Robin Sharp, concertmaster
Robin Sharp, a native of California, is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. In addition to maintaining private teaching studios in San Francisco and Palo Alto, Robin performs as concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra with conductor Ben Simon, and is on the music faculty at Stanford University as full-time Lecturer in Violin. Robin also served as concertmaster for the Berkeley Symphony with conductor Kent Nagano for six seasons, and was a guest concertmaster for a concert in Germany under conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. She is currently on the artistic advisory board of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and is also on the faculty of California Summer Music.
Hrabba Atladottir, violin
Icelandic violinist Hrabba Atladottir studied in Berlin, Germany and worked as a freelance violinist in Berlin for five years, regularly playing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper, and Deutsche Symphonieorchester. Hrabba also participated in a world tour with the Icelandic pop artist Björk, and a Germany tour with violinist Nigel Kennedy. Hrabba has been based in Berkeley, California, since August of 2008, where she has been performing as a soloist and with various ensembles such as the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble, and the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, to name a few. She teaches violin at UC Berkeley.
Eugene Chukhlov, violin
Eugene Chukhlov has over 24 years of performance and teaching experience as a member of the Arlekin String Quartet. In addition to his quartet duties, Eugene is applauded regularly as a soloist and orchestral player throughout the Bay Area. He counts Milly Rosner, Joan Balter, and the late Colin Hampton as his great mentors. Eugene lives in El Sobrante with his Alexandra Marie and wife Edith. He is an avid gardener, mainly roses and grapes (no wine this year, though). He shares with his wife a passion for fishing California lakes and the South Pacific seas. They plan to retire in Kona, grow orchids, fish, paint with watercolors, and perhaps give a few violin lessons to the local kids.
Gillian Clements, violin
A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Gillian moved to San Francisco in 2008 from Nyeri, Kenya, where she lived and worked for 18 months to found a string program for 80 students at the Mount Kenya Academy. When not teaching or squeezing in weekend safaris in Kenya, Gillian conducted research for her dissertation on Western & Kenyan music education which she completed in May 2008 at Boston University. Gillian has performed with a number of orchestras including the North Carolina Symphony, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Key West Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, New Hampshire Symphony, Monterey Symphony, and Sacramento Philharmonic. Gillian is currently Instrumental Music Director at St. Ignatius College Prep where she is known to students as “Dr.C”; her students have performed in Carnegie Hall and Kenya. Gillian lives in San Francisco with her husband and baby girl.
Antoine van Dongen, violin
Antoine van Dongen served on the faculty of Wellesley College, New England Conservatory, MIT, and the Walnut Hill School of Arts between 2005-2011. From 1989-2004 Mr. van Dongen had a distinguished career as a first violinist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and worked closely with Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Maria Giulini, Pierre Boulez, Ricardo Chailly, and Mariss Jansons. Previously, he was first violinist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Antoine played regularly with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and worked with Frans Bruggen and Ton Koopman. He has also served as Concertmaster of the Dutch Baroque Ensemble. Antoine moved to the Bay Area in 2012 and became a member of the SFCO. He teaches students from Stanford University, UC Berkeley, University of the Pacific, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of Arts, and Mountain View’s Finn centre of Music and Arts.
Debra Fong, principal second violin
Debra Fong moved to the Bay Area in 2004 by way of Texas, Boston, Virginia, and Chicago. Debra is on the music faculty at Stanford University as a Lecturer in Violin and Chamber Music, and she maintains a private violin studio in Palo Alto. She has also served on the violin faculty at The College of William and Mary, the Music Institute of Chicago, and New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Debra holds two performance degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. During the summers, Debra performs as a first violinist of The Santa Fe Opera, and she has been a featured guest artist of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Stanford University’s Pan-Asian Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Debra has worked closely with composers such as Olivier Messiaen, Joan Tower, John Cage, Kaija Saariaho, and Bright Sheng. In her leisure time, she enjoys photography, word games, reading modern fiction, practicing yoga, and seeking out excellent coffee. Debra is married to cellist Christopher Costanza, and they have an ebullient violinist daughter, Isabella.
Rachel Noyes, violin
Rachel Noyes was born into a family of musicians in Portland, Maine and began Suzuki violin lessons at the age of 3 with her mother. She first came to the Bay Area as a teenager, studying with Zaven Melikian at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Prep. Rachel later studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M.) and at the University of Maryland (M.M.) Now she is happily playing in many area groups, including the SFCO, Modesto Symphony and Marin Symphony. Rachel enjoys playing with the exceptional musicians and people that make up the SFCO and finds their music making truly personal and enlivening. When she is not practicing, rehearsing, performing or teaching, Rachel enjoys taking long hikes and walks near her home in Marin and having coffee dates with her husband.
Jeremy Preston, violin
Jeremy Preston is the Principal Second of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the Associate Concertmaster of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Before moving to San Francisco in 2013 he was a tenured violinist with the North Carolina Symphony for seven seasons, was a member of the North Carolina Symphony String Quartet, and frequently performed with the Mallarme Chamber Players, the Peace College Manning Chamber Players, New Music Raleigh, and the Eastern Festival Chamber Players. Jeremy Preston maintains a private violin studio and is a faculty member of the Hamlin School, the Myriad School of Music, the SF Community Music Center, and the Eastern Music Festival. Trained at the New England Conservatory, Rice University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Jeremy’s teachers include Marylou Speaker Churchill, Lynn Chang, Kathleen Winkler, Sally Thomas and William Preucil.
Ming-Shiu Yo, violin
Known to his American friends as “Yo”, violinist Ming-Shiu Yo is a native of Taiwan and graduated from Hartt School of Music and New England Conservatory. Before migrating to the Bay Area for its diverse culture, he played more than 10 years with the Virginia Symphony. Other than being a musician, Yo has been pursuing his interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine for several years. He lives in Fremont with his beautiful harpsichordist wife Ching-Ching Sun and their ever so curious son Clement.
Alexandra Leem, principal viola
Alexandra Leem is a graduate of the Eastman School and Yale University. A recipient of the Yale University scholarship, she worked closely with Tokyo String Quartet. Until a recent move to CA, she has served as Principal Viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Company of Philadelphia and substitute for the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is a member of the Santa Fe Opera, Principal Viola of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and maintains a private studio in east bay.
Jory Fankuchen, violin & viola
Jory Fankuchen is quickly building a reputation as both a performer and teacher in the Bay Area. Jory’s musical studies include a bachelor’s of music from the San Francisco Conservatory, where he studied with Ian Swensen, and a master’s of music from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Lucy Chapman. An avid chamber musician, Jory has performed in concert with artists such as Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, Joel Krosnick, Bonnie Hampton, Mark Sokol, Ian Swensen, and Paul Hersh. As first violinist of the Kailas String Quartet, Jory performed throughout North America, winning first prize in the Chamber Music International Competition, and silver at the National Fischoff Competition.
Darcy Rindt, viola
Violist Darcy Rindt attended University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied with Roy Malan, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in both music and marine biology. She also holds a Master’s Degree in performance from San Francisco State University, where she studied under Paul Yarbrough. She continued post-graduate instruction with Catherine Van Hoesen of the San Francisco Symphony. Darcy holds positions in the SFCO and the Santa Rosa, Marin, Oakland, California and Berkeley Symphonies. She has toured internationally with the band SRO and has played shows with Peter Gabriel, Chicago, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and numerous other Bay Area bands. Ms. Rindt is also composer and arranger for Squid Inc and has been involved with San Francisco Symphony’s “Adventures in Music” and other outreach programs.
Clio Tilton, viola
Violist Clio Tilton delights in the diversity and excitement in her career. Equally at home with contemporary, classical, and early music repertoire, she studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School and has been heard across Europe, Asia, and the United States. A Fulbright fellowship recipient, she spent two years studying and performing in Switzerland. Currently a substitute with the San Francisco Symphony, Clio also performs with the San Francisco Contemporary Players and the American Bach Soloists and has performed with the Camerata de Lausanne and the Orchestre Symphonique de Genève. An active chamber musician, she performs with the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco, the Americana Orchestra, and has worked with the Friction quartet.
Hannah Addario-Berry, cello
Hannah Addario-Berry grew up in British Columbia and fell in love with the cello at age nine. She studied music in Montreal and San Francisco and has been living in the Bay Area since 2004. Hannah performs in lots of great concert halls, but also in much less likely places for music: she has performed an opera on a city bus, has played cello while riding on dancers’ backs across a stage, and hosts a popular cello series at her neighborhood café. When she’s not playing the cello, Hannah can often be found choosing fresh produce at the local farmers market, cooking something yummy in the kitchen, getting lost in the woods, or sitting on her meditation cushion, trying to remember to breathe.
Eric Gaenslen, cello
Cellist Eric Gaenslen has performed as a chamber musician, recitalist and guest soloist in venues across North America and Europe. Recent solo highlights include the world premiere of Siddhartha for cello and string orchestra by Laura Carnibucci, and a performance of Bloch’s Schelomo at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall. From 2009-2011, Eric held the position of Acting Principal Cellist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
A devoted educator, Mr. Gaenslen has given master classes in cello and chamber music across the country, including University of Missouri, Kansas City; State University New York at Purchase; California State University at Fresno, Northridge and Long Beach; Univerty of Western Washington; and Brevard Music Center. He has held faculty positions at the Mannes College in New York and at the University of California at Santa Cruz and maintains a private studio.
Mr. Gaenslen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master of Arts degree from the Juilliard School of Music. His teachers have included Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann, Felix Galimir, Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth, and Irene Sharp.
Robert Howard, cello
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Robert joined his middle school orchestra at age twelve. Although he played piano from age five, he really took to the interactive aspect of string playing. Later he attended Rice University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Summers were a highlight of his musical education. He played and studied at Tanglewood, Spoleto, Verbier, Switzerland, the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and the Sandor Vegh Academy in Prague. Robert won first prize in the Rome Festival Competition and has received grants from the Maggini and Virtu Foundations. Locally, he has performed with American Bach Soloists, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and the San Francisco Symphony. Robert is grateful for the travel opportunities his cello affords him. It has accompanied him everywhere from Costa Rican swamps, to the Paris metro, to Venetian gondolas.
Eugene Sor, cello
Eugene Sor has enjoyed a variety of musical endeavors since earning his master of music degree in cello performance from UCLA in 1996. He has played in several orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area, including six seasons as principal cellist in the Stockton Symphony and nine seasons as a cellist in the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. His wide range of chamber music experience includes extensive work with the Chamberlain and Volta String Quartets and the Adorno Ensemble. He is currently director of the Crowden Center for Music in the community of Berkeley, resident conductor of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and conductor of the Preparatory Chamber Orchestra at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Michel Taddei, principal double bass
Michel Taddei studied double bass at the Juilliard School’s pre-college division, while pursuing a degree in history at Columbia University. Michel was invited by Kent Nagano to be principal bass with the Opéra National de Lyon in France while still in graduate school at UC Berkeley. Since his return to the United States, Michel’s career has included tours as principal bassist with the New York City Opera National Company and Western Opera Theater, as well as performances with the Empyrean Ensemble, Russian National Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Earplay, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.
Jon Keigwin, double bass
Jon Keigwin is a native Bay Area bass player, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Jon studied bass with Charles Chandler of The San Francisco Symphony and continued his studies at The Curtis Institute of Music Philadelphia with Harold Robinson, principal bass of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Jon is a former prize winner of the Irvin Klein String Competition 1999. He currently performs with many Bay Area orchestras as well as performing in numerous groups as a singer and song writer, notably the Jonny Keigwin Band as well as Mary Jones’ Lights. Jon and his wife Lexie reside in San Rafael.
Tod Brody, principal flute
Flutist Tod Brody’s multifaceted career reflects his appreciation of variety. He specializes in the performance of contemporary music as flutist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, Empyrean Ensemble, and Eco Ensemble, but he loves playing music of all eras. He teaches flute and chamber music at UC Davis, and serves as Executive Director of the San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle, which produces contemporary opera to great acclaim. He is the father of three, whose ages range from 9 to 33, and loves word games and reading classic and contemporary fiction.
Stacey Pelinka, flute
A native of the Bay Area, Stacey performs mostly contemporary chamber music with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Worn Chamber Ensemble, and the Blueprint Festival’s Ensemble Parallèle. She is principal flutist with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program productions, and she plays second flute with the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Midsummer Mozart Festival. As a freelance performer, she has played with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, and many other Bay Area ensembles. She earned a master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory, where she studied with Timothy Day. Stacey is also a certified Feldenkrais Method practitioner, and she enjoys integrating Feldenkrais with her playing and teaching.
Peter Lemberg, principal oboe
The SFCO’s principal oboist since 2006, Peter Lemberg also plays principal with the West Bay Opera, the San Francisco Opera Center, and the Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra. He plays regularly with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and many other orchestras, including the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, and as guest Principal Oboe with the Reno Philharmonic. He has been the featured soloist on several occasions with the SFCO and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and he teaches oboe privately. Peter grew up in the Bay Area, and his early influences were recordings of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony concerts of the late 1960s to early 1970s.
Kathy Conner, oboe
Kathy Conner, a native San Franciscan, discovered the oboe at age 12 and happily switched over from the clarinet. She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Marc Lifschey. She performs regularly with the SF Opera Center, Sacramento Choral Society, the Lamplighters, and other Bay Area musical organizations. A Teaching Artist with the San Francisco Symphony’s Instrument Training and Support Program, Kathy travels to 10 San Francisco public schools each week to work with student musicians. Kathy loves a good novel, corny movies, watching shore birds and traveling. She has played her oboe in Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and France.
Marilyn Martella, principal clarinet
Marilyn, a seventh generation Californian, grew up in San Jose and has been playing the clarinet since she was 11 years old. Her first teacher was her dad, Leroy “Flash” Martella, an outstanding professional jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. Marilyn played in her school band and studied privately from the sixth grade through high school. Her formal study culminated with a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Mitchell Lurie and Michelle Zukovsky. Marilyn has performed with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras, San Jose Symphony, and Marin Symphony, to name a few. She has taught on the faculty at UC Santa Cruz and currently maintains private studios in Oakland and San Francisco. Marilyn is also a member of the Bellevente Wind Quintet. In her free time, Marilyn enjoys puttering in her house and garden, reading, enduring a bit of light exercise and dining in and out with her partner and friends.
Peter Josheff, clarinet
Peter Josheff is a founding member of Sonic Harvest and of Earplay. He is also a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Empyrean Ensemble, and Eco Ensemble. He has performed with many other groups, including the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Opera Parallele, Melody of China, Composers Inc. He has composed instrumental and vocal music, opera and pop songs, as well as music for dance and theater.
Peter’s recent compositions include Europa and The Bull (2014), a chamber oratorio; The Cauldron (2014), commissioned and premiered by tenor Brian Thorsett; Waiting (2012), commissioned and premiered by Earplay; Sutro Tower in the Fog (2011), commissioned, premiered, and recorded by the Bernal Hill Players; Sextet (2010), premiered by Sonic Harvest; and Inferno (2008), a chamber opera produced by San Francisco Cabaret Opera in 2009. His latest work will be premiered by the Farallon Quintet in January 2015.
Karla Ekholm, principal bassoon
Bassoonist Karla Ekholm happily plays in a multitude of local orchestras, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Chamber Symphony, the Marin Symphony, the Vallejo Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the San Francisco Lyric Opera, and the San Francisco Opera Center. Born and raised in Texas, Karla moved to San Francisco in high school, and she holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and from Temple University. Each summer, Karla drives cross-country to teach and play at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is one of seven musicians featured in the documentary, Freeway Philharmonic.
Carolyn Lockhart, bassoon
Carolyn Lockhart, bassoonist, is a native of Toronto, Canada. She came to California in the fall of 1992 to study with Stephen Maxym at the University of Southern California where she earned a master’s degree in music performance. Since moving to Northern California, Carolyn has established herself as one of the Bay Area’s most sought after bassoonists. In addition to contracted posts with Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose and Ballet San Jose, Carolyn performs on a regular basis with major orchestras all over the Bay area. When Carolyn is not playing bassoon, she can be found making jewelry, hiking, running, gardening, decorating her home and enjoying the company of her 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Alex Rosenfeld, principal horn
Alex Rosenfeld leads a busy life as a freelance orchestral hornist, previously holding positions in the Louisiana Philharmonic & Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras. He is currently Principal Horn of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Fourth Horn of the Fresno Philharmonic, and Third Horn with both the Stockton Symphony and Sarasota Opera Orchestras. As a frequent extra and substitute with the San Francisco Symphony, he has accompanied them on multiple domestic and international tours. He also performs with many other orchestras around the Bay Area, throughout the country, and internationally including a recent trial as Principal Horn with the New Zealand Symphony. Alex is also an active chamber musician and teacher. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling and brewing beer.
Kevin Rivard, horn
Known for his “delicious quality of tone,” Kevin Rivard is currently Co-Principal Horn of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Principal Horn of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He has performed with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A Juilliard graduate, Mr. Rivard has served as guest principal horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra & the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and was a featured soloist with the Houston Symphony. As horn professor with California State University East Bay, Mr. Rivard loves teaching and inspiring young students. Every year he volunteers at local schools performing for youth, hoping to give to as many children as possible the opportunity to enjoy live music.
Alicia Telford, horn
Alicia Telford, a native Californian, is an alumna and former faculty member of San Francisco State University, where she studied horn with David Krehbiel and William Klingelhoffer. She is a well-known freelance artist and teacher in the Bay Area, a tenured member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and of the Fremont Symphony, a regular extra with the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, and the San Francisco Ballet orchestra, and a faculty member at Los Medanos College and at UC Berkeley. Alicia performs with her brass quintet, the Golden Gate Brass, and woodwind quintet, Bellavente, throughout the state. Among her many credits as a musician is a full fellowship to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival.
John Freeman, principal trumpet
John Freeman is the principal trumpet of the Marin Symphony, is a member of Oakland East Bay Symphony and Symphony Napa Valley, and has been in the SFCO for several years. John is originally from Charlotte, NC, and attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Shortly after college, John moved to Charleston, SC, to assume the principal trumpet position with the Charleston Symphony, which he held for two years before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. John now regularly performs with many of the Bay Area symphony orchestras as well as teaching privately. John lives with his wife in San Francisco and enjoys spending free time cycling, running, photography and traveling.
Scott Macomber, trumpet
Born in Evanston, IL, Scott began studying the trumpet at age nine. When Scott was fifteen his pianist mom introduced him to some Chicago Symphony recordings and he was hooked. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree at Northwestern University in 1995, Scott moved to the Bay Area to earn his master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Performing with the SFCO is especially rewarding for Scott because not only are his colleagues in the orchestra inspiring, incredibly talented, hardworking musicians, but they are also fun loving friends. When he is not playing the trumpet, Scott loves to run, cook and read. Scott lives in Walnut Creek with his kids, Anya and Nick and his wife, Karen.
Craig McAmis, trombone
Craig received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of the Pacific and a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is an active performer and teacher in the greater Bay Area with two teaching studios and a full schedule of performances with groups as diverse as the Marin Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, and the Oakland Municipal Band. Craig has toured the United States with the Western Opera Theater, and he has played in several music festivals in Europe, including the Festival de due Mondi and the Stagione Lyrica Opera Festival.
Chris Froh, timpani & percussion
Chris Froh began his study of percussion at the age of 11 in an attempt to appear attractive to girls. By the time he turned 12, his parents had foiled his plans by purchasing him a marimba, an instrument even lamer than his previous instrument, the recorder. After failing to find anything redeeming about music conservatories, he moved to Japan to study marimba and improvisation with the Japanese composer and pedagogue, Keiko Abe. Finishing at the University of Michigan, he moved with his girlfriend to San Francisco, where he married next to the Golden Gate Bridge and began working with a whole bunch of incredible musicians and composers.
Loren Mach, timpani & percussion
Loren is passionate about our interconnectedness with the natural world. His education includes a hike of the Appalachian Trail, a large section-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, and a cycling tour of the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route from Canada to Mexico. Lately he has focused more on bouldering and climbing. Loren is also passionate about the arts as they relate to our 21st-century world and all who inhabit it. Oberlin, CCM, Presser Award, New Mexico Symphony, ADORNO, SFS, SFCMP, Cabrillo, Ojai—blah, blah, yada, yada… Since moving to the Bay in fall 2005, he has really enjoyed performing with the area’s diverse array of talented artists.