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The Orion Music Ensemble

The Orion Music Ensemble was formed in 1991 as a Piano Quintet to play informal chamber music performances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over 2000 performances later, Oron Music Ensemble has accumulated a treasure trove of repertoire, much of it adapted by the members of the ensemble. The new release in October 2012 of Music on The Balcony is centered around a piece that was written for the ensemble by American composer Joe Gianono. It is the first of a trilogy of pieces Mr. Gianono is composing for the Orion Music Ensemble.

Orion Music Ensemble Members
Beryl Diamond Chacon is a concert violinist specializing in Chamber music and a graduate of The Juilliard School. Her primary teachers were Eugene Phillips and Sally Thomas. She was coached in chamber music by the late great Josef Gingold and Earl Carlyss (Juilliard String Quartet). She has performed chamber music in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. As the founder of The Orion Music Ensemble, she has developed a unique and varied repertoire of chamber music transcribed and arranged specifically for the group. MS Diamond Chacon has created and produced several long running music series. She programmed and played at The Met Museum Balcony from Sept. 1991 through Sept. 2012. She has created and programmed the acoustic music series for the Guggenheim Museum’s WorldBeat Jazz as well as originating and performing at the first year of MoMA's Summergarden series.
Ms Diamond Chacon is active in the commercial recording field. She has recorded for numerous artists on the Columbia, BMG and Warner labels including Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Carly Simon and Katy Perry. On Beryllium Records Ms. Diamond Chacon has produced and recorded “The Romantic Piano Trio”, “OME: Piano Quartet Selections” and the 2012 release of “Music On The Balcony”.

Pianist Nelson Padgett, is a protégé of Leon Fleisher and has studied with Lee Luvisi, Gyorgy Sebok and Menachem Pressler. He was awarded the Silver Medal at the William Kappell International Competition as well as a Beethoven Fellowship from the American Pianists Association. An active chamber musician and accompanist, he has performed with Elmar Oliveira, Pinchas Zuckerman, Pamela Frank, Ilya Kaler and Vadim Repin. He has concertized in major venues around the world with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He records regularly for film and television, and can be heard on the Harmonia Mundi, EMI Classics, and Orange Mountain labels.

William Hakim, Violist, has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Praised for his "warmth of tone and musicality" (Leipziger Volkszeitung), he studied with John Graham at the Eastman School of Music. Mr Hakim attained his Masters from The Juilliard School as a student of Samuel Rhodes and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center of CUNY where he studies with Paul Neubauer. Mr. Hakim has recorded for Albany Records, Decca, and Nonesuch. Recently he has performed with and recorded for artists Renee Fleming, Chris Botti and Josh Groban. Mr. Hakim has served on the faculty at Brevard Music Center and Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Festival as well as being a former member of the Hyperion String Quartet . He currently is on the faculty of Seton Hall University and Saint Rose College.

Chungsun Kim, Cellist, graduated from The Juilliard School with her BM, MM, and DMA. At Juilliard she studied with Channing Robbins, Leonard Rose, and Harvey Shapiro. She is a founding member of the Amasi Piano Trio, in residence at Nyack College since 1994. Appearing as soloist with the Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra, NY Virtuosi, and the Philharmonia Virtuosi, Chungsun Kim has also been a featured artist at the Beethoven Music Festival, Laurentian Summer Music Festival, Arcady Music Festival and Bach Festival. She appeared as guest artist with the Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center as part of the Vivaldi’s Venice Series.
Chungsun Kim won the Artist International Debut Presentation Competition and made her recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. A dedicated teacher, she has taught at the Sarah Lawrence Music Festival and frequently teaches master classes at Ithaca College. She has toured as a chamber musician and orchestra member throughout the US, Singapore, Chile and played in Germany under the direction of Leonard Bernstein.