Last Year's Performers
Read below about Michael Gilbertson, artistic director, and about the ChamberFest DBQ guest artists who performed in 2019.
Michael  Gilbertson 
Artistic Director of ChamberFestDBQ
Michael Gilbertson is a composer whose works have been described as "elegant" and "particularly beautiful" by The New York Times, "vivid, tightly woven" and "delectably subtle" by the Baltimore Sun, and "genuinely moving" by the Washington Post. He studied composition at The Juilliard School and at Yale. Michael's orchestral works have been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony. His choral pieces include works published by Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer. His one-act opera, Breaking, was commissioned by the Washington National Opera and premiered at The Kennedy Center in 2013. His most recent work, a string quartet for the Verona Quartet, was premiered at Carnegie Hall in February, 20 17 .
This is the 2019 ChamberFest DBQ line-up of guest artists
Bridget Pasker, cello
Cellist Bridget Pasker is a passionate chamber musician and performer. A native of Dubuque, she is a founding member of the Thalea String Quartet. While she was completing her studies at The Juilliard School, Bridget discovered a true passion for outreach and music education. During her time at that institution, she was selected as a Gluck Community Service Fellow, which led her to performances at care centers in the New York City area. Bridget has continued this dedication throughout the Bay Area in a similar program out of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She also has a teaching studio at the Mid Peninsula Music Academy in Redwood City, CA. Bridget holds a Bachelors degree from The Juilliard School and Master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Bridget has performed in many countries of the world, including the US, Canada, Italy, and France.
David Fung, piano
Described as “stylish and articulate” in the New York Times and having “superstar qualities” by Le Libre, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for performances that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive.  Mr. Fung regularly appears with the world’s premier ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony. As a recitalist, Mr. Fung has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. He is a frequent guest of major festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, and the Edinburgh International Festival. The first piano graduate of the prestigious Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, Mr. Fung has also studied at the Yale School of Music. He is a Steinway Artist and currently serves on the faculty at the University of Georgia.
Hanah Stuart Precourt, violin
Hanah Stuart Precourt, hailed as a performing artist who “wields a violin with unmistakable panache” (Theater Mania), is a member of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra, and was previously Assistant Principal Second Violinist of the Utah Symphony. She has served as Concertmaster of The Juilliard Orchestra, The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra and The YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Stuart Precourt’s media appearances and recordings include features on Harmony Film’s documentary The Road to Carnegie Hall, CBS's The Early Show, and an internationally broadcast performance for Keshet Eilon’s Gala Concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been featured on HBO’s Academy Award nominated documentary, Rehearsing a Dream. Ms. Stuart Precourt holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from The Juilliard School.
Wesley Precourt, violin
San Diego Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Wesley Precourt has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and is an avid recitalist, recording artist and new music collaborator. He has been presented by the Musical Merit Foundation, First United Methodist Churches of San Diego and Escondido and the La Jolla Athenaeum’s series. He was a featured performer at the dedication ceremony of the Heifetz Studio at The Colburn Conservatory. He has performed and recorded with pop artists including Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, No Doubt, Rod Stewart and many others. Mr. Precourt has won awards at international competitions, including the Spotlight Awards of Los Angeles, the NFAA ARTS Awards and the Kingsville International Competitions, among others. Mr. Precourt is a graduate of the Thornton School of Music at USC and the Colburn Conservatory.
JIJI, guitar

Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “…talented, sensitive…brilliant,” JIJI is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing a wide range of music from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation. Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned the Korean guitarist First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. A major highlight of JIJI’s 2018-19 season is her Carnegie Hall/Stern Auditorium debut as soloist with the New York Youth Symphony, performing the world premiere of a new concerto written for her by American composer Natalie Dietterich. Featured NYC recitals this season include JIJI’s April 2019 Lincoln Center debut on the Great Performers series. JIJI is now an Assistant Professor of Guitar/Head of the Guitar department at Arizona State University School of Music in Tempe. Currently sponsored by D'Addario Strings, JIJI’s performances have been featured on PBS and NPR.

Danielle Wiebe, viola

 Originally from Calgary, Canada, Danielle began her musical studies on piano and violin at an early age. At fifteen, she switched from violin to the viola, having her solo debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony at sixteen. Danielle holds a Bachelor in Music from the New England Conservatory and a Masters in Music from Yale University. An avid chamber musician, Danielle is a member of the Second Movement Ensemble, a group dedicated to expanding performance boundaries by playing in unconventional spaces, and the Viviere Chamber Players, a recently founded group focused on sharing the inner workings of classical music to all audiences. Danielle is currently completing the dissertation component of her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Ettore Causa at Yale.  She moved to Charlottesville in August of 2017 to join her husband, who is currently pursuing his PhD in English at UVa. In January of 2018, Danielle won the principal viola position at the Williamsburg Symphony.