Arch Sound Ensemble is dedicated to carrying out Arch Contemporary Ballet’s mission to enhance the connection between ballet and music. Our resident musicians hail from all musical backgrounds spanning a wide range of instruments to bring to life the vision of commissioned composers and Artistic Director, Sheena Annalise.
KATE BARMOTINA (VIOLIST)
Kate Barmotina is a rising senior pursuing a Bachelors of Music at NYU Steinhardt. As a violist, she’s had the privilege of studying with Stephanie Baer since 2012. Her time at NYU has been focused on deepening her knowledge of education and refining her musicianship and viola studies. A lover of musicals and new music, Kate has had the pleasure of playing in the pit of several Steinhardt and Tisch productions including A Little Night Music, Company, The Grand Hotel, Spring Awakening (twice!), Cendrillion, and the new musical Elise. She has been part of the world premiere of John Luther Adam’s Sila: The Breath of the World and is part of NYU’s new music collaboration project, Mix Nouveau, for the second year.
MARCEL KRASNER (CELLIST)
Marcel Krasner has been studying cello since the age of 7, and is an avid cellist, composer, and philanthropist. He was a student of the pre-college division of The Juilliard School for six years, and has recently completed his studies at Brooklyn College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Finance. Marcel has performed worldwide at halls and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, Engelman Recital Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Le Petit Palais, JVNY music festival, and others , as a soloist and with several orchestras, including the New York Youth Symphony and the Inter-school Orchestras of New York. Marcel won the Brooklyn College annual concerto competition where he performed Dvorak’s cello concerto in B minor with orchestra. Marcel also founded the Velveteen Ensemble, whose mission is to provide opportunities by collaborating with composers, musicians, dancers and other artists. In his spare time, Marcel serves as Vice President of Tunes for Tots & Teens, nonprofit, in which volunteer musicians play concerts for disadvantaged children. Marcel’s goal is to open people’s eyes to the importance of classical music.
JENNY YUM (VIOLINIST)
Jenny Yum is a classically trained violinist who specializes in contemporary classical music. Over the course of her career she has worked closely with many notable composers including Pulitzer Prize winning composers David Lang and Julia Wolfe. She has also been a primary member of Manhattan School of Music’s resident contemporary ensemble, Tactus. A multifaceted performer, Ms. Yum enjoys working on interdisciplinary projects such as collaborating with the dance company Rioult, performing alongside live visual arts by Suzanne Bocanegra, as well as performing with interactive electronic media. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has appeared in various halls such as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and at Spectrum, an alternative music venue in Manhattan. She has also recorded with Classical Chamber Players, a chamber ensemble that promotes the works of lesser-known composers from the Classical period. Ms. Yum holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Curtis Macomber.