Macarons de Paris Performers
Barbara Hamilton (Viola d'Amore)
Barbara Hamilton is Artistic Director and Violist/Violist d’Amore with the Colorado Chamber Players, a position she has held for 27 years. Barbara has attended the Tafelmusik Festival, where she studied with Thomas Georgi. She performed the complete Brandenberg Concerti with BCOC on baroque viola. She served as principal violist with Eastern Music Festival 1990-2005. Barbara played as principal violist/soloist with Colorado Symphony, Orquesta Ciudad de Barcelona & Orquesta de Valencia (Spain). She was in the New York Philharmonic for one season. Dr. Hamilton received a DMA from Yale School of Music in 1992, where she studied with Jesse Levine and taught in 1998. She was a prize winner in the Fischoff, Aspen Festival and Woolsey Hall Competitions, as well as the Young Artists of YM-YWHA (New Jersey). In the 1990’s, she toured Europe with the Orquesta Ciudad de Barcelona, the NY Virtuosi and the American Sinfonietta, concerts in the Grosse Saal/Vienna, the Concertgebauw, Leipzig Gewand
Lily Primus (Harp)
Lily Primus is an 18-year-old harpist from Denver, Colorado. In 2019, she was one of four members of the Young Artists Harp Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. She was a prizewinner of the American Harp Society National Competitions in 2015, 2017 & 2019. Lily was the inaugural recipient of the Siochi Scholarship at Young Artists Harp Seminar (YAHS) in 2018. She was the first prize winner of the Concerto Competition at YAHS in 2018. Lily was on the Young Musicians Foundation roster from 2016-18. She was the winner of the Concerto Competition of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra in 2020. She been a frequent performer with the Colorado Chamber Players and at Colorado Public Radio. She is a freshman at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, pursuing her degree in Harp Performance with harpist Paula Page, and is the recipient of the Hudspeth Scholarship in Music. She was a student of Mary Kay Waddington, founder of the Suzuki Harp School, for thirteen years.
Paul Primus (Violin/Harpsichord)
Violinist Paul Primus grew up in the Chicago and Cleveland areas, before attending Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from UWM. Paul won an audition with the Denver Symphony in 1984, and was promoted to Principal Second Violinist in 1985, the position he still holds. He coordinated the chamber music program at Denver School of the Arts from 2013-2018. Paul is a founding member of the Colorado Chamber Players, which he and his wife Barbara Hamilton began in 1993. He performs approximately 30 concerts a year with the CCP, and can be heard frequently on Colorado Public Radio. Mr. Primus has performed numerous unaccompanied violin recitals over the years, most memorably one of the complete Paganini Caprices in 1986. Paul is an active teacher in the Denver area and has also taught and performed at Eastern Music Festival, Rocky Ridge, and the Lamont Pre-College Academy at DU. He is a frequent coach for the DYAO
Daniel Urbanowicz (Viola d'Amore)
Daniel Urbanowicz holds a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a viola d’amore player Dan has been featured at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, College of Charleston’s Second Monday Series, and Augusta University as a guest lecturer and recitalist. His principal teachers include Martha Katz, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, and Marylene Gingras-Roy on viola; and Thomas Georgi on Viola d’Amore. Mr Urbanowicz plays on a 2017 Robert Clemens Viola.Urbanowicz’s Viola D’amore is from the 19th century and is of unknown origin. Mr Urbanowicz is the former principal viola of the Augusta Symphony and performs regularly with the Miami Ballet, Jacksonville Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Dan has played with the New World Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony, Gulfshore Opera.