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Alexandra Hawley

Alexandra Hawley, flute

Avedis Artistic Director

Alexandra Hawley was born in New York, daughter of Alexander Williams, principal clarinetist with the N. B. C. Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini, and Frances Blaisdell, the first woman wind player admitted to both the Juilliard School of Music and to the New York Philharmonic. Mrs. Hawley studied with Murray Panitz of the Philadelphia Orchestra, with Lloyd Gowen at Stanford and with Jean-Pierre Rampal in France.

After completing her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Stanford University, she lived in Europe for several years, performing in recital and on radio. Hailed by The New York Times for her “extraordinary range of tone and color” and her “spontaneous, perceptive musical sensitivity,” Alexandra Hawley made her professional debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam followed by her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall. Since then she has performed throughout the United States as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. Mrs. Hawley was a member of the National Flute Association delegation to the Soviet Union in 1989 and has been invited to perform at the National Flute Conventions in Boston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Kansas City and Las Vegas

She has recorded for the Naxos and Cambria labels, including Robert Muczynski’s complete works for flute with the composer at the piano, with members of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet, and with guest artist Jean-Pierre Rampal. Mrs. Hawley is the founder and artistic director of the Avedis Chamber Music series in San Francisco. She is a member of the music department faculty at Stanford University and a founding member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet.

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Robin Sutherland

Robin Sutherland, piano

Pianist and San Francisco Symphony Principal Keyboard Robin Sutherland studied in Colorado with Rita Hutcherson, at Aspen and Juilliard with Rosina Lhevinne, and at the San Francisco Conservatory with Paul Hersh. At the age of seventeen, he was chosen by another of his teachers, Rosalyn Tureck, to be the sole performing representative of the United States at the International Bach Society's Master Classes, held at Lincoln Center.

In 1973, while still a student, he was appointed Principal Pianist of the San Francisco Symphony by Seiji Ozawa, a position he still holds. He is a frequent soloist with the Orchestra, most recently in Frank Martin’s “Petite Symphonie Concertante” and “Coulers de la Cité Céleste” of Olivier Messiaen.  Sutherland has remained close to maestro Ozawa in succeeding years and recently joined him in Milan for a performance of Leonard Bernstein's “Age of Anxiety,” with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala.

Many composers have dedicated works to him, including the massive autobiographical Piano Quintet, “Miniatures and Impressions,” written by his mentor, Efrem Zimbalist. As a duo-recitalist and chamber music partner, Sutherland is much in demand on several continents. He includes among his collaborators the violinists Roy Malan and Oscar Shumsky, flutists Ransom Wilson and Alexandra Hawley, and fellow pianist Christopher O'Riley.

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Paul Hersh

Paul Hersh, piano and viola

A native of New York, Paul Hersh has played both the piano and viola since he was six years old. He studied viola with William Primrose and piano with Leonard Shure and Edward Steuermann. From 1961 to 1971 he was violist and pianist with the Lenox Quartet, and he made his piano debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1964.

Mr. Hersh has performed with many orchestras, including the Boston and San Francisco Symphonies and the New York Philharmonic, as well as in chamber groups and solo recitals. Hersh, who attended Yale University, is a former faculty member of Grinnell College and SUNY at Binghamton, and has been artist-in-residence and visiting faculty at numerous universities and festivals, including the University of California at Davis, Temple University, Oregon State University, University of Western Washington, Berkshire (now Tanglewood) Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the Spoleto (Italy) Festival.

He has recorded for RCA, CRI, Desto, Orion, Dover and Arch Street labels, and is currently a member of the piano and viola faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he also teaches poetry and literature.

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Roy Malan

Roy Malan, violin

Roy Malan studied in London with Yehudi Menuhin and then at Juilliard and the Curtis Institute with Ivan Galamian and Efrem Zimbalist.

He has been concertmaster and solo violinist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1974 and a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. For twenty years Malan was concertmaster of both Sinfonia San Francisco and the San Francisco Chamber Symphony and a featured soloist on the latter’s European tours. He is on the faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Mr. Malan is also founder and co-director with pianist Robin Sutherland of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival.

He has received critical acclaim for concerto appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington’s Kennedy Center, the Paris Opera and the Edinburgh Festival. He has recorded extensively with Robin Sutherland, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and as a concerto soloist. The author of a biography on the late Efrem Zimbalist, Malan was honored in 1982 by Zimbalist’s dedication of a specially orchestrated version of his “Coq d’or Fantasy.” He was further honored by the bequest of the great Russian violinist’s collection of favorite bows.

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Desiree

Désirée Goyette, mezzo soprano

Désirée Goyette has been a committed musician since her early teens when she taught piano and voice after school in her native San Jose. During an eight year career in Hollywood, Désirée co-hosted an internationally syndicated television series, wrote music for television and children’s recordings, and earned two Grammy nominations.

Later she returned to academia, graduating Magnum Cum Laude from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Désirée’s inspirational recordings, compositions and performances have been widely acclaimed, and she is equally at home in jazz, cabaret, musical theatre and classical venues.

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Jeffrey LaDeur, piano

Jeffrey LaDeur enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. Praised for his “...glowing sound...” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “...dazzling pianism...” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) Jeffrey has concertized around the world including performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Eastman Theater, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. His performances have been broadcast over Dutch Radio 4, WFMT Chicago, and South Dakota Public Broadcasting. At the invitation of the Naumburg Foundation, Jeffrey made his Carnegie debut in Weill Recital Hall in March 2015. He is the founder and Artistic Director of New Piano Collective.

A frequent soloist, LaDeur has performed with the Oakland Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Merced Symphony, Denver Philharmonic, and others, collaborating with esteemed conductors such as the late George Cleve, Lawrence Golan, Michael Morgan, and Neil Varon. 2016-2017 highlights include Shostakovich Concerto no.1 with Mark Grisez, and Barbara Day Turner leading the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, solo recitals featuring the complete piano works of Claude Debussy and the composers that influenced him, and the west coast premiere of Paul Juon’s Episodes Concertantes (1912) with the Oakland Symphony and Michael Morgan. LaDeur has performed in recital throughout the United States including appearances at the Kennedy Center, Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and PianoForte Studios, Chicago.  

A passionate chamber musician, LaDeur is a founding member of the acclaimed Delphi Trio. Prize winners of the 2015 Orlando Competition in Kerkrade, the Delphi Trio concertized extensively in the Netherlands and Germany, and appears regularly throughout the United States. Delphi gave the world premiere of William Bolcom’s first Piano Trio (2014), written for their ensemble. In addition to his activities with the Delphi Trio, Jeffrey has collaborated with artists such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Geoff Nuttall, Ian Swensen, Axel Strauss, and the Fry Street, Afiara, and Telegraph Quartets.

Jeffrey completed his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Douglas Humpherys and earned a Masters Degree in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Yoshikazu Nagai. Jeffrey received his formative musical training from Annie Sherter, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot.

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David Tanenbaum

David Tanenbaum, guitar

David Tanenbaum has performed in over 40 countries, and he has been soloist with prominent orchestras around the world including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and London Sinfonietta with such eminent conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kent Nagano. He has been featured at many leading international festivals, including those of Vienna, Frankfurt, Barcelona and Bath as well as numerous guitar festivals.

While David Tanenbaum’s repertoire encompasses a wide diversity of musical styles, he is recognized as one of the most eloquent proponents of contemporary guitar repertoire. Among the many works composed for him are Hans Werner Henze’s guitar concerto: An Eine Äolsharfe, which he performed throughout Europe and recorded with the composer conducting; four works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis as well as works by Terry Riley, Lou Harrison and Roberto Sierra. He has toured extensively with Steve Reich and Musicians and performed in Japan in 1991 at the invitation of Toru Takemitsu. He has had a long association with the Ensemble Modern and is a member of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. As a chamber musician he has collaborated, among others, with the Kronos, Shanghai, Alexander, New Zealand String Quartets, Cuarteto LatinoAmericano and guitarist Manuel Barrueco.

David Tanenbaum can be heard more than thirty recordings on EMI, New Albion, Naxos and other labels. His Nonesuch recording as soloist in John Adam’s Naive and Sentimental Music with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic was nominated for a 2002 Grammy as “Best New Composition.”

Mr. Tanenbaum is Chair of the Guitar Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For more information please visit www.davidtanenbaum.com.

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Emily Laurence

Emily Laurance, harp

Harpist Emily Laurance has performed in numerous solo, chamber and orchestral settings throughout New England, North Carolina and in the Bay Area. Formerly principal harp for the North Carolina Opera, the Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Theater, she now serves as principal harpist for the Stockton Symphony.

She has performed as a chamber musician with the Ciompi Quartet and the Mallarmé Chamber Players, as well as many other groups. With tenor Thomas Gregg she founded the duo DoubleAction; together they have performed in numerous concert series, conferences and festivals, including the Boston Early Music Fringe Festival and at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Their recording “The Harper’s Song” features early lieder performed on single-action pedal harp.

Ms. Laurance’s other recording credits include a performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza II for Neuma Records and a guest appearance on the album Perennial Favorites by the Squirrel Nut Zippers, which won the Recording Institute of American Association’s Gold Sales award.

Ms. Laurance has appeared as a concerto soloist with the UNC Symphony, the Duke Symphony, the Tar River Orchestra and as a New England Conservatory Early Music concerto winner.   Currently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory, she has also taught harp at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Ms. Laurance studied harp with Jill Bailiff Reyes, with Cleveland Orchestra veteran Alice Chalifoux, and with Boston Symphony harpist Ann Hobson Pilot. She holds degrees from Oberlin College, the New England Conservatory and UNC-Chapel Hill. Ms. Laurance was twice a finalist in the American String Teacher’s Association National Solo Competition and the recipient of an Emerging Artist Awards from the Durham Arts Council.

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Susan Freier

Susan Freier, violin

As an undergraduate at Stanford University, Susan Freier earned degrees in both music and biology. She did her graduate work at Stanford and the Eastman School where she was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

While at Eastman she joined the Chester String Quartet, which went on to win the Cleveland Quartet Competition, and later to serve as resident ensemble at the Indiana University of South Bend. During her tenure with the Quartet, the Chester won top honors at the Portsmouth (England), Munich and Chicago Discovery Competitions, and recorded on the Stolat, Pantheon and CRI labels.

A frequent participant in the Aspen, Grand Teton, Telluride, Newport Music Festivals, the San Francisco Symphony’s “Sacred and Profane” Festival and Chamber Music West, she has performed on NPR, the BBC and German State Radio.

She has recorded for Newport Classics as a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and has been on the artist faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Pacific Music Festival, and Music in the Mountains at Steamboat Springs. She is violinist with the Ives Quartet (formerly the Stanford String Quartet), with whom she has toured internationally and recorded on The AIX Entertainment, Music and Arts and Laurel labels.

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Stephen Harrison

Stephen Harrison, cello

Stephen Harrison is cellist of the Ives Quartet and has been on the Stanford University faculty since 1983. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Boston University, where he received the Award for Distinction in Graduate Performance.

Former principal cellist of the Opera Company of Boston, the New England Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco, he has performed on National Public Radio, the BBC, and on both German State Radio and the Netherlands State Radio. As solo cellist of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, he has toured internationally and recorded on the Delos, CRI, New Albion and Newport Classics labels. He has also performed on both the Music of the Sacred and Profane” and New and Unusual Music Series presented by the San Francisco Symphony, and for Chamber Music West.

With the Stanford and later the Ives Quartet Mr. Harrison has toured internationally and recorded for the AIX Entertainment, Music and Arts and Laurel labels. He has been on the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival.

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Carlos Ortega

Carlos Ortega, clarinet and bass clarinet

Colombian clarinetist Carlos Ortega studied at the “Colombia National University Conservatory of Music” in the studio of Professor Robert de Gennaro, obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in 2010. He came to the United States in 2011, when he was accepted with full scholarship in the class of one of the most acclaimed clarinetists of his generation, Professor Jon Manasse at Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida where he obtained his Professional Performance Certificate in 2012 and his Master´s degree in 2015.

He has broad experience as a soloist, music festivals, chamber music, and orchestral performances in his native Colombia and throughout South America, Mexico, USA and Europe. He was the principal clarinet and co-founder of the Bogota Symphony Orchestra (FOSBO), participating in symphonic, opera, ballet, and educational performances. Mr. Ortega has also played with Monterrey Symphony and Modesto Symphony.

During his career he has received important lessons with Carey Bell (USA), Wenzel Fuchs (Austria) Manfred Preis (Germany), Jose Franch Ballester (Spain), Joaquin Valdepeñas (Mexico), Philippe Berrod (France), Nobuyuki Kanai (Japan), among others.

He has played in important festivals, “Instrumenta Verano” Oaxaca Mexico 2008. “International Festival of Classical Music” Cartagena Colombia 2009. Breckenridge Music Festival in 2011 and 2012 where He played a commissioned piece with pianist and San Francisco Symphony Principal Keyboard Robin Sutherland, the World Premiere of “Volante” suite for clarinet and piano by Nicholas Pavkovic. In 2013 he participated in “Telluride Colorado Chamber Music Festival” playing with the Ives String Quartet. In July 2014 he made his debut in Europe playing in “Zephyr, Chamber Music Festival” in Courmayeur Italy, and, in October 2014 he played as a soloist with Lynn Philarmonia Orchestra the Florida premiere of “Triple Play” concerto for clarinet and orchestra by Harold Farberman. In October 2105, Mr. Ortega played a recital with Professor of Viola and Chamber Music Jodi Levitz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Most recently he participated in the World Première of Dynamo: Thomas A. Edinson, a life overheard. Music by Larry London.

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Rufus David Olivier

Rufus David Olivier, bassoon

Rufus David Olivier studied music at Azusa Pacific University, where his teachers were David Breidenthal, Principal Bassoonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, ret., and his father, Rufus Olivier Jr, Principal bassoonist of the SF Opera and the SF Ballet.

He has performed in some of the most renowned venues in the world, including the Musikverein of Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and New York's Carnegie Hall. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Olivier is acting 2nd bassoonist of the San Francisco Opera. He also performs extensively with the SF Symphony, the SF Ballet, the Oakland Symphony, and the Berkeley Symphony. Mr. Olivier enjoys performing chamber music, teaching, and promoting musical appreciation to young people in his community.

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Stanford Woodwind Quitet

Stanford Woodwind Quintet

One of America’s most distinguished ensembles, the Stanford Woodwind Quintet unites five virtuoso performers, each renowned for solo work and chamber music collaboration. The group includes principal musicians from the San Francisco and San Jose Opera Orchestras and outstanding Stanford University faculty members. Reviewers have cited the palpable enthusiasm of these versatile players and the warm audience rapport established by their informative commentary on the music. Quintet members are Alexandra Hawley, flute, Michael Adduci, oboe, Mark Brandenburg, clarinet, Lawrence Ragent, horn and Rufus Olivier, bassoon.

Alexandra Hawley, flute

Hailed by The New York Times for her “extraordinary range of tone and color” and her “spontaneous, perceptive musical sensitivity”, Alexandra Hawley made her professional debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam followed by her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall. Since then she has performed throughout the United States as both a soloist and in chamber music ensembles.

A member of the music department at Stanford University, Ms. Hawley is Founder and Artistic Director of the Avedis Chamber Music Series and a founding member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet. She has recorded for the Naxos and Cambria labels, including a CD of Robert Muczynski’s complete flute works with the composer at the piano and with guest artist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Michael Adduci, oboe

Michael Adduci teaches oboe and music theory at San José State University in San José, California. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in biology and music from the University of Idaho, and Master’s and DMA degrees in oboe performance from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Charles Veazey. Michael is a member of the Santa Cruz County Symphony, and in addition he performs regularly with orchestras around the Bay area, including Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San José, Ballet San José, the San José Chamber Orchestra, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Cruz Chamber Orchestra, the Monterey Symphony, and many others.

Mark Brandenburg, clarinet

Mark Brandenburg received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, and includes Frealon Bibbins Jr., Bernard Portnoy, and Rosario Mazzeo among his teachers. A former member of the San Francisco Symphony and the San Jose Symphony, he is currently principal clarinet in the Opera San Jose Orchestra and the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Brandenburg pursues an active solo, chamber music and freelance career, performing frequently with many of the Bay Area’s leading ensembles. He has taught at San Jose State University and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently on the faculty at Stanford University.

Lawrence Ragent, horn

Lawrence Ragent, hornist, received his musical training at the New England Conservatory where he graduated with honors. He is a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and the Boston Symphony. Ragent has taught at Brown University and the University of California at Santa Cruz and is currently on the faculty of Stanford University, where he is also a member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet. Ragent has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia San Francisco and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.

Rufus Olivier, bassoon

Rufus Olivier has held the principal bassoon position in the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1980. At the age of eighteen Olivier was selected to perform a concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and later went on to play with that same orchestra.  In 1977 he won a position with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under Neville Mariner, and the same month joined the San Francisco Symphony.  Olivier performs frequently as a soloist and as a member of the Midsummer Mozart  Festival Orchestra and principal bassoonist of the Grand Teton Music Festival.  Mr. Olivier was awarded the Seal of the County of San Francisco from Mayor Frank M. Jordan for exemplary accomplishment on the occasion of Black History Month.  He teaches at Stanford University and Azusa Pacific University and is a founding member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet.

 

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Thalia Quartet

Thalea String Quartet

“Thalea never failed to deliver a stirring performance” - Calgary Herald

Praised for their “vibrant performance” and “sincere expressivity” (SF Classical Voice), the Thalea String Quartet is one of San Francisco’s newest up and coming string quartets. Formed in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Thalea String Quartet has performed recitals in Italy, the United States and Canada and was recently appointed as the first quartet-in-residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They were named one of the “Top 10 Bay Area Quartets You Should Know” by CultureTrip.com and have been described as “having the potential to be one of the finest [quartets] of its generation” by the Calgary Herald.

The Thalea String Quartet has worked with members of the Juilliard Quartet, the Alexander Quartet and the Kronos Quartet. During their residency at The Banff Centre in June 2015, they worked with Gilbert Kallish, Alasdair Tait and Mark Steinberg.

Highlights of their 2015/16 season include performances of the Mendelssohn Octet with the Borromeo Quartet, Chausson’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet with Geoff Nuttall and Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor with Jodi Levitz.

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