Cellist Matt Allen is quickly establishing himself as one of the leading young American cellists. Mr. Allen has won the gold medal in three of the world's most important competitions; the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Mexico, the Stulberg International String Competition in Michigan, and the Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Japan, where he also received the highest spectator vote count for the Audience Award.
He gave his first solo performance with orchestra and solo recital at the age of 11. Embarking on a solo career with a commanding repertoire of over 20 concerti, Mr. Allen has been featured with a number of orchestras including the symphonies of Cincinnati, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Transylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Trinity Chamber Players, State Hermitage Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, Russia and the Tokyo Philharmonic. Mr. Allen has already been featured on the stages of the world's most prominent venues including the Terrace Theater of Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Chicago's Cultural Center, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, and the Cleveland Orchestra's Severance Hall, performing Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante for a sold out audience and live broadcast on Cleveland's WCLV 104.9.
At age 16, Mr. Allen made his international recording debut with David Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody alongside Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops for TELARC Records. Additionally, as a supplementary prize to receiving the Gold Medal at the Prieto International Competition, he will release a solo album on Urtext label.
Mr. Allen completed his undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Melissa Kraut. He currently studies as a Young Soloist at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson, and is the proud recipient of a cello made in 1898 by Vincenzo Postiglione generously on loan from the Strad Society.
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.
Members of the Eos Ensemble -left to right- Richard Andaya(Cello), Gwedolyn Mok(piano) Craig Reiss(violin)
The Eos Ensemble is an exciting chamber music group featuring musicians of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Through the intimacy of chamber music, these talented musicians thrill audiences with artistry normally reserved for the grand canvas of opera. The ensemble presents concerts of wide ranging musical styles and instrumental combinations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.