First Prize Winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, DAVID REQUIRO (pronounced Re-keer-oh) has emerged as one of today’s most promising young cellists. After winning First Prize in both the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions, he also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó.
Mr. Requiro has soloed with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and with numerous orchestras across North America. His Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall was followed by a critically acclaimed San Francisco Performances recital at the Herbst Theatre. Soon after making his Kennedy Center debut, Mr. Requiro also completed the cycle of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Actively involved in contemporary music, he has collaborated with composers Krzysztof Penderecki and Bright Sheng and most recently gave the Dutch premiere of Pierre Jalbert's Sonata for cello and piano at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biennale.
Mr. Requiro is Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound where he is Professor of Cello and Chair of Chamber Music. He has also served as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Michigan. His artist faculty appointments include the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, Giverny Chamber Music Festival, Innsbrook Music Festival and Institute, the Maui Classical Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, and Center Stage Strings. He is also a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City and a founding member of the Baumer String Quartet.
Corey Fischer is an actor, writer and director who has been creating and performing theatre and acting in films for over for forty years. His television debut was a featured role on a 1966 episode of Daniel Boone. His first major film was Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H, followed by Altman’s next two, Brewster McCloud and McCabe and Mrs. Miller. More recent films include Bee Season, Us, and The 5-Year Engagement in which he married Jason Siegel and Emily Blunt. Fischer has also appeared in a number of “classic” TV series including All in the Family, Quincy, Barney Miller and, most recently, Frasier.
Fischer co-founded Traveling Jewish Theatre and remained a principle company member for 34 years, until the company closed in 2012. He collaborated and performed in more than two dozen original works for the company. In 1999 he received a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award for his play, See Under: Love. His most recent play, In the Maze of Our Own Lives, inspired by the history of the legendary Group Theatre, was one of six to receive a Gerbode/Hewlett Playwrights Collaboration grant in 2010 was produced in late 2011 at TJT.
Eric Tran and Nathan Cheung
Happy Dog Duo, featuring pianist-composers Eric Tran and Nathan Cheung, is an award-winning piano duo that has performed internationally. They have been performing piano 4-hands and 2-piano repertoire for over a decade, since they were in middle school. In piano duo and duet events, they have won 13 gold medals from the United States Open Music Competition. In the summer of 2011, Happy Dog Duo toured with the acclaimed Pawn: The Musical, in Korea, China, Canada, and New York. Locally, they have both performed with the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, the Contra Costa Wind Symphony, the Pan-Asian Music Festival and the Stanford Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras. Recently, Happy Dog Duo performed in a showcase in the newly constructed Bing Concert Hall at Stanford. They enjoy performing memorized concerts, premiering original works, and amusing audiences with their improvisatory, infamously ridiculous concert interruptus talks. In addition to performing recitals, they also perform in senior homes and college dorms to serve the community and to expand the reach of classical music.
Mr. Levitan's concerto performances with orchestras throughout the San Francisco Bay Area have been highly praised by local critics, who write of his 'impeccable virtuosity" (San Jose Metro), "virtual perfection"(Marin Independent Journal) and "precision and élan" (Mercury News).
Dan Levitan is Principal Harpist with Santa Rosa Symphony, Marin Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, and the San Jose Ballet. He is the harp instructor at Sonoma State University and UC Berkeley.
Diane Maltester performs numerous solo and chamber recitals in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the founding member of the Muir Trio for voice, clarinet and harp. She is presently the co-conductor of the Diablo Wind Symphony, a Bay Area honor band as well as a member of the Oakland-East Bay Symphony and is principal clarinetist in the Vallejo Symphony, Fremont Symphony, and the Walnut Creek Festival Opera. She enjoys teaching privately and is a former Northern Woodwind Chairperson for the Music Teachers’ Association of California. Ms. Maltester is the clarinet instructor for St. Mary’s College, California State University East Bay, and has been on the music faculty at Los Medanos College since 1980. She received her Master’s degree in music performance from California State University at Hayward.
Trio Maxim (Maxim Baluyev, Natasha Vinetskaya, and Jennifer Butler) are
based in the Bay Area and perform across Northern California.