12-16 Festival Mozaic

Located in what has been called “the happiest city in America,” Festival Mozaic has been bringing high quality classical music to San Luis Obispo every summer since 1971. One of the longest running music festivals on the west coast, Festival Mozaic has kept every season fresh through its unique programming, which spans over five centuries of musical repertoire and includes everything from orchestral and chamber favorites to world music and jazz. Scott Yoo, the festival’s director, says the short 11 day festival is “a real opportunity to zero in on one side of music and really explore.” Learn more here: http://www.festivalmozaic.com/


Faure: Pelleas et Melisande
Zimmerli: Piano Quintet: I, II, III
Corigliano: Violin Concerto The Red Violin I, III, IV
Poulenc: Sextet II and III
Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade II, III, and IV

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Scott Yoo

Scott Yoo is Music Director of the Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California. He has also served as Music Director of the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble he co-founded in 1993. Maestro Yoo continues his role as the Resident Conductor for the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, which he has headed for the past 4 seasons. In addition to leading Metamorphosen in its subscription series at Jordan Hall in Boston, he has conducted the ensemble in debut performances in New York and Washington D.C. Highlights of the 2001-2002 season for Mr. Yoo and Metamorphosen included a 26-city U.S. tour and a CD release with violinist Mark O’Connor for Sony Classical.


Patrick Zimmerli

Composer, arranger, and producer Patrick Zimmerli writes a sophisticated yet approachable hybrid of jazz and classical music. Zimmerli has just been awarded the prestigious Seattle Commissioning Club Commission for 2013, for an evening-length work for Joshua Redman with String Quartet, Bass, and Percussion. His works were premiered at Carnegie Hall in March 2011 by jazz pianists Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays. He is currently composer in residence at Music in the Loft in Chicago, where another new piece for two pianists will be premiered in January 2012. Zimmerli has written two Piano Concertos, two Piano Trios, numerous solo, chamber, and vocal pieces, and over 40 pieces for his jazz/classical ensemble Emergence. Recent winner of the Colorado Music Festival’s CLICK commission, where the audience voted on the winning composer, he has also been commissioned for a Quintet by the Festival Mozaic in California (2011); a Chamber Symphony by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (2009), and an orchestral piece with video by the Colorado College Summer Music Festival.

Juan-Miguel Hernandez

A native of Canada, Juan Miguel was awarded the First Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and Sphinx Competition. As a featured guest soloist, he has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle and Colorado Symphonies, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic. Juan Miguel is a founding member of the Harlem Quartet.


Madeleine Kabat

Madeleine Kabat made her solo debut at age 18 with the Cleveland Orchestra. In the upcoming months, she is performing concertos with orchestras at the Spoleto Festival, Festival Mozaic, and in Medellin, Colombia. Ms. Kabat has won prizes in the Klein International and Fischoff competitions and has participated in festivals including La Jolla’s SummerFest, Verbier, Le Domaine Forget, Sarasota, and Zephyr (Italy). Ms. Kabat has performed chamber music with such artists as Cho-Liang Lin, Atar Arad, John Novacek, and Scott Yoo. She has served as principal cellist of the Spoleto Festival USA, Juilliard, Verbier, and Shepherd School orchestras, and was offered a fellowship to the New World Symphony in 2008. Ms. Kabat has performed as substitute cellist with the Houston Symphony and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at Oberlin Conservatory to continue her studies with Darrett Adkins, Madeleine holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Rice University.


Orion Weiss

Pianist Orion Weiss is one of the most sought-after soloists and collaborators in his generation of young American musicians. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him acclaim from audiences, critics and colleagues in a wide range of repertoire and formats. In September 2010, Mr. Weiss was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year, and will release a recital album of Dvorak, Prokofiev and Bartok this year. He will also be featured in a recording project of the complete Gershwin works for piano and orchestra with the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta. During the 2011-12 season, Mr. Weiss will perform with numerous orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Albany Symphony, and Mexico City Philharmonic. He also makes his recital debut in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center. Continuing his close relationships as a collaborator, Mr. Weiss performs this season and regularly with his wife, pianist Anna Polonsky, as well as working again with the Pacifica Quartet and multiple recital partners.


Satoshi Takeishi

Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and lived in Colombia for four years. One of the projects he worked on while in Colombia was “Macumbia” with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and classical music were combined. With this group he performed with the Bogota Symphony Orchestra to do a series of concerts honoring the music of the most popular composer in Colombia, Lucho Bermudes. In 1986, he returned to the U.S. in Miami where he began work as an arranger. In 1987, he produced “Morning Ride” for jazz flutist Nestor Torres on Polygram Records. His interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the Middle East where he studied and performed with Armenian-American oud master Joe Zeytoonian. Since moving to New York in 1991, he has performed and recorded with many musicians such as Ray Barretto, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Erik Friedlander and Pablo Ziegler to name a few. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local musicians and composers in New York.


Caroline Campbell

Violinist Caroline Campbell has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, and many other symphony orchestras.  She has soloed in prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, and in exotic locations from Kuala Lumpur to the Sydney Opera House.  In high demand both in the classical and popular scene, she has been nicknamed “violinist to the stars” and hand-picked to play duets with world-renowned artists including Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Garth Brooks, Josh Groban and Julio Iglesias.


Alice del Campo

Alice Dade Del Campo was Acting Co-Principal Flute of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. Highlights of her time with the Radio include playing Principal Flute on the Deutsche Grammophon label with bass-baritone soloist Bryn Terfel, as well as performances broadcast on Swedish Television. While with the orchestra, Alice performed in concert tours to Russia, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and various cities in Sweden under conductors Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniel Harding. She has also performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony. Prior to her time living abroad, Alice was a Fellow of the New World Symphony under Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas. She is featured in the book: Feast For the Senses: A Musical Odyssey by Lin Arison and photographer Neil Folberg. Prose, photography, and DVDs follow her chamber music performances throughout the Umbria region of Italy. An avid soloist and chamber musician, Alice was awarded by the Olga Koussevitsky Wind Competition of the Musicians Club of New York and the New York Flute Club Competition. As Principal Flute of San Luis Obispo’s Festival Mozaic, under music director Scott Yoo, Alice has been a featured soloist performing Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Elkie’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 7.


Anne Marie Gabriele

Anne Marie Gabriele joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in January 2000 as second oboist, the position she previously held in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra from 1993 to 1999, and in the Honolulu Symphony from 1990 to 1993. In addition to her duties in Columbus, she was Principal Oboist of the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio from 1993 to 1999.

A native of Rhode Island, Gabriele credits her musical inspiration to an exceptionally strong public high school music program whose wind ensemble performed and competed internationally. At the Juilliard School in New York City, she earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under the tutelage of John Ferrillo and Elaine Douvas of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. While at Juilliard, she performed at the nationally televised Kennedy Center Honors to William Schuman, and recorded several 20th-century works for the Juilliard American Music Recording Institute on New World Records.


David Peck

David Peck is principal clarinetist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Along with thirty years as an orchestra principal, Mr. Peck is an avid soloist and chamber performer.  Mr. Peck has long had an association with Festival Mozaic, as well as various other music festivals including the Ravinia Festival, the La Jolla SummerFest, Idyllwild Chamber Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival. He has taught clarinet at the University of Houston and at the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University) for many years. In May of 2005, he was featured as a soloist in the Clarinet Concerto by Richard Lavenda, written specifically for Mr. Peck and the Houston Symphony Orchestra.


Michael Kroth

Michael Kroth is associate professor of bassoon at the Michigan State University College of Music. Kroth has earned a reputation as an excellent solo, chamber and orchestral musician, having performed in recitals and concerts throughout the United States and Germany. His performances of both serious and novel works for bassoon have been well received by audiences and critics, and he has been praised for his beautiful tone and expressive playing. Currently, he is principal bassoon with the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, a Faculty Artist at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival (Colorado Springs, CO), and second bassoon at the Peninsula Music Festival (Door County, WI). Kroth performs regularly with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and he has recently performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Trenton Symphony the Colorado Ballet, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Jeff Garza

Hailed by the San Antonio Express-News as “a musician of rare authority,” Jeff Garza has been principal horn of the San Antonio Symphony since September 2004 and is sought after throughout the United States as a teacher, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. During the summer season, Jeff is principal horn of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon and the Festival Mozaic Orchestra in San Luis Obispo, California. Jeff has previously held principal positions with the Houston Grand Opera, Utah Festival Opera and has served as guest principal horn of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In January 2007, Jeff served as principal horn during the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s European tour, including performances in Berlin, Vienna, Warsaw and Budapest. Past engagements also include positions with the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra and Houston Ballet Orchestra.

Stephen Copes

Violinist Steven Copes leads a diverse and enthusiastic musical life as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. He joined the SPCO as Concertmaster in 1998, and since then has led the orchestra from the chair in several highly acclaimed, eclectic programs. He also appears frequently as soloist with the SPCO, performing concerti by Bach, Berg, Brahms, Hindemith, Kirchner, Korngold, Lutoslawski, Mozart, Piazzolla, Prokofiev, Schnittke and Weill. In addition, he has performed as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Colorado Symphony, the Sao Paolo State Symphony, and the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia, Bulgaria. A zealous advocate of the music of today, he gave the world premiere of George Tsontakis’ Grammy-nominated Violin Concerto No. 2 (2003), which won the 2005 Grawemeyer award and has been recorded for KOCH Records, and also gave the NY premiere of Lutoslawski’s Subito (1992) for Violin and Piano. He has also performed John Novacek’s Four Rags with the composer on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. An avid chamber musician, Copes has performed at festivals and concert series such as Aspen, Boston Chamber Music Society, Bridgehampton, Caramoor, Cartagena, Cello Plus, Chamber Music Northwest, Charlottesville, Colorado College, El Paso Pro Musica, Four Seasons, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, La Jolla Summerfest, Mainly Mozart, Marlboro, Mozaic, Norfolk, Piccolo Spoleto, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Skaneateles, Styriarte, Sweetwater Music Weekend, and at other festivals across the globe. He co-founded the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado as well as Accordo, a new chamber group based in the Twin Cities, now in its third season.