Richard Andaya, Cello, Chamber Music
Richard Andaya, is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and Yale University, and has studied with Irene Sharp, Aldo Parisot, Gabor Rejto and Zara Nelsova. He has served as principal cello with the Sacramento Symphony, the Colorado Philharmonic and National Repertory Orchestra and held positions with the Oakland, San Jose and New Haven Symphonies. He performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony and has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, the Colorado Philharmonic, the National Repertory Orchestra, the California Youth Symphony, the Vallejo Symphony and several times with the Sacramento Symphony. He has been a Fellow at Tanglewood and has received full scholarships from The Banff Centre, the Blossom Festival and the Music Academy of the West. He has appeared in the master classes of Janos Starker, Paul Tortelier, William Pleeth and Joel Krosnick. Mr. Andaya is former Principal Cello with the Honolulu Symphony, involved with the Sacramento Chamber Music Workshop, and has been on the California Summer Music faculty since 1997. He lives in Sacramento with his beautiful wife, Lena (also a cellist) and his two daughters, Natalie and Sarah.
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Timothy Bach, Piano, Chamber Music
Timothy Bach is founder and director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has appeared in performances in the United States, Europe and Asia with artists such as mezzo-soprano Elena Obratsova, soprano Jane Marsh, tenor David Gordon, violinists Chee Yun and Jennifer Koh and cellists Hai-Ye Ni and Wendy Warner. He has recorded on the Crystal and Cantabile labels and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. He has also been official keyboardist at the Carmel Bach Festival, Music Academy of the West, Banff Festival of the Arts, I.M. Klein International String Competition and the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Cello Seminars. He is a founder of California Summer Music. In addition, he has assisted many artists in master classes including Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Zara Nelsova, Janos Starker, Hans Hotter, Peter Pears, Martial Singher, Gerard Souzay and Thomas Hampson. Bach completed a D.M.A. with highest honors at the University of Southern California, after studies with Gwendolyn Koldofsky, Brooks Smith and Adolf Baller. He also has served as acting dean of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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Lori Lack, Staff Pianist
Lori Lack, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the United States. Most recently, she had a piano trio with Christina Mok and Joanne Lin, was a member of the Laurel Ensemble, and has performed with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Gold Coast Chamber Players. As a collaborative pianist, she has performed in recital with many artists including the Alexander String Quartet, the Stamic Quartet, Robin Sharp, Jassen Todorov, Gary Gray, Stephen Paulson, and Matt Haimovitz. She has also performed as a member of the SF Symphony and accompanied SF Symphony auditions. She received her degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, and San Francisco State University. In addition to serving on the faculty of CSU Summer Arts and California Summer Music, she has worked as an instrumental accompanist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University.
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Gwendolyn Mok, Piano, Chamber Music
Born in New York City, Ms. Mok has appeared in many of the world's leading concert halls, including the Barbican, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center. She is frequently invited to play and record with major international orchestras, such as the London Symphony, the Philharmonia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra and the Residency Orchestra of the Hague.
Renowned Ravel expert Vlado Perlemuter chose Ms. Mok to be the last student to whom he would pass on his direct knowledge of Ravel. (In 1927, Perlemuter, sitting at the keyboard of Ravel’s Erard grand piano, had worked his way through Ravel’s entire oeuvre with the composer.) Since 1995, Ms. Mok has been performing Ravel's works in recital, as well as teaching them at the Royal College of Music, the Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Dartington International Summer School, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and elsewhere.
Ms. Mok is a recording artist for Nonesuch/Elektra, Musical Heritage Society, Musician Showcase Recordings, Cala Records, and EMI. Her highly acclaimed debut CD with the Philharmonia of Ravel's “Piano Concerto in G Major” on the Cala label was nominated for an Alternative Edison award. A second Cala recording of Saint-Saëns’s “Africa—Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra” with the London Philharmonic has been equally applauded. Two solo CDs, “Ravel Revealed” (Ravel’s piano works) and “Brahms: Late Piano Works,” were recorded on historic pianos for the Musicians Showcase Recording label. Both CDs received outstanding reviews and are broadcast frequently around the world.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Mok appears regularly in the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series, as well as in the San Jose Chamber Society and the Sacramento Chamber Society series. She collaborates often with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A popular soloist with the Symphony Silicon Valley, Ms. Mok co-produced and appeared in four sold-out performances of The Gershwin Radio Hour. In 2008 Ms. Mok was presented the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award by the College of Humanities and the Arts at San Jose State University, where she is Area Coordinator of Keyboard Studies.
Ms. Mok began her studies at the Juilliard School of Music, completed her undergraduate work at Yale University, and earned her Masters and Doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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Julie Nishimura, Staff Pianist
Julie Nishimura has been Faculty Accompanist for the Department of Music at the University of Delaware since 1988. She has performed over 380 collaborative recitals and 45 opera and scene study performances with the Opera Workshop and Opera Theatre. As Secondary Faculty, she teaches the Accompanying/Chamber Music and Sight-reading classes. A much sought-after collaborative artist, she has performed on the chamber music series of: Carnegies Weill Recital Hall, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Symphony and has been a guest artist at over 30 college campuses. Julie is a perennial favorite at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival, California Summer Music. As Co-Artistic Directors of Wilmington-based Distant Voices Touring Theatre, she and her husband, writer/director/acting teacher Danny Peak, are currently touring two documentary theatrical pieces with piano: Distant Voices (based on her fathers WWII Japanese American Internment Camp diary) and September Echoes, chronicling the events of and following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Their latest project is 11.5 year-old Miranda. A native of San Francisco, Julie began her piano studies at the age of seven with Alla Sviridoff. Subsequent studies were at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Paul Hersh, the New England Conservatory of Music with Leonard Shure and the Longy School of Music with Victor Rosenbaum.
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Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Viola, Chamber Music
Ivo-Jan van der Werff has attained accolades as a chamber player, recitalist, guest artist and teacher throughout Europe and North America. As a member of the Medici String Quartet for 28 years, Mr. van der Werff has performed in over 2,000 concerts in major festivals and venues world wide, broadcasting regularly on radio and television. The Medici quartet made more than 40 recordings for EMI, Nimbus, Hyperion and Koch, and won many awards for works ranging from Haydn, Britten, Janacek, Schubert and the Beethoven cycle to more eclectic works of Saint-Saens, Wajahat Khan and Nigel Osborne. The quartet had collaborations with many artists across the musical, literary and theatrical spectrum including the Royal Shakespeare Company, George Martin, Alan Bennett, John Williams, John Thaw and Jack Brymer.
Mr. van der Werff has performed as recitalist in New York, New Zealand and Hong Kong as well as numerous venues throughout the United Kingdom. His recordings for ASV and Koch include the sonata by Max Reger and the complete works for viola and piano/harp by Arnold Bax. A new recording of works by Al-Zand, Shostakovich and Britten is due for release in November 2014 on the Guild label. Mr. van der Werff is often invited to perform with quartets and chamber ensembles throughout the United Kingdom and Europe such as the Alberni, Coull, Bridge, Redcliffe and Adderbury.
Mr. van der Werff has been a professor of viola and chamber music at the Royal College of Music in London and is now a full time professor of viola at Rice University. He has developed a private viola program near London and is director of the ¿Catskills Viola Retreat¿ in Upstate New York. He has taught at summer schools such as Dartington and Oxford in the UK, Schlern in the Italian Alps, in Sweden, at the Texas Music Festival, Domaine Forget and Madeleine Island in the USA and has also been an adjudicator on many competition juries.
Mr van der Werff has given masterclasses all over the world at schools such as Eastman, Colburn, Vanderbilt and Santa Barbara in the USA, Trinity College, the Royal Northern College and the Royal College in the UK, the Royal Academy in Stockholm, the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts amongst others.
Many of his former students hold principle and regular positions in orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, London Symphony, English Chamber and English National Ballet as well as orchestras in Spain, Portugal, Norway and France.
For many years he played in London studios on literally hundreds of sound tracks for film, pop and tv ranging from Harry Potter and James Bond to Madonna and Maria Carey to Pride and Prejudice and Doctor Who.
In 2011, inspired by his viola mentors--Margaret Major, Peter Shidlof and especially Bruno Giuranna¿Ivo-Jan van der Werff published a book entitled ¿A Notebook for Viola Players¿ which consists of a series of exercises and explanations on and about viola technique.
Mr. van der Werff plays on a viola by Giovanni Grancino, of Milan, c1690.
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Irene Sharp, Artistic Director, Cello, Chamber Music
Irene Sharp, a teacher at the Mannes College of Music and the University of California at Berkeley, has been acclaimed internationally for her teaching. Ms. Sharp led the Margaret Rowell String Seminar for sixteen years. She has given master classes for American String Teachers Association, European String Teachers Association, Australian String Teachers Association, and the Suzuki Association of America. Ms. Sharp has worked with students in cities such as New York, London, Salzburg, Hamburg, Sydney, Tokyo, and Taipei. She taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for 23 years and also spent summers at the Meadowmount School for Strings, Bowdoin (Maine) Summer Music Festival, and Indiana Universitys String Academy. Ms. Sharp is a founder and Artistic Director of California Summer Music, a festival for young string players, pianists and composers. She has been an invited speaker at the national meetings of the Music Teachers National Association and the Music Educators National Conference, has given numerous teacher workshops, and in 1992 received an award for her teaching from ASTA. She studied with Margaret Rowell, Eugene Eicher, Theo Salzman and Gabor Rejto, and performed in the Pablo Casals master class.
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Robin Sharp, Violin, Chamber Music
Violinist Robin Sharp, a native of California, is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. In addition to maintaining private teaching studios in San Francisco and Palo Alto, Ms. Sharp performs as concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra with conductor Benjamin Simon, and is on the music faculty at Stanford University as full-time Lecturer in Violin. She is currently on the Artistic Advisory Board of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and is also on the faculty of California Summer Music.
Ms. Sharp has appeared in recital at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National Music Hall in Taipei, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco where she performed on Jascha Heifetz's Del Gesu violin. In 2010, a violin concerto was commissioned for her by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Haili Lirico, was written for Ms. Sharp by composer Gabriela Lena Frank, in rememberance of her father, Terry Sharp.
She has formerly served as first violinist of the Ives String Quartet, which toured nationally, and has played several seasons with the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Sharp is a Laureate prize winner of the 1994 Indianapolis Violin Competition and is featured in a documentary about the competition.
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Wendy Sharp, Violin, Chamber Music
Wendy Sharp performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician. In demand as a teacher and chamber music coach, she is on the Violin faculty of the Yale School of Music where she also serves as Director of Chamber Music. For nearly a decade, Ms. Sharp was the first violinist of the Franciscan String Quartet. As a member of the quartet, she toured the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan, and was honored with many awards including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Press and City of Evian Prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, she attended Yale University, graduating summa cum laude with Distinction in Music and received the Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sharp has served on the faculties of Mannes College, Dartmouth College, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Choate Rosemary Hall, and has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music West, Norfolk, and Music Academy of the West festivals. Ms. Sharp has taught at California Summer Music for all of its 16 years.
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James Stern, Violin, Chamber Music
Violinist James Stern has been cited by the Washington Post for virtuosity and penetrating intelligence. He is a member of two critically acclaimed ensembles, the Stern/Andrist Duo with his wife, Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist, and Strata, a trio in which the two of them are joined by clarinetist Nathan Williams. The duo has performed throughout the United States, Canada and China, with additional recitals inMunich and Paris. The trio has received enthusiastic repeat engagements at San Francisco Composers Inc (one of San Francisco Classical Voices highlights of 2005), the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and New Yorks Maverick Concerts. Both ensembles have given numerous world-premieres of music written for them, including a work by Stephen Paulus at Merkin Concert Hall in 2010, and recordings for CRI and Albany records. Additionally, Stern has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Banff and Bowdoin festivals as well as at New Yorks Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall.
He has taught masterclasses throughout North America and in China, Norway and Italy. A former faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music, he is now Associate Professor and Chair of the String Division at the University of Maryland School of Music. As an active member of the Washington D.C. area musical community, he has played with the 21st Century Consort, the Contemporary Music Forum, the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Axelrod Quartet, at such venues as the Corcoran Gallery, the German and French Embassies, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery, the Phillips Collection, Strathmore Mansion and the White House.
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David Tcimpidis, Composition
David Tcimpidis received his education at the Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music, the University of Cincinnati, Mannes College of Music, and Queens College of the City University of New York. A Ford Foundation fellow, he has written in nearly every genre and his compositions have been performed in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has been published by Carl Fischer, GIA publications, and Willis Music. In addition to concert music, he has provided scores for WABC, CBS Network Television, and the New York Theater. Mr. Tcimpidis has taught at various New York City Colleges and is a long-time member of the Mannes College faculty, where he is a long time member of the composition depart, and its former head. He has served on numerous new music panels and served for 25 years as a judge and Trustee for New Music for Young Ensembles. He is also a founding member of the New York-based composers group, Music Under Construction.
Stylistically, Mr. Tcimpidis has sometimes been referred to as a "neoimpressionist" because of the evocative colors and effects he employs. His music has received critical acclaim for its "originality and broad appeal." It often employs impressionistic and allusive elements that have earned praise for their "delicate touches of orchestration," "subtle and subdued effects of color," and "frank touch(s) of sensuality." His Symphony at a Time of Peace, which has received frequent performances on the East Coast, has been described as a promising staple of contemporary music. [ back to top ]
Scott Woolweaver, Viola, Chamber Music
Scott Woolweaver graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan School of Music before moving to Boston for graduate work with the violist Walter Trampler. He was a founding member of the Boston Composers String Quartet, which won the silver medal at the 1993 String Quartet and Chamber Music Festa in Osaka, Japan, and performed across the United States and Europe. He also founded the Vaener String Trio, which won the Grand Prize at the Joseph Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and for 25 years was violist of the award-winning New England Piano Quartette. Mr. Woolweaver joined the Ives Quartet in 1998 after performing with the other members for seven summers as quartet-in-residence at the Rocky Ridge Music Center and Telluride Chamber Music Festival. A champion of 20th century music, he has premiered numerous works for viola, many of which were written for him. He is a faculty member of the All Newton Music School, Tufts University, and is Artist associate at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. Mr. Woolweaver has recorded for the Orion, Koch International, Teldec, Audiofon, Albany Records, Decca, and Northeastern labels.
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