YAP Chamber Music Program

About – The Young Artists Philharmonic is happy to announce the launch of a Chamber Music Initiative in partnership with Steinway Piano Gallery & the Greenwich Arts Council. 

The Program – Chamber Music provides students with unique opportunities for musical expression and performance. It develops ensemble skills, and places greater emphasis on the individual’s musical instincts and preparation. Students will meet for 15 rehearsal sessions with a YAP coach, and perform a final concert at the Greenwich Library.

Who Can Join? – Chamber Music is for students that have had preferably three or more years of private instrumental lessons, and show a level of comfort with music fundamentals such as sight reading and intonation. Participants will be grouped according to their skill level, from beginner to our advanced Honors Groups. Chamber coachings take place on either Tuesdays and Thursdays depending on the preference of individual ensembles. Scheduling adjustments can made with advance planning among individual groups if needed.

Pictured: Tatiana Mori and Greg Robbins, executive directors of the Greenwich Arts Council and YAP respectively. Shown in the rehearsal location of the Chamber Music Program on Greenwich Ave.


Cellist Claire Marie Solomon is an avid solo, chamber and orchestral musician. She also has a passion for academic subjects, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 2014 while studying the cello with Ole Akahoshi. After completing her undergraduate degree, Ms. Solomon attended the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, studying privately with Eric Kim and receiving chamber music instruction from the members of the Pacifica Quartet. Ms. Solomon won the Jacobs School’s 2017 Cello Concerto Competition, culminating in a performance of the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1 with the IU Philharmonic. Since graduating, she has formed a trio with flutist Carol Wincenc and harpist Nancy Allen. She recently toured the US with the Weimar Staatskapelle from Germany, performing major orchestral works in cities along the east coast under the baton of Kirill Karabits. Solomon is a regular participant in the Aspen Music Festival and a School summer program. She has studied privately with Richard Aaron, Alan Harris, Eric Bartlett and Wolfram Koessel, among others, and has played in masterclasses for Carter Brey, Karen Dreyfuss, Lynn Harrell, and Ani Kavafian, among others. Ms. Solomon resides in Westchester, NY, where she currently maintains a private cello studio.


American conductor Gregory Robbins enjoys a diverse career as a performer, educator, and arts administrator. In the world of education, he was the director of educational outreach at the Geneva Music Festival from 2011-2016, and is currently in his sixth season with the Young Artists Philharmonic. He has guest conducted numerous youth, secondary, and collegiate ensembles including the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, Norwalk Youth Symphony, NYU Symphony, and NY State Summer School of the Arts Orchestra. In the world of performance, Mr. Robbins is in demand as a conductor and bassist, serving as associate conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony from 2014-16, and making numerous guest conducting appearances in the U.S. and Europe. Highlights of his 2017/18 season include conducting debuts with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, and a performance with John Cale and the Wordless Music Orchestra which gained wide acclaim from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker. Mr. Robbins holds degrees in classical music performance from Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music. In the world of film and tv, he is the “conducting coach” for Gael Garcia Bernal, star of Amazon’s hit Mozart in the Jungle series.



Described by Itzhak Perlman as an “inspired musician bursting with talent,” Mariella Haubs’ musical journey has brought her to over thirty countries in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. She has performed in venues such as the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, and numerous philharmonic halls around the world. In 2014, Mariella performed at the United Nations General Assembly at the invitation of Barack and Michelle Obama. Her chamber music collaborators include artists such as Joshua Bell, Lang Lang and Itzhak Perlman. Former concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, Mariella has worked with many conductors including Alan Gilbert, Kurt Masur and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Mariella holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied as a Kovner Fellow with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho. She is also an alumna of The Perlman Music Program and the National YoungArts Foundation. A firm believer in the impact and importance of the arts, Mariella is the co-founder of “Concerts for Compassion,” a project designed to promote racial reconciliation between cultures and to bring music to refugee communities around the world.

Yuan Ma is currently a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and a guest musician of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. She began her career by studying violin and music theory at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and toured Germany at the age of sixteen with solo and chamber music performances in Cologne and Stuttgart. Recognized for her talent at the age of seventeen, Ms. Ma was given full scholarship to study her BA and BM at the Bard Conservatory of Music. She has since go on to perform solo and chamber music at many well-known music festivals including the Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Alan Gilbert’s Music Masters Course Japan. As a chamber musician, Yuan has also performed at many renowned performance centers including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Sosnoff Hall of Fisher Center in New York, Kioi Hall in Tokyo and Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama. In addition to her BA and BM degrees she earned at the Bard Conservatory of Music where she studied with Ida Kavafian and Arnold Steinhardt, she was also awarded full scholarships to study her Masters degree at the Yale school of Music with Ani Kavafian. Most recently Ms. Ma earned her Artist Diploma with Weigang Li at the Cali School of Music, where she was the first violin of the Cali String Quartet and the concertmaster of the MSU symphony orchestra.

As an interdisciplinary artist, Joseph Dermody (1979, Rhode Island) has always focused on a balanced mix of many different forms of visual and performing arts. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Music Performance from Rhode Island College, Guildhall School of Music in London and Purchase Conservatory, NY. 

Joseph has received eleven awards in the past four years for his work including a spot in the NYTimes and Architectural Digest Magazine.  When not painting, Joseph designs and builds furniture in his studio in Upstate New York, professionally plays the violin and viola with various symphonies around NYC, is a founding member of ‘Scape Trio, and holds faculty positions in  Music at Rye Country Day School, Rye, NY and Concordia College, Bronxville, NY.

Most recently, Joseph founded ‘SCAPE, uniquely paired concert series where music and art come together to inspire communities and create artistic awareness through the combination of living visual artists and live chamber music. 

Chamber Groups have the option to meet on Tuesdays OR Thursdays. Rehearsals are one hour long, and take place from 5:00 – 6:00, or 6:00 – 7:00 based on group preference.

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  • Tuition for the Chamber Music Program is $950
  • Need based scholarships are available


In order to receive more information about the program or schedule an audition, please fill out the following form, and a YAP representative will reach out. Alternatively, you can email greg@youngartistsphil.org with any specific questions.

  • Tell us a little bit about your chamber music experience (if any). Prior chamber experience not required.

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