Musica Marin collaborated with Merola Opera Program to present the world premiere songs and song cycles of our distinguished award-winning Resident Composer Clint Borzoni set to the poetry of four American living poets, Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, Sally M. Gall, John Grimmett & Judith G.Wolf. Performing was baritone, Mark Diamond, mezzo-soprano, Laura Krumm, violist, Ruth Kahn, cellist, Jennifer Culp and pianist, Ronny Michael Greenberg in a beautiful home in Belvedere, California.
- 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
- Composer -
Mr. Borzoni is the current Composer-in-Residence for Musica Marin, a nonprofit organization that presents, supports and inspires classical music throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
He studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici at the City University of New York where he received an MA in Music Composition. He lives and works as a composer and teacher in New York City. is an award winning composer whose “highly original yet lyrical music…[and] natural gift for melody and harmonic structure” (The Huffington Post) has resulted in international performances and premieres.
He has collaborated with librettist John de los Santos on the opera When Adonis Calls, which will premiere at Ashville Lyric Opera this May. It will also receive a production by the Thompson Street Opera (Chicago) this November, and was previously presented at Fort Worth Opera’s 2015 Frontiers Festival and Opera America’s New Works Forum in 2017. Their second opera,The Copper Queen, won the top prize for Arizona Opera’s commission program, Arizona SPARK, and is currently being developed by Arizona Opera. Excerpts were recently performed at the American Lyric Theater’s Alumni Concert at the Morgan Library & Museum, and a third workshop is slated for April of 2018 at Opera America. Other operatic works include Margot Alone in the Light, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s story All Summer in a Day (premiered by operamission (2009) and subsequently produced by Opera On Tap); and Antinous and Hadrian, originally conceived of in the American Opera Projects Composer and the Voice Series and later commissioned by operamission.
Mr. Borzoni has composed songs and song cycles for many leading vocalists. He won BARIHUNKS Best New Song (2015), Best New Solo Work for Baritone (2017), and was a winner of Sparks & Wiry Cries Second annual NYC songSLAM, and operamission’s cabaret song competition. Borzoni’s additional honors include the Morton Feldman Award, the Boston Metro Opera Festival Award, an artist residency with the American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program (2009), the Queer Urban Orchestra’s 2018 composition contest winner, and an associate producer credit for Patricia Racette’s CD Diva on Detour.
In addition to composing opera, art song, and concert music, he wrote the music for the musical My Life as a Bald Soprano which received an Off-Broadway run at the Midtown International Theater Festival. Borzoni has also scored two films for the production company JR VISION, which were featured at the Take Two Film Festival, the Miami Short Film Festival, and Anthology Film Archives. His music has been presented by the Merola Opera Program, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Bay View Music Festival, the Wintergreen Festival, the Summer Street Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the U.S. embassy in Switzerland, La MaMA, Symphony Space, the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Opera Grows in Brooklyn, the New York Youth Symphony, Expositions :: SLC concert series, the Walt Whitman Project, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the Guildhall School of Music, the Mannes School of Music, and many more venues and universities. He has recently been commissioned by Arizona Opera, the Delaware Art Museum, the Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band, the Gavin Dillard Poetry Library & Archive, and the Foundation for the Advancement of Baritones.
- Baritone -
Baritone Mark Diamond is a graduate of theStudio of Houston Grand Opera where notableperformances include Figaro in Il barbieredi Siviglia, Marcello in La bohème and theMarchese d’Obigny in La traviata. He also coveredseveral roles such as Don Giovanni (DonGiovanni), Taddeo (L’italiana in Algeri), andGaylord Ravenal (Showboat) Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) and Rodrigue (Don Carlos). He has since returned as a guest artist to HoustonGrand Opera to sing Count Carl-Magnus inA Little Night Music and Wilbur in the worldpremiere of David Hanlon’s opera, After theStorm. Recent, Mr. Diamond made his debutwith the French opera theaters of Limoges,Caen, and Reims as well as Ars Lyrica of Houstonand Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Mark Diamond is the recipient of a 2012 Sara Tucker Study Grant from theRichard Tucker Foundation and spent the summer of 2011 as a member ofSan Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, where he sang the title role ofFigaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He gained particular notice in the summer of2010, when he sang the role of Top in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land at theGlimmerglass Festival. As a member of the company’s Young American ArtistProgram, he also covered Araspe in Handel’s Tolomeo, and was a recipient of a2010 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.
He is the 1st Prize Winner of the 2010 Eleanor McCollum Competition atHouston Grand Opera and the 2011 Sun Valley Opera Competition in Seattle,Washington. Mr. Diamond was twice a Regional Finalist in the MetropolitanOpera National Council Auditions and was awarded 2nd Prize in the Charles A.Lynam Competition in North Carolina.
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Mark Diamond received a Bachelor of Music inMusic Education from Georgia Southern University, where he studied voicewith Dr. Allen Henderson. He completed his Master’s degree at The ShepherdSchool of Music at Rice University while studying with Dr. Stephen King and iscurrently a Doctoral Candidate at The Moores School of Music at University ofHouston where he studies with Hector Vasquez and continues to perform bothconcert work and opera internationally.
- Mezzo-Soprano -
Praised for her “exceptionally beautiful mezzo”and “always a delight on stage” Iowa nativeLaura Krumm is a 2013 graduate of the prestigious Adler Fellowship of the San Francisco Opera. A former Merola Opera Program artist, Ms. Krumm has been heard in several roles onthe company’s mainstage including Rosina in the family matinee performances of The Barber of Seville, the Countess Ceprano and the Pagein Verdi’s Rigoletto, and a Maid in the worldpremiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. Ms.Krumm added a number of roles to herrepertoire while with the company. She coveredthe renowned Joyce DiDonato’s Roméo in ICapuleti e i Montecchi and Christel Loetzsch’s Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She created the role of Martha in the world premiere of Nolan Gassers’ The Secret Garden for theSan Francisco Opera Center and she sang Laura in Jack Perla’s Love/Hate at the ODC Theater in association with the Opera Center. In concert with the SanFrancisco Opera Orchestra, Ms. Krumm performed arias from Le Nozze di Figaro,Cendrillon, and La Cenerentola. She joined the distinguished roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago as a cover in their new production of Dvorak’s Rusalkain 2014 and made her Carnegie Hall debut singing the Alto Solo in Mozart’sRequiem with the New York City Chamber Orchestra also in 2014. She returnsto the Lyric Opera of Chicago for where she covers Angelina for the company inthe 2015-2016 season.
The 2014-2015 Season for Ms. Krumm has seen a return to her home company,San Francisco Opera, and a host of debuts with prominent organizations in theUS and abroad. Ms. Krumm covered Angelina (La Cenerentola) in the seasonfor SFO and joined the highly regarded roster of The Dallas Opera where shecovered Jan Arnold in the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s Everest. She made herSkagit Opera debut performing the role of Angelina and, most recently, reprisedJake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire with the distinguished AlexanderString Quartet - as part of the Chamber Music at Kohl Mansion Concert series.
- Cello -
Jennifer Culp, cellist, is currently professor of cello and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She has been an active chamber musician and performed worldwide. Culp was a member of the Kronos Quartet for seven years beginning in 1998, during which time included performances at Sydney Opera House, London’s Barbican Centre, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the WOMAD Festival in New Zealand. The quartet won many awards, including Musical American’s 2003 “Musicians of the Year” and a Grammy Award for the Best Chamber Music Performance of Berg’s ‘Lyric Suite’ in 2004. Culp has collaborated with such diverse artists as Zakir Hussein, Dawn Upshaw, Tom Waits, Sandor Vegh, Asha Bhosle, Irina Schnittke and the Romanian Gypsy Band ‘Taraf De Haidouks’. She received a B.M. and M.M. from the San Francisco and New England Conservatories, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Laurence Lesser. Other important mentors to mention are Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner and Sandor Vegh (who worked directly with Kodaly, Bartok, Schoenberg, and Berg). Festivals attended have included Ravenna, Tanglewood, Spoleto, Kneisel Hall & Open Chamber Music of the International Musician’s Seminar in Cornwall, England (for seven consecutive years). Culp was also cellist with the Dunsmuir Piano Quartet, Philadelphia String Quar-tet, Empyrean Ensemble, San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has recorded numerous world premieres for Nonesuch, New Albion, CRI, Orion, New World, Sony and most recently Thomas Sleeper’s Cello Concerto for Albany Records.
- Piano -
Born in Montreal, Ronny Michael Greenberg discovered his passion for vocal collaboration while pursuing his Bachelor’s degree at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. Mr. Greenberg’s performing experiences range from guest soloist appearances with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to concerts in venues such as the Canadian Museum of Civilization for the Glenn Gould Exhibit, Steinway Hall as part of Yale in New York, and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall as part of the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Programs.
After finishing his Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Warren Jones, Mr. Greenberg was a coach apprentice at the 2014 Merola Opera Program. He was then selectedto join the Adler Fellowship at the San Francisco Opera. Since his arrival to the Bay Area, Mr. Greenberg has appeared on the “To do List” at KQED, the Human Rights Watch Annual Inauguration and the celebration concert for Cantor Roslyn Barak of Temple Emanuel. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Lines Ballet at the Yerba Buena Arts Center and fundraising events for the Silicon Valley League of the San Francisco Symphony. At the opera, he will be working on Carmen and Aida for the summer and fall.
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