Robin Sharp, concertmaster
Robin Sharp, concertmaster

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.

Hrabba Atladottir, violin
Hrabba Atladottir, violin

Icelandic violinist Hrabba Atladottir studied in Berlin, Germany, and worked there as a freelance violinist for five years, regularly playing with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Deutsche Oper, and Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. She currently teaches violin at UC Berkeley and performs with the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players.

Liana Bérubé, violin
Liana Bérubé, violin

Canadian violinist Liana Bérubé’s was a founding member of the Delphi Trio. Liana travels regularly around the US and abroad, presenting concerts, doing outreach, and teaching masterclasses. She has appeared as concerto soloist with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, the Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, and Sinfonia Toronto.

Emily Botel, violin
Emily Botel, violin

Philadelphia-born violinist, Emily is the founder and a violinist in the chamber orchestra One Found Sound, and the baroque ensemble MUSA. She has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Academy Orchestra and with the Banff Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra.

Eugene Chukhlov, violin
Eugene Chukhlov, violin

Russian-born violinist Eugene Chukhlov comes from a family of musicians. Two weeks after getting his masters from the Moscow Conservatory, he left for the US and made San Francisco his new home. Eugene is applauded regularly as a soloist and orchestral player throughout the Bay Area. He is one of the SFCO’s oldest members.

Gillian Clements, violin
Gillian Clements, violin

North Carolinian Gillian moved to San Francisco from Nyeri, Kenya, where she founded a string program at the Mount Kenya Academy. She has performed with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Key West, New Hampshire, Monterey, North Carolina and Sacramento Symphony Orchestras.


Antoine van Dongen, violin

Antoine van Dongen, violin

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, and Ricardo Chailly.  He was also first violinist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Antoine moved to the Bay Area in 2012.


Debra Fong, principal second violin

Debra Fong, principal second violin

Debra is on the music faculty at Stanford University as a Lecturer in Violin and Chamber Music. During the summers Debra performs as a first violinist in The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, and Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine.


George Hayes, violin

George Hayes, violin

George is Concertmaster for Townsend Opera in Modesto, and has served as Principal Second Violin for the Camellia Symphony, Folsom Lake Symphony, and North State Symphony. He performs with the Reno Philharmonic and One Found Sound. As a chamber musician, Hayes has appeared with the Eisenstadt Music Festival in Austria.


Natasha Makhijani, violin

Natasha Makhijani, violin

Natasha is a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco and is a member of the Oakland Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Magik*Magik Orchestra. Natasha is on the faculty of the SF Conservatory’s Pre-College Division and the Crowden School’s CCMC.


Rachel Noyes, violin

Rachel Noyes, violin

Rachel Noyes was born into a family of musicians in Portland, Maine. She plays 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.


Alexandra Leem, viola

Alexandra Leem, principal viola

Alexandr is a graduate of the Eastman School and Yale University. She has worked closely with the Tokyo String Quartet and was Principal Viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She is a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra during the summer.

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Jory Fankuchen, viola

Jory Fankuchen, violin & viola

An avid chamber musician, Jory has performed in concert with artists such as Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, 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

Darcy Rindt, viola

Darcy holds positions with 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, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Ms. Rindt is a composer and has been involved with San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures in Music.


Clio Tilton, viola

Clio Tilton, viola

Clio 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 and has performed with the Camerata de Lausanne and the Orchestre Symphonique de Genève.


Hannah Addario-Berry, cello

Hannah Addario-Berry, cello

Hannah Addario-Berry grew up in British Columbia and fell in love with the cello at age nine. She has been living in the Bay Area since 2004. Hannah performs in lots of great concert halls, but also in much less likely places including a city bus, and while riding on dancers’ backs across a stage.


Eric Gaenslen, cello

Eric Gaenslen, cello

Cellist Eric Gaenslen has performed as a chamber musician, recitalist and guest soloist in venues across North America and Europe. As cellist of the renowned Rossetti String Quartet, Eric performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Berlin Konzerthaus, and at the Spoleto Italy, and Vail Bravo Music Festival.


Robert Howard, cello

Robert Howard, cello

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Robert has 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.


Eugene Sor, cello

Eugene Sor, cello

Eugene has played in several orchestras in the San Francisco Bay Area, including six seasons as principal cellist in the Stockton, and nine seasons as a cellist in the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. His chamber music experience includes extensive work with the Chamberlain and Volta String Quartets and the Adorno Ensemble.


Michel Taddei, double bass

Michel Taddei, principal double bass

Michel was principal bass with the Opéra National de Lyon in France. His career has included tours as principal bassist with the New York City Opera National Company and performances with the Empyrean Ensemble, Russian National Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Earplay, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players.


Jon Keigwin, double bass

Jon Keigwin, double bass

Jon Keigwin is a native Bay Area bass player, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He currently performs with many Bay Area orchestras as well as performing in numerous groups as a singer and songwriter, notably the Jonny Keigwin Band as well as Mary Jones’ Lights.


Tod Brody, flute

Tod Brody, principal flute

Tod specializes in the performance of contemporary music as flutist with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, Empyrean Ensemble, and Eco Ensemble. He teaches flute and chamber music at UC Davis and serves as Executive Director of the Marin Symphony.


Stacey Pelinka, flute

Stacey Pelinka, flute

A native of the Bay Area, Stacey performs with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Worn Chamber Ensemble, and the Blueprint Festival’s Ensemble. She is principal flutist with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program productions and plays second flute with the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Midsummer Mozart Festival.


Peter Lemberg, oboe

Peter Lemberg, principal oboe

The SFCO’s principal oboist since 2006, Peter Lemberg also plays principal with the West Bay Opera Orchestra, Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra, and Merola Opera. He has also played principal oboe for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Marin Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Reno Philharmonic.


Kathy Conner, oboe

Kathy Conner, oboe

Kathy Conner, a native San Franciscan. 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 SF public schools each week.


Marilyn Martella, clarinet

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. Marilyn has performed with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras, San Jose Symphony, and Marin Symphony. Marilyn is a member of the Bellevente Wind Quintet.


Peter Josheff, clarinet

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. Peter has composed instrumental and vocal music, opera and pop songs, as well as music for dance and theater.


Karla Ekholm, bassoon

Karla Ekholm, principal bassoon

Bassoonist Karla Ekholm moved to San Francisco at the age of 15, and has been performing with orchestras throughout the Bay Area. Every summer Karla drives to North Carolina where she performs and teaches at the Eastern Music Festival. One lesser-known fact: Karla is Ben Simon’s bassoon teacher.


Carolyn Lockhart, bassoon

Carolyn Lockhart, bassoon

Carolyn Lockhart, bassoonist, is a native of Toronto, Canada. Since moving to Northern California, Carolyn has established herself as one of the Bay Area’s most sought after bassoonists. Carolyn performs on a regular basis with major orchestras all over the Bay area.


Alex Rosenfeld, horn

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 SFCO, Fourth Horn of the Fresno Philharmonic, and Third Horn with both the Stockton Symphony and Sarasota Opera Orchestras.


Kevin Rivard, French horn

Kevin Rivard, horn

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.


Alicia Telford, French horn

Alicia Telford, horn

Alicia Telford, a native Californian. 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.


John Freeman, trumpet

John Freeman, principal trumpet

John Freeman is principal trumpet of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and he holds positions in the Marin, Stockton, and Oakland Symphonies. Originally from Charlotte, NC, John attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.


Scott Macomber, trumpet

Scott Macomber, trumpet

Born in Evanston, IL, Scott began studying the trumpet at age nine. Scott moved to the Bay Area to earn his master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Performing with SFCO is especially rewarding because not only are his colleagues in the orchestra inspiring and talented musicians, but they are also fun-loving friends.


Craig McAmis, trombone

Craig McAmis, trombone

Craig 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.


Chris Froh

Chris Froh, timpani & percussion

Chris Froh began his study of percussion at the age of eleven. At age twelve, he began studying the marimba, and moved to Japan to study marimba and improvisation with the well-known Japanese composer and pedagogue, Keiko Abe. He returned to the United States to finish his studies at the University of Michigan.


Loren Mach

Loren Mach, timpani & percussion

Chris Froh began his study of percussion at the age of eleven. At age twelve, he began studying the marimba, and moved to Japan to study marimba and improvisation with the well-known Japanese composer and pedagogue, Keiko Abe. He returned to the United States to finish his studies at the University of Michigan.

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