PROGRAM ARCHIVES WINTER SEASON

2015-2016 Performances at the Green Music Center

WINTER EVENTS 2015-2016

MUSIC FOR THREE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 3PM

Haydn and Early Beethoven Piano Trios 


Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, piano



SCHUMANN THE INTIMATE CONVERSATIONALIST

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 3PM

All Schumann Concert
"The Intimate Conversationalist"
Piano Trio in G minor
"Kinderszenen" for solo piano
Piano Quintet

Monica Huggett, violin

Carla Moore, violin

Jodi Levitz, viola

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano

SCHUBERTIADE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 3PM

"Schubertiade"
Lieder
Sonatina in D Major for violin and piano
Trout Quintet

Christine Brandes, soprano

Axel Strauss, violin

Elizabeth Blumenstock, viola

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano

Michel Taddei, bass


THREE BEETHOVEN CELLO SONATAS

SATURDAY, MARCH 5 3PM

Sonata for Cello in G minor

Sonata for Cello in D major

Sonata for Cello in A major


Eric Zivian, fortepiano

Tanya Tomkins, cello

FEATURED ARTISTS AT THE GREEN CENTER

ELIZABETH BLUMENSTOCK

Widely admired as a Baroque violinist of expressive eloquence and technical sparkle, Elizabeth Blumenstock is a long-time concertmaster, soloist, and leader with the Bay Area's American Bach Soloists and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and is concertmaster of the International Handel Festival in Goettingen, Germany.

In Southern California, Ms. Blumenstock is Music Director of the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival. Her love of chamber music has involved her in several accomplished and interesting smaller ensembles including Musica Pacifica, Galax Quartet, Ensemble Mirable, ive Oak Baroque, the Arcadian Academy, and Trio Galanterie. An enthusiastic teacher, Ms. Blumenstock teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the American Bach Soloists summer Festival and Academy, and the International Baroque Institute at Longy. Ms. Blumenstock plays a 1660 Andrea Guarneri violin built in Cremona, Italy, which is on generous loan to her from the Philharmonia Baroque Period Instrument Trust.

CHRISTINE BRANDES

Noted for her radiant, crystalline voice and superb musicianship, soprano Christine Brandes brings her committed artistry to a repertoire ranging from 17th century to newly composed works, performing at many of the world’s most distinguished festivals and concert series in programs spanning from recitals and chamber music to oratorio and opera.

Recent performances include the role of Nero in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea with the West Edge Opera, world premiers of works for string quartet and soprano by Eric Moe and Jennifer Higdon with the Brentano and Cypress Quartets respectively.  

She has sung for the following opera houses: San Francisco, Seattle, Washington National, LA Opera, Houston Grand, Opera Pacific, Minnesota, Arizona, New York City Opera, Philadelphia, Portland, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Glimmerglass, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera de Nancy and Central City in principle roles ranging from Handel and Mozart, through Verdi to Bolcom and Britten.  

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.

JODI LEVITZ

Jodi Levitz is an active performer of international reputation and a passionate advocate of new music for viola. She was principal viola and soloist with the Italian chamber group I Solisti Venetifor 12 years, a position she won while still a student at The Juilliard School.

She has performed as soloist throughout Europe, South America, North America and Asia, and recorded works for the Concerto, Dynamic, Naxos and Erato labels. A passionate pedagogue, she served on the faculties of the Ars Musica Academy at Imola, Progetto Orchestra and numerous European summer festivals, and presently serves as co-artistic director  of theZephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. Her former students hold positions in orchestras, teaching institutions and are musical activists throughout the world.

Levitz attended The Juilliard School Pre-College Division from age 12 and received a B.M. and M.M. from Juilliard. Her principal teachers were Margaret Pardee, Paul Doktor, William Lincer and Dorothy DeLay, and she studied chamber music with members of the  Juilliard Quartet, Felix Galimir and Josef Gingold.

She serves on the board of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and is violist of the Ives Quartet.

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.

AXEL STRAUSS

The first German artist to ever win the international Naumburg Violin Award in New York, Axel Strauss made his American début at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and his New York début at Alice Tully Hall in 1998. Since then he has given recitals in major North American cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2007 he was the violinist in the world première performance and recording of Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby, written for him by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Axel Strauss' discography include the Brahms violin concerto, the three last violin concertos by Kreutzer, the complete Caprices for solo violin by Pierre Rode and the complete works for violin and piano by George Enescu. Axel Strauss has performed as soloist with orchestras in Budapest, Hamburg, New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Bucharest, San Francisco and Cincinnati, among others, and has toured widely throughout the world as a recitalist and chamber musician. He has also served as guest concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony.

In 2012 Axel Strauss was appointed Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, where he also serves as Chair of the String Area. Prior to that he served as Professor of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

MICHEL TADDEI

Michel Taddei leads a varied career as performer, teacher, and administrator.  He is Director of Artistic Administration at the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley, and serves as Education Consultant for Music at Kohl Mansion (MAKM). He also teaches through those organizations, giving instruction in bass, chamber music, and leading orchestras at Crowden, and acting as a visiting artist in Peninsula schools for MAKM. Michel has been a faculty member for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra’s (PACO) chamber music intensive for nearly a decade, and guest conducts for PACO annually.

Michel is Principal Bassist of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, the Fremont Symphony, the Pacific Chamber Symphony, Symphony Napa Valley, and the Mendocino Music Festival, and is Assistant Principal Bass of the California Symphony. Other groups with which he has performed locally include the San Francisco Symphony and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and he has worked frequently with recording orchestras at Skywalker Sound. Chamber music is a passion for Michel -- a founding member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, he has performed with groups including the Bella Trio, Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, Quartet San Francisco, Musica Marin, Ensemble SF, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and at festivals including Moab, the Musical Days at Forest Hill, French music festivals at Rive-de-Gier and Caves du Roussillon, and the Festival des sept Chapelles in Brittany.  He has also performed with Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on tours in the US and in Central Asia.

Michel studied bass with Homer Mensch at the Juilliard School, and is a graduate of Columbia University, where he was a John Jay National Scholar.  He interrupted his graduate studies in history at UC Berkeley to accept the invitation of Kent Nagano to become Principal Bass of the Orchestrede l’Opéra de Lyon, where he played for over seven seasons, touring widely and making numerous recordings. Michel also enjoys performing as a singer, with concert and opera appearances including works such as Stravinsky’s Renard, Bernstein’s Candide, and Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia.

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.

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.