Our fourth event, “A Special Spring Concert” in Servino Ristorante in Downtown Tiburon, California. This event featured Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic, Cynthia Phelps, American Mezzo-soprano, Diana Tash and Violist Ruth Kahn joined Ms. Phelps in performing Brandenburg Concerto #6.
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Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic, Ms. Phelps has distinguished herselfboth here and abroad as one of the leadinginstrumentalists of our time. The recipient ofnumerous honors and awards, including the1988 Pro Musicis International Award and firstprize at both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington InternationalString Competition, she has captivatedaudiences with her compelling solo and chambermusic performances. She is “a performer of toprank...the sounds she drew were not only completelyunproblematical — technically faultless, generously nuanced-- but sensuously breathtaking” (The Boston Globe).
Ms. Phelps performs throughout the world assoloist with orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, New York Philharmonic,San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao, and Hong KongPhilharmonic. She has appeared in recital in Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Bostonand Washington, and at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall,and St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, Wales. She has also been heard on National Public Radio’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, Radio France, and RAI in Italy, and hasbeen featured on The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, and CBS Sunday Morning.
Ms. Phelps has performed internationally as a collaborator with such artists asIsaac Stern, Itzak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, andYefim Bronfman, among many others. A much sought-after chamber musician,she performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NewYork’s Bargemusic, the Boston Chamber Music Society, and Music FromCopland House. Ms. Phelps has performed with the Guarneri, American,Brentano, and Prague String Quartets, the Kalichstein-Robinson-Laredo Trio,and at the Mostly Mozart, Marlboro, Seattle, Bridgehampton, Ravinia, La Jolla,Santa Fe, Bravo!Colorado, Naples, Cremona, Schleswig-Holstein, and ChamberMusic Northwest Festivals.
Ms. Phelps regularly receives enthusiastic reviews for her performances as soloistwith the New York Philharmonic; works she has performed include Berlioz’sHarold in Italy, the Bartok Viola Concerto and Strauss’s Don Quixote, theBenjamin Lees Concerto for String Quartet, and the recent premiere of a concertowritten for her by Sofia Gubaidulina. Recent performances have included aNew York Philharmonic International tour featuring the Gubaidulina, a newPhoto by Richard Bowditchwork written for her by composer Steven Paulus (commissioned by the Tucson WinterChamber Music Festival), and return solo engagements with the Hong KongPhilharmonic, the San Diego Symphony and numerous other orchestras.
This season, Ms. Phelps appears in virtually every major concert hall in New YorkCity, including performances with the American String Quartet, the Klichstein-Robinson-Laredo trio, and mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzer. She also performs inrecital in La Jolla, as well as on tour with violinist Ida Kavafian and cellist RonaldThomas. She looks forward to a new viola concerto written for her by Richard Danielpour. Her solo debut recording is on Cala Records, and can also be heard onthe Marlboro Recording Society, Polyvideo, Nuova Era, Virgin Classics, and Covenant labels. Ms. Phelps and her husband, cellist Ronald Thomas, reside in New Jersey and have three children, Lili, Christinia, and Caitlin.
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American Mezzo-Soprano Diana Tash appears in both operatic roles onstage, and as a featured soloist, gain- ing popularity in recital with renowned pianist Armen Guzelimian. Recent performances include a recital with NY Philharmonic principal violist Cynthia Phelps in Los Angeles and a performance at the Boston Court with the California String Quartet in May 2016. March 4th, 2016 Ms Tash performed as the mezzo soloist with the Los Angeles Dream orchestra in Rossini’s Stabat Mater. September 30, 2014, Tash along with famed countertenor Brian Asawa released their new baroque recording, “Spirits of the air.” Her varied career has spanned both the soprano and mezzo repertoire. Performances in 2014 include the role of Annina in La Traviata with the Pacific Symphony and as well as a tour to Guadalajara to perform The Baroque Project pro- gram in concert with countertenor Brian Asawa at the Festival de Mayo. Preceding this, includes performing two new songs by Composer Ian Krouse with the Debussy Trio and performing the World premiere “Sacred Transitions” with LA Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman by composer Russell Steinberg . Past perfor- mances include a 2013 Collegiate Tour in Tennessee and Mississippi with award winning composer Maria Newman; singing the alto solos with The Santa Barbara Chorale Society in Handel’s Messiah in December 2012; with Long Beach Opera In Medea in 2011 and at Sacramento Opera as Medoro in Orlando in No- vember 2010.
Solo performances (with Guzelimian at the piano) include her Carnegie Hall Recital in 2008, and her Los Angeles recital at Zipper Hall in 2006, a live recording of which was released as the full-length CD “Diana Tash In Recital” in March 2009 with LML Records. In 2012 Tash performed along with Guzelimian and NY Philharmonic principal violist Cynthia Phelps at MAHMA in Malibu, CA and in a recital with Guzelimian for Santa Barbara Opera in December 2011. In September 2011, Ms Tash was joined by countertenor Brian Asawa and pianist Armen Guzelimian in a Duo Recital at the Colburn School , and in October 2011, a mini tour of The Baroque Project was performed in San Francisco and Los Angeles with countertenor Brian Asawa.
Her mezzo stage work has been hailed as “radiant” by the LA Times, “stylish” by the San Diego Union and “skillful” by the NY times. She is a Southern California radio favorite, having recurred for many years (as both mezzo and soprano) on “Sundays Live at LACMA” on KCSN 88.5FM. The Japanese Website, Opera Japonica, calls Diana’s singing “honeyed” and “colorful.”Solo work in ‘09 has included Mendelssohn’s Elijah with LA Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and a rare performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Jeremiah (for mezzo- soprano and orchestra) with The Akron Symphony in Ohio. She has performed the Mozart Requiem in ’09 and ’08, and the Bach Magnificat in ’07, all with the Santa Barbara Chorale Society, and covered the mezzo role in John Adam's El Niño for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2005. Mezzo roles include Mercedes in Carmen at LA Opera, conducted by Placido Domingo in’04. With Long Beach Opera ‘03, she sang Ariadne in Milhaud’s L'Abandon d'Ariadne, and Mastrilla in Offenbach’s La Peri- chole. Other credits include The Magic Flute, at both San Diego Opera and Opera Pacific. In a pair of trousers, audiences have seen her as Hansel, in Hansel und Gretel at San Luis Obispo Opera ‘06, and as Os- car in Un Ballo in Maschera with LA Opera ‘93.Diana’s past soprano work includes roles in: Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Entfürung aus dem Serial, L'Italiana in Algeria and Cosí fan Tutte—all performed during her years as a resident artist with LA Opera. At the Alderburgh Festival in Suffolk, England, she sang soprano roles in Elegy for Young Lovers (English Libretto) and in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Work at the Aspen Music Festival included Mozart's Idomeneo, with Lawrence Foster conducting, and Coronation Mass, with Joel Revzen conducting. Her soprano work in Lukas Foss' Song of Songs with the LA Jewish Sym- phony won critical reviews from the LA Times, who remarked that she sang “with point.”
Diana is a graduate of USC's Thornton School of Music, was a winner at the Metropolitan Opera's Western Regional Auditions, and has a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
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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
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Eric Zivian is a fortepianist, modern pianistand composer. He has performed with the PhilharmoniaBaroque Orchestra, the Portland BaroqueOrchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and theToronto Symphony, among others. Eric hasgiven solo recitals in Toronto, New York,Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
He has performed extensively on fortepiano since 2000 and is a member of the Zivian-Tomkins Duoand the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio, performing atChamber Music San Francisco, the Da Cameraseries in Los Angeles, Boston Early Music, theSeattle Early Music Guild and Caramoor. Onmodern piano, he is a member of the Left CoastChamber Ensemble and has performed with theEmpyrean Ensemble, Earplay, and the San Francisco Contemporary MusicPlayers. He is a founder and Music Director of the Valley of the Moon MusicFestival, a new festival in Sonoma specializing in Classical and Romantic musicon period instruments.
Eric’s compositions have been performed widely in the United States and inTokyo, Japan. He was awarded an ASCAP Jacob Druckman MemorialCommission to compose an orchestral work, Three Character Pieces, whichwas premiered by the Seattle Symphony in March 1998.
Eric was born in Michigan and grew up in Toronto, Canada. where he attendedthe Royal Conservatory of Music. He graduated from the Curtis Institute ofMusic, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to receivegraduate degrees from the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music. He studiedpiano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with NedRorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended the Tanglwood MusicCenter both as a performer and as a composer.
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The first cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists, Tanya is equally at home on Baroque and moderninstruments. She has performed on various chamber music series to critical acclaim — including at the Library of Congress, the Frick Collection, “Great Performances” at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal. She is particularly renowned for herperformance of the complete Bach Suites on Baroque cello, available in a recording from Avie.
As part of the Zivian-Tomkins Duo, Tomkins collaborates with pianist and fortepianist Eric Zivian on both modern and original instruments. With Zivian and English Baroque violinist Monica Huggett, she is one third ofthe Benvenue Fortepiano Trio. She is also a member of the Left Coast ChamberEnsemble, a cutting-edge group that combines traditional chamber music with modern works, many of which have been composed for the group.
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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.
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A native of Atlanta, GA, Robert began studying cello at age12. Graduate of Rice University and San FranciscoConservatory of Music. He has studied and performed atfestivals such as Tangle- wood, Spoleto, Verbier, theAccademia Chigiana, and the Sandor Vegh Academy in Prague.Robert won first prize in the Rome Festival Competition andhas received grants from the Maggini and Virtu Foundations.Robert has performed in the Festival Internacional de Musica inCosta Rica, the Festival de Guadarama in Spain, and on theMostly Mozart series in Lincoln Center. Locally, he has performed with American Bach Soloists, New Century ChamberOrchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and the San FranciscoSymphony.
A frequent guest on many Bay Area chamber music series,Robert has also made concerto appearances with BARSOrchestra and StanfordSymphony. As a teacher, he has coached at San FranciscoConservatory, Stanford University, and San Jose StateUniversity.
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