OUR MUSICIANS YEAR ROUND

2018 Winter/Spring Performances

Sonoma & Berkeley

 

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 in Sonoma for three concerts: January 27, March 31, and May 12, 2018. 


We are delighted to announce two concerts in Berkeley, January 29 at the Berkeley Piano Club and June 7 at the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition. 

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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 PIANO CLUB

SPECIAL BERKELEY PERFORMANCE


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


Monica Huggett, violin

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano


SCHUBERT'S LEGACY


SATURDAY, MAY 12, 3PM

Program to include Schubert’s Piano Trio in E-flat as well as songs by Schubert, Schumann, and others.


Kyle Stegall, tenor

Tanya Tomkins, cello

Eric Zivian, fortepiano

Violinst TBA

INTERNATIONAL EARLY PIANO COMPETITION


THURSDAY, JUNE 7

A unique competition devoted to the performance of Classical and Romantic music on historically appropriate instruments, co-produced by the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, San Francisco Early Music Society and Valley of the Moon Music Festival, with video and other assistance from Voices of Music.

Judges: 

George Barth
Corey Jamason

Nicholas Mathew

Eric Zivian

FEATURED ARTISTS AT THE GREEN MUSIC CENTER

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.

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.

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.

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.