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Abondolo Nico Abondolo, bass

Internationally recognized as a leading double bass soloist and chamber musician, Nico Abondolo made his debut at age 14 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in 1983 became the first bassist to win first place in the International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva, Switzerland. A regular performer at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest and the Muzik3 Contemporary Music Festival, Mr. Abondolo‘s recent performance highlights include Stravinsky‘s L‘Histoire du Soldat under Esa-Pekka Salonen and concerts with the Brentano String Quartet.
Che-Yen Chen

Che-Yen Chen, viola

Taiwanese violist Che-Yen Chen has established himself as a prominent recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Principal Violist of the San Diego Symphony, he has been a top prizewinner of the Primrose and Tertis International Viola Competitions. Mr. Chen is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, was a member of Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center and has taken part in the “Musicians from Marlboro” tour. Mr. Chen studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School under the guidance of Michael Tree, Joseph de Pasquale and Paul Neubauer.

Yumi Cho

Yumi Cho, violin 

Yumi Cho is a member of the San Diego Symphony and has participated in many music festivals throughout the country, including La Jolla Music Society‘s SummerFest, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove and The Aspen Music Festival and School. Ms. Cho is a graduate of the prestigious dual degree program between Barnard College/Columbia University and The Juilliard School. She received her Master of Music degree while studying under Ronald Copes and Naoko Tanaka.

Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis, cello

Charles Curtis performs a unique repertoire of major solo works created expressly for him by La Monte Young, Alvin Lucier, Éliane Radigue and Alison Knowles, and works by Cardew, Wolff, Feldman and Cage. For eleven years Mr. Curtis was the first solo cellist of the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg. He is now professor of contemporary music performance at UCSD. Mr. Curtis studied at Juilliard under Harvey Shapiro and Leonard Rose. He continues to perform and record the traditional repertoire for cello, both as soloist and as artistic director of the chamber music project Camera Lucida.

Bridget Dolkas
Bridget Dolkas, violin

Bridget Dolkas is a founding member and first violinist of the California Quartet. She is also the Principal Second Violinist of the Pacific Symphony and recently performed as soloist and concertmaster with the South Coast Chamber Music Society‘s Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Dolkas has studied chamber music under such masters as Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, Fred Sherry, Toby Appel and the Juilliard and Miró String Quartets.
Margo Drakos

Margo Tatgenhorst Drakos, cello

Margo Tatgenhorst Drakos is Chief Operating Officer of InstantEncore.com, a digital music and social networking site for classical music. A highly accomplished cellist, Ms. Drakos was with the American String Quartet for four seasons, toured with Musicians from Marlboro and was the Associate Principal Cellist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. She has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Drakos is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Columbia University.

Jason Ginter

Jason Ginter, percussion

Jason Ginter is the Principal Timpanist of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Ginter‘s varied career includes solo performances with orchestra, appearances on recordings and authoring a book of exercises for percussionists. Mr. Ginter is a protégé of Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Timpanist Timothy Adams, Jr, with whom he studied at Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Ginter is a Pearl/Adams Artist and uses Adams Dresden Classic Timpani.

Warren Gref

Warren Gref, french horn

French Horn player Warren Gref is a long-time member of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony. Mr. Gref is the Artistic Director of the Golden Valley Music Society and has performed at the Mainly Mozart Festival and La Jolla Music Society‘s SummerFest. Mr. Gref is on the performance faculty at UCSD.

Pamela Jacobson

Pamela Jacobson, viola

Pamela Jacobson is a violist with the Pacific Symphony and was recently appointed violist of the California Quartet. Ms. Jacobson is also a tenured member of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, conducted by Marin Alsop. Ms. Jacobson graduated from Chapman University in 1992 with a bachelor of music degree in violin performance. She started playing the viola in 2001 and enjoys playing a variety of styles, from classical to jazz fusion.

Yoon Kwon, violin

Yoon Kwon, violin

Currently the youngest member of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Yoon Kwon‘s career highlights include solo performances with orchestras throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and South America. As a recitalist, Ms. Kwon has performed as part of the La Jolla Music Society‘s Discovery Series and Ravinia‘s Rising Star Series. She has also participated in the Santa Fe and Marlboro Music Festivals and has collaborated with artists including Mitsuko Uchida and Pinchas Zukerman. Ms. Kwon is a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program at Lincoln Center.

Michael Ma, violin
Michael Ma, violin

The Head of Strings at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since 1996, Michael Ma appears frequently as a soloist and has held the position of concertmaster with many orchestras around the world. Upon graduating from the Curtis Institute and the New School of Music, he founded the New Art String Quartet, which toured throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East. Mr. Ma has been invited to serve on the jury panel at such distinguished competitions as the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
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Travis Maril, viola

Violist Travis Maril was a top prize winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, has had performances broadcast on NPR‘s Performance Today and collaborated with chamber music luminaries including the Miró String Quartet and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Maril plays frequently with the San Diego Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, and is currently on faculty at San Diego State University. He is the Co-Artistic Director of the chamber music ensemble Camarada and the CEO of Impresario Music, a music contracting company.
Valentin Martchev, bassoon

Valentin Martchev, bassoon

A native of Bulgaria, bassoonist Valentin Martchev has been Principal Bassoonist of the San Diego Symphony since 2004. He has served as Guest Principal Bassoonist with the LA Philharmonic and was Principal Bassoon of the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Martchev was a member of the performance faculty at the University of Virginia from 1998 to 2001, and currently teaches at San Diego State University.

Ray Nowak, trumpet

Ray Nowak, trumpet

Trumpet player Ray Nowak is a founding member of the San Diego based brass quintet Presidio Brass. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony and the San Diego Symphony. He is also currently a member of the Santa Barbara Symphony and the California Philharmonic. He holds degrees from Cal State Long Beach and UCLA.

Andrea Overturf, oboe

Andrea Overturf, english horn

Andrea Overturf plays english horn with the San Diego Symphony, a position she previously held with the Florida Orchestra. Equally adept at the oboe, she received second prize in the 2007 International Double Reed Society Gillet-Fox Solo Oboe Competition. Ms. Overturf is the first oboist ever from The Juilliard School to receive an artist diploma after completing her master‘s degree, and holds a bachelor‘s degree from the Eastman School of Music.

Barry Perkins, trumpet

Barry Perkins, trumpet

Barry Perkins has been Principal Trumpet of the Pacific Symphony since 2004. In addition, Mr. Perkins has appeared as a soloist with the Aguas Calientes Symphony Orchestra in Mexico and the Southeast Symphony. He has performed with the LA Philharmonic and numerous touring ballet and Broadway shows. Mr. Perkins is a member of the music faculty at Cal State Fullerton, and founder of the Barry Perkins Trumpet Academy, serving young musicians throughout Southern California.

Keith-Popejoy

Keith Popejoy, french horn

Keith Popejoy held Principal Horn positions with the Pacific Symphony, Opera Pacific and the San Antonio Symphony. He is a native of San Diego, California, where both parents and two grandparents played with the San Diego Symphony. Since 1985, Mr. Popejoy has played with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera, and has played frequently with La Jolla Music Society‘s SummerFest since 2002.

Jeanne Skrocki, violin

Jeanne Skrocki, violin

Jeanne Skrocki is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and was Concertmaster of the Opera Pacific orchestra for twelve years. She is also a violinist of the California Quartet, Peter Sprague String Consort and was also a founding member of Les Amis Musicalles. Ms. Skrocki is on faculty at the University of Redlands and the Redlands Community School of Music Summer Music Workshop.

Tricia Skye, horn

Tricia Skye, french horn

Tricia Skye began playing the french horn at the age of 10 and is currently in her twelfth season with the San Diego Symphony. In Los Angeles, she studied privately with Jerry Folsom, former co-principal horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as James Decker and Joseph Meyer. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic.

David Washburn, trumpet

David Washburn, trumpet

Principal Trumpet with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Associate Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, David Washburn has been a featured soloist with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and has an active recording career in motion picture soundtracks. Receiving his Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, he now serves as a faculty member of Chapman University, Biola University, the University of California Irvine and California State University Long Beach.

Lara Wickes, oboe

Lara Wickes, oboe

Lara Wickes is the Principal Oboist of the Santa Barbara Symphony and acting Principal Oboist of the New West Symphony. She is an active performer in the Los Angeles area, playing regularly in many orchestras in the region, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She can also be heard in a great deal of film and television music. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.

Richard Woodhams, oboe

Richard Woodhams, oboe

Oboist Richard Woodhams was born into a musical family in Palo Alto, California. Prior to his current post as Principal Oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Woodhams held the same position with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His chamber music appearances include collaborations with pianists Christoph Eschenbach, Andre Watts and Emanuel Ax, as well as with violinist Itzhak Perlman. Mr. Woodhams has served on the Curtis Institute faculty since 1985 and the Aspen Music Festival and School since 2000.

Susan Wulff, bass

Susan Wulff, bass

Susan Wulff is the Associate Principal Bassist with the San Diego Symphony. Ms. Wulff has worked extensively with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. She has also performed with Willie Nelson, Julian Lennon and Andrea Bocelli on The Tonight Show. Ms. Wulff has participated in several music festivals including Mainly Mozart and the Pacific Music Festival.

Leyla Zamora, bassoon

Leyla Zamora, bassoon

Bassoonist and contrabassoonist Leyla Zamora is a member of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Memphis Symphony and the Costa Rican National Symphony. Ms. Zamora is a renowned international performer who has participated in festivals and performed solo concerti and recitals throughout the world. Ms. Zamora studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Baylor University, and De Paul University in Chicago.

Yao Zhao, cello

Yao Zhao, cello

Mr. Zhao is currently the Principal Cellist of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Since winning a top prize at the First Chinese National Cello Competition in 1987, Mr. Zhao has kept a winning streak of 13 competitions, awards and honors. He is a faculty member of the Beijing Great Wall International Academy, and this year marks his 9th season teaching at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Festival.

 
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