About Our Artists

BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney begins his twelfth season with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after 12 seasons in the same position with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in New Jersey, Mr. Carney hails from a musical family with all six members having graduated from The Juilliard School. Following completion of his studies with Ivan Galamian and Christine Dethier, he was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue his studies in London at the Royal College of Music.

After enjoying critically acclaimed international tours as both concertmaster and soloist with numerous ensembles, Mr. Carney was invited by Vladimir Ashkenazy to become concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991. He was also appointed concertmaster of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and the Basque National Orchestra in 1996. Recent solo performances have included concertos by Bruch, Korngold, Khatchaturian, Sibelius, Nielsen, the Brahms
Double Concerto and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, which was featured as a live BBC broadcast from London’s Barbican Hall.

He has made a number of recordings, including concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi, and Nielsen; sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven, and Franck; and a disc of virtuoso works by Sarasate and Kreisler, with his mother, Gloria Carney, accompanying him on piano. New releases include Beethoven’s Archduke and Ghost trios, the cello quintet of Schubert, and a Dvorak disc with the Terzetto and four Romantic pieces for violin.

Violinist Julie Savignon has established herself as an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. Her performances have taken her to such distinguished venues as Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Center, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall in Tokyo. Ms. Savignon recently traveled to Paris, where she performed in recital and to critical acclaim at the famed Salle Cortot.

Equally comfortable in the orchestral world, Ms. Savignon is currently a regular substitute player with the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra. She has toured extensively with the NSO and was invited to participate in the National Symphony’s most recent South American tour. Previously, Ms. Savignon was appointed Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Charlotte Symphony. Ms. Savignon also performs with the Washington Concert Opera, the Master Chorale of Washington at the Kennedy Center, and the National Cathedral Choral Society. She is a member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and has performed with the Reading, Lancaster, and Delaware Symphonies and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. She has participated in several recordings with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach conducting, while serving as a substitute player at the invitation of Mr. Eschenbach. Ms. Savignon toured Asia with the New York Symphonic Ensemble in July 2007.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Savignon has collaborated with such artists as Kenneth Goldsmith, Norman Fischer, Csaba Erdely, Anne Epperson, and Brian Connelly, among others. She has participated in the acclaimed Foothills Chamber Music Festival in Winston-Salem, where she took part in a concert paying homage to the late African-American composer Undine Smith Moore. She is currently working on a recording of works by Bartok, Strauss, and Shostakovich with the Smithsonian Chamber Players.

Ms. Savignon served on the faculties of both Penn State University and Juniata College in Pennsylvania, where she also directed the string ensembles. Her students can be found among the ranks of some of this country’s finest music institutions. In addition, she has maintained a private studio for the past 8 years.

Ms. Savignon studied in France at the renowned Conservatoire National in Dijon, where she was awarded The Medaille D’or by unanimous vote. While in Europe, Ms Savignon was profiled on several occasions by National French television and featured in live performances and interviews. She completed her academic Baccalaureate Degree in France with high honors and then joined famed violinist Josef Gingold’s studio at Indiana University. She then completed both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance at Rice University under the tutelage of Sergiu Luca and Kathleen Winkler.

Ms. Savignon plays a fine Enrico Rocca violin and uses a Eugene Sartory bow, considered to be one of his finest examples.

Aaron Goldman, Principal Flute of the National Symphony Orchestra since January 2013, joined the NSO as Assistant Principal Flute in September 2006. Prior to joining the NSO, he was Principal Flute of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and performed as guest principal with the Baltimore Symphony.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Goldman has been featured with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, and the Chamber Orchestra of Florida, and has performed at several of the National Flute Association’s annual conventions. He has also performed with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Players, the 21st Century Consort, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and participates in many educational programs with the NSO, including performances in the Family and Terrace Theaters. He has given lectures at the Carnegie Institute and the Smithsonian Institution, such as “The Magical Flute” and “Math and Music: Closer Than You Think” alongside NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers.

Mr. Goldman is currently serving on the Board of the National Flute Association and is vice president of the Flute Society of Washington. He is also on the faculty of the University of Maryland.

Mr. Goldman received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.


Performing orchestral and chamber works throughout the United States and Europe, Lisa Bergman has been praised for her “sweet sound” as a horn player (Miami Herald). Before joining the Baltimore Symphony as Second Horn in 2014, Ms. Bergman was a member of the San Antonio Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Knoxville Symphony and performed regularly with orchestras throughout the country including the Kansas City Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Lisa enjoys educating and motivating players of all ages. Previously a member of the Eastern Music Festival faculty, Ms. Bergman continues to give masterclasses across the country and teaches privately pushing students to reach for their best. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Bergman holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University. Her principal teachers include Randy Gardner, Michael Hatfield and Julie Landsman. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, yoga classes, cooking, and enjoying time with family and friends.


In June, 2012 Fei Xie was appointed principal bassoonist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, effective September 2012.
Fei Xie joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as second bassoonist in January 2008. A native of China, Mr. Xie comes from a musical family: his parents are renowned Peking Opera musicians. He started studying piano at age three and at 13 began bassoon studies at the middle school attached to the Central Conservatory of Music, where he studied with YunHua Dai and Jun Zhu. Mr. Xie graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in music from Oberlin College, where he studied with George Sakakeeny. While still a student at Oberlin, he performed with the Akron Symphony and the Canton Symphony, and served as principal bassoonist of Mansfield Symphony in the 2003-2004 season. Mr. Xie also holds a master’s degree in Music from Rice University (2006), where he was a student of Benjamin Kamins, the former principal bassoonist of the Houston Symphony. As a student at Rice, he performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
Mr. Xie joined the Houston Grand Opera while he was in the second year of his master’s degree, and has also performed with Houston Symphony as guest principal bassoonist.  He has attended many music festivals, among them the Music Academy of the West, the National Repertory Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, and Sun Valley Summer Symphony.  Mr. Xie was a finalist in the 2010 Gillet-Fox International Bassoon Competition, and he was the only American bassoonist chosen for the final round.
When not playing the bassoon, Mr. Xie enjoys spending time with his family, and cooking Chinese food with his wife.


Praised by Baltimore Sun for his “eloquent, poetic playing”, Bo Li is the Acting Assistant Principal cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Since his solo debut with the Shanghai Symphony at age 17, Bo Li has frequently soloed with many other ensembles including the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Southern Illinois Symphony, Acadiana Symphony in Louisiana, South Arkansas Symphony, Riverside Symphonia in New Jersey and Montgomery Symphony in Alabama. His concerto performance with New England Conservatory Symphony was broadcast nationwide by NPR. Most recently he soloed with Baltimore Symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s “Rococo Variations”.
Among many awards he has received, Bo Li was a prize winner at the Tchaikovsky International Competition. He also won a top prize at the National Cello Competition in China, the Laurence Lesser Presidential Award and the Concerto Competition at New England Conservatory, the Presser Scholar Award by the Presser Foundation, and fellowships with the Aspen Festival and the Montgomery Symphony.
Bo Li played in the New York String Orchestra as the Principal and was a guest principal with the Singapore Symphony. An active chamber musician, Bo Li has performed in US, South America, Europe, Asia and has collaborated with such artists as Pamela Frank, Jon Kimura Parker. Passionate about teaching, he has taught at music festivals and has given master classes at universities and conservatories throughout the US and aboard. He was also featured on Voice of America, Free Talk Asia and China Central TV. His first solo CD was released by Tian-Tian in Beijing.
Bo Li came from a musical family in China. After attending the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, he finished his education at Illinois State University with Ko Iwasaki and at New England Conservatory with Colin Carr and Laurence Lesser.

NSO Horn Abel Pereira (2).138

Abel Pereira was appointed Principal Horn of the National Symphony Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in 2014. He was born in Porto in the late 70s, earned his degree at ESMAE with Bohdan Sebestik and continued his studies in Germany with Marie-Luise Neunecker

Since his first solo performance at the age of 11, he has developed an intense concert and master class schedule in many international music festivals around the world through Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
He was awarded at the Leeuwarden International Horn Competition (Netherlands), Internationaler Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen (Germany), Concertino Praga (Czech Republic) and PJM-RDP (Portugal), and the European Master-Prize.

His discography includes the complete Mozart Horn Concerti, the 
urtext Mozart 4th Concerto, Romantic Repertoire for Horn and Piano, Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 and the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante.

During his career he has performed more than 60 solo concerts with many world class orchestras. He was Principal Horn with Porto Symphony Orchestra, and Casa da Música as well as teacher at ANSO (Lisbon University) and EMAE (Porto University)

He acted as guest principal horn with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, and Berliner Philharmoniker.
Abel loves boating and cooking. He and plays an Alexander 103 horn with a V. Bach 3 mouthpiece.