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 commissioned over 20 new works and 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.The 2018-2019 season includes performances in Chicago, IL at Constellation and the Poetry Foundation, in Detroit, MI, and in Austin, TX, presented by Tetractys New Music. F-PLUS is committed to working with the next generation of composers, and looks forward to residencies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Illinois State University, and University of Texas at Austin during the 2018-2019 season. The ensemble has previously completed residencies at Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Stony Brook, and Duke Universities.
New York-based violinist KATE DREYFUSS is a versatile performer of classical and contemporary repertoire. She is a core member of the new music ensemble Contemporaneous, which was recently praised by the New York Times for a "ferocious, focused" performance. In 2016, Kate was a featured artist at the Festival Internacional de Música Académica Contemporánea in Cuenca, Ecuador. Kate won third prize at the 2016 Hellam Young Artists Competition in Springfield, MO, and has recently performed with New York’s Nouveau Classical Project and at the Bang on a Can Festival. Kate is a current DMA student at Stony Brook University, where she also completed her Master of Music degree. Kate previously completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in French at Princeton University.
JOSH GRAHAM is a percussionist based in Chicago. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the country, and at conferences including the International Computer Music Conference, the Society of Composers Inc. Conference, and the International Clarinet Association "ClarinetFest." Josh is the program coordinator for the Zafa Collective and regularly performs with pianist Yoshiko Arahata. He has performed with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Half Stick Duo, and the Listen! Percussion Group. Josh teaches percussion at Triton College and the percussion methods course at Roosevelt University, and is also on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University, and endorses Marimba One Instruments, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Black Swamp Percussion Instruments.
ANDY HUDSON is a clarinetist whose performances have been hailed as “a treat for the listener” and praised for “an uncommon singularity of purpose, technical virtuosity, youthful vigor and a mature sensitivity." Andy has performed at conferences of the International Clarinet Association, the International Alliance for Women in Music, and the Music Teachers National Association Conference. Andy is the clarinetist for Latitude 49 and has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on their MusicNOW series. He has also performed with Ensemble Dal Niente, earspace, the Zafa Collective, and 10th & Broadway. In 2008, he won the MTNA National Senior Woodwind Competition. Andy holds degrees from Northwestern University and Columbus State University, and in 2018 joins the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.