11-19 Festival Mozaic

Festival Mozaic is one of the most unusual festivals in our series: 80 players from the top orchestras in the country get together for 11 days to play great music in the stunningly beautiful San Luis Obispo.  Scott Yoo, Music Director since 2004, likes the intensity of the Festival because “it provides us with an opportunity to delve into one aspect of music and go really deep.” The Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010 with some ambitious repertoire, including Symphonie Fantastique, Rite of Spring, and Dohnanyi’s Sextet in C Major.For more information about Festival Mozaic visit http://www.festivalmozaic.com/.


Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Dohnanyi: Sextet in C Major, Op. 37
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

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Scott Yoo, Music Director - After beginning his musical studies at age three, Scott Yoo performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Boston Symphony at age twelve. He received first prize in the 1988 Josef Gingold International Violin Competition, the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the 1994 Avery Fisher Career Grant. After graduating with honors from Harvard University, Mr. Yoo founded the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the 2010-2011 season, and has been a guest conductor throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. More

Caroline Campbell, Violin – Caroline Campbell has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony. She has performed as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, and with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has won top prizes at the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, the Irving Klein Competition, and the Corpus Christi International Young Artist Competition. As first violinist of the classical-crossover Sonus Quartet, she has appeared at Disney Hall and collaborated with Stevie Wonder in the premiere of his newly-commissioned work. More

Michelle Djokic, Cello - Michelle Djokic is founder and artistic director of the Concordia Chamber Players based in New Hope, PA. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony, and performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Her most recent recording with Quartet San Francisco entitled “QSF Plays Brubeck” earned a 2011 Grammy Nomination in Best Classical Crossover and in Best Classical Engineering. Michelle has also served as Assistant Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Symphony and Principal Cellist of the Denver Symphony and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. More

Jeff Garza, Horn - Jeff Garza is Principal Horn of the San Antonio Symphony and the Britt Festival. 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. Past positions include the New World Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, Jerusalem International Symphony Orchestra and Houston Ballet Orchestra. Jeff is adjunct professor of horn at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. More

John Novacek, Piano – John Novacek regularly performs internationally as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. A highly sought after collaborative artist, John has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Leila Josefowicz among others, and in major halls across the world, including the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and in halls across Europe and Japan. He returns to Festival Mozaic in 2011 to perform in chamber music concerts and for the world premiere of his composition, Sounding Piece, commissioned by the Seattle Commissioning Society. More

Sasha Potiomkin, Clarinet – Alexander (Sasha) Potiomkin has appeared as a soloist with the Israel Camerata Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and Orchestra X, and has given solo recitals in the Ukraine, Israel and the United States. He has appeared as Guest Principal Clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony and Alabama Symphony and has been a regular substitute clarinetist with the Israel Philharmonic and Houston Symphony. Sasha has participated in the Bellingham, Tanglewood, Blossom and Shira music festivals. More

Gareth Zehngut, Viola - Gareth Zehngut is a violist with the San Diego Symphony. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. Gareth has traveled and performed chamber music across the United States, including performances at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has also performed in Austria, China, France, Germany, Israel and Switzerland. More