Emily Laurance

D.M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; M.M., New England Conservatory; B.A., Oberlin College; research in 19th-century American music, the French romance of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and the early pedal harp; recording credits include Berio's Sequenza IIon Neuma Records as well as the Squirrel Nut Zippers album Perennial Favorites, which won the Recording Institute Association of America's Gold Sales award; former faculty, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. elaurance@sfcm.edu

Douglas Rioth

"I teach the Salzedo Method of playing the harp."

Principal harpist, San Francisco Symphony; solo appearances with the San Francisco Symphony; studied with Alice Chalifoux and Elisa Smith Dickon; attended the Interlochen Arts Academy and Cleveland Institute of Music, and studied at the Berkshire Music; formerly principal harpist, Indianapolis Symphony; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. douglas.rioth@sfcm.edu


Kineko Barbini

Diploma, The Juilliard School; studied with Granco Gulli and Oscar Shumsky; member of Monterey Symphony and Sacramento Symphony; third prize winner in Paganini International Competition. kbarbini@sfcm.edu   

William Barbini

Diploma, The Juilliard School; studied with Ivan Galamian and Paul Makanowitsky; concertmaster, Monterey Symphony; music director, Chamber Music Society of Sacramento; former member, New York Philharmonic; performs with San Francisco Contemporary Players and Music Now; performed at Festival San Miguel Allende in Mexico, Pacific Music Festival and Other Minds Festival; faculty, California State University at Sacramento. wbarbini@sfcm.edu

Doris Fukawa

M.Ed., Columbia University Teachers College; B.M., Manhattan School of Music. Teachers include Raphael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne, Anne Crowden, Colin Hampton and Lillian Fuchs. Performances with San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Midsummer Mozart, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Skywalker Symphony; guest conductor, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Cazadero Performing Arts Camp; faculty, California Chamber Music Institute, Crowden Center for Music in the Community; Executive Director, Crowden Music Center. dfukawa@sfcm.edu

Monika Gruber

M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; student with Ian Swensen, Hochschule fuer Musik ‘Franz Liszt' Weimar, Germany (Degrees in Violin Performance and Violin Pedagogy), and Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, France; member of ‘The Eusebius Duo'; appearances at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Festival del Sole, Napa. 1st Prize Winner Intl. Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, Boston; Master classes with Norbert Brainin, Menahem Pressler, Martha Katz. mgruber@sfcm.edu

Wei He

B.A., University of Texas at Austin; Artist Certificate in Chamber Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Camilla Wicks and Mark Sokol; founding member, New China Trio, top prize winner of Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and Carmel Chamber Music Competition; former member, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; former artistic director, Crowden School in Berkeley; artist faculty, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. wei.he@sfcm.edu

Aenea Mizushima Keyes

"My teaching method combines my extensive training with my international performance experience.  ENSEMBLES: Inspiring students to learn advanced rehearsal techniques, create unified ensemble interpretations, and present artistic chamber music performances.  VIOLIN: Through studying technical pieces and performance works, students learn to practice efficiently, perform confidently, and understand the interconnection between musical expression and technical mastery."

M.M., National Academy of Music, Bulgaria; B.A., Sarah Lawrence College; Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar, UK; violin: Dorothy DeLay, Guinka Guichkova and Daniel Phillips; composition/improvisation: Meyer Kupferman. Toured Russia, Japan, Europe and USA as soloist, chamber musician, violinist-composer.  Premieres: Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, including Carman Moore's Mass  for the 21st Century.  Collaborations: museums, dance, theater, film.  Chamber Music:  trio - MusicAEterna member and founder, annual premeires; quartet-octet with Alexander String Quartet, while member of Del Sol String Quartet.  ChamberImprov:  MusicAEterna; ChamberJazz: D. Matheny, trumpet.  Chamber/Symphonic Orchestra:  Philharmonia Virtuosi, Nova Philharmonia Portuguesa, Aspen Music Festival.  Recordings include:  MusicAEterna CD -- At the Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artcast - Picasso Suite; Documentary Film - Senorita Extraviada, Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival. amkeyes@sfcm.edu

Davis Law

"I believe the student always comes first; I wish to foster a love of music grounded in expressive playing and technical proficiency."

B.M., New England Conservatory of Music; studied with Zaven Melikian and Dorothy DeLay; alumnus, Conservatory's Preparatory Division. dlaw@sfcm.edu

Joseph Maile

"My teaching style is a fusion of the styles of each of my teachers over the years - from Itzhak Perlman and Kathleen Winkler to Ian Swensen.  I try to give each of my students a firm technical foundation with a strong focus on scales and some etudes.  While solid, relaxed technique is a crucial part of my focus, I mainly see it as a tool for better musical expression and my real interest is in exploring the music with my students and bringing it to life, no matter what their age."

B.M. The Juilliard School; M.M. Rice University; AC Chamber Music San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Violinist Joseph Maile has been passionate about teaching and chamber music from very early on in his musical studeis and he has worked and performed in various ensembles throughout the United States.  Mr. Maile taught at the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at the Shepherd School of Music for two years as well as in Houston-area schools.  In San Francisco, Mr. Maile maintains a teaching studio of High-school and elementary level students. Mr. Maile also coaches as visiting guest faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Chamber Music Program.  Mr. Maile is a founding member of the San Francisco based Fischoff-award-winning Telegraph Quartet and has collaborated with numerous artists, including Ian Swensen, Norman Fischer, James Dunham, Donald Welerstein, Menahem Pressler and composer John Adams. jmaile@sfcm.edu

Natasha Makhijani

San Francisco-based violinist Natasha Makhijani is in demand throughout the Bay Area as a performer and a teacher. She is the Associate Concertmaster of Oakland Symphony, and a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Magik*Magik Orchestra, she performs frequently with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Opera, and has appeared as soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and the One Found Sound chamber orchestra.  A passionate chamber musician, Natasha is a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. Equally dedicated to teaching as she is to performing, Natasha has held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music and the San Domenico School Conservatory, is currently on the faculty of the Crowden Music Center and the San Francisco Conservatory’s Pre-College Division, and is on the chamber music faculty of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) and the resident conductor of the PACO's SuperStrings Orchestra. Ms. Makhijani holds a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music.  Her principle teachers include Bettina Mussumeli, Zvi Zeitlin, and Charles Castleman. nmakhijani@sfcm.edu

Bettina Mussumeli

M.M. and B.M., The Juilliard School; teachers include Dorothy DeLay, Ivan Galamian, Paul Doktor and Kato Havas, also members of the Juilliard, Cleveland and Guarnari quartets; former concertmaster and solo violin of I Solisti Veneti, Orchestra Citta di Ferrara and Orchestra Communale di Bolognia; chamber music faculty at Oberlin in Casalmaggiore, Ars Musica Festival and Zephyr Festival Italy; currently first violin of the Ives Quartet; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music. bmussumeli@sfcm.edu

Alisa Rose

"My aim is to inspire each student to fulfill their artistic potential. I work with students on playing with a beautiful sound, developing a proficient and healthy technique, learning effective practice skills, performing confidently, and playing with musical understanding and expression. I work with all ages and levels of students including the very young."

Alisa Rose has a M.M. in Chamber Music and B.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music; studied with Camilla Wicks and Bettina Mussumeli.  Member of the Real Vocal String Quartet, recently arts ambassadors US State Department tour of Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Macedonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, featured on cover of Strings Magazine; recorded and performed with Feist at Coachella and NBC's The Tonight Show. Former member of Quartet San Francisco, Grammy Nominated CD 2009, featured on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, international tour included China, Korea, Japan, Guam, and Turkey as well as performances with the Tulsa Symphony, Marin Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.  Arrangements published by Strings Letter Publishing and originals recorded by Sqwonk. Performances at Harly Strictly Bluegrass; Strawberry Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, Blue Highways Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands, Cleveland's Reinberger Chamber Hall, Carnegie Hall, PBS's "Songs of the Mountains" and a premiere of Concerto by Ricchard Marriott at Dartmouth in 2015.  Former director and creator of SFCM's outreach string program at Starr King Elementary School.  Teaches alternative string styles at the Cougar String Camp in Washington and maintains a private violin studio for children of all ages. arose@sfcm.edu

Ian Swensen

A native of New York, violinist Ian Swensen came from a musically gifted family of Norwegian and Japanese-Hawaiian descent. He studied at The Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and the Eastman School of Music with Donald Weilerstein. He has lived in the Bay Area for nearly 20 years, teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Sacramento State University. He is a passionate pedagogue, and his students have gone on to major positions in orchestras and teaching institutions around the world. Swensen also maintains an active schedule as soloist and chamber musician, appearing at Music@Menlo, with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society and other venues. He has performed with members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Emerson, Takács, Concord and Tokyo quartets, as well as Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Mark O'Connor and Yo-Yo Ma. He is one of the few musicians to have been awarded the Walter W. Naumberg International Competition's top prize for both chamber music and violin. His recordings can be found on the Telarc and Deutsche Grammophon labels. iswenson@sfcm.edu

Elbert Tsai

“I believe that violin study at the highest level requires the simultaneous pursuit of two paths: the achievement of technical mastery over the instrument in addition to the development of artistic expression. As a teacher, I also place great emphasis on relaxation and ergonomics, and I directly address the challenges of performing under pressure.”

Performance Diploma, University of Southern California. B.M. Oberlin Conservatory, violin performance, piano minor. B.A. Computer science, Oberlin College. Studied with Robert Lipsett, Kenneth Goldsmith, Greg Fulkerson, and Anne Crowden. Solo recitals and concerto appearances throughout California. Former member, San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Ballet orchestras. Violin faculty at Center Stage Strings, an Mpulse Institute at the University of Michigan School of Music. More information at www.elberttsai.cometsai@sfcm.edu

Zhao Wei

Accepts students of all ages, focus on building up a good foundation. Postgraduate Diploma, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., Shanghai Conservatory of Music; studied with Camilla Wicks, Mark Sokol, Shisheng Zheng and Weimin Hu; chamber music collaborations with Isaac Stern, Anne Akiko Meyers; master classes with Itzhak Perlman, Tokyo Quartet; solo appearances with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Opera, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra; performances with San Francisco Symphony; former associate concertmaster, Oakland East Bay Symphony; former collegiate faculty, Shanghai Conservatory of Music. zwei@sfcm.edu


Susan Bates

"The focus of my pre-college viola instruction begins with achieving instrumental comfort, technical security and excellent sound quality.  I offer an understanding of the important role the viola plays within the string family to develop musically mature players who perform confidently as both soloists and as ensemble musicians."

M.A., B.A., California State University at San Jose; studied with Albert Gillis, Rafael Druian and Paganini Quartet; founding member, New Age Quartet; founding member, San Jose String Quartet; violist, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra (1977-2010); Coordinator, SFCM Prep Chamber Music Program (1982-2000); Director, Summer Music West (1993-1995); Co-founder, California Summer Music (1996-2000); Director, Lake Tahoe Music Festival Academy (2000-2006); Education Director, Menuhin Seminar (2005-2007); Founder-Director, Young Chamber Musicians (2008-present); Recipient, 1992 Gruber Award from Chamber Music America for excellence in chamber music teaching; Recipient, 2014 Thomas Heimberg Viola Advocate Award from Norcal Viola Society. sbates@sfcm.edu

Jodi Levitz

For students age twelve or over who intend on pursuing a professional career in music. Chair of Strings and Co-chair of Chamber Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Co-Artistic Director Zephyr International Chamber Music Course & Festival and the 2011 recipient of the Sarlo Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching. An active performer and teacher of international reputation, recorded on the Concerto, Dynamic, Naxos and Erato labels; M.M. and B.M., The Juilliard School; studied with Margaret Pardee, Paul Doktor, William Lincer and Dorothy DeLay, chamber music studies with the Juilliard Quartet, Felix Galimir and Josef Gingold. Visit www.jodilevitz.com or email jlevitz@sfcm.edu.

Pei-Ling Lin

"The main focus of my teaching is to develop positive learning mind set and constructive practice methods with students.  I wish my students to be their own teachers at home. Other aspects of my teaching include building a solid foundation for technique, opening the students' ears and encouraging creative thinking in music."

Founding violist of the Fischoff award-winning Telegraph Quartet, Ms. Lin is an active performer and teacher. She holds a B.M. degree from The Juilliard School, M.M. from Rice University, and Artist Certificate from San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Miss Lin has given masterclasses throughout the U.S., and performs both nationally and internationally including major festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center and Yellow Barn Music Festival, where she taught for two years in the Young Artist Program.  Recent chamber music collaborations include Paul Katz, Joseph Lin, Roberto Diaz and Robert Mann. plin@sfcm.edu

Yun-Jie Liu

Studied at the University of Southern California with Donald McInnes and Alan DeVeritch; studied with Shen Xi-Di and Wu Fei at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music; appeared as soloist with the San Diego Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Shanghai Youth Orchestra; Associate Principal Violist of San Francisco Symphony. yliu@sfcm.edu


Jean-Michel Fonteneau

Founding member, Ravel String Quartet, winner of two prizes in the Evian String Quartet Competition in 1989; founding member, Le Nouveau Trio du Val-de-Marne; performances with Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de Chambre Français, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris; collegiate faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; former assistant professor, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon. jmfonteneau@sfcm.edu

Randolph Fromme

String chamber music coordinator

"Using standard repertoire, etudes and technical studies, I focus on practice methods and strategies in order to help the student reach musical and technical independence."

Artist Certificate, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; M.A., University of Minnesota; B.A., University of Wisconsin; studied with Mark Sokol and Clive Greensmith; collaborative performances with Frederica von Stade, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein; member, Fromme Duo with pianist Shu Li; former member, Oberon and Del Sol quartets; performances in Other Minds and Sandpoint Festivals; former faculty, UC - Santa Cruz, Nueva School. Developer - "Cello Playing" - Pedagogy Channel on Youtube. rfromme@sfcm.edu

Jonathan Koh

M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music; B.M., Northwestern University; studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen; collaborations with Pinchas Zukerman, Carter Brey, Amanda von Goetz and Kyung-Sun Lee; substitute cellist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; solo appearances at Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Salzburg Festival, Disney Hall, Centre National Des Arts, Taos Performing Arts Center and Tong-yong Festival Hall; recordings for NAXOS and Dora Classics labels. jkoh@sfcm.edu

Andrew Luchansky

M.M., State University of New York at Stony Brook; B.M., New England Conservatory of Music; studied with Laurence Lesser, Timothy Eddy, and chamber music with members of the Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets and Beaux Arts Trio; master classes with Gregor Piatagorsky, Bernard Greenhouse and Anner Bylsma; performances with The Classical Band, Musica Sacra, Brooklyn Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and as soloist at the Festival International de Musica in Deia Spain, Italy and Denmark; former faculty, Florida State University, currently director of string studies at the CSU Sacramento School of Music. aluchansky@sfcm.edu

Eric Sung

Dedicated to teaching students of all age levels to integrate music into their lives and achieve their goals. Principal cellist, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.  Mr. Sung studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, and the Juilliard School.  His principal teachers have been Stephen Geber, David Geber, Ronald Leonard, Fred Sherry and Lynn Harrell.  An avid chamber musician, Mr. Sung has performed at the Taos, Sarasota, Scotia, Kent/Blossom, Aspen, Tanglewood, Mendocino and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festivals.  He studied with members of the American, Cleveland, Orion, Takacs, and Guarneri String Quartets and has performed in concert with the California E.A.R. Unit, Duke String Quartet, Joshua Bell, Michael Tree, Ronald Leonard, Alexander Kerr, John Graham, Lawrence Dutton, and Jeffrey Kahane. Mr. Sung has been heard as soloist with the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Saratoga Symphony, Contra Costa Chamber orchestra and the Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra.  He has participated in the New York String Seminar, Piatigorsky Seminar and has attended the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestra Institute, Pacific Music Festival and Verbier Festivals.  He was a member of the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and was Assistant Principal of the Hong Kong Philharmonic.  Mr. Sung has served as Acting/Guest Principal of the Sydney Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. esung@sfcm.edu

Barbara Wirth

"I enjoy teaching all ages (my current class ranges from 4 to 70), and I am dedicated to passing on the privileged teaching I have received."

M.M., Indiana University; B.M., Northwestern University; studied with Janos Starker and Pierre Fournier; former member, Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Opera Orchestra;performances with San Francisco Symphony and Ballet Orchestras; former faculty, Northwestern University preparatory department, Eastern Kentucky University, Louisville Academy of Music, Dominican College, San Francisco State University and University of San Francisco. bwirth@sfcm.edu

Amos Yang

M.M. and B.A., The Juilliard School; alumnus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division; studied with Irene Sharp, Channing Robbins, Paul Katz and Steven Doane; assistant principal cellist, San Francisco Symphony; former member, Seattle Symphony; appearances with Seattle Chamber Music Society and Olympic Music Festival; former faculty, Peabody Conservatory, University of Iowa, Grinnell College and Interlochen Advanced String Quartet Institute. ayang@sfcm.edu

Double Bass

Shinji Eshima (on sabbatical)

"Inspiration creates the desire to practice and perform."

M.M. The Juilliard School; B.A. Stanford University; Associate Principal Bass, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; member, San Francisco Opera Orchestra; faculty, San Francisco State University; former students can be found in orchestras around the world including San Francisco Symphony, Utah Symphony, Montreal Symphony, London Philharmonia and the Concertgebouw. seshima@sfcm.edu

Stephen Tramontozzi

Stephen Tramontozzi, assistant principal double bass of the San Francisco Symphony, studied with Robert Olson of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Oscar Zimmerman at the Eastman School of Music. He held the position of principal bass of the Symphony Orchestra of Sao Paolo, Brazil and has also performed with the Chamber Music West Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival and the Cabrillo Music Festival. Formerly on the faculties of Stanford University and the Universities of California at Berkeley and Santa Cruz, Tramontozzi currently serves on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Mills College. He has been called upon to present clinics and master classes for the Hammond Ashley Double Bass Symposium, Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Texas, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, Pacific Music Festival and the Asian Youth Orchestra. Engagements as a recitalist have taken him to Japan, Washington and throughout California. He received a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Lawrence Wolfe, and an M.M. from the Conservatory. stephent@sfcm.edu