Inés Voglar Belgique, violin, is Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Oregon Symphony, Instructor of Violin at Lewis & Clark College, a member of fEARnoMUSIC, and conductor of the Young Strings Ensemble of Portland Youth Philharmonic.
Born to a Slovenian family in Venezuela, where she studied music under the program “El Sistema” and violin with Roberto Valdes, she came to the United States in 1996 to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies from Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University with then-Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Andrés Cárdenes. Before joining the Oregon Symphony in 2004, she played two seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra musician, including national and European tours. Other orchestral distinctions include having been Guest Concertmaster of the Galicia Symphony Orchestra in December 2007 and being a frequent Concertmaster of the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra. Ms. Voglar Belgique served as artistic Director of Fear No Music from 2005-11, reaching out to collaborate with internationally acclaimed composers and presenting the music of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to private studio teaching, she is a faculty member at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp, the Oregon State University Chamber Music Workshop and Portland Summer Ensembles.
Nancy Ives, cello,
Nancy Ives is Principal Cello of the Oregon Symphony and Instructor of Chamber Music at Lewis & Clark College. Her formal education culminated in a DMA from the Manhattan School of Music and she had a varied freelance career in New York City, with particular emphasis on new music. She is a member of the intrepid new music group fEARnoMUSIC and is an in-demand guest performer with groups such as Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Piano International, the Oregon Bach Festival, Third Angle, 45thParallel and the Portland Cello Project.
Nancy is also a composer, having recently fulfilled commissions from Portland Cello Project and Third Angle, and has had works presented by the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium, Siletz Bay Music Festival and fEARnoMUSIC. With the help of a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, she has commissioned five leading Oregon composers plus herself to write pieces inspired by the Allemandes from the Bach Suites for solo cello. Nancy is co-founder of Classical Up Close, serves on the board of All Classical Portland and Classical Up Close, and is a past board member of the Oregon Symphony.
Susan DeWitt Smith, piano is Professor of Piano at Lewis & Clark College. A native of Portland, Oregon, pianist Susan DeWitt Smith has an active career as both a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and on subscription series with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Palomar Symphony and the Dartmouth Symphony. She has performed at the Bloch, Cascade Head and the Cascade music festivals in Oregon, as well as the Grand Teton, Hot Springs, and Olympic music festivals. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she earned her MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Smith has recorded extensively on the KOCH International Classics label.
The Palatine Piano Trio adopted the name in 2017, but had been playing together as a group for many years already — faculty concerts at Portland Summer Ensembles, featured chamber ensemble at Portland Piano International Summer Festival — and their effortless musical chemistry as a group made each of these performances a special occasion. The opportunity to record the piano trio works of Tomas Svoboda with the composer’s blessing brought things into focus and they decided to make it official. Needing a name, they took a cue from the academic affiliation they shared — all three by this time teaching at Lewis & Clark College — and named themselves after the address of the college on Palatine Hill Road.
In addition to frequent concerts at Lewis & Clark, the trio has been present by Portland Piano International, Classical Up Close, and on All Classical Portland’s live radio program Thursdays @ 3. They are about to release a recording of the piano trio works of Tomas Svoboda.