Operatic Bass, Malte Roesner joined Musica Marin Musicians in a World Premiere Song Cycle written by our Resident Composer Clint Borzoni set to the poetry of Wendell Berry performed in the beautiful former home of Ansel Adams in Sea Cliff, San Francisco.
- 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.
- Operatic Bass -
German-American bass, Malte Roesner, made his first solo appearances as a vocalist as a boy soprano. In university he majored both in musicology and in opera performance and furthered his education with Irwin Gage’s postgraduate lied course. He recently transitioned to bass repertoire after having sung as a baritone. Mr. Roesner is an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation and the Richard Wagner Bursary Fund. In 2018 he sang in Verdi’s Rigoletto both at the Brunswick National Theater and the Osnabrück Theater and appeared at the Giessen City Theater as the devil in Jaromir Weinberger’s Schwanda, the Bagpiper. In the summer of 2017 he gave his critically acclaimed North American debut in the West Edge Opera production of Vicente Martin y Soler’s The Chastity Tree and with a song recital. In December of 2017 her returned to the San Francisco Bay Area for another recital, this time for Opera Parallèle and the Legion of Honor. From 2005 to 2016, he was a member of the ensemble at the Brunswick National Theater in Germany, where he portrayed more than fifty roles, including two that were broadcast on national radio and later pubished on CD. In addition to the classic repertoire, he participated in many rediscoveries and world premieres, among others in the opening production for the 14th Munich Biennale for New Music Theater. In the productions of Jake Heggie’s For a Look or a Touch and Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park Mr. Roesner was not only involved as the male lead, but he also wrote the official German translations. His portrayal of Joe Gillis in the musical Sunset Boulevard, his first major musical role, was highly critically acclaimed in the specialized German press. Mr. Roesner is an avid concert- and lied-singer and has performed a wide range of repertoire, ranging from renaissance music to world premieres. His latest project is an especially for him commissioned new song cycle with poems by Wendell Berry and music by Musica Marin composer-in-residence Clint Borzoni that will have its world premiere in the San Francisco Bay Area in June of 2018.
- Cello -
As a cellist, bassist, conductor and teacher, Erik Anderson’s charismatic personality and thoughtful approach to music engages audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Whether in pre-concert lectures for the Minot Symphony Orchestra, presentations in public school classrooms, or on stages from the Great Plains to Europe, he communicates not only an infectious curiosity and deep respect for the music he performs—from AC/DC to Zeppelin, Baroque to Contemporary—but also a passion for education and exploration.
A native of Washington State, he began his cello studies at the age of three, earned his BM and MM from the University of Idaho, and completed his DMA at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His principal teachers have been Wayne C. Smith, William Wharton, and Yehuda Hanani. In 2003, after seven years as a free-lance cellist, assistant conductor, and business owner in Cincinnati, OH, he joined the faculty at Minot State University (Minot, ND) where he currently resides with his wife and four sons as a Full Professor of Music and Chair of the Division. He plays on a modern Italian instrument, made by Riccardo Bergonzi in Cremona in 2006. Apart from music, Dr. Anderson loves to cook, golf, cross-country ski, play games with the family, and chase any type of ball as though his life depended on it.
Anderson is particularly active with the music of JS Bach, highlighted by the Unaccompanied Suites BWV 1007-12, central to his graduate study with renowned performer and pedagogue Yehuda Hanani. Over the past two years he was featured as a performer, clinician, or lecturer on the music of Bach in San Francisco and Chico, CA, Grand Forks, ND, Las Vegas, NV, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, Drake University in Iowa, and twice with the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas in Cincinnati, OH. Recent lecture-performances include Six Preludes, Six Stories and OrdinaryExtraOrdinary, the latter an exploration of Bach’s life and music as a bridge connecting disparate worlds, using Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher Bach as a point of departure. Characterized by spontaneity as a player and speaker, his favorite performing situation involves programs of music where both topic and musical selections evolve in conversation with the audience, seated just a few feet away. In the Spring of 2016, he was granted a one-semester sabbatical to study and record the Bach suites; many of these are currently available on his Soundcloud profile: fourstringcntrpnt.
- Violin -
Violinist Yuna Lee has received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Cho-Liang Lin and Naoko Tanaka. As an active chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Phaedrus String Quartet. Formed in 1999, the quartet has performed at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and toured extensively in Europe and performed as guest artists at the Verbier Festival, International Bach Festival (Switzerland) and Festival Aix-en-Provence. In 2006, Yuna moved to Miami Beach after receiving an orchestral fellowship with the New World Symphony where she was also a featured soloist with the orchestra. She has played frequently as a substitute violinist with the Saint Louis Symphony and the Knights Chamber Orchestra (NYC), and now performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony. Yuna moved out to the Bay Area in 2010 with her cellist husband, Sébastien Gingras and is enjoying her new family life with her 2 year old daughter.
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Violinist Helen Kim enjoys a versatile career as performer and teacher. Since 2016, she has held the position of Associate Principal Second Violin of the San Francisco Symphony. She was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra from 2011-2016, making solo appearances with the orchestra in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Ms. Kim received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California, where she was a Presidential Scholar, and her master’s degree from the Yale School of Music.
Ruth Kahn, Artistic Director | Mark Furr, Culinary Director
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