Celebrate the New Year and Juilliard Alumni with our “Start the New Year” event in a beautiful home in Seminary Cove, in Mill Valley, California. This event featured Juilliard Alumni. We proudly donated the proceeds from this event to The Juilliard School Scholarship Fund, to benefit a Bay Area Juilliard Student.
- Violin -
Violinist and Composer, Sarn Oliver has performed as Soloist, Chamber Musician, and Recitalist throughout the United States, Hawaii, Russia, Europe and Japan. He has recorded violin Concertos with Montpellier Chamber Orchestra in France as well as numerous CD’s in the States. His performances have been broadcast in NY, Sacramento, Hawaii and Japan. He is presently a member of the San Francisco Symphony and his previous positions included Concertmaster of Santa Cruz Symphony and Principle Second of Sacramento Symphony.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Oliver founded Tilden Trio with Cellist Peter Wyrick and Pianist June Oh as well as creating Tangled Duo with San Francisco Symphony Violinist Mariko Smiley. He has performed with the Craftsbury Chamber Players, Elko Chamber players, Ebb and Flow music in Maui and has been active in supporting arts organizations by donating performances to organizations like, The Open String and Música Marin.
Mr. Oliver created the record Label, SarnWorks to promote contemporary Classical music as well as chamber music and has produced, engineered and performed on numerous CD’s produced by SarnWorks. In the Bay area, Sarn Oliver often performs with his symphony colleagues on the SFS Chamber series, Chamber Music Sundaes, and at UCSF’s Cole Hall.
A very active composer, Mr. Oliver’s works have been performed in the United States, Japan, Russia and now a new commission for a solo piano work that will be performed in Seoul, Korean in November 2018.
Mr. Oliver began his violin studies with Elmar Olivera and Ron Neal. He went on to receive his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where his teachers included Sally Thomas, Ivan Galamian, Felix Galimir and others. He taught at the Juilliard Pre-College and at MeadowMount as an assistant to Sally Thomas as well as instructing violin at U.C.Berkeley, U.C.Davis, U.O.P.Stockton and privately.
Mr. Oliver is also an very active Painter as well as a Violin and Bow maker.
- Cello -
Already regarded as a leading teaching,orchestral, chamber music, and solo cellist,Mark Votapek now has the title “HikingConcert Cellist” at the top of the list. Lastsummer he embarked on a 27-performancetour from Mexico to Canada, walking theentire 2700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trailfrom concert to concert. From The Oregon-ian: “His talent is amazing. All were transfixed.”
Votapek’s deep connection between the celloand the outdoors didn’t develop overnight. His previous positions as AssociatePrincipal Cello of the Saint Louis Symphony for five years, and as Principal Celloof the major orchestras of Honolulu and Oregon (where in 1996 he was theyoungest principal cellist of any major American orchestra.
- Viola -
A graduate of The Juilliard School and native of the San Francisco Bay Area, violist Ruth Ellen Kahn, has performed extensively on both coasts. Her chamber music experience includes performing with such eminent artists as, Cynthia Phelps, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Maurice Bourgue, the Miro String Quartet, and the Colorado String Quartet among others. 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 at 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. Ms Kahn performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra for nearly 20 years, before relocating back to the Bay Area. Among the many other orchestras with which she has played are the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York City Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival, and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Ruth is also an accomplished violinist, and the co-concertmaster of The Russian Chamber Orchestra of the Bay Area.
Internationally, Ruth has toured with the New England Symphonic and New York Chamber Ensembles to Morocco, Israel and Jordan, where they performed for the Royal Families. In addition, she has been invited numerous times to attend the Spoleto Festival in Italy and Charleston, N.C.
Ms. Kahn is very active in the area of viola and violin pedagogy and has been the assistant to Paul Doktor at the Juilliard School, taught master classes and has maintains a private studio in Marin County CA.. She has been on the faculty at U.C. Berkeley, The Marin Waldorf School and San Domenico. She is currently on the viola faculty at Interharmony Music Festival in Italy.
Her teachers have included Karen Tuttle, Paul Doktor, Heiichiro Ohyama, Louis Kievman, and the world-renowned violist, William Primrose.
“The viola recital by Ruth Kahn showed off the naturally rich sound of her instrument..Kahn let loose with a welter of secure technical passages and produced double-stops that were vibrantly in tune, Kahn sunk into the dark sound of her viola and pulled the harmonies out with full color.”
-Paul Somers, Classical New Jersey
- Violin -
A former member of the Oregon Symphony, concertviolinist Alicia Yang can frequently be heard performing withsuch renowned ensembles as Philharmonia Baroque, the SanFrancisco Symphony, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.Her training at the Oberlin and New England Conservatoriesspanned genres from Renaissance to contemporary-minimalist,and she has recorded an album of contemporary compositionson the Opus One label.
Ms. Yang is a specialist in historically informed violinperformance, and has appeared with period- instrumentensembles across the US, including the Smithsonian ChamberPlayers, Carmel Bach Festival, and American Bach Soloists.Her performances have taken her through Europe and the US,including such lauded orchestras as the Kennedy Center
Opera, the Seattle Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica deCastilla y Leon (Spain). In addition to maintaining a privateteaching studio in San Francisco, Ms. Yang enjoys performingwith the baroque string band Archetti, playing chamber musicwith her husband Amos Yang, Assistant Principal Cellist of theSan Francisco Symphony.
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Amos Yang holds bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School of Music. He is the Assistant Principal cellist for the San Francisco Symphony. He has performed as a soloist andchamber musician throughout the U.S., the FarEast and Europe, induding performances at theAspen Music Festival, the American Academy in Rome, Wigmore Hall and Alice Tully Hall. He has also collaborated in chamber music with the YingQuartet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, pianists Ann Schein and Melvin Chen, violinist Earl Carlyss and composer Bright Sheng. Yang's awards include the performer's Certificate at EastmanSchool of Music and first prizes in the American String Teacher's Association and Grace Vamoscompetitions. He was finalist in the Pierre FoumierInternational Cello Competition and was awardedthe CD Jackson Prize at the Tanglewood Music Festival for outstanding musical contribution. Ascellist of the Maia String Quartet from 1996-2002,Yang was involved in many educational programs, performing throughout the country for schools under the auspices of such organizationsas Arts Excel, Young Audieoces Inc and the Midori Foundation. During this time he alsoserved on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Iowa, Grinnell College and the lnterlochen Advanced String Quartet Institute.
- Viola -
Jay Liu, has been Associate Principal Violist of the San Francisco Symphony since 1993 and Viola Professor of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 2014.
As a soloist, Mr. Liu has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He regularfy plays solo recital, chamber music concert and give master classes throughout US and Asia. In 1999 he performed the U.S. premiere of George Benjamin's "Viola, Viola" with violist Geraldine Walther. He has performed chamber mu.sic with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Julia Fischer, Yefim Bronfman, YuJa Wang and Michael Tilson Thomas. He has served as guest Principal Violist with the LosAngeles Philharmonic and Asia Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1999 he has served as viola coad, of Asian Youth Orchestra, the most successful youth ord,estra in Asia.. Jay Liu was bom in Shanghai. He graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Prof. Shen Xi40i and Wu Fei. In 1986, he came to the United States to study with Prof. Donald Mdnnes and Alan DeVeritd, at the University of Southern California. In Oclober 2012, he completed his three weeks residency of the Fulbright Specialist Program in Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, sponsored by US State Department and William Fulbright Foundation.
- Double Bass -
Bassist Charles Chandler has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1992. Prior , he was Associate Principal Bass and Soloist with the Phoenix Symphony. He also served as Principal Bass of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra and the New York 20th Century Chamber Players. His primary teachers were Shinji Eshima of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and David Walter at the Juilliard School. His numerous honors and awards include the San Francisco Symphony Pepsi Cola Young Musician Award, the Pittenger Scholarship, the Irving Klein Scholarship, and first prize in the A.S.T.A. National String Competition.
Upon receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard in 1987, O,arles Chandler was selected to perform as a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. Playing with Marin Symphony, he has enjoyed performing with his wife Van, a violinist. He also performs at the Music@Menlo Festival and Chamber Music Sundaes series and frequently records at Skywalker Ranch. Mr. Chandler resides in San Francisco with his wife and their daughter Julie. When oot playing on his 1750 double bass made by the Venetian luthier, Domenico Busan, he enjoys organic gardening, bicycling, hiking and spending time with his family.
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