May 22 Event: Artists



Ruth Ellen Kahn

Ruth Ellen Kahn Violist, Founder and Artistic Director of Musica Marin is a graduate of The Juilliard School and native of the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Kahn, has performed on every important concert stage in this country including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, among others. Her extensive chamber music experience includes performing with such eminent artists as, Cynthia Phelps, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Maurice Bourgue, the Miro String Quartet, the Colorado String Quartet and West End Chamber Players.

Photo Credit: Eliot Khuner

She has received numerous awards, prizes and critical acclaim, as well as invitations to perform for such organizations as the New York Viola Society and the Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California. She has also performed as soloist with the Mexico City Philharmonic and the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

Ruth has been artistic director of two chamber music series in both New York and New Jersey, one of which resulted in a recital in Carnegie Recital Hall as a recipient of the Artist’s International Competition Award. Among the many orchestras with which she has played are the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, the San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Ruth is also an accomplished violinist, and is co-concertmaster of The Russian Chamber Orchestra of the Bay Area.



clChristophe Landon – Violin Maker

Christophe Landon was born in Fontainebleau ,France 1959. He started making violins at age 15 with Jean Eulry at Apparut & Hilaire in Mirecourt during the summer holidays ,while studying to complete his baccalaureat in Mathematics. At age 18 he started a second full time apprenticeship with Jean Jacques Pages in Mirecourt from 1977 to 1980. From 1980 to 1984 he worked as a restorer and bow maker for Max Moeller &son in Amsterdam ,combining it at the end with studies of bow making with Stephan Tomachot in Montmarte, Paris. In March 1984 he moved to New York to work with Jacques Francais in the workshop of Rene Morel. In 1986 he work for most part of the year for James Warren in Chicago. In 1987 he established his own practice as a violin and bow maker, restorer, dealer and expert.

In 1983 he won the gold medal for the sound of his asymmetrical, experimental viola at the quartetKassel competition.(a big controversy at the time since most violin are based on Guarnerius and Stradivarius’s 300 years old design). His instruments are played by soloist like Mikhail Simonyan and principals in many orchestras (Berlin Philharmonie ,Metropolitan opera, Paris Opera , St Louis symphony, Cincinnati etc).

He has written in the Strad magazine and other magazines on expertise on the Turin school and Spanish makers among others. He divides his time making instruments,writing certificates and traveling to his 5 shops (Paris,Berlin,Seoul ,Shanghai ,New York)where instruments are sold and high level restorations performed by his staff.

This quartet designed and decorated by French artist Jean-Patrick Guilbert in New York 2012-2016.

Photo Credit: Aurelia Landon   



Clint-Borzoni-1003Clint Borzoni- Musica Marin Composer-in-Residence

Musica Marin is so very pleased to announce that starting immediately 34 year old award winning New York based composer Clint Borzoni will be its first Composer-in-Residence. A residency such as this is truly significant, a combination of writing new compositions and performing compositions already in Borzoni’s repertoire.

This brings Musica Marin to another level of excellence. He is prolific, having written over seventy pieces, including two full-length operas, two one-act operas, a piano concerto, percussion quartet, work for orchestra, two string quartets, several works for chamber orchestra and over forty art songs. His music reflects his passion for lyricism and functional harmony.

A resident artist in the American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program, Mr. Borzoni has also been honored with the Morton Feldman Award, the Boston Metro Opera Festival Award, and was the winner of opera mission’s cabaret song competition. He has most recently been commissioned by the Delaware Art Museum, the Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band, and the Foundation for the Advancement of Baritones. His new opera with John de los Santos, The Copper Queen, was chosen as the winner of Arizona Opera’s inaugural commission program, Arizona Spark and will receive a second workshop in September, 2016.




Jean-PatrikJean-Patrick Guilbert – Artist

Born in the south of France, Jean-Patrick Guilbert received an eclectic upbringing, primarily in France, New Caledonia, and Tahiti. He has lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan since 1996.
Mr. Guilbert received his art education at L’Ecole de Perigny, in Perigny sur Yerres, France, where his work concentrated on painting, sculpture, and metalsmithing; and at the Association Formation d’Art Plastique, in Paris, France, where his primary focus was jewelry and art history.


His work is represented in a number of private collections in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Munich, and Korea; owned by such noteworthy individuals as the late film director Robert Altman, the artist Yuri Kuper, and the violin maker Christophe Landon; and many of his early sculptures were purchased by the Art Galerie Franck Pages in Baden Baden, Germany.

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choirThe San Francisco Boys Chorus

The San Francisco Boys Chorus provides music education, vocal training, and performing experience to boys from all cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. It’s sixty-eight years of training young performers for the opera and other musical institutions has established the highest standards of excellence with which boys are trained for today and prepared for tomorrow. We believe that the lives of all people are enriched and strengthened by a love of music.



ITSalgadoIldikó Thész Salgado

Interim Intermediate Chorus Director

Ildikó Thész Salgado was born and raised in Hungary, where she earned a diploma in Choral Conducting and Music Education from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. She has been on the faculty of the Kódaly Center at Holy Names University since 2001 where she currently teaches choral conducting.

Her previous teaching experiences include working with the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, where she worked with the unchanged voices and musicianship skills of the boy singers. Salgado has also held choral and musicianship workshops in Washington, Utah, and throughout California. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.



Andrés VeraAndrés Vera – Cello

Andrés Vera is a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, who has performed in countless venues throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. He performs the Classical cello and the Baroque cello. Andrés is a founding member of San Francisco’s acclaimed Cello Street Quartet, which began in 2011. He is the newest member of the Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco, joining in the summer of 2015.

A native of Puerto Rico, Andrés brings a rich mix of cultural influences to his playing. He grew up with an affinity for music; its rich variety, color, and ethnic diversity. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Andrés began his formal training in cello performance at age 8.  He was enrolled in a magnet school for the arts and eventually joined Miami’s famed New World School of the Arts. At 17, he was invited to join the Miami Symphony Orchestra. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Miami and earned his M.M. degree and post-graduate Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He studied with Michael Erwin, David Cole, Ross Harbaugh, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Jennifer Culp, Mark Sokol, and Paul Hersh.

During the summer of 2013, he was invited to join the American Bach Soloists Academy and was a featured soloist during their summer season.  In May of 2014, Andrés and his Cello Street Quartet traveled to Russia, Kosovo, and Hungary with the American Music Abroad program in cooperation with the United States Department of State. In July of 2015, he joined Quartet San Francisco.


irisIris Stone – Violin

An artist of broad musical interests, German violinist Iris Stone resides in San Francisco where she is a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as part of the Stone-Zimmermann violin-piano duo and performed and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle.

As a member of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, a world-class touring ensemble, Ms. Stone performed in the great concert halls of Europe, Asia, and America on prestigious series such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York and San Francisco Performances.

She has also been a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, has been Assistant Concertmaster of San Francisco’s Women’s Philharmonic and Principle of the Monterey Symphony Orchestra.

Iris Stone first came to the United States in 1993 as a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. Subsequently she worked with violinist Donald Weilerstein, founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, and was granted a long-term residency at the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada.



solenn seguillonSolenn Séguillon

Parisian violinist Solenn Séguillon performs nationally and internationally as a soloist and chamber music musician. Last spring, Solenn’ s performances highlights included the Beethoven Triple Concerto with One Found Sound Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco and with the Venice Symphony in Florida under the baton of Maestro Imre Palló.

She has appeared as soloist with several other symphony orchestras including the Southeast Iowa
Symphony, the Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, and the American Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she completed a nine Concert Tour of China as soloist. Peter Jaret of Classical Sonoma wrote of Solenn’s performance of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the Sonoma County Philharmonic, “Even in the highest register, her tone was warm and musical. There were moments when the audience seemed to be barely breathing.” Solenn’s past performances have brought her to many prestigious venues including the Davies Symphony Hall and Herbst Theater in San Francisco, the Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall, the Green Music Center in Sonoma, the Banff Centre’s Rolston Recital Hall in Canada, the Britten Studio at Aldeburgh Music in the UK, the Shanghai Oriental Center and the Poly Theatre in Beijing and the Theatre de Mogador in Paris.

With her ensemble Aleron Trio, Solenn was invited to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh Music in England and to the Banff Chamber Music Residency in Canada in 2014. Aleron Trio also won the 2014 Berkeley Piano Club Emerging Artist Award and was last season’s Ensemble-inResidence at the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco. The San Francisco wrote of an Aleron Trio performance, “They focused in on every detail, never missing out on any tricks; and, by
dutifully respecting [the composer’s] every demand, they allowed the rest of us to sit back and enjoy every bit of the fun.” Solenn has performed on three tours of France with her trio where the ensemble was praised for their “dexterity and breathtaking perfection” by critics. She also completed a residency with the Southeast Iowa Symphony performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and giving 17 school and community outreach presentations. Aleron Trio has been mentored by members of the Alexander String Quartet, participating in the Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar twice, and has worked with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, Pavel Haas Quartet, Tokyo Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet, and with pianists Robert McDonald, Mack McCray, Paul Hersh, and Klára Würtz.

As violinist of the San Francisco-based Hurd Ensemble, Solenn enjoys pushing the boundaries of contemporary music by performing original works by the ensemble’s founder that unify the worlds of electronic and classical music. The Hurd Ensemble released its first album Navigation Without Numbers with Innova Recordings last month and has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in July. After graduating from the Paris Regional National Conservatory, Solenn studied with Pavel Vernikov at la Scola Musica di Fiezole in Italy, with Igor Volochine, and with Eduard Wulfson, chair of the Stradivarius Society in Europe. She received her Bachelor of Music and her Master degree from the San Francisco Conservatory as a student of German violinist Axel Strauss. She was the recipient of the Vincent Constantino and the Lester A. Holmes Scholarships.