Colburn Artists

Violinists Simone Porter and Blake Pouliot performing on stage with orchestra
Colburn Artists is a unique in-house professional management program for Colburn students on the cusp of professional careers. Created in order to provide guidance and support during the critical transition from studying to touring, the Colburn Artists program is designed to prepare students to work with industry leaders and artist managers. In a supportive atmosphere linked closely with their individual performance studies, they receive personalized career advice and training, including guidance on building relationships with presenters, orchestras, and professional musicians; developing repertoire; interview preparation; and creating a professional image and online presence.


Meet the Artists

Aubree OliversonAubree Oliverson, Violin
Twenty-year-old violinist Aubree Oliverson is a charismatic performer and communicator who loves sharing the joys of music with people of all ages. The Miami New Times has raved about her “endearing and powerful performance, brimming with confidence and joy.” Since her solo debut with the Utah Symphony at age 11, Aubree has committed herself to the life of a performing artist. This commitment has garnered several accolades already at a young age, including her Carnegie Hall Weill Hall recital debut at age 12 as winner of the American Protégé International Strings Competition, several featured performances on NPR’s hit radio show From The Top, a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Award, and winner of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on a high school student. Read her full bio.


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Aubree in the News

Review: Topanga Messenger
Review: Miami New Times
Preview: Teton Valley News

Dvořák Violin Concerto, Colburn Orchestra


Ross Jamie CollinsRoss Jamie Collins, Conductor
Ross Jamie Collins is a Finnish-British conductor and is a part of the inaugural class of Salonen Fellows in the Negaunee Conducting Program at the Colburn School. Previously a student of Jorma Panula at the Panula Academy in Finland, Ross began his studies with Esa-Pekka Salonen at Colburn in the fall of 2019. In 2018 he was awarded Third Prize in the VII International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition, and in 2019 he made his debuts with the South Denmark Philharmonic and the Kirkkonummi Chamber Orchestra. In the 2021-22 concert season, Ross will make his conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, alongside violinist Randall Goosby in music of Mendelssohn, Nielsen and Sibelius. He will also make his debut with the Turku Philharmonic, Finland’s oldest orchestra, where he will be leading them alongside the classic British animated film The Snowman. Read his full bio.


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Vijay Venkatesh sitting at a pianoVijay Venkatesh, Piano
Hailed by the Herald-Tribune for his “dazzling pianism verging on the impossible, effortless technical command and authority with a sense of poetry and refinement that belies his years,” Indian-American pianist Vijay Venkatesh has been recognized on three continents as a pianist with profound musicianship, sparkling pianism and an innate sense of partnership. Vijay has rapidly established a major international reputation as top prizewinner in the San Jose, Seattle, Zimmerli, World Piano, and Waring International Piano Competitions. He has also been named a Davidson Fellow Laureate at the Library of Congress, USC Thornton’s Discovery Scholar, Grand Prize Winner of the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards and featured on NPR’s “From the Top,” with host Christopher O’Riley. Read his full bio.


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Chopin Barcarolle Op. 60 in F-sharp Major

Kyle DicksonKyle Dickson, Conductor
American Conductor Kyle Dickson is quickly building a reputation as an innovative and compelling presence on the podium. He is Assistant Conductor of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and previously served as Music Director of Chicago’s South Loop Symphony. In 2019, Dickson was selected to be Assistant Conductor of Spoleto Festival USA for the world premiere of Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels’ opera, Omar. As a Conducting Fellow at the 2021 National Orchestral Institute and Festival’s Conducting Academy at the University of Maryland, he learned from conductors Marin Alsop and James Ross and led the world premiere of Just Dreams by composer Tyler Taylor. For the past two seasons, Dickson has worked with Chicago Sinfonietta as a Project Inclusion Freeman Conducting Fellow under the mentorship of Music Director Mei-Ann Chen.


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Molly TurnerMolly Turner, Conductor
Molly Turner conducts and composes music. Recently, she was featured conducting the Dallas Opera Orchestra, The Juilliard Orchestra, Rice Campanile Orchestra, and the Eastern Festival Orchestra. In 2019 she was selected for the Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors. In summer 2019she was a conducting fellow at the Cascade Conducting Workshop where she worked with Sarah Ioannides. She regularly covers for the Juilliard Orchestra and has assisted Paul Watkins, Jeffery Milarsky, Nicholas McGegan, and David Robertson. She also regularly collaborates with living composers.


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Colburn Artists Alumni

Viano String Quartet (2018–2021) | Opus 3 Artists
Faktura Piano Trio (2017–2019)
Rodolfo Leone, Piano (2017–2019) | MKI Artists
Blake Pouliot, Violin (2015–2018) | Opus 3 Artists
Ray Ushikubo, Piano/Violin (2012–2018)
William Hagen, Violin (2014–2017) | MKI Artists
Simone Porter, Violin (2012–2015) | Opus 3 Artists
Calidore String Quartet (2012–2014) | IMG Artists
Sang Yoon Kim, Clarinet (2012–2014)
Nigel Armstrong, Violin (2012–2013)

Buy the Calidore String Quartet’s debut album produced by the Colburn School


Want to Learn More?


To find out how to be a part of the Colburn Artists program, speak with your applied faculty.

External Parties

For further information about the Colburn Artists program and to inquire about artist availability, please contact Nick Gianopoulos at