YEAR ROUND EVENTS

2018 Winter/Spring Performances

You don't have to wait for the summer to hear our musicians 

 

The Green Music Center's Schroeder Hall, one of the best chamber halls in the US, hosts our Musicians from Valley of the Moon Music Festival concert series. Join us for three concerts: January 27, March 31, and May 12, 2018. 


Berkeley hosts two events this year: January 29 at a special house concert and June 9 at the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition.

 

FANTASIES AND FAIRY TALES 


SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 3PM

Schumann Fairy Tales for Viola,

Clarinet and Piano

Works for Clarinet and Piano by Schumann, Gade and Weber

Brahms Piano Trio


Eric Hoeprich, clarinet

Catherine Manson, violin/viola

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano


FANTASIES AND FAIRY TALES 


MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 7:30PM

BERKELEY HOUSE CONCERT


BY DONATION ONLY

BENVENUE HOUSE CONCERT

An exclusive repeat performance in an intimate setting


Schumann Fairy Tales for Viola,

Clarinet and Piano

Works for Clarinet and Piano by Schumann, Gade and Weber

Brahms Piano Trio


Eric Hoeprich, clarinet

Catherine Manson, violin/viola

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano


BENVENUE FORTEPIANO TRIO -
THE LITTLE ORCHESTRA


SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 3PM

Program to include trios by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Hummel

Reception featuring
Valley of the Moon Winery
 to follow

Monica Huggett, violin

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano


SCHUBERT'S LEGACY


SATURDAY, MAY 12, 3PM

Program to include Schubert’s Piano Trio in B flat as well as songs by Schubert and Schumann

Reception featuring
Valley of the Moon Winery
 to follow

Kyle Stegall, tenor

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano

Joseph Maile, violin

AN DIE MUSIC – THE NARRATIVE POWER OF SCHUBERT AND SCHUMANN


SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 7:30PM

PART OF THE BERKELEY FESTIVAL 
& EXHIBITION

Program to include: 
Schubert
Quartettsatz
Lieder by Schubert and Schumann
Schumann Piano Quintet

Nicholas Phan, tenor

Sadie Glass, natural horn

Monica Huggett, violin

Carla Moore, violin

Rachell Wong*, violin

Toma Iliev*, viola

Cynthia Black, viola

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano


*Apprentice Laureate

FEATURED ARTISTS AT THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER AND BERKELEY FESTIVAL & EXHIBITION

CYNTHIA BLACK

As a baroque violist and violinist, Ms. Black has most recently performed with Apollo’s Fire, Fort Wayne Bach Collegium, Three Notch’d Road Baroque, and Publick Musick. She continues as a member of the CWRU/CIM Baroque Orchestra, serving as Concertmaster and formerly Principal Viola. She has participated in Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, and recently performed on vielle at the Boston Early Music Festival as part of CWRU’s Collegium, studying under Debra Nagy.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Black performs throughout northeast Ohio and has appeared in performance alongside artists such as Barry Shiffman, Denis Brott, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and Matt Haimovitz. She has spent her most recent summers at the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, Banff Centre’s Chamber Music Residency, Kneisel Hall, and Sarasota Music Festival. As a member of the former Calliope Quartet, she performed nearly thirty outreach concerts with her colleagues as part of the Banff International String Quartet Competition’s Quartet in the Community in 2010.

www.cynthiablackviola.com

SADIE GLASS

Hornist Sadie Glass is committed to creating unique musical experiences as a performer and educator. She is an active freelance musician in the San Francisco Bay Area and a Teaching Artist within her community. Currently, Glass is on faculty at the Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA and Napa Valley College, and is an Artist Partner at Salvador Elementary. As a freelance musician, Glass has performed with Symphony Silicon Valley, Santa Rosa Symphony, and Monterey Symphony. 

Specializing in early music, Glass performs on both the baroque and natural horns, working with some of the most influential natural horn players including Hermann Baumann, Richard Seraphinoff, and Lowell Greer. Traveling throughout the country, she enjoys giving lectures and recitals at workshops and universities discussing the importance of historic performance. Glass attended the American Bach Soloist Academy in the summers of 2014 and 2015 as the only horn player and was principal horn for the Oregon Bach Festival - Berwick Festival’s inaugural program last summer. She has also performed with Mercury in Houston, Texas, Albany Consort and Black Box Baroque in San Francisco. Glass completed a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying horn performance with Bernhard Scully and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in music performance from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, studying with Dr. Patrick Miles.

ERIC HOEPRICH

For the past thirty years, Eric Hoeprich has specialized in performing on historical clarinets, in music from the Baroque to the late Romantic. Educated at Harvard University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, he is currently on the faculties of the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, and Indiana University, Bloomington.

A founding member of Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the 18th Century (1982), Hoeprich has performed frequently as a soloist with this orchestra, as well as most of the major early music ensembles and many modern orchestras. In the 1980s, he founded two wind ensembles, Nachtmusique and the Stadler Trio (three basset horns), which have toured around the world. His dozens of recordings are available on labels such as Deutsche Grammaphon, Philips, EMI, SONY, Harmonia Mundi, Glossa and Decca. Collaboration with string quartets, chamber ensembles and vocal soloists also feature regularly on his calendar. The recent release of clarinet quintets (Mozart and Brahms) with the London Haydn Quartet (Glossa), the three clarinet concertos by Bernhard Crusell with Kölner Akademie (ARS Production) and “Sei Sinfonia” by J.C. Bach with Nachtmusique (Glossa) have received wide critical acclaim.

An interest in historical clarinets has led to the publication of numerous articles, contributions to the New Grove Dictionary and a general text on the clarinet published by Yale University Press (The Clarinet, 2008). He recently prepared the entry for “Clarinet” in the Oxford Bibliographies Online. Hoeprich has amassed a collection of more than a hundred antique clarinets, which has also led to restoration and construction of replicas of period originals; he maintains a workshop for instrument making at his home near London.

MONICA HUGGETT

In her 4-decades long career as a violinst, Monica Huggett co-founded the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Ton Koopman and founded her own London-based ensemble Sonnerie.

She has worked with Christopher Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music, with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert, and toured the United States in concert with James Galway. She has served as guest director of the Seville Baroque Orchestra, the Kristiansand Symphony Norway, Arion Baroque Orchestra in Montreal, Tafelmusik in Toronto, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Concerto Copenhagen. She is currently the first artistic director of the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program. Alongside her work at Juilliard Monica continues as artistic director of both the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and the Portland (Oregon) Baroque Orchestra. She also performs frequently as a solo violinist all over the world.

TOMA ILIEV

Apprentice Laureate

Currently based in New York City, Toma Iliev is a well-rounded musician, focused on Historical Performance Practice. He has performed at prominent concert venues in New York including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Peter J. Sharp Theater, Merkin Hall, The Kosciuszko Foundation, as well as venues across North America and Europe. Recent appearances include performances at the Oregon Bach Festival 2016 and Berkeley Festival and Exhibition 2016 as well as broadcasts on MediciTV, BBC3 radio, KLCC and the CBC “Rush Hour” series. Iliev is a recent graduate from The Juilliard School's highly prestigious and selective Historical Performance Program; he holds the Christa Bach-Marschall Foundation Prize from the International Bach Competition in Leipzig 2014, and Competition Winner at the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Concerto Competition 2013.

Toma Iliev, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, discovered his passion for music at an early age, beginning his violin studies at the National Music School in Sofia, and continuing his post-secondary music education at Indiana University and the Juilliard School. Between 2014 and 2016 Iliev appeared regularly with Juilliard’s period ensemble, Juilliard 415, at venues in North America and Europe including Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, St. John Smith Square and others. His future appearances include ABS Festival and Academy 2016, Dans les Jardins de William Christie 2016 as well as regular appearances with the Portland Baroque Orchestra and Mercury Houston in the 2016-2017 season. Toma Iliev holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and a Graduate Diploma from the Juilliard School.

CATHERINE MANSON

Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career specializing in period performance as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006. As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally.

In a duo partnership with Ton Koopman she has recorded the six obbligato sonatas by Bach, Haydn’s concerto for violin and organ and the complete chamber music by Buxtehude. They have given many concerts together throughout Europe.

Teaching has always been an important part of her musical life; in 2001 she co-founded and now directs MusicWorks, presenting chamber music courses for young musicians. In addition to giving classes and seminars at King’s College, the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music she has taught at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin College, USA, the Granada International Festival’s ‘Musical Interpretation’ course, the Domaine Forget chamber music courses in Canada and given masterclasses at Juilliard School, Yale and Indiana Universities.

JOSEPH MAILE

Violinist Joseph Maile has been passionate about chamber music and teaching from very early on in his musical studies and he has worked and performed in various ensembles throughout the United States.

As a chamber musician Mr. Maile is a founding member of the San- Francisco-based Telegraph Quartet, an ensemble that straddles equally the works of past and present.  Along with the other members of the Telegraph Quartet, Mr. Maile was the recipient of the Senior String Division Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. This past season Mr. Maile has made appearances with the Left Coast Ensemble, Vocallective, the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and Bonnie Hampton. Mr. Maile has also collaborated in past years with numerous artists , including Ian Swensen, Norman Fischer, James Dunham, Roberto Diaz, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Roger Tapping, Donald Weilerstein and composer John Adams. During the summer of 2014, Mr. Maile was invited along with the Telegraph Quartet to participate in the Great Lakes Festival, directed by Paul Katz.

Hailing originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Maile received his Bachelors in Music at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman and Cathy Cho and his Masters in Music at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with Kathleen Winkler. Mr. Maile also has an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music studying with Ian Swensen and Mark Sokol at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

CARLA MOORE

Carla Moore is one of America’s foremost Baroque violinists acclaimed for her stylish and virtuosic playing. A First Prize winner of the Erwin Bodky Competition for Early Music, she is co-concertmaster of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, of which she has been a member for over twenty years.  She is also concertmaster of Portland Baroque Orchestra and a founder and co-director of Archetti Baroque String Ensemble, a conductor-less Baroque string band, which recently released its first CD on the Centaur label. 

Carla has served as concertmaster and performed as soloist with Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Musica Angelica, Baroque Orchestra of Colorado and American Bach Soloists. As a chamber musician, she has recorded seven critically acclaimed CDs with the ensemble Music’s Re-creation and three with Voices of Music, including her own interpretation of violin sonatas by J. S. Bach. Her videos with Voices of Music have been viewed by millions worldwide on YouTube.

Residing in Oakland, California, Carla teaches baroque violin and viola at the University of California, Berkeley and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Carla received her undergraduate training from the University of Southern California and earned a Master’s of Music with Distinction from Indiana University’s Early Music Institute where she studied with Stanley Ritchie.

NICHOLAS PHAN

Named one of NPR’s “Favorite New Artists of 2011,” American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies. Also an avid recitalist, in 2010 he co-founded the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) to promote art song and vocal chamber music.

An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, he has collaborated with many chamber musicians, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode,Jeremy Denk, and Alessio Bax; violinist James Ehnes; guitarist Eliot Fisk; and horn players Jennifer Montone, Radovan Vlatkovic and Gail Williams. In both recital and chamber concerts, he has been presented by Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, Boston's Celebrity Series, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Chicago and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

KYLE STEGALL

Tenor Kyle Stegall has garnered praise around the world for his “lovely tone and ardent expression” (NY Times), as well as his “blemish-free production” (Sydney Morning Herald). Already at this early stage of his career, Kyle has performed as soloist under the baton of many of the world’s most celebrated conductors including Manfred Honeck, William Christie, and Jeffrey Thomas. Kyle’s period-informed performances are characterized by an unfailing attention to style and detail.  

Engaged frequently as a concert soloist, Kyle has recently been heard in the Passions and Cantatas of J.S. Bach, the oratorios of Handel, the great masses of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, and in the world premiere of Robert Kyr’s For Those Who Hunger. As the evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Kyle made his Lincoln Center debut under the direction of Maestro Masaaki Suzuki. This fall, the American Bach Soloists will release their historic HD Blu-Ray recording of Handel’s Messiah, in which Kyle was featured as tenor soloist.   

As a dedicated proponent of the art song repertoire, Kyle programs and sings recitals throughout his performance season. Upcoming recitals include a French and English program with pianist Rhodri Clarke in Melbourne, and a program of sacred texts set by Benjamin Britten for the Yale Center for British Art. In the summer of 2013 Kyle was a member of the Britten-Pears Institute at the Aldeburgh Music Festival where he studied Britten song repertoire and Schubert lieder under the guidance of Ian Bostridge and Malcolm Martineau.  

When not performing, Kyle commits his time to teaching. Kyle has been a voice instructor for Yale University and maintains a private studio year-round.

TANYA TOMKINS

Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, cellist Tanya Tomkins is equally at home on Baroque and modern instruments. She has performed on many chamber music series to critical acclaim, including the Frick Collection, “Great Performances” at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal.

She is renowned in particular for her interpretation of the Bach Cello Suites, having recorded them for the Avie label and performed them many times at venues such as New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Seattle Early Music Guild, Vancouver Early Music Society, and The Library of Congress.

Tanya is one of the principal cellists in San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Portland Baroque Orchestra. She is also a member of several groups including Voices of Music and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio (with Monica Huggett and Eric Zivian). On modern cello, she is a long-time participant at the Moab Music Festival in Utah, Music in the Vineyards in Napa, and a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. As an educator, Tanya has given master classes at Yale, Julliard, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and runs the Benvenue House Concert Series in Berkeley.

RACHELL WONG

Apprentice Laureate

Originally from Washington state, versatile violinist and baroque violinist Rachell Wong has soloed with orchestras across the US and abroad. Recent concerts include a tour of New Zealand with the New Zealand String Quartet, a tour of Alexander Ekman’s ballet Cacti with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and recitals with world renowned pianist Anton Nel in Austin, Texas, and pianist Byron Schenkman in Seattle, WA. She was the Grand Prize winner in the 52nd Sorantin International Young Artist Competition, a prizewinner at the 2014 Heida Hermanns International Music Competition, and Grand Prize winner at the 2013 International Crescendo Music Awards. Recent music festivals include the Ashkenasi/Kirshbaum Chamber Seminar at the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Virginia, the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer and Winter Institutes in Toronto, the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, the Sarasota Music Festival, the London Masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, the Starling-Delay Violin Symposium at the Juilliard School, and the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival. She regularly performs with Heifetz on Tour, a performing group and residency school program part of the Heifetz International Music Institute. 

Rachell is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, and will be starting a masters degree in the fall as part of the Historical Performance program. Rachell received a MM in 2015 from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, in the studios of Mark Kaplan and Stanley Ritchie. She received her Bachelor of Music in 2013 in violin performance from the University of Texas at Austin, with violinist Brian Lewis. She is currently living in New York, NY. Rachell in her free time loves playing the Scottish fiddle.

 

ERIC ZIVIAN

Music Director and Co-Founder of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Eric Zivian was born in Michigan and grew up in Toronto, Canada, where he attended the Royal Conservatory of Music. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to receive graduate degrees from the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music. He studied piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center both as a performer and as a composer.

Mr. Zivian has given solo recitals in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed Mozart and Beethoven concertos with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. He performed the Schumann Concerto with the Diablo Symphony in Walnut Creek in October 2013.

Since 2000, Mr. Zivian has performed extensively on original instruments, playing fortepiano in the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio. He is also a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble and Earplay. He is a frequent guest artist on the San Francisco Conservatory's faculty chamber music series. Mr. Zivian's compositions have been performed widely in the United States and in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded an ASCAP Jacob Druckman Memorial Commission to compose an orchestral work, Three Character Pieces, which was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in March 1998.

 

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