Posts tagged MainStage
Anthony Lane, luthier

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.

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Volti

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.

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Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, string quartet

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.

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Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir

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.

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Eric Tuan, composer

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.

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Robin Sharp, violin

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.

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Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano

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.

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Amaryn Olmeda, violin

Aspiring young violinist Amaryn Olmeda, age 11, began playing the violin at 4 years old. She made her performance debut at the Colorado Suzuki Strings Institute in Beaver Colorado at the age of 6. Since then, she has been a soloist with the Merced Symphony, Auburn Symphony, Music in the Mountains Orchestra, Solano Symphony, MIM Youth Orchestra, Sacramento Youth Symphony Academic Orchestra, and soloist with the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra on their European Performance Tour of Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Hungary.

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Michael Gilbertson, BMI Foundation Composer-in-Residence

Michael Gilbertson is the BMI Foundation Composer-in-Residence with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He holds degrees from The Juilliard School of Music studying composition with Samuel Adler, John Corigliano, Christopher Rouse, and from Yale, where he studied with Aaron Jay Kernis, Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Ezra Laderman, Hannah Lash, and Christopher Theofanidis.

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