Bios

Neil Brown, trumpet

Enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, educator, composer, arranger, and band leader. Currently a member of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Orchestra, Opera Camerata, Tryos Ensemble and the illustrious Trio Illumino, Neil is frequently heard playing the Washington D.C. area’s popular ensembles, including the National Philharmonic, Maryland Symphony. A multi-faceted musician of many genres, he is also the founder, principal composer, and trumpeter for the classical, jazz and rock influenced group Phonic Wrinkle. Originally from Guilford, Connecticut, Neil earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Maryland, and served as a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington D.C. from 2009-2013.

Neal has participated in concert with the National Orchestral Institute, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Las Vegas MusicFestival, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute. As an educator, he has performed numerous lecture – concerts, presentedmasterclasses at both the university and high school levels, served on the faculty of the Suitland Performing Arts High School, SheridanSchool, Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra Program​, and leads a private trumpet studio.

Stephen Czarkowski, cello

Stephen is the Music Director and Conductor of the Apollo Orchestra. Now in his ​eighth​ season with the Apollo Orchestra, Maestro Czarkowski also serves as the Assistant Conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra. He is the Director of Strings at the Norwood School, Music Director of the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra, and conductor of the Symphonette at Landon School. Lauded for his vibrant leadership, he has conducted the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra (University of Virginia), Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Potomac and Washington Sinfonietta. He has also guest conducted the National Symphony Orchestra through the National Conducting Institute under Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Czarkowski is honored to have conducted internationally esteemed soloists, including soprano Harolyn Blackwell, harpist Nancy Allen, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, and guitarist Ana Vidovic, cellist Jerry Grossman​, and often collaborates with the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in operatic and symphonic performances. ​He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and Mannes School of Music at the New School University.​

Virginia (Ginnie) Lum, piano

Lum made her debut with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra at age 8, and performs frequently throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean. Frequent guest soloist with the St. Louis, Baltimore, Honolulu, Westchester, Arlington, Alexandria Symphonies, and The Apollo Orchestra, she made successful debuts at the Phillips Gallery in Washington, DC, Merkin Hall (NYC), and Carnegie Hall, as guest soloist with P.D.Q. Bach, performing the World Premiere of Peter Schickele’s “Sonata Inamorata,” in a special concert honoring the New York Philharmonic. St. Louis Globe declared: Lum is “a powerhouse on the piano.” Caribbean press: “mistress of the ivory keys.” Washington Post: ‘highly imaginative and beautifully played ….mastery” Juilliard awarded her Bachelor and Master degrees and the Rosenman Award for “outstanding pianist artistry.” She often partners in concert with opera singers, Harolyn Blackwell, Lorna Myers, Faith Esham, and John Aler, and is a sought after chamber music player (Trio Illumino, Isis Ensembles, Touchton-Lum Piano Duo) as well as conductor, vocal coach, organist, and teacher. Also a graduate of Georgetown University’s Law School, she received the Dept. of Justice’s highest litigation honor, the John Marshall Award for her trial work. Married to Robert Young, M.D., they are parents of 3 musical children, all of whom are currently finishing graduate school: Colette (Columbia U./doctorate in Biology/Music.); Marielle (Columbia U., Icahn/Mt. Sinai/M.D./pediatrics) and Justin (Yale/Columbia U. /M.D./cardiology).