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2013 Featured Artists
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Alexander String Quartet
The Alexander String Quartet is one of the world’s premiere ensembles widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, as well as new music including more than 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances. The quartet includes Zakarias Grafilo, violin; Frederick Lifsitz, violin 2; Paul Yarbrough, viola, and Sandy Walsh- Wilson, cello. The Alexander String Quartet serves as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at San Francisco State University and Ensemble in Residence of San Francisco Performances.
Photo credit: Rory Earnshaw
Isabelle Chapuis studied with Jean-Pierre Rampal and many of the great flutists in Paris. In 1970 she won the Premier Prix de Flûte at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. After moving to California, she taught undergraduate and graduate flutists and coached chamber music ensembles at San Jose State University, retiring after 33 years as Senior Lecturer with an award for “teaching excellence.” She continued to teach private flute lessons; one of her students won First Prize in the 2011 National Flute Association’s Soloist Competition for High School Students. Since 1983, Chapuis has served as Principal Flute of Opera San Jose and also maintains a busy schedule as flute soloist on both sides of the Atlantic. The music critic of the San Francisco Chronicle called her “a sensation…French to her fingertips.” The national music magazine Flute Talk published a cover story on Chapuis’ career and the French School of Flute in January 2012.
Sally Porter Munro
Sally Porter Munro, mezzo-soprano, is a native of London, England and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England. She sang with the English National Opera, Royal Opera de la Monnaie in Brussels, and as an oratorio soloist in Europe. Ms. Munro has sung as a soloist with the Pocket Opera, Berkeley Opera, North Bay Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and Lake Tahoe Festival, as well as the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Russian Chamber Orchestra, Master Works Chorale, and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She is a full time member of The San Francisco Opera Chorus. Munro is a member of NATS and is an AmSAT certified teacher of the AlexanderTechnique. She has a busy studio in San Francisco where she teaches singing and the Alexander Technique. She is a faculty member of the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus and The Young Women’s Choral Project.
Christopher O’Riley has received phenomenal reviews and many recording contracts for his exquisite and poetic interpretations at the piano. His repertoire spans the genres from classical to popular. He has taken his unique vision to both traditional classical music venues and symphonic settings, at universities, and even clubs. In 2011, PBS launched the weekly television series From the Top from Carnegie Hall featuring O’Riley as host. He has appeared with the philharmonic orchestras of Los Angeles, New York, Moscow, and with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, collaborating with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Mazur, and Leonard Bernstein.
William Wellborn enjoys a triple career as a pianist, teacher and lecturer, and has concertized widely on three continents. Wellborn has presented numerous lectures and workshops around the world. A frequent adjudicator for competitions throughout the United States, Wellborn has served on the juries of the 2007 Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition, and for the 2009 and 2011 International Russian Music Piano Competition. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1989, Wellborn teaches piano in the Preparatory and Adult Extension divisions, and Piano Pedagogy in the Collegiate division. Wellborn hosted the radio program “Piano Legacy” from 1995-97. An artist-teacher for the master classes of Saint Malo (1998-2003) and Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy in Sopron (2004-2007) summer programs, Wellborn returns this summer for the sixth year to teach and perform at the Austrian International Piano Seminar and Festival in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Wellborn records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings labels.
Pablo Ziegler, a Latin Grammy award-winning pianist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, artfully blends classic tango rhythms with jazz improvisations, adding a new voice to the tango lexicon. Ziegler’s Bajo Cero won the 2005 Latin Grammy Award for Best Tango album of the year, and in 2008, his album Buenos Aires Report made the final list of nominees for the same honor. In 1978, Ziegler was invited to join Astor Piazzolla’s New Tango Quintet, and for over the next ten years, he performed with this group throughout Europe, Japan, and North America, at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, Sapporo Jazz Festival, Central Park SummerStage, and the Istanbul Festival, among many others. Pablo Ziegler formed his own Quartet for New Tango in 1990 and has been touring extensively throughout the world with his trio, quartet, and quintet.