Monday, July 18, 2016
Rosie Gilbert, harp, and Oscar Soler, violin, met in 2004 while both were pursuing undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The two have been performing together ever since. Shortly before their wedding in 2010 Rosie's older brother labelled the two ROS/CAR. The name stuck. The duo has performed in states across the country including Maryland, Ohio, Colorado, Washington DC, and Wisconsin.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Oscar had his solo debut at the age of seven with the Jovenes Arcos de Caracas. Since then he has performed regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with groups in both Venezuela and the United States.
Originally from Washington, DC, Rosie is an active professional harpist, with over two decades of experience in solo, ensemble, and freelance performance. She has performed as a member of numerous ensembles including the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Central Wisconsin Symphony, Marshfield-Wood County Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, Wyoming Symphony, Jefferson Symphony, and Cleveland Pops Orchestra.
Rosie and Oscar moved to Wisconsin in August 2011 to work with the Aber Suzuki Center at UW-Stevens Point. In addition to performing together and teaching, they enjoy reading together, watching movies, and salsa dancing. The ROS/CAR Duo is happy to be living and performing in Central Wisconsin.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Peter Thomas, cellist
Peter Thomas has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since his appointment by music director, Edo de Waart in 2008. Mr. Thomas started cello at age five and graduated with performance degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to joining the MSO, Mr. Thomas performed in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. He appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony on two separate occasions performing Richard Strauss’s ‘Don Quixote’ and Elgar's Cello Concerto as the 2008 Concerto Competition winner. An active chamber musician and collaborative artist, Mr. Thomas is the cellist of the Arcas Quartet and indie-rock band I’m Not A Pilot. Peter resides on the East Side of Milwaukee and enjoys the life of being a multi-genre performer and music educator.