Honigberg Family Trio and Friends

November 4, 2018 at 3pm


Beethoven Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 11 in Bb Major
Mozart String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K421
Shostakovich Piano Quintet Op. 57 (1940)
Concert information

A delightful Beethoven Trio written in 1798, a beautiful Mozart Quartet from 1783 and an outstanding, but little known work, The Piano Quintet by Shostakovich from 1940, will open our first concert of the Pilgrim Chamber Players 22nd Season, performed by the Honigberg Family Trio with guest violinist Florentina Ramniceanu, and violist Rose Armbrust Griffin.

Concert sponsored in part by the Northern Trust.


Adult - $20
Senior - $16
Student - $8

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The Honigberg Family Trio:
Lily Honigberg, violin | Steven Honigberg, cello
Carol Honigberg, piano

Florentina Ramniceanu, violin | Rose Armbrust Griffin, viola

Lily Honigberg, violin

Violinist and fiddler Lily Honigberg was born in 1996 in Washington DC. Her father, Steven Honigberg, is a cellist in the National Symphony, and her mother, Jessica Honigberg, a local pi-ano teacher in the greater DC area. Lily began playing the violin at age 4 and took weekly les-sons in DC until moving to Northern Michigan in 2010 to study violin as a full time student at the Interlochen Arts Academy.

Lily won the MASTA Music Conference Competition of Michigan in 2012 and was a finalist in the United States Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition in 2013. She won second place in the Landon Symphonette Concerto Competition (2014). She also was a recipient of the 2013 Downbeat ward for the best classical performance. She was concert-mistress of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra (2014). Lily has toured with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra (2012) and the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (2014) from Carnegie Hall to Walt Disney Hall. The National Youth Orchestra was featured on NPR’s From the Top radio show in 2014.

Lily was always drawn to fiddle music and began learning tunes by ear through the Suzuki method and from recordings that her mother played her of music from Ireland and Scotland. Upon graduating high school in 2014, Lily enrolled at the New England Conservatory in Boston as a student of Lucy Chapman and Nicholas Kitchen. She graduated from NEC with a Bachelor’s de-gree in Classical violin performance in May of 2018. She is currently completing her Master’s de-gree at NEC in Contemporary Improvisation, studying with Hankus Netsky, Eden MacAdam-Somer, and Ran Blake.

Lily is often touring with her band Night Tree, an acoustic sextet that performs original and improvised folk-based music that formed in 2016 after winning the Conservatory’s WildCard Hon-ors Ensemble. The ensemble consists of two fiddles, cello, accordion, saxophone and percus-sion. They won the WildCard Honors Ensemble 2016-2017 and performed in NEC’s Jordan Hall in March of 2017. The band raised over 10 thousand dollars in May 2017 to fund their debut al-bum, produced by Seamus Egan, released in October, 2017 and over 15 thousand dollars in 2018 to fund their second album, also produced by Seamus Egan, released in October 2018. The band has been touring since January 2017, recently returning from a two week tour of Sweden in July/August 2018 that included headlining the Korro Musikfestival alongside John Doyle and Nu-ala Kennedy.

Apart from spending two summer at the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York, Lily spent the summers of 2015 and 2016 traveling across Europe working and learning folk music from Ireland, England, Hungary and Austria. Lily has played with and learned from Irish musicians such as Winifred Horan, Seamus Egan and Martin Hayes. Lily also delightedly per-forms regularly with her father in settings that range from duets to chamber music to soloing with orchestra, appearing regularly in the DC and Chicago areas.

Lily continues to pursue her passions and curiosities in classical, folk, Irish fiddle, and im-provised music in various contexts across United States and Europe.

Steven Honigberg, cello

Steven Honigberg is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music where he studied with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins. Other important cello teachers were Pierre Fournier and Karl Fruh. He is currently a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and is also founder and member of the Potomac String Quartet. He has given recent cello recitals in Washington, DC on the Dumbarton Concert Series, at the Phillips Collection Series, at the National Gallery of Art, and recitals in New York and throughout the United States. In Chicago he has appeared on radio WFMT, at the Ravinia Festival, and as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ars Viva Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony and New Philharmonic Orchestra among others. He has appeared most recently as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in a performance at the Kennedy Center of Eric Wolfgang Korngold's Cello Concerto and he won rave reviews for the 1988 world premiere of David Ott's Concerto for Two Cellos conducted by Mistislav Rostropovich and the National Symphony Orchestra with many repeat performances on two NSO United States tours.

Steven was the Director of the Chamber Music Series at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC for ten years where he premiered a number of new works by such composers as Lukas Foss, Benjamin Lees, Robert Starer and David Diamond.

He participated in extensive recordings of concerts held at the museum, including four recordings of music from the music series and CDs of music by Erick Wolfgang Korngold and Ernst Toch. He has recorded extensively with the Potomac String Quartet, including the nine String Quartets of Quincy Porter and the eleven String Quartets of David Diamond which John von Rhein, music critic for the Chicago Tribune, chose as one of his top 20 CD choices for 2003. Steven Honigberg has also recorded the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano, and the complete works of Chopin for cello and piano with his mother, pianist Carol Honigberg. From 1990-2009 Honigberg was chamber music director of the Edgar M. Bronfman series in Sun Valley, Idaho and principal cellist of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony where he was featured as soloist in more than 15 cello concerti. He has collaborated in chamber music with such musicians as violinist Hilary Hahn, and pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jon Nakamatsu, James Tocco and Shai Wosner. Steven Honigberg is a member of the new All Star Orchestra conducted by Gerard Schwartz, in concerts running on PBS stations throughout the United States.

Steven lives in Washington, DC with his wife Jessica and two daughters Lily and Clara. Also an author, Beckham Books in 2010 published his book Leonard Rose: America's Golden Age and Its First Cellist. During the 2014-2015 season he performed the Polish composer Panufnik’s Cello Concerto with orchestra in Warsaw, Poland. In April 2015 he performed the Penderecki Concerto Grosso No. 1 for Three Celli with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.

Steven is an Adjunct Professor of cello at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Carol Honigberg, piano
artistic director of the Pilgrim Chamber Players

Carol Honigberg has appeared as soloist and as chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Recent performances with orchestra include Haydn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Strings, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2, and the Two-Piano Concerto by Poulenc. She gave her New York recital debut in Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center. She has appeared as soloist with the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago and appears regularly on programs live on radio WFMT. She has recently participated in summer festivals in Ceret, France, and Sun Valley, Idaho, has performed on the Chopin Festival in Washington, DC, and participated in the Chamber Music series from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. She recently gave a duo recital with violinist Judith Aller at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art which was broadcast live on radio.

Carol Honigberg has recorded the Barber Piano Concerto and Piano Sonata for Musical Heritage Society, the Rhapsody in Blue in the solo piano version for Pavane Records in Belgium, the Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for cello and piano, and Chopin’s music for cello and piano with cellist Steven Honigberg on the Albany label. She also performs on the series “Darkness & Light,” music from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. She recently recorded for Albany Records a selection of chamber music by Donald Draganski for winds and piano, performed by the Pilgrim Chamber Players, of which she is Artistic Director.

She is a former faculty member of Roosevelt University in Chicago and presently teaches at the Music Institute of Chicago, Lake Forest Campus. She received her Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University. Her teachers have included Rudolph Ganz and Gui Mombeaerts. She also studied with Marguerite Long in France.

Carol Honigberg received the 2009 City of Highland Park Mayor's Award for the Arts for her role as Artistic Director of the Pilgrim Chamber Players.

Florentina Ramniceanu, violin

Florentina Ramniceanu, violin, is a founding member of the Orion Ensemble. A native of Romania, Ramniceanu graduated with honors from the Bucharest Conservatory of Music. She has studied with some of the world’s leading violinists, including David Oistrach, Stefan Gheorghiu and Galina Barinowa. 

Ms. Ramniceanu won the prestigious Romanian National Music Prize for four consecutive years. She has appeared in solo and chamber recitals, and has concertized extensively throughout Europe and the United States. She has performed as first violinist with the Consortium String Quartet, known for their collaboration with blues artist Corky Siegel and together with Consortium has recorded for American Gramophone.

Her recordings include performance on the acclaimed Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas Album for which she received a gold record. She is also featured on a recording for Columbia College with works by William Russo.

Now a resident of Chicago, Ramniceanu has performed in numerous nationally broadcast series and has played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera Orchestra, as well as performing as principal violinist with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra and the Chicago Philharmonic. Since 1990, Ramniceanu served as concertmaster for Bugs Bunny on Broadway, the live orchestra and film stage production that has since played to critical acclaim and sold-out audiences all over the world. 

In recent years, Ms. Ramniceanu has also served as guest concertmaster for major symphonies in the U.S. and abroad, such as San Francisco, Washington D.C., Detroit, Houston, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Moscow, London, Tokyo, and others.

Rose Armbrust Griffin, viola

Violist Rose Armbrust Griffin received her Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music and Masters of Music from Indiana University. During her time at The Curtis Institute of Music she held the James and Betty Materese Annual Fellowship. Most notably, Rose was awarded a Performers Certificate at the conclusion of her Masters for “recognition of her outstanding musical performance”. Her teachers include Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yung Huang, Roberto Diaz, Michael Tree and Atar Arad.

Rose has performed as soloist with the Bogota Symphony Orchestra, Woodstock’s Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Curtis Chamber Orchestra, Midwest Young Artists and the Indiana University’s Chamber Orchestra. Composer Johnathan Graybill’s “Viola Concerto”, was written for and premiered by Rose along side the Ball State University Orchestra. Rose was awarded first prize in the Chicago Viola Society and Rembrandt Chamber Players Competitions and was a prizewinner at The Fichoff Chamber Music Competition.

As an active chamber musician, Rose has collaborated with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, Vadim Gluzman, Peter Wiley and the Amernet String Quartet. Her chamber music performances include concerts at The Kennedy Center, Avery Fischer Hall, Music from Angelfire, Zankel Hall, Ravinia’s Steans Institute and The Musica Bella Concert Series. Rose also served as the violist of The Kuttner Quartet, the quartet in residence at Indiana University. She has been a guest artist at The North Shore Music and the Kingston Chamber Music Festivals. Currently, she is an active member of the International Chamber Artists and The Jupiter Chamber Players.

Rose’s passion is music education. During her time at Indiana University, she was awarded the merit-based Viola Associate Instructorship. She has been a guest lecturer at Fort Hays University (KS) , Northern Illinois University and Washington and Lee University (VA). She is currently the viola professor at Wheaton College where she serves as the Chamber Music Coordinator and teaches an Introduction to Music History Course. Because of her love of teaching and chamber music, Rose fills her weekends with coaching chamber music at Midwest Young Artists.

Rose has recorded for Albany Records. She plays on a 1989 Marten Cornelissen that was borrowed during her time at Curtis and subsequently purchased after she realized she couldn’t live without it.