2019 - 2020 Featured Performers
Ben Simon has successfully made the transition to conductor following twenty-five years as a violist performing in several of the United States’ most elite ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Naumburg award-winning New World String Quartet, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
The Puppet Company was created by Randal Metz, and has been producing imaginative family entertainment for close to 50 years. It strives to present quality children's productions that appeal to all ages. Each tale or well known "puppet classic" is told with humor and delights the eyes with well crafted puppets and colorful scenic effects
While in graduate school, Anthony Lane left a promising career in paleo-anthropology in order to pursue a long-held dream to become a violin maker. In the fall of 1986, he became a Master Violin Maker. He currently lives on a small ranch outside Petaluma where he works and focuses on building violins, violas, and cellos, as well as the restoration of fine instruments from the past, living his dream of 40 years ago.
Bellavente was selected for five seasons as resident woodwind quintet of the San Francisco Symphony Adventures in Music Program, performing more than 130 educational concerts per season for children in the San Francisco schools. From classical to traditional folk song, ragtime to Gershwin, marches to contemporary, Bellavente entertains through music, story and song.
The Oakland Youth Chorus unites diverse communities and transforms young people's lives through excellence in music education and community performance. Empowering children and youth with safe, joyful avenues to express themselves and connect through the arts, Oakland Youth Chorus changes the lives that will transform our neighborhoods and our world.
Soprano Ann Moss is an acclaimed recording artist and champion of contemporary vocal music who performs and collaborates with a dynamic array of living composers and chamber ensembles. In addition to working closely with well-known composers such as Jake Heggie, Kaija Saariaho, John Harbison, and Aaron Jay Kernis, Ann seeks out and performs music by emerging voices at forums and festivals across the USA.
Volti, one of the leading professional vocal ensembles in the United States, has a primary purpose of performing contemporary American music. Having commissioned more than 100 new works by emerging and established composers, Volti is the only seven-time winner of the prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. Volti has been guided by founding Artistic Director Robert Geary since 1979.
The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) is an award-winning youth orchestra for regional string musicians of high-school age and younger. At PACO, we believe that making music-and lifelong friends-is best achieved in an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork. More than just learning how to play the notes, our students learn the real meaning and value of playing well with others.
The award-winning Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir has been in the forefront of the music scene in the East Bay since 1982. Founding Artistic Director Robert Geary has established the choir as a leading force in international choral activities with a particular strength in newly commissioned music. Our flagship choir, Ensemble, will now be able to follow that path of artistic achievements under the guidance of new Artistic Director Eric Tuan, a widely commissioned composer as well as a talented conductor.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eric Tuan is highly sought after as a choral conductor, composer, and collaborative keyboardist. Tuan started his musical journey in the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir as a young chorister, and is currently on faculty as Ecco conductor and composer-in-residence. In July 2019, he transitioned to Artistic Director of the internationally recognized program.
Robin Sharp, a native of California, is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. Ms. Sharp has appeared in recital at many prestigious venues including the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the National Music Hall in Taipei, and at Carnegie Hall. In 2010, a violin concerto called “Haili Lirico” was written for Ms. Sharp by composer Gabriela Lena Frank, in remembrance of her father, Terry Sharp.
Keisuke Nakagoshi has received training from Emanuel Ax, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler and Paul Hersh and performed concert stages across the United States including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Hollywood Bowl. In 2014, he made a solo debut with San Francisco Symphony on Ingvar Lidholm’s Poesis with Herbert Blomstedt conducting.