Photo: Jeff Fasano

Photo: Jeff Fasano

Nigel armstrong

is emerging as a dynamic and creative artist both within and beyond the realm of classical music. From his musical beginnings as a member of "The Little Fiddlers" in Sonoma, CA to collaborations with tango musicians in Argentina he's enjoyed using the violin in a versatile manner throughout his life. As soloist Nigel has performed with orchestras such as the Dusseldorf Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, the Pacific Symphony, and the Boston Pops, and with conductors including Sir Neville Marriner, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Carl St. Clair. He received the 2nd Prize, the Ole Bull Prize, and the Nordheim Award at the 2010 Menuhin Competition Senior Division in Oslo, Norway, and got the 4th Prize plus the Prize for the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work (STOMP, by John Corigliano) at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition. As a chamber musician his concerts have taken him across the US and abroad--highlights have included opportunities to share the stage with the Tokyo String Quartet and pianist Jonathan Biss. Nigel feels fortunate to have had the chance to explore great orchestral literature throughout his career. Since 2009 he's appeared as concertmaster with the Colburn Orchestra, LA's American Youth Symphony, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, YOA Orchestra of the Americas, and the New York String Orchestra in their annual Carnegie hall performances. Beginning in the 2016/17 season he serves as concertmaster of the Santa Cruz Symphony. A graduate of the Colburn School and the Curtis Institute of Music, Nigel's teachers have included Arnold Steinhardt, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert Lipsett, Zaven Melikian, Li Lin, and Donald Weilerstein, among others.

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completed his musical studies at the HMT Leipzig under the tutelage of Professor Tatjana Masurenko. An avid chamber musician and soloist, Gonzalo has performed in some of the most reputed concert halls of Europe, including Gewandhaus Leipzig, Musikverein Wien and Sendesaal Bremen. He has performed as a soloist with the Bilbao Symphonic Orchestra, the Deusto Chamber Orchestra. He is a top prizewinner in the 2017 International Anton Rubinstein Competition for Viola as well as a two-time winner of the Ensemblewettbewerb HMT Leipzig. He has also received instruction from Jonathan Brown, Silvia Simionescu, Kim Kashkashian, Nobuko Imai and many others. Gonzalo has participated in chamber music festivals and fellowships throughout Europe and the United States, including Lenk musiksommer, the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar, the Harmos Festival concerts and the Ravinia’s Steans’ Music Institute. He received the scholaship “Beca de la Diputación de Bizkaia” for three years.

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CHase Park

began his musical training at the age of 4 with Madeleine Golz at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ. At age 11, Chase was accepted into the Perlman Music Program, where he spent 7 consecutive summers intensively studying chamber music and cello performance under the tutelage of Merry Peckham, Ronald Leonard, Paul Katz, and Itzhak Perlman. That same year, Chase began his studies at the Juilliard School’s Precollege division with Minhye Clara Kim. In 2014, Chase was featured on NPR’s From the Top, performing the Schubert’s Impromptu No. 3 in G Major accompanied by Christopher O’Riley. He also collaborated with the Shanghai Quartet, performing the String Sextet in G major by Johannes Brahms. In addition, as a finalist in classical music, Chase was invited to participate in Young Arts’s National YoungArts Week in Miami, FL. Chase has performed in cello master classes with Carter Brey, Colin Carr, Jonathan Spitz, Peter Wiley, Steven Isserlis, Ron Leonard and Paul Katz. Chase currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey and has attended Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute in the summer of 2017.

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Monica Scott

has performed throughout the United States, in almost every European country, Argentina, Canada and South Korea, engaging audiences with her energetic, eloquent playing. After an artist residency at the Banff Centre (Canada) in 1994, Monica performed for four seasons with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa in Portugal, with whom she also appeared as concerto soloist. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1998, Monica has been actively promoting new music, as a member of the composer/improviser collective sfSoundGroup, and performing with Composers’ Inc., the Composers Alliance, and in numerous chamber music groups; she was the cellist of the award-winning San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet from 2001-2005. In 2006 Monica formed the cello-piano duo martha & monica with pianist Hadley McCarroll. They perform regularly throughout the region, presenting ambitious programs of masterworks and challenging contemporary repertoire, as well as numerous commissions. Monica is also a devoted teacher, maintaining a private studio and teaching a variety of classes at the Crowden School. 

 
Photo: Bill Gedda

Photo: Bill Gedda

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has performed widely across the United States, China, and Europe. She is a laureate of the Ravinia Steans’ Music Festival and the 2017 Carnegie Hall Workshops with Jonathan Biss. After receiving her B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in May 2017, she began her Masters in piano performance in Fall 2017 under the tutelage of Richard Goode at Mannes The New School.  Her previous teachers include Victor Rosenbaum, Seymour Lipkin, Jeremy Siepmann, Christopher Elton, and Robert Schwartz.