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Bay Brass Quintet

Formed in 1995, The Bay Brass, is a cooperative of players from the San Francisco Bay Area's leading performing organizations including the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and Symphony Silicon Valley. The aim of the group is to present both large-scale symphonic brass ensemble works and compositions for smaller combinations of players in acoustics which complement the wonderful sound of brass. In addition, The Bay Brass programs concerts of remarkable diversity, combining the traditional brass repertory with jazz and other contemporary styles, including the works of some of today's most influential composers.

 

Jonathan Ring, horn

Jonathan Ring, Second Horn with the San Francisco Symphony, joined the orchestra in 1991 after holding positions in the Columbus Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1983 where he was a student of Dale Clevenger. Other major teachers include Robert Fries at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and Jerry Peel.

 

As an active chamber and recording musician, Mr. Ring is a founding member of the GRAMMY nominated Bay Brass and a frequent performer on video game and motion picture soundtracks.

His summer music activities have included the New College Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, the Colorado Philharmonic (NRO) and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Mr. Ring currently serves oJonathan Rinn the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of music. He is also an accomplished keyboard player and composer, writing in the classical, jazz and pop idioms.

Jeff Budin, trombone

Currently the Principal Trombonist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Jeffrey Budin has also held principal trombone positions in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (Canada), the Orquestra de la Ciutat de Barcelona (Spain), and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Empire Brass, and the Summit Brass. In addition, he performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Symphony, the Saint Bart’s Music Festival (French West Indies) and tours internationally with the Portland based band “Pink Martini.” 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Budin studied composition, arranging, film scoring, jazz improvisation and trombone at the Dick Grove School of Music and Northwestern University. He can be heard on numerous recordings with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and the San Francisco Symphony as well as on many film sound tracks.  His orchestral compositions have been performed by the Honolulu, Delaware, and the Lancaster (PA) Symphony Orchestras, and his jazz compositions have been performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

His other interests include physics, string theory, yoga, throat singing, DNA, fractals, and harmony.

Peter Wahrhaftig, tuba

Peter Wahrhaftig is the principal tubaist of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra as well as with the Sun Valley Music Festival and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated The Bay Brass and has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Israel Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and the Oakland Symphony. 
 

Among other notable groups, he has performed with the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and heavy metal legends Metallica.

Additionally, he is an active recording musician, having appeared in numerous movie and video game soundtracks. He is active as a teacher, a chamber musician, and has been seen playing the cimbasso.

 

Peter enjoys spending time with his wife, Rena, and his two kids.

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Adam Luftman, trumpet

Adam Luftman joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra as Principal Trumpet in 2007. Originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, he also holds the position of Principal Trumpet in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral work, Mr. Luftman has been a featured soloist with numerous groups. He is also a member of The Bay Brass, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and is an avid jazz musician. Mr. Luftman also recently performed and recorded as a member of the National Brass Ensemble, a group comprised of principal musicians from the nation's top orchestras.He also can be heard on recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, ESPN Sunday Night Football and on many movie and video game soundtracks recorded at Skywalker Ranch in CA.

Mr. Luftman is currently on the faculty of San Francisco Conservatory, Stanford, UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. He has presented masterclasses all over the country including at the Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, New World Symphony and Tanglewood. He is an honors graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Mr. Luftman lives in San Francisco with his wife, Reva and their daughters, Riley and Nora.

 

Joseph Brown, trumpet

Joseph Brown plays second trumpet in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, a position he has held since 2016. Joe also performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, and many other Bay Area groups. He has worked with many orchestras around the country, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the St. Louis, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, and San Diego Symphonies. He has also played guest principal trumpet with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. 

 

Summer engagements include Tanglewood Music Center and the Mainly Mozart, Classical Tahoe, Britt, and Pacific Music Festivals. 

 

Before moving to the Bay Area, Joe was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach for three years. Originally from Houston, Texas, he holds degrees from The Colburn School, University of Michigan, and Ithaca College. In his free time, Joe enjoys skiing, running, hiking, biking, home brewing, and spending time with his wife, Erika and their pets, Dale and Bailey.

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Joseph Brown, trumpet

Jonathan Ring, horn

Jeff Budin,
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Peter Wahrhaftig, tuba

10/24 | 4PM

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12/5 | 7PM

Candlelight Concert

 

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Maya Cohon, violin

Maya Cohon is an avid chamber and orchestral musician from Seattle, Washington. She joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 2017, and also performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and San Francisco Ballet. 

 

Growing up in a family of musicians, Maya cultivated her love for chamber music by reading string trios, quartets and quintets at family gatherings. Today, she performs chamber music that spans a range of musical and narrative styles, and recently formed the Pacific Crest Trio, a Seattle-based folk band.

 

Maya earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where she studied with Almita Vamos. In Chicago she was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and went on to join the New World Symphony in Miami, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Music has given her the opportunity to collaborate with musicians from all over the world and perform in venues internationally, from Carnegie Hall to Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

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Sophie Baird-Daniel, harp

Sophie Baird-Daniel, harp

Praised for her “technicolor” sound (Gramophone), harpist Sophie Baird-Daniel is in high demand as a soloist and collaborator.  She has been featured at numerous series and festivals, including Tanglewood Music Center, Seattle Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Bellingham Music Festival, Seattle Modern Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, and North Corner Chamber Orchestra.  As an orchestral musician, Sophie performs with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and Orquestra Filarmonica de Jalisco.

A champion of new music, she has given premiers of works by Freya Waley-Cohen, George Benjamin, Megan Bledsoe-Ward, Marc-André Dalbavie, Juan Ramirez, and Ha-Yang Kim. 

Sophie was a participant in the prestigious 2018 International Harp Contest in Israel, a quarter finalist in the 2016 International Dutch Harp Competition, and won the silver medal at the 2017 Vancouver international Music Competition.  She was the 2015 winner of the Frances Walton Competition, which culminated in an outreach tour of rural Eastern Washington reaching thousands of school-aged children. The experience has continued to inspire her work in outreach and education.

Alongside her performing career, Sophie is the artistic director of Archipelago Collective, a dynamic and forward thinking chamber music festival on San Juan Island, Washington. 

Sophie has been mentored by some of the world’s leading harp pedagogues including Isabelle Perrin, Nancy Allen, Elizabeth Fontan-Binoche, Mariko Anraku, Valerie Muzzolini, and Jessica Zhou.  She completed her Artist and Performance Diplomas at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of world-renowned harpist Judy Loman.

 
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1/16 | 4PM

Ensemble Ari

“Ari” is a Korean word with multiple meanings: big river, wisdom and beauty. Ensemble Ari is a group of Korean American musicians in the Bay Area who wants to share this quality with the community. Our mission is to bridge Korea and other communities through western instruments while honoring Korean history and culture.

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Ensemble Ari

Caroline Lee, viola

Sharon Lee Kim, piano

San Francisco Bay Area native, Pianist Sharon Lee Kim is an active chamber musician, director, vocal coach, and instructor. She is a frequent recitalist and has performed and recorded throughout the nation and internationally. Ms. Kim joined the Saint Mary’s College Music Faculty in the fall of 2008. She is the Assistant Director and Accompanist of the internationally award-winning Saint Mary’s College Choirs, and the Assistant Director of the Faculty Chamber Sundays Series. Aside from teaching at the college, Sharon is the co-founding member of Duo Camaraderie together with flutist Laura Scarlata, and works at the SF Conservatory of Music, Crowden Music Center, and SF Girls Chorus. Sharon maintains a thriving private studio, teaching piano students and vocal coaching singers. Sharon holds degrees from UC Berkeley (BA) and New England Conservatory (MM and GD). Her primary teachers were Irma Vallecillo, Kayo Iwama, John Greer, Barbara Shearer, and Margret Elson. www.SharonLeeKim.com

Heeguen Song, violin

Native of South Korea, Heeguen Song is the associate Concertmaster of the SF Ballet Orchestra.  Dr.Song is an active chamber musician and is a member of Beaubliss Quartet and Ensemble Ari. She has performed at Yale Chamber Music Society, Yellowbarn Music Festival, Taos Music Festival, and Banff Chamber Music Residency. Heeguen was invited to play at Osaka City Hall, Daejeon Chamber Music Festival, Beethoven institute at New School and City University of NY. Additionally Heeguen gave a solo debut recital at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and had solo appearances with many orchestras such as SF Ballet Orchestra, Oberlin Orchestra, Rutgers Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble 212, and Camerata Academica de Merida. She was a prize winner at the Henryk Szeryng International Competition, Irving M Klein Competition, and Kingsville International Competition among others. Heeguen studied at Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Yale School of music and Rutgers University under the direction of Almita Vamos, Masao Kawasaki, Peter Oundjian, and Arnold Steinhardt.

Sarah Hong, cello

Acclaimed by music critics as “free, warm and a very expressive” performer, cellist Sarah Hong was born in Seoul, Korea. She began studying cello at the age of six and was selected as most promising young cellist in the nation at the age of 16, with her performance broadcasted nationwide by KBS. She made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall as a winner of Artists International. Ms. Hong studied at the Juilliard School (B.M. & M.M.) and finished her artist certificate in chamber music at the SF Conservatory under the direction of Bonnie Hampton. Ms. Hong lives in Los Altos where she balances a busy career as a soloist, collaborative artist, and teacher. Currently, she is a cellist of Le Due Muse with pianist Makiko Ooka, Ensemble Ari, and San Francisco Cello Quartet. She teaches string orchestra at the King's Academy and cello sections at CYS and KAMSA youth orchestras. She has started the ‘Phos (φῶς)’ Benefit Concert Series to help support various non-profit organizations serving children all over the world in 2014.

Jean Ahn, director/composer

Born in Korea, Jean Ahn finished her B.A. and M.M. at Seoul National University and Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. Her creative output includes works ranging from solo instruments to full orchestra, as well as choral, dance and electroacoustic music. Jean was the finalist for 2018 & 2019 Women Composers Commissions by the League of American Orchestras and her music was performed by Oakland Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Earplay, Left Coast Ensemble, Volti, UC Davis Orchestra and more. She was featured at New Music Miami, New American Music Festival, Women Composers Conference (Australia), Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Etchings Festival, IAWM Beijing Congress, SEAMUS and New York City Electronic Music Festival among others. She was the composer-in-residence with SF Choral Artists last season and she is currently working on a multimedia piano piece for New Arts Collaboration.  Jean's music often brings Asian traditional elements into western music. Her “Folksong Revisited” for piano and voice/piano collections are the ongoing projects that show her vision to introduce Korean songs and techniques to professional performers in the US. She is a Lecturer at UC Berkeley and Music Director at CHIM Studio. www.jeanahn.com

Caroline Lee, viola

Violist and founder/artistic director of Community Concerts at Epworth Caroline Lee has performed throughout the US and Canada as an orchestral player as well as a chamber musician and recitalist. She is currently a member of the San Francisco Ballet orchestra and also performs with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. Before relocating to the Bay area, Caroline was a member of the Kansas City Symphony for eight years and also performed regularly with the Chicago Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra during their summer seasons. She also performed with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra as principal violist and New Ear Ensemble, an ensemble dedicated to performing music written by living composers. An active chamber musician, she has performed in Banff, Domaine Forget, and the International Musical Arts Festivals, collaborating with members of the Tokyo, Cleveland and Colorado quartets, as well as artists such as Eric Friedmann, Steve Dann,  Richard Stolzman and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Along with her sister Aeri, Caroline formed the Lee duo and performs recitals throughout North America, championing less familiar viola repertoire. She is also a member of Eos and Strobe Ensembles, performing a wide range of works for chamber ensembles within the SF bay area. Caroline received her bachelor in music degree at the University of Michigan and her masters and Artist Diploma at Yale School of Music.

 
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JungHae Kim, harpsichord

Harpsichordist JungHae Kim’s playing has been described as “gallant and regal” (La Folia), “supple…impressive” (New York Arts), emotionally exquisite, warm, and inviting. Ms. Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Harpsichord Performance from Peabody Conservatory, and a Master’s Degree in Historical Performance (Harpsichord) from Oberlin Conservatory. She completed her studies with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam on a Haskell Scholarship, and holds an Advanced Degree in Harpsichord Performance from Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatorium. Ms. Kim has performed in concert throughout United States, Europe and in Asia as a soloist and with numerous fine historical instrument ensembles including American Baroque, Brandywine Baroque, Callisto, Musica Angelica, Musica Glorifica, Music's ReCreation, and Ensemble Mirable. She has also soloed with some of California’s premier modern ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Kim has also performed on a number of music festival series including the Britt Festival (Oregon), the Assisi Music Festival (Italy), Music In The Vineyards (Napa, CA), the Bloomington Early Music Festival (Indiana), The ChunCheon International Early Music Festival (South Korea), and at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. In 2011 she was featured on the Classical Odyssey television broadcast on the Korean Broadcasting System. In 2014, she performed a series of concerts on tour in South Korea with Callisto and Musica Glorifica. Ms. Kim’s solo album of Suites and Fantasias by Bach is released this year. For additional information please visit www.junghaekim.com

 

3/27 | 4PM

Baroque Masters

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JungHae Kim, harpsichord

JungHae Kim, harpsichord

Harpsichordist JungHae Kim’s playing has been described as “gallant and regal” (La Folia), “supple…impressive” (New York Arts), emotionally exquisite, warm, and inviting. Ms. Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Harpsichord Performance from Peabody Conservatory, and a Master’s Degree in Historical Performance (Harpsichord) from Oberlin Conservatory. She completed her studies with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam on a Haskell Scholarship, and holds an Advanced Degree in Harpsichord Performance from Amsterdam’s Sweelinck Conservatorium. Ms. Kim has performed in concert throughout United States, Europe and in Asia as a soloist and with numerous fine historical instrument ensembles including American Baroque, Brandywine Baroque, Callisto, Musica Angelica, Musica Glorifica, Music's ReCreation, and Ensemble Mirable. She has also soloed with some of California’s premier modern ensembles including the San Francisco Symphony and the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Kim has also performed on a number of music festival series including the Britt Festival (Oregon), the Assisi Music Festival (Italy), Music In The Vineyards (Napa, CA), the Bloomington Early Music Festival (Indiana), The ChunCheon International Early Music Festival (South Korea), and at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. In 2011 she was featured on the Classical Odyssey television broadcast on the Korean Broadcasting System. In 2014, she performed a series of concerts on tour in South Korea with Callisto and Musica Glorifica. Ms. Kim’s solo album of Suites and Fantasias by Bach is released this year. For additional information please visit www.junghaekim.com

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Kangwon Lee Kim, violin

Kangwon Lee Kim, violin

Kangwon Lee Kim, Madison Bach Musicians concertmaster and Assistant Artistic Director, is a versatile violinist with repertoire ranging from baroque to 21st-century using both baroque and modern violins. She has given recitals throughout the U.S. and in Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Norway and Czech Republic, and the live recording of her performances have been heard on National Public Radio, WFLN in Philadelphia, and Wisconsin Public Radio.  Ms. Kim has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including Menahem Pressler and Laurence Lesser, and during the summers, she has appeared at Banff Centre for the Arts, Aspen Music Festival, and at Token Creek Festival among others.  As a baroque violinist, Ms. Kim has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Oberlin Baroque Institute Faculty Ensemble, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, Brandywine Baroque, Indy Baroque, Calisto, and the Baroque Band.  Ms. Kim was assistant professor in violin and chamber music at Biola University in CA and has also taught at Ripon College and Lawrence University Conservatory. Recently, Ms. Kim was invited to serve as music director of Love in Music, a nonprofit organization that reaches out to the underserved communities in the LA area, and she enjoys training and working with the music teachers who give free lessons to the young students.  Ms. Kim teaches at Credo summer chamber music festival at Oberlin College and is the chair of MBM’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop.  Ms. Kim lives in Middleton, WI with her husband and two sons and keeps an active teaching and performing schedule.

 

Kangwon and JungHae met at Oberlin College and have performed together in NYC, Madison, Omaha, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seoul, Korea. 

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5/14–5/15

Piano Festival

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Aeri Lee

5/14/21    4PM

Aeri Lee

Aeri Lee received her Master of Music Degrees in Piano and Choral Conducting, and Master of Arts in Religion while at Yale School of Music, Yale Divinity School, and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Her teachers and coaches include, Mary Anne Cummins, Aube Tzerko, John Perry, Claude Frank, Marguerite Brooks, Yoyo Ma, and the Tokyo String Quartet. Aeri has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, soloist, and conductor in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She has been an Artist-In-Residence at Santa Fe and Banff International Chamber Music Festivals. She has served as Music Director and Adjunct Faculty at the Pacific School of Religion, and as worship and music director at Chinese Community UMC in Oakland. She has been a regular guest lecturer of music at the Reformed Theological College in Kampala, Uganda since 1997. She is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC).

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Frank Martin

5/14/21   7PM

Frank Martin

Northern California native Frank Martin continues a diverse career as a performer, producer and educator, and has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists that include: Stevie Wonder, Sting, Randy Brecker, Angela Bofill, Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Richard Bona, Shankar Mahadevan, Alex Acuna, Dori Caymmi, Larry Coryell, Flora Purim & Airto Moriera, Narada Michael Walden, Herbie Hancock, Pandit Ronu Majumdar, Tuck & Patti, Patrice Rushen, Wah Wah Watson, Robben Ford, Joey DeFrancesco, Lisa Fischer, Nguyen Le, Trilok Gurtu, John McLaughlin, Joe Farrell, Nishat Khan, Patti Austin, Steve Winwood, Santana, Abraham Laboriel, Chris Isaak, Anandan Sivamani, B.B. King, Larry Carlton, John Handy, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Botti, Jose Neto & the Netoband, Paul Simon, Patti Labelle, L. Subramaniam, Ramsey Lewis, Stanley Turrentine, Dennis Chambers, Alex Acuna, Kala Ramnath, Steve Kindler, Turtle Island String Quartet, Zakir Hussain, Wayne Shorter.

 

For the past 25 years he has been a member of Sting’s “Rainforest Band” performing annually at Carnegie Hall  along with James Taylor, Elton John, Billy Joel and many others.

 

Traveled as Musical Director for recording artists Narada Michael Walden, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill, Roy Ayers . . .

 

Arranging credits include Al Green, Dianna Ross, Turtle Island String Quartet, Steve Winwood, Chris Isaak, Lisa Fischer, Angela Bofill, Mimi Fox . . .

 

Currently on staff as an educator in the Jazz Department of the University of California at Berkeley as well as at the California Jazz Conservatory, and the Jazzschool in Berkeley, Ca.

 

Served for 6 years as a Governor for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. (NARAS)

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Peter Miyamoto

5/15/21   4PM

Peter Miyamoto

Peter Miyamoto has enjoyed a brilliant international career, performing to great acclaim in recital and as soloist in Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, China, and Japan, and in major US cities such as Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.  In 1990, Miyamoto was named the first Gilmore Young Artist.  He won numerous other competitions, including the American Pianist Association National Fellowship Competition, the D’Angelo Competition, the San Francisco Symphony Competition and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Competition.   

 

Dr. Miyamoto holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University School of Music, Michigan State University, and the Royal Academy of Music in London.  His teachers included Maria Curcio-Diamand, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Marek Jablonski, Aube Tzerko, and Ralph Votapek, as well as Szymon Goldberg, Felix Galimir and Lorand Fenyves for chamber music.

 

Currently Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair of Piano at the University of Missouri, Peter Miyamoto formerly taught at Michigan State University, and the California Institute of the Arts.  From 2003-2015 he served as head of the piano faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival and more recently served on the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program and the Curtis Mentor Network Program in Philadelphia. 

 

Miyamoto’s six solo CDs, available on the Blue-Griffin label, have received excellent reviews in periodicals such as Gramophone, International Record Review, Fanfare, and American Record Guide and were recognized by the American Prize.  A CD of six commissioned duos for violin and piano produced by GRAMMY winner Judith Sherman was released by Albany records.  

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Britton Day

5/15/21   7PM

Britton Day

Pianist Britton Day enjoys a busy career performing across the Bay Area. Recently featured on the critically-acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Soundbox Series, Britton performed piano-four hand repertoire with Michael Tilson Thomas and accompanied his father, SFS Principal Flutist Tim Day. Other recent engagements include performances with members of the San Francisco Symphony on their Chamber Music Series in Davies Symphony Hall, the Berkeley Hillside Club Chamber Series, and the Eastern Sierra Symphony Summer Festival.

Britton is currently a member of the accompanying staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has worked as a rehearsal pianist for the San Francisco Ballet.

Britt is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He received his Masters Degree as well as a Professional Studies Diploma in Piano Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.