Meet WIO's Guest Artists
The Zitoun Family - our most recent guest soloists
Cellist Adrien Zitoun joined the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2001. He also performs with Present Music and the Philomusica String Quartet, which has residency at the Wisconsin Lutheran College. Mr. Zitoun teaches at the Wisconsin Lutheran College, coaches the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestras, and has a handful of dedicated private students. He also received the 2017 CIVIC MUSIC Certificate of Excellence for Studio Music. In 2001, as a member of the Eusia String Quartet, he was awarded the Gold medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Music Pen club award in Japan for the best Chamber music recording in 2006 for their recording of music by Britten, Purcell and Takemitsu. In his native land of France, Mr. Zitoun studied cello at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon with Yvan Chiffoleau. In the United States, Mr. Zitoun earned his Artist Diploma and a Masters of Music from Indiana University where he studied with Tusyoshi Tsutsumi and Janós Starker.
Braden holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in cello performance from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is also a very dedicated cello teacher. She taught at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music from 2002-2010, and currently has a private cello studio. Braden is also a very active performer in the Milwaukee area. She has been a member of the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006 and is currently Assistant Principal Cellist. She has also played with Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Florentine Opera, Festival City Symphony, Kenosha Symphony and Racine Symphony. Since 2003, she has been involved in the ACE program with Present Music. In 2016, Braden, along with her husband Adrien, co-authored the book Play Cello Today!, published by Hal Leonard. Braden is the owner of Gabriel's Horns, a sought after ensemble in the Milwaukee area for special events and weddings.
Amelia, 15, is a scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a training center for advanced pre-college students. She studies cello with Horacio Contreras. She was the winner of the 2020 DePaul Concerto Festival, where she played the Kabalevsky Concerto with the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra. She also was a First Place Winner in the 2021 Schubert Competition. As a member of the Aurora Piano Quartet, she won First Place at the 2020 Rembrandt Young Artists Chamber Music Competition, and were Quarterfinalists at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Amelia is a 10th grader at Shorewood High School. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, solving difficult math problems, and painting.
Henry, 13, is an 8th grader at Shorewood Intermediate School. He began cello lessons at the age of 6, and is currently taking lessons with both of his parents. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, watching movies, and reading French comic books.
Tabby and Julian Rhee
Tabby and Julian are WIO founding members and artistic mentors.
Julian, a violinist, is currently a scholarship student studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Tabby, a violist, is a scholarship student pursuing a Masters degree with Roger Tapping and Misha Amory at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
Tabby and Julian will visit WIO rehearsals as their schedules permit.