the past and promoting today’s most cutting-edge compositions.

He has played concerts throughout the United States and Europe with such ensembles and artists as the National Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Pops at the John F. Kennedy Center, the Orchestre du ballet and the Orchestre Choeur d’enfants de Bordeaux in southern France, Frank Sinatra Jr, Quincy Jones, The Temptations, Patti Austin, Marvin Hamlisch, JoAnn Falletta, and Linda Eder, not to mention numerous recital, chamber music, lecture, and conference appearances, including the World Saxophone Congress.

While earning his master’s degree at the University of Maryland, he founded TEMPO, a new music group that collaborates with dancers and theatre technicians to create exciting multimedia concerts. Today, TEMPO remains one of the DC area’s most vibrant new music ensembles.  Matthew also frequently performed with Great Noise Ensemble, the Wammie Award-winning contemporary music ensemble based in Washington, DC.

He studied contemporary chamber music and saxophone with world-renowned saxophonist Marie-Bernadette Charrier in Bordeaux, France.  While in France, Matthew participated in masterclasses with Henri Pousseur, Henri Bok, and Quatuor Habanera. His frequent collaborations with Thierry Alla, Etienne Rolin, Patrick Mélé, Federico Tarazona, and Juan Arojo resulted in numerous world premiers in France, Slovenia, and the United States.

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Sebastien Verrier V2T | Sommelier

Born in Paris, France, Sébastien Verrier began his career at 15 as a Sommelier assistant at Michelin-starred Le Clos Longchamps.  After having earned a Bachelors degree in wine stewardship with Didier Bureau, a famous writer for “La Revue des Vins de France,” Verrier spent two years as a second sommelier at the famed Michelin one-star Le Jardin at the Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris. At this age he was training every Thursday by the Organization of the Sommelier of Paris and became a member of the Union De La Sommelerie Française.

He then headed off to London and accepted the position of Sommelier at Mon Plaisir Restaurant for a Year to implement his English.

Wanderlust, which often accompanies wine expertise because of its global nature, had set in by 1998. Verrier set his sights on New York City, where he spent a year as a Sommelier at Les Trois Jean before taking off for Australia and an exploration of its viniculture.

Verrier made his way down to Miami, FL in the fall of 1999 and joined the Biltmore Hotel team, as Hotel Head Sommelier and Palme D’or Restaurant Manager where he developed a 350 wine list.  His knowledge and magnificent background on the culinary and wine field led him to be nominated for a James Beard Award on 2010 for Best Wine Service.V2T LOGO

Sebastien Verrier is now the Beverage Director at the St Regis Bal Harbor Florida, one of the most prestigious Hotel in the Country.  He is a member of the United States Sommelier Association since 2002 and the French Wine teacher for the association.

Verrier organized some Wine Competition in Miami some of the last ones would be the French Wine Competition in October 2011 and the Spanish Wine Competition in May 2012.

Verrier dedicate his passion for international Wines for the past 20 years and has created a great influence in Miami for past 10 years.

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