Explorations | Free Improvisation | Electronics
DUO HELIX champions new sounds
for the flute and clarinet.
Co-artistic directors and curators of
Lancaster New Sounds (PA)
Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, Flutes
Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a compelling and versatile musician, performing internationally. Most notably, Isabel has appeared in Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Recital Hall, and Symphony Space in the United States, The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China, the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Fukuoka Symphony Hall and Tokyo Suntory Hall in Japan, as well as the Rolston Recital Hall at the Banff Center in Canada. In 2015 Isabel won first prize at the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition at the Texas Flute Festival. She returned to the festival in 2016 as Guest Artist. Previously, Isabel won second prize at both the South Carolina and Kentucky Flute Festival Young Artist Competitions.
Isabel is a member of new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé, an ensemble dedicated to performing a spectrum of 20th and 21st century music that is undefined by genre of style. In 2014 through 2016 Isabel was a member of Tactus new music ensemble, and has made appearances with Le Train Bleu as part of the New Haven Arts and Ideas Festival as well as Cantata Profana in Boston and New York City. Isabel has performed on Dawn Upshaw’s First Songs concert series with the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program. She is a founding member of SoundMind, a flexible ensemble of five musicians who provide a home for music both new and old. She has won fellowship positions at the Lake George Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. In 2016 Isabel will premiere Candlemas Eve a work by John Zorn on the Composer Portrait series at Miller Theater in New York City. As an orchestral musician, Isabel has served as principal flute of the New York Symphonic Ensemble that performs throughout Japan. She was a member of the Banff Festival Orchestra under the baton of Joel Smirnoff and Lior Shambadal, as well as Principal Flute with the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of Peter Oundijan and Krystoff Penderecki.
Isabel has recently joined the Bridge Arts Ensemble as a Teaching Artist, where she performs concerts, and teaches workshops in public schools throughout the Adirondacks, New York. While receiving her Master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, Isabel worked as a Teaching Artist through the Music in Schools Initiative. She taught in two New Haven public schools, giving individual and group lessons, as well as flute ensemble coaching’s. She was a woodwind section coach for the New Haven All-City Band Ensembles, as well as Flute Faculty at the Morse Summer Music Academy. Isabel has earned a MM in flute performance from the Yale School of Music, as well as a MM in contemporary performance from the Manhattan School of Music. She also holds a BM from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. Isabel’s primary teachers have been Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor, Mr. Ransom Wilson and Dr. Tanya Dusevic Witek.
Eric Christian Umble, Clarinets
Eric Umble is a versatile, New York City based, clarinetist known for his "... nuanced and coloristic playing." (The Clarinet). Eric enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and music educator. He is a founding member of sTem, a clarinet, soprano, and piano trio. Hailed as musical interpreters of “profundity and power…” (RuideroXXI, Mexico City), sTem champions the theatrical possibilities of vocal chamber music. Additionally, Eric is the clarinetist of SoundMind, a NYC wind quintet.
Eric served as clarinetist in residence at Chamber Music Silicon Valley, the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, and New Music on the Point. He has performed with renowned ensembles including the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the WindScape Quintet, American Modern Ensemble, LoftOpera, Tenth Intervention, Cantata Profana, Ensemble Echappee, Tactus, Contemporaneous, and Ensemble Mise-en. Eric has performed in the world's major venues including Carnegie's Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and National Sawdust in New York; as well as the Kölner Philharmonie, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, and the Cultural and Congress Center of Lucerne, Switzerland. He has participated in residencies at Princeton and Cornell Universities and will be collaborating with Sul Ross State University and Bucknell University in 2018.
Dedicated to using music as a force for positive change, Eric produces benefit concerts that have raised thousands of dollars for public health, shelters, and disaster relief. He has received awards and honors including the Lancaster Red Rose Award for Community Service, Gordon Parks Memorial Competition, Skokie Valley Young Artist Competition, the Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, and the Naftzger Young Artist Competition. Internationally, Eric has performed in Romania, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, France, Cuba, and Mexico. He is a teaching artist with the Bridge Arts Ensemble; on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Distance Learning Program, and has served as an adjunct instructor at the Teacher's College of Columbia University. He enjoys an ongoing relationship with the Escuela Nacional de Música in Mexico City where he has presented numerous lecturers, masterclasses, and recitals. Eric received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music studying with David Krakauer and Anthony McGill.