Please join us for a delightful variety of chamber music for strings and guitar with an outstanding quintet. The music ranges from Brazil, Argentina, France and Germany. Composers include Joseph Haydn, the inventor of the classical symphony, string quartet and piano sonata; Jean-Marie Leclair, a Baroque violinist (and perhaps the only composer who was murdered); Astor Piazzolla, the legendary master of the Argentinian tango; and Sergio Assad, the Brazilian guitar virtuoso who is the world's most performed and popular contemporary guitar composer.
Musicians and Bios:
Marc Teicholz, guitar
Jennifer Choi, violin
Tom Stone, violin
David Samuel, viola
Angela Lee, cello
Funded in part by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family. We are grateful for the generous support of Phyllis and Josef Bismanovsky, Roberta Bernstein, Leah and Ralph Bernstein, Barbara Oshman, Miriam Engel, Barbara and Jerry Wagger, Nancy Rossen, Diane Claerbout, Debra Leslie, Paul and Paula Siegel, Jean Myers, and Leila and Ezra Van Gelder.
Guitarist Marc Teicholz was awarded first prize at the 1989 International Guitar Foundation of America Competition, the largest, most prestigious contest of its kind in the United States. He was also a prize winner at the 1991 New York East-West Artists Competition. Described by Gramophone as "arguably the best of the new young guitarists to have emerged," and by Soundboard magazine as "among the best we have ever heard". Mr. Teicholz's performances throughout the world include tours of the United States, Canada, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Fiji. His recitals and master classes have received critical acclaim, and he has been featured in concert with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California and Hawaii. He has also had new works written specially for him. Most recently, Mr. Teicholz debuted Clarice Assad's Concerto for Guitar, O Saci-Pererê, at the Biasini Festival in San Francisco.
Teicholz tours the United States extensively with The Festival of Four. He is featured on the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas' Young Indiana Jones, and has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, Menus and Music, and most recently, Guitar Salon International. His latest solo disc, Valseana, presents works performed on historic guitars of the period of each musical selection. On Delos records, he has recently released "Open your Heart" with soprano Laura Claycomb, featuring mixed 19th and 20th century composers.
For Naxos, Teicholz has made his mark with two collections of Sor's music already committed to disc. In a show of his versatility, he also recorded the fifth volume of the collected works for guitar by the 19th Century French virtuoso guitarist and composer Napoleon Coste.
Teicholz is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory and teaches in the summer at the California Summer Arts Festival and the Weatherfield Music Festival in Vermont. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Yale School of Music and holds a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley Boalt School of Law.
Award-winning violinist Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo, chamber music and the art of improvisation. Hailed by The New York Times as an "excellent violinist, soulful, compelling," she has performed worldwide in venues such as the Library of Congress in Washington D. C., the RAI National Radio in Rome, Hong Kong National Radio and the Mozartsalle in Vienna since giving her debut recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall in 2000. As a soloist, she has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony and the SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City), among others.
A prominent chamber musician, Ms. Choi has performed for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Metropolitan and Guggenheim Museums, Santa Cruz's Music In May, and numerous other chamber music series across North America, Europe and Asia. She performs on a 1718 "Firebird" Stradivarius generously bestowed upon her by Finrebel. For more information visit her website at www.jenniferchoi.com.
Violinist Tom Stone was a founding member of the Cypress String Quartet and performed thousands of concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Praised by Gramophone for "artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion," and by the New York Times for "tender, deeply expressive" interpretations, they recorded over 15 albums and are heard regularly on hundreds of radio stations throughout the world. The CSQ was heard on the Netflix original series House of Cards.
Mr. Stone was born in Chicago. At age 16 he attended Tanglewood where he coached with Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet and played in an orchestra under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. Stone went on to pursue musical studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is currently artistic director of the Eureka Chamber Music Series and board vice president of InterMusic SF. He has served as artistic director of the Centrum Chamber and Festival and is a board member of Chamber Music America. Recently, Stone formed the piano trio "Duende" with award-winning pianist Awadagin Pratt and cellist Sophie Shao. He currently works as a consultant for individuals and institutions wishing to acquire or sell rare string instruments. Stone plays on a violin made in Cremona, Italy by Carlos Bergonzi circa 1725.
Violist David Samuel has been a member of the Alexander String Quartet since 2021. As such, he is a resident artist at San Francisco Performances, and on faculty at San Francisco State University. Prior to joining the ASQ, Mr. Samuel lived in Auckland, New Zealand where he was the Associate Principal Viola of the Auckland
Philharmonia Orchestra and also the Convenor of Classical Performance at the University of Auckland. He was previously the violist of Ensemble MidtVest in Denmark and was the founding violist of the Afiara Quartet; for eight years he performed extensively in major concert
venues worldwide. In addition to being the first ensemble ever to receive the Young Canadian Musicians Award, the Afiara Quartet was a top prizewinner at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Concert Artists Guild Competition.
Mr. Samuel has performed at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Esterházy Palace, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, at
the headquarters of both LinkedIn and Facebook, and on The Late Show with David Letterman. He has recorded for CPO, Dacapo, Delos, EMI Records, Foghorn Classics and Naxos, and has produced recordings of Mozart and Dvorak chamber music with the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang. Mr. Samuel has presented hundreds of educational concerts and workshops internationally and has been a faculty member at the University of Stavanger, the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College Division and has held residencies at San Francisco State University, The Juilliard School, The Glenn Gould School and the University of Alberta.
Mr. Samuel received his bachelor and master of music, as well as an Artist Diploma, from The Juilliard School. He also received an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music
from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Since cellist Angela Lee's Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, her "amazing finesse, control and coloration" [San Francisco Chronicle] and "astonishingly rich tone" [San Francisco Examiner] has been celebrated with recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Victor Borge Hall at Scandinavia House in New York, Chicago's Cultural Center, The Phillip's Collection and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Copenhagen's Nationalmuseet and the Purcell Room at South Bank Centre in London. She has soloed with orchestras including the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Concert Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, the CAMS Orchestra, the Central Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paraiba Symphony, São Paulo State Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony and the Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra (UK), performing works of Boccherini to Barber to Kernis. Her solo and chamber performances have taken her throughout North and South America, Australasia, Europe and Asia.
Ms. Lee is frequently invited to festivals including St. Petersburg's Revelations, IMS at Prussia Cove, Cagayan Valley International Music Festival, Taipei Summer Festival, Pontino Festival, La Musica, Banff, Marlboro Music Festival, Anneberg Festival, Chelsea Music Festival, Music Mountain and Mahler-Jihlava Festival, collaborating with the likes of Nobuko Imai, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson, Isabelle Faust, Lydia Artymiw, Andras Schiff, Alexander Lonquich, Anthony Newman, Franco Petracchi, the Hausmann Quartet and members of the Beaux Arts Trio and Guarneri Quartet.
Angela is the recipient of the Ruth T. Brooks Achievement Award for Continued Excellence in the Arts, a grant from the Foundation for American Musicians in Europe, a Fulbright scholarship to study in London with William Pleeth, the Jury Prize in the Naumburg International Cello Competition, and a cello performance fellowship from The American-Scandinavian Foundation. Her cello is a 1762 Nicolo Gagliano from Naples.
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Tuesday, June 13
1:00–2:00 PM | Doors open at 12:30 PM | Linger after the concert for a snack and beverage
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg. F)
$20 | Purchase online or at the door
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]