LyonFest 2019 Performer Bios

Cory Bracken is a composer, performer, improviser, curator, and artistic administrator currently residing in Ridgewood, New York City. Recent and past projects include REAL ADULT, Ashcan Orchestra, Sunwatchers, American Football, Birthmark, Yonatan Gat, KATIEE, LoftOpera, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and Iktus Percussion.

Jason Crafton is Associate Professor of Trumpet at Virginia Tech and he directs both of the large jazz ensembles. He is also currently serving as Interim Music Chair.  Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, he held positions at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, North Central Texas College, the University of Northern Colorado, and in various Dallas-Fort Worth area public schools.

Jay Crone performs with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in the Europe, Asia, and South America, and performed as a soloist and chamber musician at many conferences and festivals.

Jeffery Kyle Hutchins is a performer making experimental music and art. He often produces sound wielding a saxophone, his voice, technology, and spare gadgets. He teaches saxophone and new music at Virginia Tech. He lives on the internet at

“New-music luminary” (The New York Times), cross-disciplinary performer Margaret Lancaster likes to act, dance and play the flute…

Violist Max Mandel enjoys a varied and acclaimed career as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician and speaker. A member of the trailblazing new music ensemble FLUX Quartet, he is also the Co-Principal Viola of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has appeared as guest Principal with The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra amongst others. Other group affiliations include The Smithsonian Chamber Players, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and The Silk Road Ensemble. His most recent record with FLUX Quartet is “Images from a Closed Ward” on New Focus Records. Also recently released is his recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Aisslinn Nosky and the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra on Coro Records. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada he divides his time between New York and London.

“What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it, a mission more radical and arguably more needed.” Anthony Tommasini, NY Times. Kathleen Supové, THE EXPLODING PIANO, has premiered countless works. 2012:  John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.” 2019:  first ASCAP Plus Award for work as a composer.

The Kandinsky Trio is a chamber group founded in 1987 by Dr. Elizabeth Bachelder, Alan Weinstein and Benedict Goodfriend. The Trio has been awarded the Chamber Music America Residency Award and awards from the Theodore Presser and Carpenter foundations. The group has performed nationally as well as internationally.

String Noise is a classical avant-punk violin duo comprised of violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris. Since its inception in 2011 at Ostrava New Music Days, they have expanded the two violin repertoire in over 50 new works to include larger collaborations with electronics, projections and dance.