Guest Artists / Soloists

Anticipation is building for Classical Tahoe's 5th season, July 26 to August 13, 2016.  Maestro Joel Revzen returns as Artistic Director and Conductor, and is joined once again by the acclaimed musicians of the Classical Tahoe Orchestra along with remarkable Guest Artists and Soloists.  Make your plans now so that you don’t miss a note!

Anton Jivaev

Friday, July 29

AntonMusic has surrounded Anton Jivaev since the day he was born into a Russian family of musicians in Tashkent, Uzbekistan - an ancient city on Silk Road with 2000 years of history. As soon as the affinity with the arts became apparent Anton began learning violin. Luckily, strenuous practicing was never imposed on Anton’s childhood allowing him to enjoy learning Judo, Karate and football. At the same time he taught himself the basics of instrument making. Later as a violinist he attended Tashkent State Conservatory, where he for the first time encountered playing the viola in a piano quartet setting.

In the final years at the Conservatory the choice between continuing playing viola and pursuing a violin-making career in Italy was particularly urgent. Anton moved to the US to study viola with Randolph Kelly in Pittsburgh. Two years later he entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia into the studio of Roberto Diaz. During those crucial years at Curtis there were unforgettable collaborations with Isaac Stern, Leon Fleisher, Arnold Steinhardt, Emerson and Guarneri String Quartets as well as quartet appearances at Carnegie Hall. 

Upon graduation from Curtis Mr. Jivaev held the position of Principal Viola of the NC Symphony for five years. In 2011, having enjoyed a career of a professional orchestral musician Anton Jivaev moved to Europe - first to Munich, where he joined the famed Munich Philharmonic, then a year later, to the city of Bach and Mendelssohn – Leipzig. Since 2012 Mr. Jivaev is a member of the legendary Gewandhaus Orchestra – one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1743. The ensemble of 165 musicians is the largest orchestra in the world and is capable of performing at three venues simultaneously – symphonic concerts at Gewandhaus, operatic repertoire at the Leipzig Opera and Bach’s music at St. Thomas Church together with Thomanerchor – the boys’ choir, founded in 1212, where J.S. Bach himself was Kantor from 1723 until his death in 1750. 

Mr. Jivaev is the violist of the Gewandhaus-Quartett and beginning September 2016 - Solo-Viola of the Gewandhaus Orchestra.

The name “Jivaev” derives from Russian “alive, lively” and is pronounced “Zhee-vah’-yeff”.

Daniel Khalikov

Friday, July 29

Daniel KhalikovAs a chamber musician, Daniel Khalikov has performed alongside such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Ax, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, David Geber, Ralph Kirshbaum and Eric Friedman, and at such music festivals as Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Verbier, Norfolk, Music Mountain, the Perlman Music Program, the MET Chamber Players, and Lake Tahoe Summerfest.

In the summer of 2007, he was chosen to lead the orchestra of the International Orchestral Institute at Attergau, a festival orchestra under the patronage of the Vienna Philharmonic. As concertmaster under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach at the Kulturzentrum, Lenzing, Mr. Khalikov led the orchestra in a program of Mendelsohn’s Italian Symphony, and Mahler/Berio’s Sechs frühe Lieder für Bariton und Orchester with soloist, Bo Skovhus.    

In the U.S.A., Khalikov is the concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, which was founded in honor of Ottorino Respighi, and the orchestra devotes the majority of its programming to the Italian repertoire. During the 2014/15 season, Khalikov joined their Music Director Salvatore Di Vittorio for Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A minor.  A highlight of the current season took place in Canada when Daniel Khalikov was invited to share in the festivities at The National Arts Centre Gala: Pinchas, Itzhak & Friends. In Ottawa’s Southam Hall, Khalikov joined Pinchas Zukerman for the Bach Double Violin Concerto, and was heard again later in Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major.    

Since 2008, Daniel Khalikov has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra's 1st violin section. In recent seasons at Lincoln Center, and with the Met on tour to Japan,  he has collaborated with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Ricardo Muti, Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Barenboim, Fabio Luisi, and Danielle Gatti in productions ranging from Rigoletto to Nixon in China. As a member of the Orchestra, Khalikov is proud to be in part a recipient of the numerous Grammy Award recordings won by the Orchestra that include: Doctor Atomic (Sony), and Wagner’s Ring cycle and The Tempest (Deutsche Grammophon). 

Joyce Yang 

Saturday, July 30

"The Standout was Joyce Yang, who gave a knockout performance." - The New York Times


Pianist Joyce Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, she also took home the awards for Best Performance of Chamber Music and of a New Work. A Steinway artist, in 2010 Yang received an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Yang has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, and the Chicago, Houston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Sydney symphony orchestras, among many others, working with such distinguished conductors as James Conlon, Edo de Waart, Lorin Maazel, Peter Oundjian, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Bramwell Tovey, and Jaap van Zweden.

She has appeared in recital at New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and Zurich’s Tonhalle. Yang kicks off the 2015/16 season with a tour of eight summer festivals (Aspen, Seattle, and Bravo! Vail among them) before embarking on a steady stream of debuts, returns, and chamber music concerts. She reunites with the New York Philharmonic under Tovey for a five-date engagement of Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain; makes her New Jersey Symphony debut with Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 in an evening celebrating the orchestra’s season finale and Music Director Jacque Lacombe’s last concert with the company; performs and records the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Piano Concerto, a piece created expressly for her and commissioned by the Albany Symphony; and plays Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Melbourne Symphony in Australia in yet another triumphant return.

Additional appearances showcasing her vast repertoire include performances with the Colorado Springs, Orlando, and Reading Philharmonics, and the Alabama, Anchorage, Corpus Christi, Greenwich, Milwaukee, Nashville, Pasadena, Princeton, Santa Fe, Utah, and Vancouver symphonies.

Born in Seoul, Korea, in 1986, Yang received her first piano lesson from her aunt at age four. In 1997 she moved to the United States to begin studies at the pre-college division of the Juilliard School. After winning the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with that orchestra at just twelve years old. Yang appears in the film In the Heart of Music, a documentary about the 2005 Cliburn Competition. A Steinway artist, she lives in New York City.

Photo credit: KT KIM

Davis Gaines

Tuesday, August 2 

“Gaines is a breathtaking concert artist, strong yet nuanced.  The way he can express great tenderness one moment, great power the next, seems little short of miraculous.”   - The New York Post

Davis GainesDavis Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera over 2,000 times, during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles, (where he remains LA’s longest-running Phantom), and in San Francisco, (where he received the Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor). Subsequently, he was chosen by Hal Prince and Lloyd Webber to play the leading role in the World Premiere of Whistle Down the Wind. Other Broadway and National Tour credits include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (with Carol Channing), Camelot (with Richard Burton) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (with Alexis Smith). 

Gaines’ Off-Broadway appearances include Des McAnuff’s The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, the Maury Yeston/Larry Gelbart musical One Two Three Four Five, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, She Loves Me and Forbidden Broadway. 

He made his New York City Opera debut in The New Moon and appeared in the concert versions of Parade, Sitting Pretty, The Cat and the Fiddle, Pippin and the Encores production of The Boys from Syracuse. In Southern California, he has appeared at Musical Theatre West as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (Ovation Award and BroadwayWorld Award, Best Lead Actor in a Musical), King Arthur in Spamalot, Javert in Les Miserables, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Richard Henry Lee in 1776 and Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel. He also portrayed Hannibal Lecter in SILENCE! The Musical (LA Weekly Award, Best Male Musical Performance), appeared as Fred/Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate (Cabrillo Music Theatre/Ovation Nomination, Best Lead Actor in a Musical), in I Do! I Do! (with Vicki Lewis/Laguna Playhouse), Parade (with T.R. Knight/Mark Taper Forum), Side by Side by Sondheim (Rubicon Theatre/Pasadena Playhouse) and made his Los Angeles-area directing debut at Musical Theatre West with Oklahoma! Regionally, he was Javert in Les Miserables and King Arthur in Spamalot (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), King Arthur in Camelot (Sacramento Music Circus), Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees (George Abbott, director), Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace (with Kate Reid), Night of the Hunter (Lyric Stage) The Rink (with Lainie Kazan) and Two Into One (with Tony Randall).

Bella Hristova

Friday, August 5; Saturday August 6

"Every sound she draws is superb." - The Strad

BellaBella Hristova is a young violinist with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist who has been acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances and compelling command of her instrument. The Strad said of Hristova, “Every sound she draws is superb,” and The Washington Post noted that she is “a player of impressive power and control.” Ms. Hristova’s 2015-2016 season features a diverse mix of concerto, recital, and chamber music performances including over ten different concertos. 

Ms. Hristova has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra including with Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Korea’s Cheongju Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Cerritos Center for the Arts, the Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts, Free For All at Town Hall, the Shanghai International Music Festival, and Seoul National University.  Her most recent recording, Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records), was recorded in Reno, Nevada and features works for solo violin by Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein and J. S. Bach.

A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Hristova performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at many music festivals including the Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing, the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney, Australia, the Grand Teton Festival, the Brevard Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, the Mainly Mozart Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Nevada Chamber Music Festival,and the Marlboro Music Festival.  She has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio.

Bella Hristova is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She made her New York debut in the Young Concert Artists Series at Merkin Concert Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston.  She was awarded YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists, and for three seasons, she has been honored with the Gordon and Harriet Greenfield Foundation Artist Management Fellowship of YCA.

Bella Hristova's appearance at Classical Tahoe is generously supported by The Firefly Scientists' Foundation.

Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Muzzocco

JoAnn Falletta

Friday, August 12

"One of the finest conductors of her generation." - The New York Times

JoAnnJoAnn Falletta is internationally celebrated as a vibrant ambassador for music, an inspiring artistic leader, and a champion of American symphonic music. An effervescent and exuberant figure on the podium, she has been praised by The Washington Post as having “Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship, and a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein.” Acclaimed by The New York Times as “one of the finest conductors of her generation”, she serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center and music advisor to the Hawaii Symphony.

Ms. Falletta is invited to guest conduct many of the world’s finest symphony orchestras. Recent guest conducting highlights include debuts in Belgrade, Gothenburg, Lima, Bogotá, Helsingborg, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, a European tour with the Stuttgart Orchestra, return engagements with the Warsaw, Detroit, Phoenix, and Krakow Symphony Orchestras and a 13 city US tour with the Irish Chamber Orchestra with James Galway.

Falletta is the recipient of many of the most prestigious conducting awards including the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, the coveted Stokowski Competition, and the Toscanini, Ditson and Bruno Walter Awards for conducting, as well as the American Symphony Orchestra League’s prestigious John S. Edwards Award. She is an ardent champion of music of our time, introducing over 500 works by American composers, including more than 110 world premieres. Hailing her as a “leading force for the music of our time”, she has been honored with twelve ASCAP awards. Ms. Falletta served as a Member of the National Council on the Arts during both the George W Bush and Obama administrations.

Since stepping up to the podium as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the fall of 1999, Maestro Falletta has been credited with bringing the Philharmonic to a new level of national and international prominence. This season, the BPO will once again be featured on national broadcasts of NPR’s Performance Today and SymphonyCast, and international broadcasts through the European Broadcasting Union. 

In addition to her current posts with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Virginia Symphony, Brevard Music Center and Hawaii Symphony, Ms. Falletta has held the positions of principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Phoenix Symphony, music director of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, associate conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the Denver Chamber Orchestra.

Ms. Falletta received her undergraduate degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York and her master’s and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School.

Photo credit: Adam Beloff

Lisette Oropesa

Friday, August 12; Saturday, August 13

"Her quicksilver tone aptly combined appealing girlish purity with lightly charged sensuality." - Opera News

LisetteCuban-American soprano Lisette Oropesa has been hailed by The New York Times as an artist with a “magnetic” stage presence, who “sings with effortless grace and lyrical bloom.” She makes regular appearences on concert and opera stages throughout Europe and North America, identified as an artist “who has established an excellent reputation for singing with luminous tones and precise coloratura.”

“To judge from her first attempt at the role (La Traviata), Lisette Oropesa bids fair to be among its great exponents in her generation.

Oropesa manifested secure technical chops—trills, staccati, pinpoint dynamics and—most impressively—a long, sustained line that allowed her to hold the audience breathless in both “Dite alla giovine” and the party scene ensembles. Her quicksilver tone aptly combined appealing girlish purity with lightly charged sensuality.”

David Shengold• Opera News

In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Oropesa appears makes her role and house debut as Violetta in LA TRAVIATA at the Opera Philadelphia. She also makes her house debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Gilda in RIGOLETTO. Finishing the operatic season, she appears in a new production of LES INDES GALANTES as Hébé and Zima with the Bayerische Staatsoper. Concert engagements include the Faure REQUIEM with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM with the Baltimore Symphony, Mahler’s SYMPHONY NO. 8 at the Philadelphia Orchestra's 100th anniversary gala concert, and Bach’s ST. MATTHEW PASSION with the Strasbourg Philharmonic.

Last season, Ms. Oropesa appeared as Konstanze in DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL with the Bayerische Staatsoper and debuted in the same role at the Opéra national de Paris. She also made her debut with the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Gilda in RIGOLETTO, and appeared as Susanna in NOZZE with the New Orleans Opera and the San Francisco Opera. She made her Spanish opera, role, and house debut as Rosalba in FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS with the L.A. Opera. Lisette added another title Donizetti role to her repertoire when she sang Marie in THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT with the Pittsburgh Opera. Concert engagements in 2014/15 included Haydn's Creation, Bach's St. John Passion, and a single broadcast performance of RIGOLETTO with the Radio Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.