Chamber Music Wilmington creates dynamic classical performance experiences that enrich and engage audiences of the Cape Fear Region. We promote enthusiasm for chamber music by providing exceptional performances featuring world-class musicians, and presenting dynamic programming and outreach in a variety of settings. CMW is committed to cultivating community engagement and audience diversity through the initiatives below.
CMW supports young artists by offering free educational enrichment opportunities, providing artists of all ages and levels a chance to work award-winning musicians in a masterclass environment.
Oskar Espina Ruiz has performed at major concert halls and festivals to high critical acclaim, including concerto performances at the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and recitals in New York City, Washington DC, Moscow, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. His chamber music collaborations include the American, Argus, Ariel, Cassatt, Daedalus, Escher, Shanghai and Verona quartets. Current projects include the release of a new album for clarinet and piano with pianist Victoria Schwartzman and the premier of a concerto by Alfonso Fuentes. He is associate professor of clarinet at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and serves as artistic director at Chamber Music Wilmington (from May 2020), Treetops Chamber Music Society and Music Mountain Festival.
Oskar Espina Ruiz has been described by the press as a “masterful soloist” (La Nación, Costa Rica) and a “highly expressive clarinetist” (Nevskoye Vremia, Russia). He has performed at major concert halls and festivals to high critical acclaim, including concerto performances at the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and recitals in New York City, Washington DC, Moscow, Madrid, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He has appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony (Russia), St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (Russia), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Ciudad de Asunción (Paraguay) and Bilbao Symphony (Spain). His chamber music collaborations include the American, Argus, Ariel, Cassatt, Daedalus, Escher, Shanghai and Verona quartets, the Quintet of the Americas, pianists Benjamin Hochman, Ursula Oppens and Anthony Newman, cellist David Geber (founder, American String Quartet) and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra artists. He has recorded for the Bridge, Kobaltone and Prion labels, receiving high critical acclaim by fellow clarinetists Richard Stoltzman and Charles Neidich for his solo recording “Julián Menéndez Rediscovered.” He holds a DMA from Stony Brook University, where his major teachers were Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima. He serves as artistic director at Chamber Music Wilmington (from May 2020), Treetops Chamber Music Society and Music Mountain Festival. From 2009 to 2011 he was on the clarinet faculty at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, in San Juan, PR, and since 2011 is clarinet artist faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston-Salem, NC, while keeping a busy concert schedule.
Originally from New Hampshire, Cathy comes to Wilmington from Nashville, TN. Cathy has over 25 years of professional arts experience in theatre, film, live music, and production. With a BS in Theatre, she has worn many diverse hats in the performing arts arena; performer, director, musical director, teaching artist, and producer. She has been seen onstage across the country with numerous theater companies. In 2005, Cathy moved to Nashville where she founded and was Artistic Director for ten years of the award-winning Street Theatre Company, a professional non-profit arts organization dedicated to pioneering innovative musical theatre, engaging audiences, providing arts education, supporting artists, and fostering a new generation of theatregoers. As a teaching artist, she has led many workshops, classes, and productions for numerous theatre companies, community organizations, and schools, and has taught privately. She can be found at www.cathystreet.me.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Honorary Advisory Committee:
Bob and Lucy Sherman