Since , Vardanyan has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
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In , he was featured as a soloist with the Philharmonic, playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto under the direction of Christopher Seaman. Vardanyan is on the faculty of Nazareth College and Hochstein School of Music, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in various concert venues in the Middle East, Europe, Central America, and North America. He performs on a Francesco Gobetti violin Venice, ca.
In , Vardanyan became a U. He lives in Rochester with his wife and son.
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She is also a founding member of the folk-art band, Copper Hill. Willa served as a concertmaster in both the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia, starting both positions in her sophomore year. In addition to her solo and orchestral endeavors, Willa is a dedicated chamber musician.
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While at Eastman she worked with the same quartet for three years and this group was selected four times to perform in the Honors Chamber Recital. In the summer of Willa performed with cellist Christopher Costanza of the St. Willa grew up playing Irish and Old-Time music with her family and has made more recent forays into Bluegrass and song-writing. She plays a violin made by her father, David Finck Luthier.
During the season, he served as principal 2 nd violin. He holds a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music graduated summa cum laude , where he studied with Alexander Kerr, former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and current concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
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Rodgers began studying the piano at age five with his father and started violin lessons at the age of six. High String Competition, the Chamber Music Fellowship sponsored by the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and is the winner of various young artist competitions in Indiana. She also plays the viola and attended a chamber music festival at the Nebraska Institute of Music as a violist. Ito began studying the violin at the age of four. She earned an artist diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Stephen Rose, principal 2nd violinist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
A native of Korea, Ms. Kim is an active soloist as well as chamber musician in Korea and the United States. As an avid chamber musician, Ms. Kim gave performances in Connecticut and New Jersey, and has performed at various chamber music festivals including Kneisel Hall and Norfolk Music Festival. She will be joining the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in the upcoming season. He holds a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Samuel Applebaum.
She has been playing in the first violin section since September McDonald grew up playing music with both of her parents, and gained exposure to chamber music and orchestral playing through local festivals in Kansas City. She is passionate about teaching and playing chamber music, and continues to do both in addition to her position with the RPO. Vail Valley Music Festival, among many others.
He is also the curator of programming for RPO to the Max, a series of special events designed for donors. As a professional orchestral musician, he joined the Syracuse Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras in He has also performed actively as a concertmaster for the Erie Philharmonic. Violinist An-Chi Lin comes from a family of musicians and began playing the piano at the age of five and the violin at age six.
Lin has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since She is also an accomplished pianist and accompanist, and performs regularly with her students and colleagues. As a chamber musician, she has appeared on "Live from Hochstein" with the Hochstein String Quartet and with Gibbs and Main formerly known as Quartsemble. Originally from the Rochester area, she joined the RPO as one of the youngest musicians, just out of college, and is the Assistant Principal Second Violin.
Since , Patricia Sunwoo has performed to critical acclaim across the U. She received her doctoral degree from The Juilliard School and is on faculty at Binghamton University. What other orchestras have you performed with? The RPO is essential to Rochester because The most culturally advanced cities always seem to have a first-class symphony orchestra.
Arts institutions also help drive their local economies. Lara Sipols has been a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since During the summer, she is also a member of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, where also served as assistant orchestra librarian. She has performed chamber music locally as a guest of both the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble and Gibbs and Main Ensemble, and she has been active in the musical programs of St.
She holds both a B. Nancy Hunt has been a violinist in the RPO since She also performs in the Music in the Mountains summer festival orchestra in Durango, Colorado. In addition, Hunt maintains a busy private teaching studio. Hunt attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she received degrees in violin performance and music education. She also participated in Suzuki teacher training at Ithaca College. They have two adult children.
She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Harid Conservatory in violin performance studying with Sergio Schwartz, and then continued her studies at the Eastman School of Music for a Masters degree under the tutelage of Zvi Zeitlin. She has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U. She performs on a modern violin by a renowned maker, Kurt Widenhouse.
A frequent performer, Dr. Leenhouts has appeared regularly with Eastman faculty in the Kilbourn Hall recital series and returned to her native Arizona several times to give benefit concerts for the Sedona Chamber Music Society and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her solo and chamber music work, Dr.
She toured throughout Germany with the American Sinfonietta. Leenhouts has taught extensively at all age and ability levels. She began playing the violin at the age of five. At age 14, she was a semi-finalist in the Seventeen Magazine competition. She then became a member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, in Charleston, SC, often performing as assistant concertmaster. She enjoys spending her summers at Chautauqua Institution where she performs with the Chautauqua Symphony.
Melissa Matson is well known to Rochester audiences as the principal violist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a versatile chamber musician. As a founding member of the Chester String Quartet , she performed throughout the U.
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Her current duties as an associate professor at Eastman include teaching viola orchestral repertoire classes, for which she has written numerous guides to preparing orchestra excerpts. Matson presented two sessions on orchestral excerpts and audition preparation at the ViolaFest in Binghamton, NY. She also mentors the violists of the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Originally from northern California, she was raised in a music-loving family - they played recorders together, her three siblings studied string instruments, and her mother built a harpsichord.
She also studied with Heidi Castleman and Karen Tuttle. Matson has been a chamber music participant in the Aspen, Norfolk, and Grand Teton summer festivals. For three years she was the principal violist and on the faculty of Eastern Music Festival, where she appeared as soloist with bassist Gary Karr and performed chamber music with violinist Franco Gulli and pianist Andre-Michel Schub. Joined the RPO in Marc Anderson enjoys a versatile career as an orchestral violist, chamber musician and teacher. Anderson has been with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since and is principal violist of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra.
Outside of his musical studies, Anderson is a graduate of the University of Rochester's "Take Five" program and has a minor in German Cultural Studies. He maintains a private studio and frequently works with his wife's orchestra students in Fairport. Outside of work, he can be found chasing after his children, Milo 6 and Charlotte 3.