7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2023, Corbett Auditorium

CCM Philharmonia

Mark Gibson, music director and conductor

Join the CCM Philharmonia and two of CCM's star soloists for a concert of orchestral and solo virtuosity from around the world! This performance features the winner of the CCM Piano Concerto Competition on Barber’s Piano Concerto Op. 38.

Musical Selections

CCM Philharmonia

  • Der Ziguenerbaron: Overture (1885)
    Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) 

  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 38 (1962)
    Samuel Barber (1910-1981) 
    Filivos Gkatzios, piano (student of Prof. Ran Dank)
    • I. Allegro appassionato
    • II. Canzone
    • III. Allegro molto       
  • Reflet d’un Temps Disparu (1995-96)
  • Chen Qigang (b. 1951)
    Xiao Geng, guest conductor
    Liam Battle, cello (student of Prof. Alan Rafferty)

  • Dances of Galánta (1933) 
    Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967)

About CCM Philharmonia

The CCM Philharmonia, under the direction of Professor and CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson, is recognized as one of the world’s elite conservatory orchestras. The breadth of each season’s concert series rivals many of the world’s great performing organizations, and the Philharmonia presents a body of repertoire that encompasses more than what most conservatories venture to program. The close bond between the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM’s orchestral program invigorates student conductors and instrumentalists alike, and CCM’s commitment to high standards enriches the cultural life of Greater Cincinnati. 

the flair and technique of a professional ensemble

Rafael's Music Notes


CCM Philharmonia

Mark Gibson, music director and conductor 
Xiao Geng, guest conductor

Strings after principal stands are listed alphabetically

Violin 1

  • Cassidy Franzmeier, concertmaster
  • Ava Shedd, assistant concertmaster
  • Sejin Byun
  • Yu-Ting Chiu
  • Danbi Choi
  • Riki Nagai
  • Natalie Orth
  • Zhe Xiao

Violin 2

  • Clara Brown, co-principal
  • Gabby Sewell, co-principal
  • Ju-Young Lee
  • Madeline C. Marshall
  • Rafael Roig-Francoli
  • Andrew Smeader


  • Tyler McKisson, co-principal
  • Cristian Diaz, co-principal
  • Lauryn Koeppel
  • Yufeng Lin
  • Celeste Meisel
  • Melissa Peraza
  • Yue Qin
  • Lila Reeser
  • Peng-Huei Shen
  • Emily Stegmuller


  • Jacqueline Pegis, co-principal
  • Luis Parra, co-principal                                                   
  • Abigail Leidy
  • Hye-Jeong Oh      
  • Lucas Orth
  • Samantha Powell


  • Peter McCutcheon, principal
  • Lorenzo Nigrelli
  • Jack Kotchka-Smith
  • Brooks Salloum
  • Corey Watzek
  • Lydia Young


  • Lianna Bartlett1
  • Dayna Hagstedt4
  • Anne Luetkenhaus2
  • Jocelyn Zhang3


  • Leo De La Cruz4
  • Luca Ortolani3
  • Elena Suarez Davila1
  • Zac Walker2


  • Rachel Beil
  • Ian Bunt3
  • Ji-Wen Tyler Song4
  • Jason Wilcox1&2


  • Bryan Benson1&3
  • Kathleen Moran4
  • Taylor Shorey
  • Collin Walter2


  • Joseph Bagdovitz
  • Brady Catlett4
  • Jesus Garcia Palacios1
  • Daniel Itzkowitz3
  • Jacob Speakman2


  • Jarod Gallenstein1
  • Mary Maule4
  • David Riggs2&3


  • Gabriel Gilliland2&3
  • Cameron Webb1

Bass Trombone

  • Sean Reynolds


  • Kyle Roemer


  • Emily Dickman
  • Jared Kohli
  • Peter Loferski


  • Zibin Zhou

Graduate Assistants

  • Stephan Fillare
  • Stephen Hardie
  • Brian McCann
  • Hannah Schendel


  • Liam Gibb
  • Citlalmina Hernandez Toro

1 denotes principal player in Strauss 
2 denotes principal player in Barber 
3 denotes principal player in Chen Qigang 
4 denotes principal player in Kodaly

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