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Learn Strings from our magnificent Pre-College Faculty.


Jennifer Ellis

Committed to pushing the boundaries of harp performance, Jennifer R. Ellis (D.M.A. University of Michigan, M.M. Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M. Oberlin) has performed over ninety premieres. She embraces firsts; she was the first harpist to be a U.S. State Department One Beat Fellow and the first harpist to attend Bang on a Can, Fresh Inc., and Splice summer festivals. From kinesthetic music education to ergonomics to teaching for diverse learning needs, Dr. Ellis is dedicated to innovative music pedagogy. In addition to a rich classical tradition, she welcomes the opportunity to teach electroacoustic harp performance and improvisation. She enjoys helping harp students design and meet their own creative goals. She currently teaches for Mills College, Harps Etc. and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Kineko Barbini

Born in Tokyo, violinist Kineko Okumura was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the United States. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Oscar Shumsky. Ms. Okumura received the Ysaye Award in Japan, won second place in the Paganini International Competition, and was selected to perform at the Akademia Chigiana in Italy. Kineko has held the position of Associate Concertmaster for the Sacramento Symphony, the Sacramento Chamber Orchestra, and the Monterey Symphony. She has also served as Concertmaster for the Solano Symphony and the Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, as well as performed with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Pro Art Symphony. Kineko Okumura teaches privately and is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory. Her students have won Concerto Competitions, performing with orchestras in Northern California.

William Barbini

William Barbini is a graduate of the Julliard School, and former member of the New York Philharmonic first violin section, where he appeared twice as soloist. As Concertmaster of the Sacramento Symphony, he appeared 13 times, performing nearly all of the major violin concertos. Mr. Barbini is also an active chamber music player and is Music Director of the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento. A dedicated teacher, he is on the faculty of CSU, Sacramento, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His students have won first place in many competitions, including Pacific Musical, Escondido, Washington, and others. They have graduated from Colburn, USC, UCLA, Juilliard, Manhattan, New England, Indiana University, Cleveland and Eastman.

Eric Chin

Violinist Eric Chin, a founding member of the recently acclaimed Telegraph Quartet, is equally passionate about performing and teaching. Captivated by chamber music, he founded the award- winning Nexus String Quartet in 2007 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After the final season of the Nexus String Quartet, Mr. Chin received invitation to join the Hausmann Quartet and the chamber music and string faculty at San Diego State University, and held that position until 2014. He then decided to move back to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he later co- founded the Telegraph Quartet.

Mr. Chin’s concert tours as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster have taken him performing throughout Europe as well as in Asia, Canada, and the United States. He has appeared on faculty at festivals such as the Capistrano International Chamber Music Festival, LyricaFest, and Chamber Music Connection Ohio, and was invited abroad to give concerts and masterclasses at the top art universities in Taiwan, including the National Taiwan University of Arts, Tunghai University, National Pingtung University of Education, Wenzao Ursuline College, and Taiwan Normal University. Mr. Chin has also appeared as performing artist at the Great Lakes Music Festival and at Music Mountain.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Chin has performed with some of the most sought after musicians of our time, including members of the Juilliard, Concord, Meliora, Miami, Takács, and Alexander string quartets.

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.

Monika Gruber-Gibbons

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.

Amy Beth Horman

“Intelligence and emotional generosity... unerring sense of line and gift for highlighting important themes... She brought passionate intensity to a program of disparate works, from Franck’s familiar Sonata in A and a Bach partita that sounded characteristically like the ruminative thoughts of the composer in measured reflection, to a sonata by Corigliano... Her vigorous reading of a soaring solo passage in the Corigliano... had members of the audience quietly craning their necks forward as if in hope of bathing a little deeper in her exceptionally warm tone.” - Washington Post

A passionate teacher and performer, Amy Beth Horman has enjoyed an active solo career as soloist and recitalist throughout the US and Europe. She made her debut with the National Symphony at age 15 performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto. Ms. Horman welcomes students of all ages, including those as young as elementary school age. Students of Ms. Horman have been selected for the Junior Division of the Menuhin Competition, the Boris Goldstein Competition, featured on From the Top and recipients of the Young Arts Foundation. Ms. Horman is also the creator and host of “Beyond the Triangle," a podcast focused on the art of raising young classical musicians. A graduate of the Paris Conservatory of Music (CNSMDP), Ms. Horman received her first prize at age 15 and then was chosen that same year for Conservatory's 3rd Cycle program in the studio of violinist Gerard Poulet. Previous teachers include Jody Gatwood (National Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster Emeritus) and Patricia Hurd (Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra, Washington Ballet Orchestra).

“My focus in teaching is to embrace the whole child while helping them reach their artistic potential through a healthy technical foundation and strategic regimen of training and support.”

Simon James

As an internationally recognized pedagogue, Simon James has attracted worldwide attention as one of the foremost teachers of violin in the United States. In his long performing career, James has been a member of several prestigious orchestras, including the Seattle Symphony, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Orchestra. As concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonia, he can be heard on hundreds of motion picture, TV, and video game soundtracks and has performed live with Pearl Jam, Elton John, Billy Joel, A R Rahman and many others. He has recorded concerti with the Seattle Symphony and the Slovak Radio Symphony with whom he premiered Richard Englefield’s Violin Concerto.

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.

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.

Lisa Lee

An alumna of San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division, violinist Lisa Lee maintains an international career as a performer and educator. She has garnered top prizes in the Tadeusz Wronski International Solo Violin, Irving M. Klein International String, and the G. Zinetti Chamber Music International competitions, as well as first prizes from the International Sheffield Violin, Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Concerto, and San Francisco Symphony Concerto competitions. With her two sisters, Lisa Lee is a founding member of The Lee Trio, an award-winning ensemble that regularly performs throughout the United States and abroad. She received her bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Arnold Steinhardt and Felix Galimir and an Artist's Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied with David Takeno as a Fulbright scholar. While attending SFCM Pre-College, Lisa Lee studied with Zaven Melikian. Her later studies with Gabor Takacs, Donald Weilerstein, and Denes Zsigmondy greatly influenced her approach to music-making. Her chamber music partners have included Gary Graffman, Nobuko Imai, David Soyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Donald Weilerstein, and Arnold Steinhardt. Lisa Lee can be heard in recordings on the BIS, Delos, and Koch labels.

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 studies and he has performed in various ensembles throughout the United States. Mr. Maile has taught at the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and is currently on the violin and chamber music faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music teaching both Pre-College and Collegiate students. Mr. Maile is a founding member of the San Francisco-based Telegraph Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and winner of the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Naumburg Award.

Natasha Makhijani

Violinist Natasha Makhijani is in demand throughout the Bay Area as a performer and a teacher. She is a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco, the Associate Concertmaster of the Oakland Symphony, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Magik Magik Orchestra, and performs regularly with the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet orchestras.

Equally dedicated to teaching as she is to performing, Natasha has held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music, the San Domenico School Conservatory, and The Crowden Music Center, is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College Division, is a member of the chamber music and conducting staff of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and maintains a private teaching studio.

Alisa Rose

“I strive to share my love of music with my students and teach them to communicate through the violin with expression and skill. I work with students to develop a fluid and healthy technique, learn effective practice skills, perform confidently, create a beautiful sound, and play with musical understanding and expression. I work with dedicated students of all ages, including the very young.”


Grammy-nominated violinist Alisa Rose is equally dedicated to performing and teaching. She is sought out as an expressive violinist and a collaborative chamber musician. Throughout her career, Rose has demonstrated versatility and virtuosity as an acclaimed musician. Performing at Carnegie Hall, Coachella, and on many international tours, she has appeared on the Tonight Show, PBS, and NPR. She has also been an Ambassador for the State Department, collaborated with indie artist Feist, and received a Grammy nomination in 2009 for her work on the album Quartet San Francisco Plays Brubeck. In 2021 she premiered the Embracing Roots Violin Concerto which she wrote with support from the the San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant.


Alisa Rose received her B.M. and M.M. in Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Camilla Wicks and Bettina Mussumeli.

Pasha Sabouri

Dr. Pasha Sabouri’s students describe him as tough and compassionate - their parents describe him as caring and effective.

He believes it takes a team to achieve high-level violin goals; that team comprises a committed student, dedicated parents, and a teacher who can effectively navigate the journey.

For Dr. Sabouri, that journey includes a track record of successfully helping his students compete in International competitions such as Mehnuin and Sphinx, while also gaining acceptance to top-tiered schools with more than $1million in scholarship - including Juilliard, NEC, Colburn, CIM, and others.

He is the author of Upbeat: A Guide to High School, Business, and Life for Young String Musicians.

When not teaching or practicing, you can find Dr. Sabouri walking his dog, running, playing soccer, or traveling the world.

Corina Santos

Corina Santos is a violinist and music educator based in San Francisco, CA. In 2021, she received her Master of Music Degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she studied under Janet Sung. She completed her undergraduate studies with Sandy Yamamoto at the University of Texas at Austin.
Corina is a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Pre-College, and maintains a studio of private students in the Bay Area. Additionally, she has served as a teaching artist and faculty member for various community and non-profit music organizations, including Music Mission San Francisco, The People's Music School, and The University of Texas String Project. Her passion for teaching comes from the belief that students learn best when they are supported, encouraged, and challenged, and she strives to provide experiences for her students that bring them joy.
Corina has performed as a soloist with the Austin Civic Orchestra and has worked with acclaimed violinists and teachers such as David Kim, Laurie Smukler, Danielle Belen, Sally O’Reilly, pianist Rohan de Silva, violist Paul Neubauer, the Juilliard String Quartet, and the Miró Quartet. When she is not playing or teaching, Corina enjoys latin dancing, listening to podcasts, and visiting San Francisco’s many parks.

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.

Elbert Tsai

Violinist Elbert Tsai leads a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and sought-after pedagogue. He currently serves on the violin faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory Pre-College as well as Center Stage Strings at the University of Michigan School of Music. Guest faculty appointments include the Oberlin Conservatory and SFCM Collegiate Division. His students have participated in international programs such as the Menuhin Competition, Morningside Music Bridge, and Bowdoin Festival, and have been accepted to Music@Menlo, NYO, and Tanglewood. They have soloed with orchestras throughout the Bay Area and won first place in virtually every regional competition including Pacific Musical Society, SFCM/Parnassus Concerto Competition, Diablo Valley Concerto Competition, KAMSA, USIMC, and United States Open Competition.

Elbert maintains an active performing schedule, his recitals having been featured recently at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts, Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute, and Bridges Hall at Pomona College. As a soloist, Elbert has appeared with the Bear Valley Music Festival, Cambrian Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and Sacramento Symphony, often performing concertos featuring his own original cadenzas. Early in his career, Elbert won positions with the San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, touring with the symphony throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  He holds degrees from the University of Southern California, Rice University, and Oberlin College. For more information, please visit To reach out to Elbert directly email him at

Alena Tsoi-Barantschik

“My teaching is influenced by my musical training in Russia and performance career across Europe and the United States. I blend styles and teaching concepts in a way that helps students achieve their highest potential and develop a lifelong love for music.”

Russian-born violinist Alena Tsoi-Barantschik began her musical studies at the Central Music School in Moscow and later graduated from the Moscow Conservatory of Music, studying with Zinaida Gilels, Valery Klimov, and members of the Borodin Quartet. In addition to maintaining an active solo and chamber music career, Alena served as first violinist of the Orquesta Principal de Asturias in Spain, Netherlands Ballet Orchestra, and Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Now residing with her family in San Mateo, she regularly performs as a soloist with the Russian Chamber Orchestra and plays chamber music with her husband, Alexander Barantschik. Ms. Tsoi-Barantschik has recorded and toured with the San Francisco Symphony. She currently teaches in numerous Bay Area music schools and maintains a private violin studio.

Zhao Wei

Chinese-American violinist Zhao Wei was born in Chengdu, China. Over her 24-year teaching career, her students have achieved the highest awards and honors in the world of professional violin. Zhao Wei’s success as a violin teacher traces back to her accomplished career as a professional violinist herself. A prize winner of several China National violin and chamber music competitions, Ms. Wei earned her bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and pursued further education from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include world renowned violinist Camilla Wicks, Mark Sokol, Shisheng Zheng and Weimin Hu. In 1998 Ms. Zhao Wei was invited by violin Maestro Isaac Stern to perform together at the  3rd Miyazaki International Music Festival in Japan. From 1998 to 2004, Ms. Zhao Wei was a collegiate violin faculty at the string department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. Ms. Zhao Wei then went on to perform as an active violinist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Japan and China. Throughout her career, she performed as a soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Opera Symphony, and the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestras.  


While Ms. Zhao Wei loves performing violin herself, she found her true passion in teaching. Since she first started teaching in 1996, her students have gone on to be invited and win top prizes at prestigious violin competitions including Menuhin,  Postacchini,  Klein, Shanghai Issac Stern, Schoenfeld,  Karol Lipinski, Cooper, Ysaye, Johansen, and Fischoff  International Competitions. They have been accepted into top music programs including those at Julliard, New England Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice, USC, Northwestern, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Brown and Columbia Universities. Her students have also been invited to world renowned music festivals such as the  Perlman Music Program, Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Yellow Barn Music Program, Aspen Music Festival, National Youth Orchestra USA, Heifetz International Music Institute, Tanglewood Music festival, Meadowmount Summer School and Music@ Menlo. Her students have also served as the prestigious role of Concertmaster for NYO and NYO2 concerts. Today her students hold important positions in the world’s major orchestras, including Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly known as Shanghai Radio Symphony), Shanghai Opera, Guangzhou Symphony,  and Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra.  


In both the US and China, she has dedicated her time and energy to teaching the art of violin and helping her students achieve the highest successes in professional violin.

Chen Zhao

San Francisco Symphony, Violinist
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Violin Professor
SF Symphony Youth Orchestra, Violin Coach

A native of Shanghai, Chen Zhao showed an early interest in music, playing a makeshift violin (a chopstick and pencil box) until his parents gave him a 1/8-size violin on his fourth birthday. He studied with his uncle Ronghao Nie and gave his first public performance at the Shanghai Children’s Palace at age six. He went on to study at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Crossroads School for Art and Sciences, Curtis Institute of Music, SF Conservatory of Music, and joined the San Francisco Symphony at age 25. His teachers include Jiaxiang Zhou, Jiyang Zhao, Heiichiro Ohyama, Felix Galimir, and Camilla Wicks.

Chen has toured throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, and performed at Ravinia, La Jolla, Sun Valley, Round Top, Santa Fe, PMF, Evian, BBC Proms, Lucerne festivals. A seasoned performer in the world's most prestigious concert halls, Chen has also performed as a soloist most recently with the San Francisco Symphony, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Chamber Orchestra, and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with Martin Lovett, Miriam Fried, Paul Neubauer, Robert Chen, Gilbert Kalish, Jorja Fleezanis, Geraldine Walther, and studied with members of the Amadeus, Guarneri, Vermeer, Juilliard, and Borodin Quartets. Chen has also performed and recorded with artists such as John Denver, Train, and most recently, Metallica at the Chase Center.

Chen has mentored young violinists in San Francisco since 2000. He is a violin professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and serves as the orchestral training coach for both the SF Conservatory Orchestra and the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra.


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.

Dimitri Murrath

Born in Brussels, Belgium, American violist Dimitri Murrath has made his mark as a soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues such as Jordan Hall (Boston), the Kennedy Center (Washington), Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall (London), Kioi Hall (Tokyo), the National Auditorium (Madrid), and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris). A recipient of a 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Murrath is a first prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition. Other awards include second prize at the First Tokyo International Viola Competition, the special prize for the contemporary work at the ARD Munich Competition, and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. In 2012, he was named laureate of the Juventus Festival, an award recognizing young European soloists. An avid chamber musician, Murrath is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and Mistral Music.

Murrath began his musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School studying with Natalia Boyarsky, later going on to work in London with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He graduated with an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. He is currently on the viola faculties of San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bowdoin International Music Festival. A.D., New England Conservatory. BMus, MMus, Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Madeline Prager

“My aim in every lesson is to teach students technical, organizational, and aural skills - tools they need to play expressively. To communicate a composer’s intention, we find expression between the notes.”

B.A. in Music, U.C. Berkeley, M.A. in Performance at Northwest German Music Conservatory Detmold. Studied with Detlev Olshausen and Bruno Giuanna. Madeline has been teaching for well over 40 years, first as teaching assistant to Bruno Giuranna. Adjunct faculty positions at Music Conservatories Stuttgart and Trossingen (1987-1992). Professor of Viola at Music Conservatory Karlsruhe (1991-2000), University of the Pacific (2002-2006). SFCM Collegiate and Pre-College division since 2009. Principal violist in Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra (1980-1983) and Stuttgart Philharmonic (1983-1991), where she performed many standard and commissioned concerti with orchestra, as well as recitals and chamber music concerts in the USA and abroad.

Hyelim Shin

“The main goal of my teaching is to help students express themselves through their music. I tailor my teaching to each individual student, according to their personality, physiology and current needs. While giving students structure and discipline to play with a healthy posture, sound and intonation, it is also important to keep that same sense of wonder and discovery as when first hearing a new piece of music.”

Violist Hyelim Shin has a wide range of performance experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Antiqua Seoul, at the Summit Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival and National Orchestra Institute. She has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Seoul Arts Center and Sejeong Center.

B.M., Korea National University of Arts; M.M., G.D., New England Conservatory; primary teachers: SoonHwa Oh, Tsuna Sakamoto, Daniel Panner and Dimitri Murrath.

A native of South Korea, violist Hyelim Shin has a wide range of teaching and performance experience. While in Boston, Shin maintained a private violin and viola studio, preparing students to place in top youth orchestras and to win area competitions. She has performed at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine and currently serves on the faculty of the ENCORE Chamber Music Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.


Jean-Michel Fonteneau

The eminent French cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau has performed and taught around the world. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. He has served as a professor of cello and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory for the past two decades, in addition to performing and teaching annually at Yellow Barn. Jean-Michel is a founding member of the Quatuor Ravel which received top prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition in 1989 and won the Victoire de la Musique Classique in 1994. Jean-Michel is currently a member of the San Francisco Piano Trio together with violinist Axel Strauss and pianist Jeffrey Sykes.

A passionate and dedicated teacher, Jean-Michel previously served on the faculty of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, France before coming to San Francisco. His students have won international competitions — including the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition — and gone on to major solo, chamber, and orchestral careers. His students have appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Concertgebouw, the Wigmore Hall, the Verbier Festival, and on many more of the world’s premier stages.

Jean-Michel studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris and plays cellos made by Francesco Goffriller in 1730 and Andrew Carruthers in 2016.

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.

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.

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.

Jeremiah Shaw

As the cellist and co-founder of the Telegraph Quartet, Jeremiah’s ensemble won top prizes in the Fischoff (2014) and Naumburg Chamber Music (2016) Competitions. His chamber music mentors include the Audubon, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Concord string quartets. Jeremiah attained a B.M. at the Cleveland Institute of Music, a M.M. at the Juilliard School in cello performance, and a 2nd B.M. at Shenandoah University in Music Production and Recording Technology. In addition to studying with Richard Aaron at CIM and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, he was a New World Symphony Fellow for a couple years where he performed a cello concerto with the NWS as a competition winner. Mr. Shaw has toured the U.S., Asia and Europe with various chamber ensembles and performed at such notable festivals as Kneisel Hall, Spoleto Italy, Emilia Romagna, Chautauqua Institute, and Yellow Barn.

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.

Vicky Wang

Cellist Vicky Wang is an assistant professor of cello at University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music and serves as the cellist of its ensemble in residence, Trio 180. She maintains an active teaching studio in Palo Alto and is a founding member of C’est Bon Chamber Music Academy in Los Altos, a summer program dedicated to inspire the love of music in young musicians through chamber music. Prior to relocating to California, Dr. Wang served on the faculty of Mannes College of Music pre-college program and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York City. Dr. Wang enjoys working with all levels of students, from beginners to advanced cellists. She focuses on various aspects of cello playing, including increasing body movement awareness, developing effective practice techniques, and encouraging creative problem solving skills. She is dedicated to guiding her students to find their unique voice in music. Dr. Wang’s principal teachers include Eleonore Schoenfeld, Zara Nelsova, Darrett Adkins, Joel Krosnick, and Marcy Rosen. She has participated in music festivals such as the New York String Seminar, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland), and Spoleto Music Festival (Italy) and Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara). Dr. Wang received her Bachelor and Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from City University of New York.

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.

Double Bass

Scott Pingel

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.