Decoda Cello Quartet
Cellist Hamilton Berry‘s eclectic taste has led him to pursue a variety of performing, arranging, and composing projects in the New York area and beyond. He has performed with the Toomai String Quintet, Founders, A Far Cry, Novus NY, Con Brio Ensemble, Ensemble ACJW, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Gotham Chamber Opera; collaborated with pop artists including Debbie Harry, Bjork, Becca Stevens, Vampire Weekend, FUN., and Cults; and written and arranged music for Speed Bump, a string trio co-founded with violist Nathan Schram and cellist Eric Allen. He recently joined the teaching roster of Musicambia, which offers music lessons to inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.
A Nashville native, Hamilton has played at the Chelsea, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Olympic, and Yellow Barn music festivals. After completing undergraduate studies at Columbia University, he received his Master of Music in 2009 from Juilliard, where he was a student of Timothy Eddy. His previous teachers include Felix Wang, Grace Bahng, and Anne Williams. In the summer of 2010, he and several Juilliard colleagues taught master classes and played concerts for children in the favelas of São Paulo, Brazil, in partnership with the Guri Santa Marcelina program.
During his fellowship with Ensemble ACJW (2010-2012), Hamilton was a visiting teaching artist at IS61 on Staten Island.
Cellist Claire Bryant enjoys an active and diverse career in New York City as a performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and the solo cello repertoire. She is equally passionate and committed to her work as an educator and advocate for the inclusion of the arts in society. In 2009, Ms. Bryant founded a community residency project through chamber music in South Carolina called Claire Bryant and Friends. This endeavor brings accomplished young artists to communities for weeklong residencies that include engaging pedagogy and performance in the public schools, advocacy forums for arts education, and community concerts in diverse and innovative venues.
A founding member of the new chamber music society Decoda, Claire has collaborated with world-class artists such as Daniel Hope, Anthony Marwood, Emanuel Ax, Sir Simon Rattle, Dawn Upshaw, the Weilerstein Trio and members of the Peabody Trio, Saint Lawrence String Quartet, and Danish String Quartet, among others. She regularly performs with acclaimed chamber ensembles in NYC such as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Novus NY, and Ensemble ACJW. The 2010 recipient of the Robert Sherman McGraw Hill Companies award for excellence in community outreach and music education, she is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where her primary teachers were Bonnie Hampton and Joel Krosnick. She was in the pilot class of The Academy — A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Weill Music Institute and served as an assistant to faculty member, Bonnie Hampton, at The Juilliard School from 2007 – 2012.
Cellist Caitlin Sullivan is a chamber, orchestral, and contemporary music performer based in New York City. Recognized as having “the understanding and emotional projection of a true artist” by the New York Concert Review, Ms. Sullivan is a member of The Knights as well as Decoda, a chamber music collective recently named the first-ever affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. As a member of Decoda, Ms. Sullivan has helped to lead educational outreach projects in South Africa and Japan, as well as curate a chamber music performance, “Line and Expression,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
As a member of the Knights and frequent principal cellist for the ensemble, Ms. Sullivan has traveled extensively in the US and abroad, performing with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Bela Fleck, the Joshua Redman Quartet, and many others. She is also a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, TN, and made her debut as a soloist with that orchestra in the 2013-14 season. Ms. Sullivan has performed with other acclaimed ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Ensemble Signal, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and the Wordless Music Orchestra, which she recently traveled with to Australia to perform the music of Max Richter.
As soloist, chamber musician, teaching artist, and composer, the Franco-American cellist Yves Dharamraj enjoys a multifaceted career that takes him to the major stages of the United States andabroad, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center (New York); the Kennedy Center(DC); Orchestra Hall, Ravinia Festival, and Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago); Disney Hall (LA); SpoletoUSA (Charleston), National Arts Center (Ottawa); Berliner Festspiele; Téatro Nacional (DominicanRepublic); Panama Jazz Festival; and the Thailand National Cultural Center (Bangkok).Dr. Dharamraj co-founded New Docta International Music Festival in 2013 to bring world-class musiciansto Argentina to perform, inspire children, and nurture Latin American talent. He is a founding memberof the genre-defying Bohemian Trio, and Decoda, official affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Dr.Dharamraj earned his Bachelor’s (in Medieval Mediterranean Studies) and Master of Music degrees atYale while studying with Aldo Parisot, his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Juilliard in the studio of DarrettAdkins and Joel Krosnick, and has worked with Paul Katz at New England Conservatory. He later taughtat Juilliard as teaching assistant to Mr. Krosnick.