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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 former 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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Jeffrey LaDeur

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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Laura Griffiths

Laura Griffiths, oboe

Laura Griffiths is Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Formerly, she was Principal Oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic. She has also served as Acting Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra for several seasons and was Acting Associate Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Symphony for one season. She has been guest Principal Oboe with several major orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Laura has participated in many summer festivals, including La Jolla SummerFest, the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Britt Festival orchestras. She was also Principal Oboe of the Midsummer Mozart Festival under George Cleve.

From 1995 to 2002, Ms. Griffiths was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music, where she taught chamber music. She was also an interim faculty member at the Oberlin School of Music in 2005.  Ms. Griffiths has taught master classes at the Eastman School of Music, the Yale School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, and several others.

Laura Griffiths received a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Richard Killmer.

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Rufus Olivier

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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Mark Brandenburg

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.

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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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Roy Malan

Roy Malan, violin

In January 2015 Roy Malan relinquished his position as concertmaster of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. His 40 year first chair tenure with the orchestra sets a record for any major orchestra in the San Francisco Bay Area and quite likely the rest of the country as well.

Malan’s contribution to Bay Area music life is wide-ranging. His violin playing represents a distillation of his links to the “Golden Age” of romantic performers, combined with a hands-on knowledge of contemporary performance techniques. During the San Francisco Ballet’s season Malan was heard by thousands every evening in the grand ballet solos of the literature, which include most of the major violin con- certos. Herb Caen wrote that these solos alone were worth the price of admission. Colleagues have described him as the last of the romantics whose sound alone could identify him.

As the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players’ premier violinist for as many years, Malan has performed standard cornerstone as well as hot-off-the-press new music, col- laborating with such luminaries as Olivier Messiaen, Elliot Carter, Pierre Boulez, Lou Harrison, John Adams, Dave Brubeck and Frank Zappa.

His training was at the Curtis Institute under Efrem Zimbalist, and at Juilliard as a product of the 20th century’s celebrated star producer Ivan Galamian.

As a teacher, Malan has placed students in many of the Bay Area’s orchestras and chamber music groups. In addition he directs a summer chamber music festival in Telluride, Colorado, and is the author of an acclaimed biography of his teacher, Zimbalist, who bequeathed Malan his favorite French concert bows.

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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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Daniel Smith, bass

Daniel​ ​G.​ ​Smith​ ​was​ ​appointed​ ​Associate​ ​Principal​ ​Bass​ ​of​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​Symphony​ ​by Michael​ ​Tilson​ ​Thomas​ ​in​ ​spring​ ​of​ ​2017.​ ​Prior​ ​to​ ​his​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​appointment,​ ​Smith​ ​served as​ ​Principal​ ​Bass​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Santa​ ​Barbara​ ​Symphony​ ​for​ ​three​ ​seasons,​ ​and​ ​from​ ​2015-17​ ​as section​ ​bass​ ​in​ ​the​ ​San​ ​Diego​ ​Symphony.​ ​He​ ​has​ ​performed​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Los​ ​Angeles Philharmonic,​ ​Pacific​ ​Symphony,​ ​Hawaii​ ​Symphony,​ ​New​ ​World​ ​Symphony,​ ​and​ ​served​ ​as guest​ ​Principal​ ​and​ ​Associate​ ​Principal​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Los​ ​Angeles​ ​Chamber​ ​Orchestra.

Smith​ ​received​ ​his​ ​Bachelor​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​from​ ​Rice​ ​University’s​ ​Shepherd​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​in​ ​2013 under​ ​the​ ​tutelage​ ​of​ ​Timothy​ ​Pitts.​ ​After​ ​four​ ​years​ ​in​ ​school​ ​pursuing​ ​music,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​a biochemistry​ ​minor, ​​​Daniel​ ​travelled​ ​to​ ​Bali,​ ​Indonesia,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​spent​ ​four​ ​months​ ​volunteering and​ ​teaching​ ​music​ ​at​ ​an​ ​orphanage​ ​known​ ​as​ ​Bali​ ​Life.

A​ ​native​ ​to​ ​Southern​ ​California,​ ​Daniel​ ​is​ ​thrilled​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​on​ ​the​ ​“best​ ​coast”​ ​and​ ​explore​ ​the treasures​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bay​ ​area​ ​and​ ​northern​ ​California.

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Mckensie Camp

Mckensie Camp, percussion

Mckenzie Camp is a percussionist in San Francisco. She plays with a variety of ensembles including the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Island City Opera, and she is a member of Wild Rumpus, a chamber group dedicated to the development of new music through collaboration with young emerging composers. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and a Performer’s Certificate, and received her Masters in Percussion Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Mckenzie has a passion for teaching piano and percussion to young, aspiring musicians. She recently led a pilot percussion project with Music for Autism International at a school in Montreal, and was on faculty at the CODA Music Festival in West Virginia as well as the Stanford Youth Orchestra summer program.

Mckenzie is a California native. She grew up a farm girl on a vineyard near Bakersfield. Her musical endeavors began when she started taking piano lessons at the age of four. She also played the saxophone in elementary school until switching to percussion, which she has loved ever since.

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Stanford Woodwind Quintet

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.

Laura Griffiths, oboe

Laura Griffiths is Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Formerly, she was Principal Oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic. She has also served as Acting Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra for several seasons and was Acting Associate Principal Oboe of the San Francisco Symphony for one season. She has been guest Principal Oboe with several major orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Laura has participated in many summer festivals, including La Jolla SummerFest, the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Britt Festival orchestras. She was also Principal Oboe of the Midsummer Mozart Festival under George Cleve.

From 1995 to 2002, Ms. Griffiths was a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music, where she taught chamber music. She was also an interim faculty member at the Oberlin School of Music in 2005.  Ms. Griffiths has taught master classes at the Eastman School of Music, the Yale School of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, and several others.

Laura Griffiths received a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Richard Killmer.

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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