Two time Latin Grammy nominee guitarist, educator, and composer João Luiz, began to play the popular music of his native Brazil professionally during his childhood and was later trained in classical guitar by his mentor Henrique Pinto. Winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild Competition as a member of the critically acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo, João has performed extensively in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. His versatility led him to be chosen to collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto on a project to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in a landmark concert in Cuba in 2014. João is also the director of chamber music at CUNY Hunter College and the head of the guitar at SUNY Purchase.
Tenor Jeremy Little has established himself as a versatile performing artist on the United States’ most prestigious opera, concert, and recital stages, as well as a dynamic voice teacher, coach, and mentor to new generations of vocal musicians. Dr. Little has been a principal artist with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Florentine Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Anchorage Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera. Following his 2007-08 season as principal artist with The Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Little was offered a coveted position with The Met Opera Chorus. He decided to try it out. Now, eleven seasons later, he has performed in over 1,500 performances at the Met, where he spends every day working alongside the greatest operatic singers, coaches, and conductors in the world. Jeremy continues to learn every day and has earned degrees from Louisiana State University (MM), The Juilliard School (AD), and, while on sabbatical from the Met, Stony Brook University (DMA).