11/3 Piano Quintets
Mariya Borozina, Violin
Born in Moscow, Mariya Borozina began playing the violin at the age of 5, following in the footsteps of her violinist father. Starting at the Gnessin School of Music, she continued her studies at the Moscow Conservatory, class of Marina Yashvili, After moving to the US, she earned a postgraduate degree at Manhattan School of Music studying with Glenn Dicterow, Lisa Kim, Yoko Takebe, and Albert Markov. Ms. Borozina is a member of First Violin sections of the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet orchestras. She also performs with other orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Midsummer Mozart Festival, and performs as a soloist and Concertmaster with Russian Chamber Orchestra. She took part in a number of international music festivals, including Verbier Festival, Lucerne Festival, Key West, Spoleto USA. She toured with Verbier Festival Orchestra, where she performed as a concertmaster, and Verbier Chamber Festival Chamber Orchestra. She worked with such conductors as James Levine, Kurt Mazur, Gustavo Dudamel and many others. An avid chamber music player, she has appeared as part of several local groups, including Eos Ensemble. She is a regular performer at the San Francisco Noontime Concert series and is a concertmaster and soloist for the Russian Chamber Orchestra. Mariya is a conductor and a coach of Galbraith Honor Strings of Golden State Youth Orchestra (formerly El Camino Youth Symphony). As an educator, she often coaches chamber groups and orchestras, performs at outreach programs, and teaches privately. She is frequently invited to judge local music competitions. Mariya resides in Millbrae with her husband and their daughter.
Dian Zhang, Violin
Dian Zhang joined the first violin section of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 2017. Born in China, Dian moved to Los Angeles, CA and spent his formative years there. He received his Bachelors and Master's degrees at the Peabody Institute where he studied with Victor Danchenko and is currently working toward completing a DMA at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Cho-Liang Lin. Prior to his appointment with the San Francisco Opera, Dian served as concertmaster of the Shepherd School Symphony, Chamber and Opera orchestras. As a chamber musician, Dian has appeared with both the Context and Syzygy music series in Houston and has also performed in Baltimore, New York as well as in Canada, Brazil, Spain, Austria and the UK. Dian attended various music festivals both in the US and internationally, including the Schleswig-Holstein Masterclasses, Four Seasons Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Music Festival, the Chamber Music Residency at the Banff Centre and the Norfolk Music Festival. He has performed and collaborated with some of the great musicians of our time, including Cho-Liang Lin, Ani Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein, Michael Kannen and Colin Carr. Dian has also taken part in many community engagement events in various venues, including lunchtime concerts at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore and the Methodist Hospital in Houston. For two years, Dian was a Mary Hobson Teaching Fellow at Rice University where he taught courses in music fundamentals and music theory for non-music majors.
Yi Zhou, Viola
Yi Zhou, Principal viola with the San Francisco Ballet. Was first prize winner at the 2007 British Royal Overseas League Competition and the 2005 Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto Competition. The latter led to a public performance of the Gyula David Viola Concerto. Yi has made recent appearances in the international music scene, including performing Bartok viola concerto with Dearborn symphony orchestra, Telemann viola concerto with Enlightenment music series , a recital at the celebrated St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London , performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a performance at the Three Rivers Music Center in California. Yi was selected as Principal Viola of the Pacific Music Festival in Japan in 2008-2010 under the baton of Fabio Luisi. Yi has also performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Yi is an active chamber musician. member of Fiato Quartet. He has collaborated with renowned artists, including Menahem Pressler, Arnold Steinhardt, Ronald Leonard, .Quatuor Ebene and the New Hollywood String Quartet. Yi studied with Paul Coletti at The Colburn School of Music where he graduated with a Artist Diploma Degree. Previously, Yi studied with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory in Boston and Jiri Heger at Singapore’s prestigious Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. Yi has performed in master classes with such artists as David Takeno, Paul Silverthorne, and Annette Isserlis. Yi performs on a Mario Miralles Viola and a Paul Siegfried bow on loan from the Maestro Foundation.
Angela Lee, Cello
A graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, cellist Angela Lee is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study in London with William Pleeth, a grant from the Foundation for American Musicians in Europe, the Jury Prize in the Naumburg International Cello Competition, and a cello performance fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. She regularly performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia and gives masterclasses in the United States and abroad. With her two sisters—violinist Lisa Lee and pianist Melinda Lee Masur—Angela is a founding member of The Lee Trio (www.theleetrio.com) which won top prizes in the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition in Finland and the Gaetano Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. The Trio has premiered works by Nathaniel Stookey, Jane Antonia Cornish, Philip Lasser, Laurence Rosenthal and Uljas Pulkkis and has recorded for Delos. Using music to foster peace and goodwill, Angela Lee has made numerous humanitarian trips to the Philippines and former Yugoslavia. While on a U.N.-sanctioned tour of six war-torn cities throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina, she performed for American and NATO troops and displaced civilians. Ms. Lee serves on the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Alumni Association Leadership Council and on the Board of Directors of The Resonance Project (https://music-resonance.org/). Her 1762 cello is made by Nicolo Gagliano from Naples, Italy.
Miles Graber, piano
Miles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School. He has performed with numerous artists, including Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, Mimi Stillman, Paula Robison, Zuill Bailey, Judith LeClair, Zuill Bailey, Frederica von Stade, and Christina Mok. Mr. Graber has been associated with such organizations as New Century Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Mozart, Oakland Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera, Opera San Jose, and California Symphony. His accompanying posts include the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the San Domenico Conservatory, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the Mondavi Young Artist Competition, and Northern California Flute Camp. He is a member of the Alcyone Ensemble, MusicAEterna, the Graham-Graber-Rose Trio, the Sor Ensemble, and Trio Foss.