classical tahoe

orchestra musicians


Laura Hamilton

Interim Artistic Director and Concertmaster

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.”

Kay Stern

Kay Stern


Current: Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Previous Ensembles: (concertmaster) The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Concordia at Lincoln Center, Cabrillo Music Festival, Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.
Chamber/Other: Lark string Quartet (first violinist/founding member), Live from Lincoln Center, Prairie Home Companion, Skywalker Ranch recordings
Faculty: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of San Francisco, Juilliard, Cleveland Institute of Music


Maria Schleuning

Principal Second Violin

Current: Dallas Symphony
Previous Ensembles: Voices of Change, contemporary music ensemble (TX), Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony (solo appearances)
Chamber/Festivals: 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. 

Zubaida Azezi


Current: The Florida Orchestra
Previous Ensembles: New World Symphony
Performances With: Houston Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony


Gennady Filimonov


Current: Seattle Symphony
Appearances with: Carmel Bach Festival, Odessa Philharmonic, soloist/concertmaster with Rod Stewart, Linda Rondstatt, “Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” “Heart”, others
Chamber Music/Festivals: Opus One Chamber Ensemble (co-founding member), Odeon quartet (NY, Seattle), “Bridging the Cultural Gap” tour

Annamae Goldstein


Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensembles: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony
Chamber Music/Festivals: Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Bowdoin, Boulder, Snow Pond, OK Mozart and Wyndham Music Festivals.Lyric Chamber Music Society of NY, Met Chamber Ensemble, Bridgehampton Chamber Music, Tahoe String Quartet, IRIS Quartet


Rachel Golub


Ensembles: appears with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra Carbon (Eliot Sharp)
Chamber/Other: member of the Scorchio Quartet, Caramoor Music Festival. Records and collaborates with Sting, Elton John, Jay-Z, Andrea Bocelli, Florence+The Machine, among others.Recordings with James Taylor, Darlene Love, and Ute Lemper.


Erin Hall

Erin Hall


Current: Assistant Concertmaster, Nashville Symphony.
Chamber/Festivals: Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, Pacific Music Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, Mainly Mozart
Teaching: Faculty, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music

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

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.

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

Brian Krinke


Current: Concertmaster, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra
Ensembles: Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic (Assistant Concertmaster positions), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra
Solo appearances with: Buffalo Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
Chamber/Festivals: Bard, OK Mozart Festival

Jeehae Lee

Jeehae Lee


Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensembles/Festivals: appeared with New Jersey Symphony, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, Aspen Music Festival orchestral fellow
Appeared at: Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall for chamber performances. Solo appearances at Hoam Art Hall in Seoul and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall

Ruth Lenz


Current: Concertmaster, Reno Philharmonic; Concertmaster, Reno Chamber Orchestra
Previous Ensembles: past acting concertmaster, Fresno Philharmonic
Appearances With: Argenta; Apex; Incline Chamber Music Society; Sacramento Chamber Music Society; Carpe Diem Quartet
Chamber Music/Festivals: Telluride Chamber Music Festival; Sunriver Festival; Nevada Chamber Music Festival; La Musica Festival; Festival Napa Valley; Mayshad Festival; Kammermusiktage, Barth

Ruth Lenz’ appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Charlotte and Richard McConnell


Laura Lutzke


Current: American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Ensembles: The Knights, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Ensemble LPR, Wordless Music Orchestra.
Chamber/Festivals: Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK), Caramoor International Music Festival, SXSW, Auckland Arts Festival.

Yurika Mok


Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Previous Ensembles: St. Louis Symphony
Chamber/Other: Master of Music Degree at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Burton Kaplan.

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

Désirée Elsevier

Désirée Elsevier

Principal Viola

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. 

Milan Milisavljević

Principal Viola

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

Sarah Adams


Current: Cassatt Quartet, American Ballet Theater, Riverside Symphony (Principal)
Appears with: Orpheus, Metropolitan Opera, NY Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Ballet
Chamber Music/Festivals: Bard, Caramoor, Saratoga, Bowdoin, Seal Bay, Cape May
Teaching: Columbia University

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

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

Scott Hosfeld


Current: Music Director and Conductor, Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestras; Director of Chamber Music Studies, Idyllwild Arts Academy; Music Director of Malibu Concerts on the Bluffs Music Festival.
Previous Ensembles: Principal Conductor, Icicle Creek Chamber Orchestra, the Kairos Festival Orchestra, the Dorian Festival Orchestras, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestras
Positions and Awards: Currently holds the Alfred Newman Conducting Chair, and Camilla Wicks Violin Chair at the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture (MAHMA) in Malibu, California.

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

Winona Zelenka

Winona Zelenka

Principal Cello

Current: Assistant Principal Cello, Toronto Symphony
Ensembles: Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Trio Arkel, numerous orchestras in England, Canada, and U.S.
Solo Appearances: Toronto Symphony, Toronto Philharmonia, Mississauga Symphony, a Juno-nominated recording of the Bach Cello Suites

David Calhoun


Current: American Symphony
Appears with: American Ballet Theatre, New York Virtuosi, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Orpheus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (tour), New York City Opera (tour) (principal)
Chamber Music/Festivals: Bargemusic, Bard, St. Andrews and Manchester Music Festivals. Seacliff Chamber Players, Orpheus, Mostly Mozart, and the Omni Ensemble

Lanny Paykin


Ensembles: American Composers’ Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic
Appearances with: New York City Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, and New York Philharmonic; as principal with New York City Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic, American Composers’ Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra

Wendy Sutter


Current: Appears with the New York Philharmonic
Ensembles: appeared as soloist with: Brussels Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony (2012), Seattle Symphony, Residentie Orchestra (Hague), North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
Chamber/Festivals: Marlboro, Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music Society (Lincoln Center), Mostly Mozart, Luminato Festival (Toronto), Spoleto, Ravinia, Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars, Library of Congress

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

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

Ha Young Jung



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.

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

Érik Gratton

Principal Flute

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

Erin James

Erin James


Ensembles: Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Australian Pops Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Victorian State Opera.
Chamber/Festivals: Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and as soloist touring Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Stephanie Mortimore


Current: Principal Piccolo, MET Orchestra; also performs as Acting Principal Flute, MET Orchestra
Ensembles: All-Star Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, can be heard on 3 Grammy Award winning recording with the MET, 2 Emmy Award winning video series with the All-Star Orchestra
Festival/Chamber: Grand Teton Festival; recitals as Weill Recital Hall and numerous other U.S. venues

Nathan Hughes

Principal Oboe

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

John Upton


Current: Principal oboe, The Florida Orchestra
Ensembles: Former member of the New World Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (guest principal oboe)
Festivals: Mainly Mozart, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lakes Area Music Festival, Verbier, Tanglewood

Sarah Lewis


Current: Detroit Symphony
Ensembles: Toronto Symphony; appeared with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New World Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Lansing Symphony
Music Festivals: Tanglewood, Chautauqua Music Festival

Daniel Gilbert

Principal Clarinet

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

Ixi Chen


Current: Second Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony
Ensembles: Philharmonie der Nationen (Hamburg), Munich ARD Festival
Festivals/Chamber: Aspen, Tanglewood, Evian, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Jerusalem International, Thessoloniki, and Saint Petersburg White Nights.
Other: University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Buffet Crampon and D’Addario artist

Whitney Crockett

Principal Bassoon

Current: Principal Bassoon, Los Angeles Philharmonic; Principal Bassoon, PBS All-Star Orchestra
Previous Ensembles: Principal positions, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, South Florida Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacionál (Dominican Republic)
Chamber Music/Festivals: Met Chamber Players, Super World Orchestra (Tokyo Music Festival), Affinis Music Festivals (Japan), Instrumenta Oaxaca (Mexico), Santa Fe, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, Cape Cod


Erik Höltje


Current: co-principal: The Knights Chamber Orchestra, principal: Delaware Symphony and Greater Bridgeport Symphony
Appearances with: New York City Ballet, Grant Park Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Princeton Symphony, Stamford Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Pennsylvania Ballet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York Philharmonic
Festivals: Ravinia, Tanglewood, Ojai, Aix-en-Provence, Skaneateles, Caramoor, Pacific, Crested Butte

Evan Epifanio


Current: Principal bassoon – Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensembles: Former member of the Sarasota Orchestra, New World Symphony, and appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Festivals: Principal bassoon – Des Moines Metro Opera (2016-2018), Festival Napa Valley, Aspen Music Festival


Samantha Duckworth


Current: appears with LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, LA Chamber Orchestra, MET Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Ensembles: Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, L’Orchestra Symphonique de Quebec.
Festival/Other: appears on several Grammy Award winning recordings with the MSO, and on multiple CD and DVD recordings with the MET Orchestra and LA Philharmonic

Jennifer Montone

Principal Horn

Current: Principal Horn, Philadelphia Orchestra 
Ensembles: Principal, Saint Louis Symphony; Guest Principal, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; MET Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Festival/Chamber: Chamber Music Society, Lincoln Center, La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival
Awards: Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Horn Player of the Year (London, UK)

Mark Almond

Principal Horn

Current Ensemble: Principal Horn, San Francisco Opera Orchestra
Previous Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra, London
Appeared with: Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet
Solo appearances with: London Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Chamber/Festivals: Music@Menlo, Cheltenham International Festival, Ballet Sun Valley
Faculty: San Francisco State University
Other: Prior to his appointment in San Francisco worked as a hospital pulmonologist (MD) in London and holds a PhD in immunology and virology

Anne Marie Scharer


Current: 2nd Horn Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Previous ensembles: Columbus Symphony Associate Principal/3rd Horn, Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Austurias Coprincipal, Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, New York Philharmonic (tour)
Chamber/Festivals: Monarch Brass, Met Chamber Ensemble
Teaching: Interlochen Center for the Arts summer program

Julia PIlant


Current: Assistant Principal Horn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Festivals/Chamber: Strings Festival, Affinis Music Festival, Saito Kinen Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Billy Hunter

Principal Trumpet

Current: Principal Trumpet: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Assistant Principal Trumpet, Grant Park Symphony Orchestra
Ensembles: Guest Principal: Malaysian Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Dallas, Frankfurt Radio Symphonies
Chamber/Festivals: Met Chamber Ensemble, Spoleto Festival (Italy), Stellenbosch International Music Festival (South Africa), Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Serafic Fire

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

Adam Luftman


Current: Principal Trumpet; San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet Orchestras.
Ensembles: Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony. Performed, toured, and/or recorded with Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra.
Chamber/Other: Member , National Brass Ensemble, The Bay Brass, and regularly records at Skywalker Ranch.

David Garcia

Principal Trombone

Current: Solo Trombone, Philharmonia Zürich, Orchestra der Oper
Previous: Principal Trombone, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, (Florence, Italy), Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Guest with New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Malaysia Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich.
Chamber/Festivals: Semana Nacional de Trombon, Mexico, Faculty: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste.

Weston Sprott

Principal Trombone

Current: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Other Ensembles: Zurich Opera Orchestra, Zurich Philharmonia
Festivals: Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, PRIZM Chamber Ensemble
Faculty: Bard College, Mannes College, Rutgers University

Nicholas Schwarz

Nicholas Schwarz

Bass Trombone

Current: Principal, New York City Ballet Orchestra
Performed with: Sarasota Opera, ensembles such as Pittsburgh Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra
Chamber/Festivals: Festival Maribor (Slovenia), and the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer in France

Daniel Peck


Current: Principal Tuba, New York City Ballet Orchestra
Other Ensembles: performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, and American Symphony.
Festivals/Chamber: the Aspen Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Tanglewood

Aaron McDonald

Principal Timpani

Current: Principal, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Ensembles: West Virginia Symphony, toured with Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, National Broadcast Orchestra of Canada
Chamber/Festivals: VSO Chamber Players, Turning Point Ensemble, Standing Wave, National Broadcast Orchestra of Canada, percussion group Timetable, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood

Aaron McDonald’s appearance at Classical Tahoe is made possible by Laurie and Silvio Ricardi. 

Steven White

Steven White

Principal Percussion

Current: Percussion/Assistant Principal Timpani: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Previous Ensembles: Chicago Symphony Orchestra (extra player), Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Festivals/Chamber: Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival

Matthew Ward


Current: Principal, Argento Chamber Players, Talujon and American Modern Ensemble, Director of Percussion for the Mostly Modern Festival, Percussion Department Operations Manager at Manhattan School of Music.
Previous Ensembles: Riverside Symphony, Talea Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, The Orchestra of the League of Composers, Sequitor and IPSE Ensemble.
Festivals/Chamber: American Modern Ensemble Contemporary Chamber Music 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 Barbara and Ron Goldman. 

Anna Stoytcheva


Current: American Chamber Players, pianist; Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York, co-chair
Ensembles: New World Symphony, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony, Orchestra del’Angellicum
Festival/Chamber: Marlboro Music Festival, Classical Tahoe, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest, Kneisel Hall, Bowdoin Music Festival, Banff Center for the Arts