Diane Alancraig enjoys a versatile career as a symphony and chamber musician, solo recitalist and teacher. Over the years, she has had the good fortune to work with some of the world's most distinguished artists and musical organizations, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Long Beach Symphony. She has also toured widely in the U.S., Europe and Japan. Outside of music, Diane dabbles in auto mechanics, loves to cook, has a wonderful family, and works professionally as a photographer specializing in portraiture. Diane is currently on faculty at California State University at Los Angeles.
Workshops: Spring 2014, Spring 2016Back to the Top
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a "cellist who shows great sensitivity and great virtuosity at all moments," Ms. Ani Aznavoorian is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician with some of the world's most recognized ensembles. She has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the International Sejong Soloists, and the Juilliard Orchestra. Ms. Aznavoorian has also appeared as recitalist and chamber musician in over 20 countries spanning 5 continents.
Ms. Aznavoorian is an avid chamber musician and teacher. She is the principal cellist of Camerata Pacifica, one of the premier chamber music series in Southern California. She has also served on the distinguished music faculty at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, and in the summers she is on the faculty of the Great Mountains Music Festival and School in South Korea.
Her numerous accolades include first prizes in the Chicago Cello Society National Competition, the Juilliard School Concerto Competition, the Julius Stulberg Competition, and the American String Teachers Association Competition. She was a top prizewinner in the 1996 International Paulo Competition, held in Helsinki, Finland. As a recipient of the 1995 Level I award in the National Foundation for the Arts Recognition and Talent Search, Ms. Aznavoorian became a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performed as soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. where she met former U.S. President, Bill Clinton. She was also recipient of the prestigious Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award for her outstanding cello playing and artistry.
She proudly performs on a cello made by her father Peter Aznavoorian in Chicago.
For more informaiton visit Ms. Aznavoorian's website at http://aniaznavoorian.com.
Workshops: Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014Back to the Top
Photo by Eric Isaacs
Paul Bambach is Director of the University Wind Ensemble and Senior Lecturer in Clarinet at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As clarinetist, Mr. Bambach is a Yamaha Artist and Clinician and has been a solo performer, teacher, coach, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the United States and Europe, including the Montanea Festival Summer Music Institute and International Composer's Conference (Talloires, France), the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Termoli, Italy), and the International Studies Institute (Florence, Italy). He has recorded for Battery Records, New World Records, CRI, and National Public Radio, and has been a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Ohio) since 1975. An active local freelancer, he is former principal clarinet of the Santa Barbara Grand Opera, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chorale Society and the Santa Barbara Master Chorale. Mr. Bambach has also been a frequent guest conductor, having appeared in that capacity with the Santa Barbara Junior High School Honor Band, the Santa Barbara High School Honor Band, the Central Coast Section High School Honor Band, the Santa Barbara Nick Rail Summer Band Camp, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Bonefro, Italy), and the Miami Valley Academy Summer Camp (Ohio).
Workshops: Fall 2009,Fall 2016Back to the Top
Pianist Gloria Cheng is widely recognized as a preeminent performer of contemporary music, whose devotion to and advocacy of new music has led to close collaborations with many of the leading composers of our time. She has dozens of premieres and dedications to her credit from composers including John Adams, Pierre Boulez, Terry Riley, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Ms. Cheng's playing is regularly praised for its unassuming virtuosity and depth, and her recitals and recordings are noted for exploring significant interconnections between composers. As The New York Times put it, "It's not just that Ms. Cheng plays these daunting pieces with such commanding technique, color and imagination. She has brought together works that fascinatingly complement one another."
Her Telarc recording of Piano Music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Steven Stucky, and Witold Lutoslawski was released to international accolades that included Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice, The New York Times Best of 2008, and the Grammy® for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra). Ms. Cheng appears on over twenty recordings, including three additional solo releases that showcase the breadth of her tastes in contemporary music: Piano Music of John Adams and Terry Riley, Piano Dance: A 20th-Century Portrait, both on Telarc, and her debut CD, Messiaen, on Koch International.
Ms. Cheng earned her B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, graduate degrees in Music from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California, and pursued postgraduate work in solfège and piano in Paris and Barcelona. Her primary teachers were Isabelle Sant'Ambrogio, Aube Tzerko, and John Perry. She is on the faculty at UCLA.
For more informaiton visit Ms. Cheng's website at http://gloriachengpiano.com.
Workshops: Spring 2012Back to the Top
Pianist TODD CROW has been widely acclaimed for performances in North and South America and Europe. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the American Symphony in 1992 and his London orchestral debut at the Barbican Centre with the London Philharmonic in 1986. He has performed recently with the Jerusalem Symphony in Israel, and with Milano Classica and I Solisti Aquilani in Italy. He has also been heard in recital or in chamber music at Washington's National Gallery of Art, London's Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. He is heard on BBC Radio in both live and recorded performances and on many American radio stations.
Since 1996, he has been music director and pianist of the Mount Desert Festival of Chamber Music in Northeast Harbor, Maine. His CDs include sonatas of Haydn and Schubert, works by Taneyev and Dohnányi, Liszt's piano solo transcription of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, Ernst Toch's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the NDR-Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and forthcoming, a release of solo performances from the BBC of Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Moscheles.
Born in Santa Barbara, California, he is an honors graduate of the University of California and the Juilliard School. In 1986 he received the University of California's Distinguished Alumni Award and is currently the George Sherman Dickinson Professor of Music at Vassar College.
Workshops: Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2014Back to the Top
Randy Fisher has been a regular coach at chamber music workshops around California, including CMNC, Santa Barbara, San Diego and, this year, CalCap, Golden Gate and Idaho workshops. He has also been coach and Assistant Director for the Spokane (WA) String Chamber Music Camp, Strings in the Mountains in Steamboat Springs (CO) and the Hampton Roads Chamber Players in Norfolk (VA), a weekly chamber music school for middle and high school students.
Mr. Fisher has taught viola and chamber music at Old Dominion University, Virginia Governor´s School for the Arts, Hong Kong Conservatory and Colorado College, where he established and conducted both a College and a community chamber orchestra. He was a member of the Colorado Symphony, prior to which he was in quartets of principal string players with regional orchestras in Omaha, Sacramento and San Sebastian, Spain. Over the last decade, Mr. Fisher has established innovative arts education and community engagement programs as Education Director for the Virginia, Richmond and Spokane Symphonies and Young Audiences of Virginia, which sponsors presentations and residencies of artists of all genres in schools statewide.
Workshops: Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2012(Student Outreach Coach), Spring 2013(Student Outreach Coach), Spring 2014Back to the Top
Violinist Agnes Gottschewski grew up in a family of musical amateurs where playing chamber music for fun was a frequent event. Even now, as a professional violinist she enjoys reading chamber music with friends. She has coached at Chamber Music Workshops in Santa Ana and Santa Barbara.
She has been a frequent guest artist with Camerata Pacifica for many years, and a regular chamber music artist at the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Sitka, Alaska since 1997. Other recent chamber music performances have been with the High Desert Chamber Music Festival in Bend, Oregon; the Sitka Music Festival's Autumn Series in Anchorage, Alaska; and El Paso Pro Musica, El Paso, Texas, as well as performances at the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival in Washington State.
For several years she was a member of Southwest Chamber Music, playing many premieres of contemporary chamber music and recording several CDs, including their Grammy winning Complete Chamber Works of Carlos Cha´vez. She has also been an artist faculty member at the chamber music festival, Aberystwyth MusicFest (Wales/England).
Agnes presently holds the position of assistant concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony and has been a member of Pacific Symphony's first violin section since 1996. She teaches at Long Beach City College and is an active studio musician.
Agnes is originally from West Berlin, Germany, where she started playing the violin at age 6. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste, she moved to Southern California for graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego where she concentrated on contemporary music; and at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she was a member of the graduate string quartet in residence.
When not busy rehearsing, recording or performing music, Agnes spends time at a pottery studio making mostly functional ceramics, making jewelry, going walking or hiking with her husband and her dog, or spending an occasional evening at home.
Workshops: Spring 2014, Fall 2014Back to the Top
Workshops: Fall 2014Back to the Top
Rosemarie Krovoza, violist and violinist, has an MA in music education. She studied violin with Gibson Walters and Alice Schoenfeld and chamber music and viola with the late Eleanore Schoenfeld. She is a string pedagogist, clinician, chamber music coach and honor orchestra conductor. Most recently she was an adjunct professor of music education at UCLA. She is an active Orchestra Festival Adjudicator for the Bay area Section of CMEA (California Music Educator's Assoc.) Each summer she coaches the 3 weeks of the Adult Chamber Music Workshop at Humboldt State. She and her husband live in Walnut Creek, close to children and grandchildren.
Workshops: Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2017Back to the Top
Michael Lieberman pursues a busy career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. As violist of the Saint Helens String Quartet, resident ensemble at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Michael has performed extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest. During the 2000/01 season, he performed for the world premier production of Philip Glass's opera, "In the Penal Colony" written for a single string quintet that was on stage and in costume during the entire performance. With over a hundred performances in New York, Chicago and Seattle, the production was reviewed to critical acclaim. In 2007 Michael was the violist and music director for "Tempo of Recollection", an innovative collaboration of chamber music, dance, drama, projected images and sound set in a 1920s Prague dance-hall bringing to life the music of Czech composer and holocaust victim, Erwin Schulhoff.
As an orchestral musician, Michael has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, Oregon Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Northwest Sinfonietta, among many others. Since moving to Santa Barbara with his wife, fellow violist, Helen Callus, Michael has joined the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony and Opera Santa Barbara and is much in demand as a freelance player in the region. Born and raised in Virginia, Michael studied at the Peabody Conservatory.
Workshops: Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Fall 2013Back to the Top
In the past few seasons, pianist Steven Lubin has performed as concerto soloist or recitalist in
England, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Finland, Ukraine, Australia, and all across North
America. He has appeared as soloist in many of the world's great concert halls (Avery Fisher, Alice Tully,
Barbican Center, Kennedy Center, Davies, Herbst, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Wigmore, Queen Elizabeth,
St. John's Smith Square, Myerson, Ambassador, Ordway, Severance, El Auditorio de Zaragoza, etc.), and in
major international festivals (Lufthansa, South Bank, Regensburg, Colmar, Utrecht, La Roque d'Anthéron,
Aranjuez, Ravinia, Espoo, Mostly Mozart, Mainly Mozart, etc.). He has performed with the National
Symphony, the Odessa Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, the St. Paul and Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestras, the Academy of Ancient Music of London, the Wiener Akademie, Il Fondamento, and many
others. He has recorded twenty CDs, mostly for major labels, and has received critical approbation
worldwide for his artistry, musical originality and technical excellence.
As an early musician, in his sub-specialty as fortepianist, Mr. Lubin has been a dominating figure for
two decades. He pioneered a series of solo recitals including fortepiano in major New York venues
(including his 1977 debut in Carnegie Recital Hall), and, having organized a classic-period orchestra in
the early 80s, offered pathbreaking performances of Mozart concertos in period style, as soloist/conductor,
in several of New York's principal halls (Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and the
His recordings of several Mozart concertos for Arabesque served as an introduction for many listeners world-wide to period-style performance of this repertoire. These recordings garnered widespread critical praise, including a recording-of-the-year citation from Stereo Review magazine, and earned Mr. Lubin a European reputation. He was chosen by Decca to record the five piano concertos of Beethoven with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music, a recording cited as definitive by many critics internationally, and named as one of the most distinguished recordings of the year by Stereo Review, The New York Times, Gramophone, Fanfare, and The Penguin Guide. Mr. Lubin has also released a series of highly acclaimed recordings for Harmonia Mundi USA.
Mr. Lubin received his bachelors degree in philosophy at Harvard College, and his masters in piano at the Juilliard School. He earned a Ph.D. in musicology at New York University, with an analytic dissertation on Beethoven. He served as Head of the Graduate Theory Department as a professor at Cornell University, and has also taught at Vassar College and the Juilliard School. He has published substantially in the musical area, and has a busy lecture career. He is currently Professor of Music at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, Purchase, NY. In 2001, he was the recipient of a Kempner Distinguished Professor Award at Purchase College.
For more information please visit Dr. Lubin's website at www.stevenlubin.com
Biography text from www.stevenlubin.com
Workshops: Fall 2011, Fall 2010Back to the Top
A native of Santa Barbara, California, Paul Mori got his earliest start in music through public school music programs. He continued his musical education at Westmont College, then to the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, earning a master's degree in bassoon performance with Phillip Kolker and later completing a doctorate in orchestral conducting, studying with the legendary Frederik Prausnitz.
His reputation as a conductor with the Bach Ensemble of Baltimore in the 1990s garnered critical praise, as that chamber orchestra performed a wide-ranging repertoire, from Bach to Bartok, and was featured numerous times on the public radio station WBJC's prestigious "Music in Maryland" series.
He served as the musical director of the Rainier Symphony (1996-2001) and also as the music director of the Bainbridge Orchestra and the Rainier Youth Symphony. He has also appeared as guest conductor for various orchestras, including the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra and the Huntington Chamber Orchestra in West Virginia).
Dr. Mori returned to Baltimore in December 2005 at the invitation of the world-renown violinist Hilary Hahn, where he conducted a concert with her and members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Since 2005, he has been an adjunct professor at Westmont College, where conducts the chamber orchestra, coaches chamber ensembles and is the wind/brass coach for the Westmont Orchestra.
Dr. Mori also currently conducts the Santa Barbara Reading Orchestra and regularly performs bassoon with several local organizations.
Workshops: Fall 2016, Fall 2017Back to the Top
Workshops: Fall 2008, Fall 2010Back to the Top
Cellist Maggie Parkins enjoys a busy musical life as both a performer and a teacher. She has performed in concerts, tours and festivals throughout North and South America and Europe. Maggie has participated at the Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Festival Internacional de Musica de Cadaques, Spain, Heidelburg Castle Festival, Spoleto, Tanglewood and the Bach Aria Festival. In 2004 she was a guest artist with the Pequenia Ensamble in Bariloche, Argentina. As a member of the Stonybrook Piano Trio she was a prizewinner in the 1991 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. While residing in New York, Maggie performed in the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Syracuse Symphony, the Omni Ensemble, the Jazz Passengers and the Anthony Braxton Ensemble.
Currently in Los Angeles she is a member of the Mojave Piano Trio, the Eclipse String Quartet, specializing in new music with multi media collaborations and Brightwork a new music ensemble. She is a former member of Quatracelli a cello quartet and the Robin cox Ensemble. The Eclipse Quartet has released recordings on the Tzadik label and New World Records. She has played in various orchestras throughout LA such as the LA Master Chorale, Riverside Symphony and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Maggie has been professor of cello at University of California at Irvine since 1997 and has served on the faculties of Southern California College and Concordia University. She has toured Germany, Austria and Italy and recorded with accordionist/composer Guy Klusevsek and in the Zeena Parkins Group and can be heard on the Avan, Tzadik and Victo labels. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Maggie earned a Doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Workshops: Spring 2016Back to the Top
Andy Radford, is the Principal Bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the California Philharmonic. Active in the recording industry, Radford has played in over 300 soundtracks including the films: Up!, Star Trek, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Forrest Gump. He has performed and recorded with artists such as; Neil Diamond, The Three Tenors, Dixie Chicks, Joshua Redmond, Pat Benatar, Chris Botti, The Who, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Josh Groban, Michael Crawford and Faith Hill.
A free-lancer for many years in the Los Angeles area, Andy now lives in Ojai and splits his working hours between bassoon performance and music education. Radford is the Education Coordinator for the Ojai Music Festival and is an Artist-in Residence for the Festival's BRAVO! Program. Along with his wife, violinist Amy Hagen, Radford cofounded the Ojai Youth Symphony in 2001. Andy became Music Director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony in 2004 and serves on the faculty of UCSB and Westmont Colleges.
Workshops: Spring 2011Back to the Top
Sadly, Dr. Richard Rintoul passed away on November 24,2011. He was highly thought of as a coach for CMSSB and will be missed greatly. Our symphathy goes out to his family. His memorial can be found here: www.richardrintoul.com
Dr. Richard Rintoul is the music director/conductor of the UCSB Symphony Orchestra, where he also teaches conducting. He is adjunct faculty at Westmont College as a viola instructor and a chamber music instructor for the Montecito Summer Music Festival. Having founded the Orchestra da Camera at the prestigious Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, he was its music director/conductor for twenty-three years. He has been Music Director of the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, the CSULB Orchestral Studies and String Departments, the Pasadena Young Musicians Orchestra, the Glendale Youth Orchestra, the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and several Los Angeles area churches. Dr. Rintoul has recently appeared as guest conductor of the Vancouver Symphony, USA, the La Mirada Symphony and the Downey Symphony and has conducted recording sessions for television and videogames. He has led operatic productions for UCSB, CSULB, Opera a la Carte, the Los Angeles Children's Chorus, radio station KCRW and Grand Productions. Dr. Rintoul is iVasi's video conductor at www.ivasi.net. As a professional violist for over thirty years, he has played in chamber music, orchestra, opera and choral performances, radio broadcasts and recordings throughout southern and central California. He has been principal violist of the Downey Symphony, the L.A. Mozart Orchestra, Redlands Bowl Orchestra, and performed concerts with professional orchestras as diverse as the L.A. Philharmonic, the L.A. Baroque Orchestra and the Ojai Festival.
Workshops: Spring 2011Back to the Top DIANE ROSCETTI
Diane Roscetti is currently Professor of Cello, Chamber Music and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She is Director of the Goldberg and Sons Honors String Quartet Program at CSUN, and she started a Graduate String Quartet Program at the University of Maine with groups being invited to perform for the panel of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center in NYC and the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in Pasadena. She has been on the summer faculties of the Algonquin International Music Festival in Canada and the Silver Bay Summer Music Festival in NY, and has been a frequent performer at the Arcady Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concert Series, Windermere Concert Series, Beverly Hills International Music Festival and on National Public Radio and Public Television.
Professor Roscetti was Associate Director of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Maine for 2 years and Director of the School for 7 years. Since moving to CA she has served as both Assistant Chair & Chair of the music department at CSUN, and currently serves on the College Music Society Committee on Music Entrepreneurship Education. She designed a now permanent course at CSUN called Music Entrepreneurship and teaches it as a community service learning course for all music majors.
Workshops: Fall 2012, Spring 2013Back to the Top
Workshops: Fall 2015
Pascal Salomon has been widely acclaimed in Europe, China, Israel, and California more recently. "Real presence...the wonderful Lisztian sonority is long, smooth and without superfluous effects" (from Bien Public-France), 'excellent and talented" (from 24 Heures-Switzerland), "Real presence...the wonderful Lisztian sonority is long, smooth and without superfluous effects" (from City Theater of Sens-France).The major venues in which he performed both as a soloist and as chamber music partner include the Ernest Ansermet Studio at the National Swiss Radio (Geneva, Switzerland), Stravinski Auditorium (Montreux, Switzerland), Toulouse Capitole (France), Chisinau Organ Hall (Republic of Moldova), Iasi Philharmonic Hall (Romania), and Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing, China).
Pascal Salomon has studied at the "Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris" with Gabriel Tacchino. He has taken numerous master classes with the pianists Vera Gornostaeva (professor at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow), György Sebök, Andras Schiff, Paul Badura-Skoda, Murray Perahia and Jeremy Denk. He was granted the virtuosity degree at the "Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique de Genève" where he studied with Edson Elias and Nelson Goerner. He then taught at the same Geneva Conservatory for 10 years before moving to the USA. Winner of the scholarship for young performers from the Société de Musique d'Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland), he also received the prize for best French pianist in the Senigallia International Competition in Italy, as well as the Honor Diploma in the Maria Canals International Competition in Barcelona.
Pascal Salomon is currently an ABD doctoral student at UCSB and he is writing his dissertation on phenomenology applied to music.
For more information: www.pascal-salomon.com
Workshops: Fall 2015Back to the Top
Burke Schuchmann studied in London, England with William Pleeth. He also studied for extended periods with Margaret Rowell and Colin Hampton. He became principal cellist and soloist with the Salzburger Solisten in Austria. He has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the U.S. and Israel. He has also been principal cellist and soloist with the Sacramento Symphony and the Mendocino Festival Orchestra.
Burke is greatly sought after as a chamber music coach of young musicians and adult amateurs. He was for many years the director of the Mendocino Music Festival's Young Musician's Scholarship program. A gifted teacher, Burke has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and also CSU Chico. He currently teaches string technique classes, and directs the Berkeley and Marin chamber music workshops. He is the artistic director of the Palomarin Chamber Music Foundation and has recently inaugurated an all-cello workshop ("Cello Heaven") in Berkeley, California.
Workshops: Spring 2010Back to the Top
Ruth Siegel graduated with honors in music performance from Cal State Sonoma where she studied violin and chamber music with Anne Crowden. She also studied chamber music with Colin Hampton, and developed a great love for the world of chamber music. Ruth is an active free-lance violinist in the Los Angeles area. She has played with Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Burbank Symphony, Downey Symphony, Opera a la Carte, and is assistant concertmaster in San Fernando Valley Symphony. Ruth has been a coach at the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshop for adults for many years. For her own enjoyment, she frequently gets together with friends for chamber music "dinners".
Workshops: Spring 2016, Spring 2017Back to the Top
Under the leadership of Adrian Spence, Camerata Pacifica has become one of the most notable chamber music organizations in the country, distinctive not only for its exceptional artistic quality, but also for its dynamic sense of community. Spence carefully selected the group's exceptional international artists over the course of many seasons, and provided the rehearsal and performance environment necessary to form an ensemble unique in style and sensibility. The bond between the artists is clear, as is theirs with the audience. The Los Angeles Times recently highlighted the emphasis of Spence’s work: “What was out of the ordinary was the wildly enthusiastic response that each work received. Whatever it's doing, Camerata Pacifica seems to be cultivating a passionate audience – and that’s good news.”
Spence’s conviction of this music's viability and of the intellectual curiosity of the Camerata Pacifica audience is evident at every performance, where a broad range of programming is presented in a manner both welcoming and provocative. Over the course of 21 seasons Camerata Pacifica has developed a loyal following and now presents resident series in Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Marino & Los Angeles.
Spence views classical music as an inviolable record of human emotional history, with distinctions such as period and style less critical to a vital performance than the communication of the expressive intent of the composer. The entire canon is part of that record and the creation of music of our time is essential.
Spence comes from Newtownards in County Down, Northern Ireland. He has three children; Erin, Keiran and Kaeli, is a master-rated skydiver with 700 skydives, and most recently obtained his Advanced Scuba Certification.
Workshops:Spring 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2014Back to the Top
John Steinmetz, principal bassoonist with Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale, plays chamber music with XTET and Camerata Pacifica and teaches at UCLA. His compositions have been released on CDs from Mark Masters, Albany, Helicon, and Crystal. Recently his pieces have been heard in Florida and New Hampshire, in the Bronx and L.A., and in Jerusalem and Amman. John is also a writer (his essays and articles are posted at www.johnsteinmetz.org), an arts educator and innovator, a workshop/retreat facilitator, and the host of the Oregon Bach Festival's annual post-festival roast. He is a regular guest faculty member at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire and has coached at the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East at Bennington College.
Workshops:Fall 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014Back to the Top
Pianist DELORES STEVENS' recent career engagements have taken her from her Los Angeles base to Argentina, Australia, The Czech Republic, Japan, China, Spain, England and Scandinavia as well as across the U.S. Acclaimed as a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed on the LA Philharmonic/Green Umbrella Series, the Ojai Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, Chamber Music in Historic Sites, The Coleman Chamber Concerts and the Athenaeum Chamber Concerts, among others. She is a six-term former Director/Trustee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, is the Chamber Music Director for the Young Musicians Foundation and is the Founder/Artistic Director of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society. She has recorded for fifteen labels and recently completed both a DVD 5.1 Surround Sound recording of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet for AIX Records and Maria Newman's Piano Concerto.
Workshops: Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2014Back to the Top
A pianist of "unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power" Robert Thies (pronounced "Theece") is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament. He first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. With this victory, Thies became the only American pianist to win a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn's triumph in Moscow in 1958.
Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. He has already performed 40 different concerti with orchestras all over the world, including the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Auckland Philharmonia (New Zealand), the Mexico City Philharmonic, Mexico's National Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Pasadena Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Des Moines Symphony.
A dedicated chamber musician, Thies is highly sought after as a recital partner and collaborator in both instrumental and vocal chamber music. He frequently shares the stage with members of the LA Philharmonic and the LA Chamber Orchestra. He also performs frequently with his unique ensemble, the Thies Consort.
Thies teaches privately and gives frequent masterclasses around the globe.
Workshops: Fall 2013, Spring 2016, Spring 2017Back to the Top
Clarinetist, chamber musician and teacher Margaret Thornhill made her New York solo recital debut in 1982 at Merkin Hall and her London debut in 1991 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. For ten years she was the clarinetist and artistic director of the LA-based Matrix Chamber Ensemble, which was on the touring roster of the California Arts Council and received numerous grants and awards. Her spring 2010 engagements include concerts with her piano trio, the Armadillo String Quartet and the "Category Five" Woodwind Quintet.
Ms Thornhill taught clarinet and coached chamber music as a member of the faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Stanford University and Occidental College and is currently with Concordia University, Irvine and she coaches frequently for the Chamber Musicians of Northern California. She holds a DMA in performance practice from Stanford University. For more information visit:
Workshops: Spring, 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2017Back to the Top
She attended Carnegie Mellon University for graduate school with a full scholarship to study with Andres Cardenes, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony. During this time period, she participated in the Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra Winter Festival in Israel and was co-concertmaster of the orchestra. After obtaining her Master's Degree in Violin Performance, she spent the summer on faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In the fall of that year, she began teaching at Biola University Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where she taught violin, viola, music history, strings literature/repertoire, strings pedagogy, and was head of chamber music studies. During her 7 years at Biola she led a group of students on a chamber music concert tour of mainland China, and soloed with the Biola Symphony Orchestra on a concert tour of Italy, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
In 2005, upon the birth of her first son, Ms. Woodruff left Biola and focused on both performing and teaching privately in the Santa Barbara community. She has played with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and served as assistant concertmaster of Santa Barbara Opera Orchestra. In 2008, she founded Santa Barbara Strings, a multi-tiered string orchestra program for young musicians from age 4-18 serving children from 26 different schools in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. They expanded to now include 11 string trios, quartets, and piano trios. As a violinist, she has also played in and/or served on the faculty at the following summer festivals: Interlochen Center for the Arts, Kneisel Hall in Blue Hill, Maine, the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Songfest International, and the Zell a.d. Pram Summer Chamber Music Program in Austria. Her principal teachers have included Ronald Copes, James Buswell, Andres Cardenes, and John Harbison (chamber music and composition). Currently, she is Conductor and Artistic Director of Santa Barbara Strings, serves on the MIT Educational Council, is the Santa Barbara Representative for the Royal Conservatory of Music Development Program and has a violin/viola studio of 30 students. She is in demand as both as a chamber music coach, adjudicator, and masterclass clinician. She is an avid chamber musician and considers herself very fortunate to have shaped and coached many chamber ensembles of all ages. She lives in Solvang with her husband, Matthew, and their three young children Aidan, Henry, and Claire.Back to the Top
Thomas Yee, violinist from Santa Barbara, California, is hailed as a dynamic and versatile professional musician equally comfortable in solo, chamber, recording, and orchestra mediums. Highlights this season will include summer performances in Mt. Shasta and Pennsylvania with Tango Del Cielo, a unique ensemble that involves violin/cello/harp/percussion coupled with Dance. In the fall, Thomas will collaborate with Jose Rodriguez as Duo Revirado in solo performances at the Gallo Center for the Arts through the Modesto Community Concert Association, as well as a tour in Mexico. The previous season concluded with Thomas taking part as a string quartet member in San Francisco Symphony's acclaimed Adventures in Music, visiting nearly every k-6 school where he presented a special program designed to inspire thousands of San Francisco public elementary school children to connect with music. He also performed as a jazz violin soloist with the Santa Rosa Symphony under the direction of Michael Berkowitz in the tune "Have You Got Any Castles." Thomas performs as Associate Concertmaster of the Monterey, and as a rotating principal with the Santa Rosa, Santa Barbara, and Napa Valley Symphonies, as well as performing with Marin, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and many other Bay Area Orchestras.
In addition to his performing career, Thomas Yee is an experienced and dedicated violin teacher teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area at Jou Music Institute in Cupertino and at home in Daly City, CA.He graduated with both a Bachelor's of Music degree and a Master's of Music degree in Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on full scholarship on the patronage of the Conservatory and Santa Barbara Foundations. There, he served as a concertmaster with the conservatory orchestra and has participated in Masterclasses with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg, among others. At the Conservatory, his mentors included Alexander Barantschik, concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony, Axel Strauss, and Camilla Wicks. Other mentors include Catherine Van Hoesen and Nina Bodnar.As a frequent performer, Thomas has soloed with the Santa Rosa Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, and Music and Arts Conservatory. He also has been a winner of several Santa Barbara area scholarships and competitions, which include the Alice Nelson Music Competition, Dellar Performing Arts Scholarship Competition, SB Foundation Scholarship, SB Music Club, Profant Foundation, and Leni FeBland Scholarship. Artists worked with have included faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco Symphony, Professional Freelance Musicians, and Friends distinguishing themselves in their musical careers. Thomas has collaborated with Axel Strauss, Jose Rodriguez, Timothy Bach, Benjamin Simon, Stefan Hersh, Roger Chase, among others. His performances in chamber music and solo recitals have spanned over the United States and abroad in Europe.
Thomas's other interests include playing chamber music, concert-going of all sorts, travelling, team sports, and keeping a busy lifestyle. He has a positive enthusiasm for all of the work he does, and enjoys very much collaborating on special projects with others. His passion is performing and teaching future generations of musicians.
Workshops: Spring 2012
For more informaiton visit Mr. Yee's website at http://www.thomasyee.net.Back to the Top
Anne Diener Zentner recently retired as Principal Flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position to which she was appointed in 1971, immediately after she finished her Master's Degree at the Julliard School, where she studied with Julius Baker. While still a student she served as solo flutist with the Julliard New Music Ensemble at Lincoln Center under Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio and Dennis Russell Davies.
In Los Angeles she served under Music Directors Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Andre Previn and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has also played under nearly every major conductor of our time, including Leronard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, James Levine, Eugene Ormandy, Seiji Ozawa and Simon Rattle. Her solo performances with the LA Phil have included the Bach B-minor Suite with Levine, the Cimarosa Concerto for Two Flutes and Orchestra with Jean-Pierre Rampal, and the Mozart Flute Concerto in D with Previn.
Anne appeared often as a member of the Philharmonic New Music Group and the Chamber Music Society. She has also served on the faculties of both USC and Rice University.
Workshops: Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011Back to the Top