classical tahoe

chamber musicians

Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss


Current: Member of The New York City Ballet and Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Appears With: New York City Opera, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble LPR
Festivals: Performed in Caramoor Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Cactus Pear Music Festival in San Antonio (TX), Aspen Music Festival, Bach Dancing and Dynamite, Madison (WI), Lisker Music Foundation, Singapore Sun Music Festival, Las Palmas Music Festival

Emmanuel Ceysson, Harp


Current: Principal Harp, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Previous Ensembles: Metropolitan Opera, Opera de Paris
Performance Venues:  Wigmore Hall, Salle Gaveau, Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie (with whom recital, concerto, and chamber repertoire won press accolades)
Chamber/Soloist: Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, Frick Collection Recital (NYC), Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Teatro del Lago Recital (Chile), Artist Series Concerts (Sarasota), Vivaldi Orchestra (Italy), Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (Canada)
Awards: Gold Medal, USA International Harp Competition; First Prize and six special prizes, New York Young Concert Artist Auditions; First Prize, ARD Competition (Munich), first harpist to win awards at 3 major International Competitions.
Recording Highlights: Glière Concerto for Harp with Bavarian Radio Orchestra: other recordings, Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, Prague Radio Symphony
AND: Ceysson is an accomplished chef and gourmand. His personal specialty is divine pancakes (secret recipe!)

Emmanuel Ceysson’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Julia Amaral and Mark Strate.

David Chan

David Chan, Violin


Current: 2019/20: 20th season as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, 3rd as inaugural Music Director/Conductor of The Montclair Orchestra (NJ), and 2nd season as Music Director of Camerata Notturna
Soloist: MET Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and Moscow State Symphony
Conductor: Belgium’s l’Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and l’Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne in France; Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; and at Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot, (with musicians from MET Opera, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and top orchestras of Paris)
Awards: Tchaikovsky and Indianapolis international violin competitions, New York debut in 1995 at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall debut in 2003. Bachelor’s degree, Harvard University; Master’s, The Juilliard School
AND: A native of San Diego, Chan began his musical education at the age of four. Currently on faculty at Juilliard and the Mannes School of Music, he lives in the New York City area with his wife, violinist Catherine Ro, and their children Annalise, Micah, and Arianna

David Cooper


Current: Principal Horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Ensembles: Principal Horn, Dallas Symphony; Solo Horn, Berlin Philharmonic; Guest Principal, London Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Co-Associate Principal, Fort Worth Symphony
Festival/Chamber: Director, Avant Chamber Ballet (TX), Tanglewood Festival, and many solo and chamber music appearances in U.S. and abroad
Other: He did a year of service as an Americorps intern in Port Townsend, WA.
AND: Coming from a family of French horn players, David earned the right to use his grandmother’s horn when he was 11 after proving he could play his first scale. Outside of the practice room, he recently completed the hike of the John Muir Trail

Timothy Dilenschneider


Current: Associate Principal Bass, Houston Symphony
Ensembles, appeared as soloist with: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (2016-2018), New World Symphony (2014-2016)
Performances with: Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, New York Symphonic Ensemble

Timothy Dilenschneider’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Julia Amaral and Mark Strate.

Désirée Elsevier

Désirée Elsevier


Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensembles: Soloist with the Western NY Chamber Orchestra and Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra di San Carlo in Naples, Italy (Assistant Principal viola), World Orchestra for Peace (concerts in Germany, England, Holland, Belgium, Hungary, Russia, China, Israel, Poland, Sweden, Austria, United Arab Emirates)

Désirée Elsevier’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Florence and Steven Goldby. 

Daniel Gilbert


Current: Principal Clarinet: CityMusic Cleveland
Ensembles: Second Clarinet, Cleveland Orchestra (1995- 2007)
Festivals/Chamber: Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Series, the Cleveland Museum of Art Chamber Series and the Oberlin Chamber Music series
Other: Associate Professor of Clarinet, University of Michigan, Artist/Clinician for the Backen clarinets and the Vandoren Corporation

Daniel Gilbert’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by KyungAe Bae and Ralph Miller. 

Érik Gratton


Current: Principal Flutist: Nashville Symphony
Orchestras: Principal, MET Opera; Montreal Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony
Awards: First Prize with great distinction, Montreal Conservatory
Recordings: More than 20 recordings with the Nashville Symphony on the Naxos label, also an active session player in Nashville’s busy recording industry.
AND: A native of Montréal, Canada, his hobbies include beekeeping, woodworking and discovering new things and places with his wife Erin, Assistant Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony


Laura Hamilton

Violin and Viola
Interim Artistic Director

Current: Concertmaster for Classical Tahoe since festival inception (2012), Concertmaster Festival Orchestra NAPA, Concertmaster Orchestra Moderne
Previous Ensembles: Metropolitan Opera: Principal Associate Concertmaster, Acting C-Concertmaster. Chicago Symphony, soloist with Maestro Sir Georg Solti; Concertmaster, Sydney Opera House; Guest Concertmaster for Seattle Symphony, American Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and Adelaide Symphony (Australia)
Chamber Music/Festivals: Marlboro, Manchester, and Bard Music Festivals, Norway and Greece summer festivals, Tononi Trio 
Teaching: New York University, Blackburn Academy at Festival Napa Valley. Visiting faculty: New World Symphony, Manhattan School fo Music, Bel Canto Institute (Italy)
ANDA Sydney highlight was a gala concert with Jonas Kaufmann, playing Massenet’s Meditation from Thais, which garnered rave reviews praising her “radiant,” “serenely beautiful interpretation.”
Home: Laura and her husband, cellist Lanny Paykin, reside in Oakland, New Jersey

Concertmaster Laura Hamilton’s appearance and leadership are generously supported by Steven and Florence Goldby.

A Note from Laura: “I had the privilege of working with Joel Revzen as concertmaster in four different summer festivals since 2001, and our close collaboration and friendship grew hand-in-hand. His artistic leadership here at Classical Tahoe was a driving passion and guiding light over the past nine years. We loved him. We miss him. We continue to play great music with his loving spirit near to our hearts.”

Composer of Operas

Jake Heggie, Composer


Opera Compositions: Dead Man WalkingMoby-Dick, It’s A Wonderful LifeIf I Were You, Great ScottThree DecembersFor a Look or a Touch, and Two Remain, among others produced on five continents.
Other Compositions: nearly 300 art songs, as well as concerti, chamber music, choral and orchestral works.
Awards: Guggenheim Fellow, Mentor/Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, CU Boulder’s New Opera Workshop. Eddie Medora King Prize by the UT Austin Butler School of Music, Champion Award from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus 
Speaker/Guest Artist: Keynote for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Guest Artist/Master Teacher at Boston University, Bucknell, Cincinnati Conservatory, Cornell, Eastman, CU Boulder, Northwestern, Peabody Conservatory, Roosevelt, The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, San Diego State, UNI, UNT, UT Austin, USC’s Thornton School, Vanderbilt University, and at festivals such as SongFest at the Colburn School and Ravinia.
AND: The Metropolitan Opera has announced Dead Man Walking as part of its 2020/21 season in a bold new production by director Ivo van Hove, conducted by MET Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Home: Jake Heggie lives in San Francisco with his husband, Curt Branom.

Kristi Helberg


Current: Violinist of The Knights (New York-based chamber orchestra, Sony Recording artists)
Ensembles: appears with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, String Orchestra of New York City, Sarasota Opera (Principal)
Chamber/Other: Caravel Trio (Founder), Chamber Orchestra of New York (Principal), Festivals of Ravinia, Caramoor International, Bonn Beethovenfest, Dresden Musikfestspiele, Salzburg and Tanglewood

Harrison Hollingsworth


Current: Principal Bassoon of the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center
Soloist: concerto performances with Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphony in C and others; recitals from the Kennedy Center to La Mortella (Ischia, Italy).
Ensembles: Guest, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestras of St. Luke’s, Mostly Mozart, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Chautauqua Symphony
Chamber: Founding member of “Sixth Floor Trio” and “GardenMusic Festival”; Performances with Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players; and the Kingston, Olympic, Bay Chamber and Chesapeake Music Festivals
Conducting: Guest, New York City Ballet; Music Director, Redeemer Downtown Church; Assistant Conductor, New York Choral Society; Former positions with Columbia University Bach Society and New York Youth Symphony
AND: Plays fiddle, writes original music with and leads “Downtown Folk Band”, lives in Manhattan with his wife Leah – violist and writer – and their three children.

Nathan Hughes


Current: Principal Oboe: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensembles: Principal: Seattle Symphony. Guest Principal:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony
Chamber/Festivals: Philadelphia and Seattle Chamber Music Societies, Aspen, La Jolla, Mainly Mozart, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Tanglewood, Verbier Festivals
Faculty: The Juilliard School

Nathan Hughes’ appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Laurie and Silvio Ricardi. 

Simon James


Current: Second Assistant Concertmaster: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Orchestras: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mostly Mozart.
Recording Career: with Northwest Sinfonia, can be heard on hundreds of motion picture, TV soundtracks, and recorded concerti with the Seattle Symphony and the Slovak Radio Symphony
Teaching: Internationally recognized pedagogue; Violin Professor, San Francisco Conservatory
Awards to Students: International Menuhin Junior Competition, Stradivarius International Competition, Stulberg International String Competition, Vancouver International Music Competition, MTNA National Competition, featured numerous times on NPR’s From the Top. Students won positions in New York Philharmonic, St Louis Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra.

Simon James’ appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Anne and Roger Forbes.

Katie Kadarauch


Current: Assistant Principal Viola, San Francisco Symphony (since 2007)
Ensembles/Festivals: East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Marlboro Music Festival and past tours, a founding member of the award-winning Janaki String Trio and frequent Bay Area chamber music performer.
Specialty:  No music is off-limits. I love teaching, chamber music, mixed media collaborations, modern, baroque, multicultural music, and can be heard on many film scores including Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, and Get Smart

Katie Kadarauch appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Jerome Guillen & Jeremy Gallaher

Daniel Khalikov


Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensembles: Concertmaster: Chamber Orchestra of New York
Appears with: National Arts Center Orchestra (Ottawa, CA) Brighton Philharmonic, Uzbekistan National Symphony Orchestra, Turkey’s BASSO Orchestra
Chamber Music/Festivals: Metropolitan Chamber Ensemble, Tanglewood, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe, BargeMusic, Music Mountain, Verbier Festival, Perlman Music Program

Daniel Krekeler

Daniel Krekeler


Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Other Ensembles:  Minnesota Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and a performance with the Tokyo String Quartet
Festivals: Verbier, Salzburg Easter Festival


Donna Lee


Ensembles: solo appearances; National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall
Chamber/Festivals: Amer-China International Music Foundation (China), Brevard Music Center, Interlochen Music Festival, Kent Blossom Music, Maui Classical Music, Music-on-the-Hill
Faculty: Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Piano Division at Kent State University. Summer; co-director, Piano Institute at Kent State, artist-faculty at Kent/Blossom Chamber Music (OH) and Brevard Music Center (NC).

Donna Lee’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by KyungAe Bae and Ralph Miller. 

Milan Milisavljević


Current: Principal Violist: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Previous Ensembles: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, collaborated with Guarneri, Mendelssohn, St. Petersburg and Brentano String Quartets
Chamber Festivals: Munich Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Sinfonia, Belgrade Philharmonic, Marlboro Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Cascade Head, Verbier Festival Orchestra


Nicholas Phan


Concert: leading orchestras in North America and Europe, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and the Lucerne Symphony.
Opera: appearances with the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Frankfurt Opera. Repertoire includes title roles such as in Bernstein’s Candide, Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex and Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, among others.
Chamber Music: Artistic Director and co-founder of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC), promoting art song and vocal chamber music. Active collaborator, presented by Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore 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, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Guest curator for Laguna Beach Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, WQXR, and San Francisco Performances as vocal artist-in-residence from 2014-2018.
Recordings: most recent: 6th solo album, Clairières, a recording of songs by Lili and Nadia Boulanger, Gods and Monsters, 2017 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album nominee.
Awards/Festivals: Tanglewood, Aspen, BBC Proms, University of Michigan, Paul C Boylan Distinguished Alumni Award, Christopher Kendall Award; Houston Grand Opera Studio, Sullivan Foundation Award, Richard F. Gold Career Grant/Shoshana Foundation
AND: Described by the Boston Globe as “one of the world’s most remarkable singers”

Nicholas Phan’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Anh-Tuyet Nguyen and Rob Pollock.

Guy Piddington


Current: San Francisco Symphony
Previous Ensembles: Acting Second Trumpet with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
Appears With:Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, New York City Opera, Grand Teton Music Festival

Cindy Rhys

Music Annotater

Current: Music Annotator, Classical Tahoe; Transition Specialist (NY area); Writer
Previous Artistic Work: 20 years as performer of Opera, Music Theater and Straight Theater, from Grand Opera Houses to Off-Broadway holes-in-the-wall
Life Work: Life Companion and HelpMate to Maestro Joel Revzen.  Devotée of Classical Tahoe, CT Coffee Break Maven, FurMom to Wonder Dog Zander
Home: Where the Heart Is

Note from Cindy:
2011: a big idea is afoot in Incline Village, NV; to create an “Arts Destination” for Tahoe.
My beloved Joel Revzen thrived on building – this was an ideal project. 
August 2011: a quick trip to “put a toe in the water,” to make some music, to start a potential ball rolling. Gorgeous scenery and gorgeous music played by world-class musicians, what could be better?  (Fine, I said. Just don’t think I’ll become involved in this, nope, sorry, not going to lift a finger, no, absolutely not.)
Well… of course I fell in love… with the energy of Tahoe, the dedicated supporters, the remarkable musicians of the orchestra – their humanity as well as their artistry. What was not to love?
So, for 8 years I have done everything I could to help build a bridge of enjoyment for the spectacular music-making that Maestro Joel and the Classical Tahoe Orchestra have brought to each performance.  And thanks to the wonderful audience and generous donors, it has grown.
And may it continue to be a benefit to the arts in Tahoe and Nevada, as Maestro Revzen hoped and planned.

Cindy Rhys’ appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by FS Foundation. 

Catherine Ro


Current:  Acting Assistant Principal Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinist (since 2000), The Richard and Elizabeth Gilbert Chair
Ensembles/Festivals: Soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen. MET Chamber Ensemble, 2nd violinist of Quartet 212, founding member of Musique et Vin au Clos Vougeot
Other: Certified Bar Method instructor


Maria Schleuning


Current: Dallas Symphony
Previous Ensembles: Voices of Change, contemporary music ensemble (TX), Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony (solo appearances)
Festivals/Chamber: performed in venues such as New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, Museum of Modern Art, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Idyllwild Arts, Walden Piano Quartet

Maria Schleuning’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Carole Anderson. 

Frederica Von Stade

Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-Soprano


Career Achievements: Described by the New York Times as one of America’s finest artists and singers, extolled as one of the music world’s most beloved figures, enriching the world of classical music for three decades.
Appearances at the MET: celebrated on the stages of the world’s great opera houses and concert halls since her debut in 1970 at the Metropolitan Opera, subsequently singing nearly all of her great roles with that company. January 2000, the MET celebrated the 30th anniversary of her debut with a new production of The Merry Widow (a production with Joel Revzen as Assistant Conductor) and in 1995, as a celebration of her 25th anniversary, a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande.
Appearances Worldwide: with every leading American opera company, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, and many others. 
Recital and Recording: celebrated for exceptional musicianship and a rare gift for communication. Over 70 recordings with every major label; six Grammy nominations, two Grand Prix du Disc, Germany’s Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Italy’s Premio della Critica Discografica, and Best of the Year citations by Stereo Review and Opera News
Awards: Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Boston University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music (which holds a Frederica von Stade Distinguished Chair in Voice), the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and Mannes School of Music. Awarded France’s highest honor in the arts – as officer of L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, plus an award bestowed at The White House by President Reagan in recognition of her significant contribution to the arts.
AND: Miss von Stade appears regularly on television on numerous PBS and other broadcasts

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir


Current: Artist-in-Residence: University of Washington in Seattle, Co-Artistic Director and cellist of Decoda
As Soloist:  Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orkester, Iceland Symphony
Chamber/Other: Performances at Marlboro and Prussia Cove, Barbican Center in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo among others

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Laurie and Silvio Ricardi. 

Gilles Vonsattel, Piano


Orchestral Soloist: Recent debuts with Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, and Gothenburg Symphony. Appearances with: San Francisco Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, l’Orchestre Symphonique du Québec, Boston Pops, Nashville Symphony, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Staatskapelle Halle, and L’orchestre de chambre de Genève.
Awards and Appearances: Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Career Grant, winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions, 2016 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, and hailed as an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality.
Chamber Music Festivals: Ravinia, Tokyo’s Musashino Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bravo! Vail, Music@Menlo, the Gilmore festival, the Lucerne festival, and the Munich Gasteig.
AND: A Steinway Artist, Mr. Vonsattel received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and his master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He makes his home in New York City with violinist Sarah Vonsattel and their two children.

Gilles Vonsattel’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by John & Christine Sells, Sells Foundation.

Sarah Vonsattel


Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensembles: Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Talea Ensemble (NY) Verklarte Quartet, iO String Quartet, League of Composers Orchestra
Chamber Music/Festivals: Bronxville Chamber Music Series, New Marlborough House Concerts

Xiao-Dong Wang


Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Solo Performances with: China Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Royal Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Sydney Opera Orchestra
Appearances at: Aspen, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Ravinia

Mariko Hiraga Wyrick


Current: American Ballet Orchestra (since 2014), performs actively in greater New York area
Chamber: Winner of the American Fine Arts Festival competition, performances in Weill Hall, NYC
Festivals: Kneisel Hall, the Fontainebleu Academie, and the Greenwood Festival

Peter Wyrick


Current: Associate Principal Cellist: San Francisco Symphony
Previous Ensembles: San Francisco Symphony (assistant principal cellist), Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra (principal cellist), New York City Opera Orchestra (associate principal cellist)
Chamber Music/Festivals: Ridge String Quartet, Helsinki Festival (Finland), the Spoleto Festival (US, IT), Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series

Peter Wyrick’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Florence & Steven Goldby