2010-11 Musicians

SUMMER ROMANCE, Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Shapiro, pianist, has performed critically acclaimed recitals and concerto appearances across the United States, in Brazil, Britain, Ireland, Spain and France, and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He continues to gain recognition as a leading interpreter of Schubert, Beethoven and Mozart.

He has performed with orchestras including the National Symphony, the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of London, the Colorado National Repertory Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra. Last season he performed his second complete cycle of the piano sonatas of Beethoven at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has won several competitions, including the 1992 William Kapell International Piano Competition and the American Pianists’ Association Beethoven Fellowship Award.

An experienced chamber musician, Shapiro has performed frequently with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the orchestra’s chamber series, as well as with the Miró String Quartet and the Cavani String Quartet. He has participated at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival and the Fellowship Program at Tanglewood, and was a winner in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. He has released chamber music compact discs on the Harmonia Mundi and ASV labels.

As a conductor, Dr. Shapiro has studied with Daniel Lewis, Victor Yampolsky, Fritz Zweig, Gustav Meier and Sheldon Morgenstern. He made his conducting debut at Tanglewood at the age of sixteen, where, two summers later, he was given a special award for Outstanding Achievement in Piano, Chamber Music, and Conducting. In March 2001 he conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Akron Lyric Opera.

Shapiro has also had extensive experience as a collaborator and coach in art song and opera. He studied with Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Natalie Limonick, and was an opera and art song coach at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles. Currently a professor of piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, he was previously on the piano faculty at the University of Iowa. He also teaches at PianoFest in the Hamptons and at the Aria Summer International Music Academy.

A native of southern California, Shapiro began the study of piano at age six. His teachers have included Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Joanna Graudan, and Reginald Stewart. He studied at the University of Southern California and at the Peabody Conservatory, where he received his doctorate.

 

Mitchell Newman, violin,  is a native of Los Angeles and joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1987. After studies with Philharmonic violist David Stockhammer, he attended the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with David Cerone, Yumi Ninomiya, and Aaron Rosand.

Newman is a regular participant in the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella series and has had the opportunity to perform the Mendelssohn Octet with Joshua Bell, and Thomas Adès’ Piano Quintet with the composer playing piano. Newman also performs with the Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music, and joined them on their 2007 tour to Mexico. He can be heard on their recording of the First and Third String Quartets of Carlos Chávez. Newman has also recorded music of Eric Zeisl for Harmonia Mundi, and Stories From My Favorite Planet by Los Angeles composer Russell Steinberg. He also gives regular performances with the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in the San Francisco area.

Newman has played concertos by Mendelssohn, Bruch, Brahms, and Ned Rorem with local orchestras. In January 2008 Newman played Vivaldi’s Four Seasons concertos with the Knoxville (Tennessee) Symphony.

Currently, Newman teaches privately and at Pepperdine University in Malibu, and is the co-founder/conductor of the West Los Angeles College Summer Youth Orchestra. Yearly, he produces, performs, and narrates a concert in English and Spanish at St. Thomas Church for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has helped the Philharmonic’s Education Department develop their high school and youth orchestra outreach programs. In the summer of 2010, he opened Hilltop Boot Camp: Orchestra Audition Preparation for Strings; go to playdonjuan.com for details.

 

Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola, is the Artistic Director of the Gold Coast Chamber Players and a frequent performer with the San Francisco Symphony and Opera Orchestras as well as the Skywalker Symphony, recording for many movies and video games. Pamela has concertized throughout the US and Europe as soloist, chamber musician and with the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dimitry Sitkovetsky. Last March, Pamela joined the Amati Ensemble in Holland for a chamber music performance and will this Ensemble on May 1st in a collaborative effort titled: Amati Gold. As part of the development of Lafayette’s Black History Celebration with her project, HARMONY & MELODY, Pamela performed on KQED, at the deYoung Museum and in San Francisco at the African American Arts and Cultural Center. She is featured this month in Scene Magazine. She studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and with the Curtis String Quartet in Philadelphia where she was awarded the coveted Young Musicians Award for Chamber Music for two consecutive years. Pamela has performed with the San Diego Symphony and as Principal Violist with the San Diego Opera before relocating to the Bay Area. She became Principal Violist of San Francisco Opera’s touring company, Western Opera Theater, touring nationally for three years. An active educator, she and her husband, clarinetist Tony Striplen, have developed a unique education program, Topics in Tempo, which uses classical music as a tool to teach academic subjects (www.topicsintempo.org). She is currently the violin and viola teacher at St. Mary’s College in Moraga and has a private teaching studio in Lafayette.

 

Tamara Bohlin, cello, was born in Russia, attended the Ekaterinburg Special Music School, and has a soloist degree from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. She has performed with Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchestra. In 1992 she was one of the prize winners at the Unisa Transnet International String Competition in Pretoria, South Africa.

Between 1991 and 1996, Bohlin was the principal cellist of The St. Petersburg Camerata under conductor Saulius Sondeckis, touring Russia, Europe, and performing in venues such as Concertge-bouw, Gewandhaus, Musikverein as well as major concert halls in Japan and South Korea. The orchestra collaborated with conductors and musicians such as Igor Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Maxim Shostakovich. She also appeared as soloist with the same orchestra on numerous occasions. The orchestra recorded several acclaimed CDs for Sony Classics.

She is also an experienced chamber musician. From 1994-1996 she was a member of the Quartet of Soloists of Camerata St. Petersburg with a CD recording of piano quartets by Brahms and Schumann.

Bohlin joined the Royal Swedish Opera in 1997 and has been a permanent member since 2000. She has also served as assistant principal cellist on a regular basis in the same orchestra and as principal cellist in “Västerås Sinfonietta”.

As a chamber musician she also collaborates on a regular basis with the Royal Swedish Ballet, playing pieces such as Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 11 in “Andersson, Dawson and Hampson” in 2004, and George Crumb’s Black Angels in the world premiere of “Ossuarium” 2007.

Tamara moved from Sweden to USA in 2008 and she is already very much in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. She performs regularly with Gold Coast Chamber Players, SF Chamber Orchestra, and the Berkeley Symphony. In February 2011 she performed a Haydn cello concerto in Los Angeles with the Peninsula Symphony. She recently performed in Cal Performances The Britten Project with Maestro Lorin Maazel. Tamara is teaching at the SF Conservatory’s Prep Division.

AMATI GOLD, Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 2 p.m.

Gil Sharon, violin
Franklyn D’Antonio, violin
Ron Ephrat, viola
Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola
Tamara Bohlin, cello
Andrew Cook, cello

Gil Sharon was born in Bucharest, Romania, that he left in 1961, moving to Israel, where he completed his studies with Prof. Partos at the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv, performing at the same time both in many chamber music concerts and as soloist with various Israeli orchestras. In 1969 he moved to the Netherlands, becoming 1st concertmaster of the Limburgs Symfonie Orkest in Maastricht. His international career began in 1971 with winning the International Emily Anderson Violin Competition in London; he has been ever since present on all important concert scenes in Europe, North-America and Israel, displaying not only the broad and better known, huge violin repertoire, but offering his public also more unusual, lesser spread works like the Concerto for Violin, Viola, Piano and String-quartet by Chausson, that he performed in Athens together with the pianist Dmitri Sgouros and the Borodin-Quartet, or Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, that he played together with Shlomo Mintz in Barcelona. His reputation as a musician of chamber-music is wide-spread; he is first violin of the Sharon Quartet and founder of the Amati Ensemble. Gil Sharon is a frequent guest of the Prades aux Champs Élysées-series of the prestigious Thêatre de Champs Élysées in Paris as well as of the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades. In 1997 Gil Sharon was conferred by Queen Beatrix for his outstanding merits for music in the Netherlands the title of Knight of Oranje-Nassau.

 

Franklyn D’Antonio has accumulated a wealth of solo, chamber music, and orchestral experience since his studies with Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California at the age of 16. The following year, he was appointed to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra by its Music Director Sir Neville Marriner before going on to hold positions in the Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. Described as an “outstanding soloist” (San Francisco Examiner) and “technically dazzling” (Los Angeles Times), his performances over the last 35 years have taken him on tours throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. During his decade long tenure as professor of Violin at California State University, Northridge, Mr. D’Antonio released two CDs with the Vista Piano Trio. He has appeared as violin soloist with numerous orchestras, including multiple appearances with the San Francisco Ballet performing the Prokofiev and Stravinsky violin concertos and the Russian Seasons (a 12 movement work for solo violin and string orchestra). Mr. D’Antonio is currently the Concertmaster of the Berkeley Symphony.

 

Ron Ephrat was born in Israel. He studied With Prof. Ilona Feher and with Prof. Odeon Partos at the Rubin Music Academy in Tel Aviv, followed by studies with P. Schidlof [Amadeus Quartet] and Michael Tree [Guarneri quartet]. He was a member of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Holland. Since 1983 Ron is Solo Principal violist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Ron is a professor of viola at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and the Rotterdam conservatory. Ron is a founding member of the New European Strings Chamber orchestra [NES] did. Dmitry Sitkovetsky. With this orchestra he made world wide concert tours as well as many CD recordings [including Bach-Goldberg Variations arranged for string orchestra].With the NES he was a resident musician in Korsholm-Finland and Seattle Wa. USA. He played with the NES the American premiere of A. Schnittke’s Triple Concerto together with D. Sitkovetsky and D. Geringas. Ron is a member of the Amati String Trio. He played with the trio in Germany, Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, Israel, Austria and The Netherlands. In Canada is the Amati string trio a regular guest at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Among many CD recordings of the trio are the Bach Goldberg Variations for string trio [arr. D. Sitkovetsky], Schubert Trout quintet and Mozart Gran Partita for strings [arr. M. Rechtman]. Ron is a recognized international artist, he is a welcome guest in music festivals like Menuhin Festival Gstaadt, Casals Festival-Prades, White Nights- St.Petersburg, Storioni Festival-Holland, Mozart Festival-Waterloo, Colorado Festival- USA, Schleswig Holstein Vestival and Keshet Eilon-Israel. Ron is a resident artist at the Days of Chamber music in Upper Gallile in Kfar Blum- Israel. He plays as guest artist with the Fine Arts Quartet, Talich Quartet, Salzburger Solisten, Daniel Quartet Rubens quartet, Gold coast chamber players San Francisco- USA and Israel Piano Trio. Among artists he plays with are Shlomo Mintz, Hagai Shaham, Arnold Steinhardt, Rachel Barton-Pine, Gil Sharon, Chantal Julliet, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Vadim Repin, Jan Talich, Gerard Causse, Vladimir Mendelssohn, David Geringas, Lynn Harrell, Truls Murk, Bella Davidovitch, Jeramy Menuhin, Emanuel Ax, Sergei Nakariakov, Karl Leister, Michael Collins. Ron is playing on a viola made by Matteo Goffriller of Venice 1710 and a rare viola bow made by D. Peccatte – Paris.

Pamela Freund-Striplen, viola, is the Artistic Director of the Gold Coast Chamber Players and a frequent performer with the San Francisco Symphony and Opera Orchestras as well as the Skywalker Symphony, recording for many movies and video games. Pamela has concertized throughout the US and Europe as soloist, chamber musician and with the New European Strings Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dimitry Sitkovetsky. Last March, Pamela joined the Amati Ensemble in Holland for a chamber music performance and will this Ensemble on May 1st in a collaborative effort titled: Amati Gold. As part of the development of Lafayette’s Black History Celebration with her project, HARMONY & MELODY, Pamela performed on KQED, at the deYoung Museum and in San Francisco at the African American Arts and Cultural Center. She is featured this month in Scene Magazine. She studied at the Oberlin Conservatory and with the Curtis String Quartet in Philadelphia where she was awarded the coveted Young Musicians Award for Chamber Music for two consecutive years. Pamela has performed with the San Diego Symphony and as Principal Violist with the San Diego Opera before relocating to the Bay Area. She became Principal Violist of San Francisco Opera’s touring company, Western Opera Theater, touring nationally for three years. An active educator, she and her husband, clarinetist Tony Striplen, have developed a unique education program, Topics in Tempo, which uses classical music as a tool to teach academic subjects (www.topicsintempo.org). She is currently the violin and viola teacher at St. Mary’s College in Moraga and has a private teaching studio in Lafayette.

Tamara Bohlin bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Cook, cellist, has excited audiences as a soloist and ensemble artist both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Cook received his bachelors degree from the Peabody Conservatory under Stephen Kates and in 1987 went to study with Lynn Harrell as a scholarship student at the University of Southern California. Concert appearances have taken Mr. Cook throughout the United States, Mexico, France, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Central Asia and Egypt. As a member of the Peabody Honor String Quartet, Mr. Cook performed live broadcasts for National Public Radio and Radio France, a command performance for Princess Grace of Monaco, and a performance at the Palace of Versailles. In 1988, he joined the Valcoeur String Quartet who were artists-in-residence at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. In 1990, Mr. Cook represented the U.S. at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow. He has been a guest artist with the Ensemble of Santa Fe and the Lark String Quartet and has also been a guest at the Cerventino International Festival, Musica Da Camerata Festival, Grand Teton Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West and San Miguel de Allende. Mr. Cook is very active in the Los Angeles music scene and has been a regular guest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, joining them on two recent European tours. He has also worked with the Pasadena Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Cook was a founding member of the Vista Trio which has performed worldwide and has released two recordings on the Vision Records label. He has released his own solo compact disc of beautiful short concert pieces for cello and piano entitled “After a Dream”. He is also working on a DVD of J.S. Bach suites for solo cello with AIX and BMG. He has served on the faculties of Goucher College, Pepperdine University, and California State University Northridge. He is the cofounder and director of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival and he has been a faculty member of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Mr. Cook is also active in the recording, television and motion picture studios working on music scores for countless films. He is in great demand not only as a performer but also as a teacher, lecturer and educator.

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