F-PLUS is a violin, clarinet, and percussion trio committed to collaborating with today's most exciting composers to establish a diverse repertoire for their unique instrumentation. Formed in 2016 at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the ensemble has performed all over the country, from Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York to the Art Institute of Chicago and the New Music Gathering in Boston. F-PLUS has commissioned over 20 new works since its inception, and has been the recipient of commissioning grants from Chamber Music America and the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition. The 2019-2020 season includes performances in Chicago, IL at Constellation, Detroit, MI at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and St. Louis, MO at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. F-PLUS is committed to working with the next generation of composers, and has held residencies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, University of Texas-Austin, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Stony Brook, Duke, and Illinois State Universities.
Hailed by Musical America for her “deliciously meaty” tone, violinist KATE DREYFUSS is an adventurous performer of classical and contemporary music. Based in New York and active throughout the United States, she is known for her “uncompromising commitment” and “fearless approach” (Cacophony Magazine) to performance.
A staunch advocate for the music of our time, Dreyfuss was a guest violinist with the quartet ETHEL during the 2018-19 season, and performed all four of Julia Wolfe’s string quartets with the ensemble at The Jewish Museum in New York City. Since 2014, she has premiered over 70 new works, and has collaborated closely with such composers as Matthew Barnson, Shih-Hui Chen, Andreia Pinto Correia, Donnacha Dennehy, Perry Goldstein, John Harbison, Takuma Itoh, Missy Mazzoli, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Dan Trueman, and Julia Wolfe.
Dreyfuss is a founding member of the violin-clarinet-percussion trio F-PLUS, a core member of the large ensemble Contemporaneous, and a frequent guest with the Boston-based ensemble Hub New Music.
Dreyfuss has shared the stage with such renowned artists as Colin Carr, members of the Emerson String Quartet, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and has held fellowships at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. She has also appeared at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival with F-PLUS, where the trio has been mentored by the Emerson String Quartet and Eighth Blackbird as part of the festival’s Shouse Institute for young, emerging chamber ensembles. Highlights of the 2019-20 season include a residency at Duke University, premieres of new works by Jessie Montgomery and Charles Peck in Princeton, NJ and Chicago, IL with F-PLUS, and a performance of the Debussy Violin Sonata and Schumann Piano Quintet on the Musica Reginae series in Queens, NY.
Dreyfuss is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Stony Brook University, where she studies with Jennifer Frautschi and Arnaud Sussmann. She previously completed her Master of Music degree at Stony Brook, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in French literature, with honors, at Princeton University. Previous teachers include Elizabeth Chang and Louise Behrend at the Pre-College division of The Juilliard School, and Ryan Meehan of the Calidore String Quartet. For more information, please visit www.katedreyfuss.com.
Praised as "beguiling" (Chicago Tribune) and a "superb performer" (Chicago Classical Review), JOSH GRAHAM is a percussionist based in Chicago. As a chamber musician and soloist, Josh has had the pleasure of performing throughout the United States and Canada. He has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works for percussion, including pieces by George Tsontakis, Jessie Montgomery, Charles Peck, Timo Andres, Matthew Barnson, Dave Hollinden, Lera Auerbach, Thomas Kotcheff, Sean Calhoun, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, and Katherine Pukinskis, among many others.
Josh is one third of the trio F-PLUS (fplusmusic.com) and percussionist and program director for the Zafa Collective (zafacollective.com). Recent performances have brought him to Carnegie Hall, the Art Institute of Chicago, Constellation, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and universities throughout the country including the Eastman School of Music, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the University of Texas at Austin, Stony Brook University, Washington University, and Duke University, among others. As a soloist, Josh has performed with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, the Lawrence North High School Percussion Ensemble (Indianapolis), at the International Computer Music Conference, the Society of Composers, Inc. Conference, and as a recitalist presented by the Mackinac Arts Council and at universities throughout the country. Josh has performed with groups and artists such as Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, soprano Christine Goerke, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Orion Ensemble, Lakeshore Rush,and To Hit, as well as with members of the Silk Road Ensemble, Detroit Symphony, eighth blackbird, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. His performances have been broadcast on WFMT-Chicago, WBLV-West Michigan, and WPRB-Princeton.
As a orchestral percussionist and timpanist, Josh has performed with the West Michigan Symphony, Midland Symphony (MI), Michigan Philharmonic, and in the summers as Principal Timpanist with the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra.
Festival experience includes the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, and two summers as the percussionist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, on a full fellowship as part of the Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2014, Josh performed as soloist with the group on Steve Mackey's "Micro-Concerto." Groups that Josh performs with have received grants from Chamber Music America, the Barlow Endowment, the Luminarts Foundation, and the New Zealand Arts Council.
Josh is committed to serving the next generation as an educator. He has had the honor of giving percussion master classes at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Grand Valley State University, and Central Michigan University. He currently teaches at Roosevelt University, Triton College and the Music Institute of Chicago. He has previously taught courses at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan and served on the percussion faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
Josh received his education at Central Michigan University (BM), The University of Michigan (MM), and Northwestern University. He is proud to endorse Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Marimba One instruments, Zildjian Cymbals, and Black Swamp Percussion Instruments.
JUAN GABRIEL OLIVARES is a musician, researcher, educator, and co-founder of NewArt/NewMedia, a collective of Canadian artists committed to interdisciplinary collaboration. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, his musical explorations have taken him across the Caribbean and North America from the southern United States to Canada.
As an orchestral clarinetist, he has performed as principal with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra, and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with conductors and soloists such as Renée Fleming, Leonard Slatkin, Peter Oundjian, Robert Spano, Zubin Mehta, David Zinman, Sir Andrew Davis, and Riccardo Muti. As a soloist, he was recently a guest artist at the Newport Jazz Festival and was featured in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Le Rossignol.
Juan is also an active performer of contemporary classical music and has worked closely with composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Matthias Pintscher, Stefano Gervasoni, Osvaldo Golijov, Beat Furrer, Helen Grime, and Salvatore Sciarrino. Recently, he recorded Pintscher’s Verzeichnete Spur with Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris, France, and was nominated for a JUNO award with Against the Grain Theatre. He has toured Canada with Thin Edge New Music Collective, premiered over 30 new works as a member of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and performed at the Klangspuren Festival in Austria hosted by Ensemble Modern.