NEW FOR 2019-2020

A NEW series offering intimate concerts with members of the Garden State Philharmonic. Each performance will highlight members in solo, duet, or small ensemble settings, offering a unique and exciting opportunity for you, our audience.


Jameson Platte, Cello

Sonata for Cello and Piano, Sergei Rachmaninoff

Uli Speth, Violin

Violin Sonata, Op. 34, Amy Beach

Ben Goldberg, Composer-in-Residence

“The Gift” for Piano Trio and Electronics, Ben Goldberg

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Meet the Musicians

Uli Speth
Violinist Uli Speth completed his undergraduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg/Austria and earned his Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music as a student of Felix Galimir from whom he received both, violin and string quartet training. Uli has performed as an associate first violinist with New York City Opera since 1997 and serves as Concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra as well as The Chappaqua Orchestra and has been guest concertmaster with Schenectady Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Clinton Symphony Orchestra and others. Recent engagements also include American Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Uli is first violinist of the Diller-Quaile String Quartet, performing recitals and interactive community

performances throughout the New York area. As a chamber musician, Uli has also enjoyed the opportunity of performing alongside well known soloists and members of the Hagen, Pro Arte, Cavaliere and Ying quartets and Orpheus Orchestra.
His recent solo recitals with pianists Mary Robbins and Tomoko Kanamaru include performances in Austin, TX and New York City, Trenton, NJ, Binghamton, NY. In 2005 and 2007 the all Mozart recitals with Mary Robbins were nominated for ‘Best Chamber Concert of the Year’ by the Austin Critics Circle.
Uli serves on the faculty of The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ as well as Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC
Jameson Platte
Cellist Jameson Platte maintains an active career both as a performer and a teacher. He is currently a member of the critically acclaimed Duo 92 with pianist/composer Matthew Quayle, the Omega Trio, principal cellist of The Orchestra of Northern New York, The Plainfield Symphony, Bachanalia Virtuosi, Chelsea Opera and assistant principal of the Allentown Symphony. As faculty at Skidmore College, he teaches cello and chamber music. Mr. Platte works extensively as a clinician, guest conductor, cello coach, performs as a soloist and maintains a large private studio. He is in constant demand as a guest principal cellist throughout the northeast. A frequent recitalist in New York City, he has been featured in Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Lincoln Center and the 92nd St. Y, among others. His recitals have been heard throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Mr. Platte is Artist/Faculty at Chamber Music Dolomiti.Mr. Platte attended the Brevard Music Festival as a teaching assistant where he won the concerto contest. He also attended the Blossom Chamber Music Festival where he played principal cello under Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Platte has been a member of the Tuscaloosa Symphony (under Louis Lane), the Alabama Symphony, and the Huntsville Symphony. He has recently been a featured soloist with the Glens Falls Symphony, Maplewood Society of Musical Arts Orchestra, Central Jersey Symphony, Monmouth Symphony, Plainfield Symphony, Bachanalia Virtuosi and the Stokes Forest Festival Orchestra, among others. Recent international residencies have included performances in China, Korea, Germany, Italy and the United Arab Emirates. His recordings of contemporary music may be heard under the Koch International, Seedmusic, Naxos and Albany labels. Mr. Platte’s principal teacher was Carlton McCreery; he has also pursued studies with such teachers as Lynn Harrell, Mstislav Rostropovich, Harvey Shapiro and Anner Bylsma.

Mr. Platte plays on cellos by Hannibal Fagnola (1925) and Andrea Amati (1572) as well as bows by François Xavier Tourte, Dominique Peccatte, Pierre Simon and Arcus.

Ben Goldberg
Ben Goldberg is a New York-based composer who has received awards for his concert music, film music, and academic achievements. He is the Composer-in-Residence for Baltimore chamber orchestra Symphony Number One. Goldberg has won composition competitions held by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, and Susanville Symphony. His composition Reconnecting has been featured in Symphony magazine, and at presentations for The League of American Orchestras and Percussive Arts Society national conferences. The work received an Honorable Mention for the 2016 American Prize in Composition (Orchestra division). Goldberg’s music has been broadcasted in over thirty countries and featured in films, television programs, podcasts, video game apps, and advertisements. He studied composition at Berklee College of Music where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in film composition. He was the recipient of the school’s Film Scoring Achievement Award.