Alex Vassos is an Oregon based composer, writer and baritone praised for his "great invention" (LA Times). Alex has written dozens of pieces for solo, chamber, and large ensembles.
Praised by Mark Swede as "Terrific", Alex's operatic work sits at the crossroads between electronic music, opera and film. By employing both traditional operatic forces, as well as a speaker system that surrounds the audience, Alex's music-drama jumps off the stage and engulfs the audience. Alex has developed his own technique where recorded sounds taken from the operatic setting such as dripping water, car horns, machinery and wind are transformed into instruments. These instruments not only provide a sense of place but perform an essential role dramaturgically and symbolically in the opera; each environment and the sounds within it become transformed into an orchestra. Alex writes his own libretti, fully structuring the drama around his use of electronic sound.
Alex received his undergraduate in composition from the Boston Conservatory and his masters in composition and vocal performance from the California Institute of the Arts. He has studied composition with Lowell Leibermann, Ken Ueno, Andy Vores, Marti Epstein, Jan Swafford, Robert Wanamaker and Anne LeBaron. He has studied writing with Terry Teachout, Alice Tuan, Douglas Kearney and Judson Evans.
Native New Yorker, multi-faceted performer and cross-disciplinary artist, Justin Montalvo has played for audiences from coast to coast in the US and also abroad. He has performed his own work at the La Mama Moves Dance Festival and the CalArts New Works Festival, where he wrote and directed The Logos Subterranea, an autobiographical journey through his life in Rave Culture. He received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Acting and has studied voice and dance extensively. Notable credits include MY FAIR LADY/Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I SHOULD'VE HAD A PARTY.../Source Material Collective, BOKAN/Loco 7 Prod., and EQUUS/Warrior Poet. Justin is a founding member of Twin Heroes Productions.
Canadian soprano Danielle Buonaiuto appears as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Canada, singing a broad range of music encompassing the standard repertoire, rarely-performed works, and modern music, as well as works written especially for her. Danielle’s commitment to new music encompasses the commissioning and cultivation of emerging composers; she launches REXDuo with soprano Lisa Perry in the 2017-2018 season with an evening-length commission from James Young. Other upcoming projects include a full-length album of new art song with pianist John Wilson, featuring composers Natalie Draper, James Young, Douglas Buchanan, and Cecilia Livingston. Danielle has been a recipient of grants from New Music USA, Peabody Conservatory, and has held fellowships at the Lucerne Festival, Bang on a Can at Mass MOCA, and Avaloch Farm Music Institute. She is also an active arts administrator, and serves as the Executive Director of Musica Viva in New York City. She resides in Brooklyn. daniellebuonaiuto.com
Brandon Gianetto, the founding violist of the Twin Heroes Festival, enjoys a varied career as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, and teacher. A resident of New York City during the fall and spring months, Mr. Gianetto performs with Syracuse Symphoria, the Binghamton Philharmonic, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and The Symphony of Westchester, and has toured with orchestras throughout Italy and China. For the last three summers, Mr. Gianetto has been employed as an Orchestral Fellow with the Eastern Music Festival. While at EMF, Mr. Gianetto acts as section violist with the festival's faculty orchestra, performing with such artists as Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg, Cynthia Phelps, Andre Watts, Lynn Harrell, And Midori. In addition to his orchestral engagements, Mr. Gianetto is a frequent performer of chamber music, and has collaborated with members of the Manhattan String Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mr. Gianetto is passionate about the commission of New Works, and has participated in premiers by Andre Previn, Julia Adolphe, Huang Rao, Lowell Lieberman, Samuel Jones, Narong Prangchorean, and numerous others. No stranger to cross-genre performance, Mr. Gianetto has also recorded with numerous bands and has performed with such groups as the Sidra Bell Dance Company and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. When not performing, Mr. Gianetto is currently works as a Teaching artist through the Noel Pointer Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing violin classes to underserved communities in Brooklyn, New York.
An Alumnus of The Boston Conservatory, SUNY Purchase, and Manhattan school of music, Mr. Gianetto past teachers include Patricia McCarty, Ira Weller, Karen Dreyfus, and is currently under the mentorship of Ann Roggen. He has also taken part in classes taught by Craig Mumm, Mischa Amory, Julia Lichten, and members of the Emerson, Tokyo, New Zealand, Lydian, and Shanghai Quartets. Mr. Gianetto currently plays a viola made by Washington state luthiers Alan and Sarah Balmforth, and a bow made in 2016 by Vladimir Radoslavkevic. Brandon is a founding member of Twin Heroes Productions.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, violinist Emily Frederick has worked with many renowned performers and educators, including masterclasses with James Ehnes and members of the Ying Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. After studying with James Krehbiel in Syracuse, Emily worked with Nicholas DiEugenio at Ithaca College, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 2013. She recently had the honor of participating in Music from Salem, a chamber music concert series based in Upstate New York. In May of 2015, Emily finished her studies with Cal Wiersma at Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where she received a Master of Music. Emily is currently an active member of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Albany Symphony, the Binghamton Philharmonic, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, where she sits assistant principal 2nd violin. Emily is a founding member of Twin Heroes Productions.
Lauren Jenkins is an accomplished performer and educator including 8 years of violin teaching experience (individual, group, school, children, adult). Her musical journey started with violin studies at the age of three, leading to her own private studio when she was 18. Lauren had her solo debut at the age of 16 performing Vivaldi's A minor violin concerto in the Schönbrunn` Palace in Vienna, Austria. Lauren has attended numerous festivals and performed with various professional orchestras across the U.S.
Lauren received her Masters of Music from Carnegie Mellon University in 5/2017 with a 4.0 GPA and her Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance Summa Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. She grew up fiddling alongside her classical training. She enjoys performing and teaching numerous genres, has participated in voice training, and loves to sing. Chamber music is Lauren’s greatest passion. Lauren is a founding member of Twin Heroes Productions.
Daniel Frankhuizen has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician, and in several pop groups. He has performed in a variety of venues from Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Storm King Art Center. He has served as principal cellist for the Empire Chamber Orchestra and Opera in the Ozarks Festival Orchestra.
He is equally comfortable performing classical, jazz, and pop music. In 2008 his cello playing was recorded with John Brown’s Body on their album “Amplify”, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Chart. Daniel has worked alongside genre-bending groups Rubblebucket, Miracles of Modern Science, Dreamt, and Ben Sollee. Daniel’s own compositions have been shown at South by Southwest and Toronto Film Festival. Daniel is an active member of jazz groups Neil Alexander’s X Ensemble and the Alexis Cole Double Quartet. He holds a Masters degree in Music Performance from Purchase College where he studied with Julia Lichten. Daniel is a founding member of Twin Heroes Productions.