Steven Schick

Posted by August 5, 2014


Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family.  For forty years he has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. He was the founding percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars (1992-2002) and served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève (2000-2005). Schick is founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, “red fish blue fish.”  Currently he is Music Director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in addition to serving as SFCMP’s Artistic Director. In 2012 he became the first Artist-in-Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Schick founded and is currently Artistic Director of “Roots and Rhizomes,” a summer course on contemporary percussion music held at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He maintains a lively schedule of guest conducting including appearances in this season with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Nova Chamber Ensemble and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. Schick will be music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival. Among his acclaimed publications are a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and numerous recordings of contemporary percussion music including a 3 CD set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis (Mode).  Mode released a companion recording on DVD of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen in September of 2014. Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego and he was named Artistic Director of SFCMP in 2011.

photo: Bill Dean

Hrabba Altadottir

Posted by September 13, 2012


Icelandic violinist Hrabba Atladottir studied in Berlin, Germany with professor Axel Gerhardt and professor Tomasz Tomaszewski. After finishing her studies, Hrabba worked as a freelancing violinist in Berlin for five years, regularly playing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper, and Deutsche Symphonieorchester. Hrabba also participated in a world tour with the Icelandic pop artist Björk, and a Germany tour with violinist Nigel Kennedy. In 2004, Hrabba moved to New York, playing on a regular basis with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra among other orchestras. She also played with the Either/Or ensemble in NY in close collaboration with Helmut Lachenmann. Since August 2008, Hrabba has been based in Berkeley, California, where she has been performing as a soloist and with various ensembles such as The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, The Empyrean Ensemble, the ECO ensemble, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and New Century Chamber Orchestra. Since 2009, Hrabba is a lecturer in Violin at UC Berkeley.

Jeff Anderle

Posted by September 13, 2012


Jeff Anderle (clarinet) enjoys an extremely diverse musical life. In addition to his role in SFCMP, he is a pioneer in the world of low reeds, from Sqwonk’s tongue-in-cheek ferocity to Edmund Welles’ “heavy chamber music” to the complex buzzings of the reed quintet Splinter.  An exponent of contemporary classical music, Jeff is a member of the Paul Dresher Electro/Acoustic Band, the bi-coastal ensemble REDSHIFT and Magik*Magik Orchestra, and has played with Bay Area groups San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Friction Quartet, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and Earplay.  In addition, Jeff is a founding co-director of Switchboard Music, which presents an annual marathon concert featuring music that fuses different genres and styles.  Jeff is on the faculty of the S.F. Conservatory of Music where he teaches clarinet, chamber music, and entrepreneurship. Jeff holds a M.M. from SFCM and a B.A. from the University of California-Los Angeles. He joined SFCMP in 2012.


Tod Brody

Posted by September 13, 2012


Tod Brody (flute) is principal flutist with SFCMP, as well as local new music groups Earplay, Eco Ensemble, and the Empyrean Ensemble, with an extensive career that has included performances of numerous world premieres and many recordings. He is also principal flutist of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Sacramento Opera, and the California Musical Theater, and makes frequent appearances with the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet orchestras, and in other chamber and orchestral settings throughout the region. Active as an instructor, Tod teaches flute and chamber music at the University of California, Davis. He is Executive Director of Opera Parallèle, which presents 20th- and 21st-century operas in San Francisco. He has been a member of SFCMP since 2001.

Kyle Bruckmann

Posted by September 13, 2012


Oboist Kyle Bruckmann’s work as a composer and performer spans from the Western classical tradition into the frontiers of free jazz, electronic music and post-punk. With more than 60 recordings and a striking array of performance affiliations to his credit (Quinteto Latino, the Stockton Symphony, sfSound, Eco Ensemble, Ensemble Parallèle,the San Francisco Symphony, and others) he has been acclaimed as “a modern day renaissance musician,” and “a seasoned improviser with impressive extended technique and peculiar artistic flair.” Before relocating to the Bay Area in 2003, Kyle was a fixture in Chicago’s experimental music underground, collaborating regularly with electroacoustic duo EKG, the ”noise-rock monstrosity” Lozenge, and the Creative Music quintet Wrack (recipient of a 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant). Bruckmann earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology at Rice University, studying oboe with Robert Atherholt, serving as music director of campus radio station KTRU, and achieving academic distinction as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his Masters degree in 1996 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath. Kyle joined SFCMP in 2012.


Kate Campbell

Posted by September 13, 2012


Kate Campbell (piano) performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in contemporary music. She is passionate about collaborating with composers in a wide variety of styles, from thorny modernism, to rhythmic post-minimalism, to quasi-improvised graphic scores. Kate is the pianist for the contemporary chamber ensemble REDSHIFT (hailed for its “dazzling technique and out-of-box creativity” – Lucid Culture NY), which is currently in residence at California State University East Bay. She is the founding pianist in the duo K A T E S, which features new solo, choreographed piano music and new dance theater. She is also on the team of organizer/performers in the Omaha Under the Radar Festival in her hometown of Omaha, NE. Kate recently relocated from the East Coast, where she enjoyed freelancing with many indie classical projects alongside members of Ensemble Signal, eighth blackbird, and American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Le Train Bleu, at venues such as (le)Poisson Rouge, Galapagos ArtSpace, and The Stone. She can be heard on New Amsterdam Records. Kate joined SFCMP in 2014.


Susan Freier

Posted by September 13, 2012


Susan Freier (violin) is known in the Bay Area beyond her SFCMP affiliation as a member of the passionate and provocative Ives Quartet (formerly the Stanford String Quartet), of which her husband SFCMP cellist Stephen Harrison is also a member. After earning a degree in Music and Biology at Stanford, Susan entered the Eastman School of Music where she co-founded the widely acclaimed Chester String Quartet. She has been a participant at the Aspen, Grand Teton and Newport Music Festivals, and has performed on NPR, the BBC and German State Radio. Formerly an artist-faculty member at the Pacific Music Festival, Music in the Mountains at Steamboat Springs and the Rocky Ridge Music Center, Susan is currently on the artist faculty of the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy and the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop.  Her recordings are on the Newport Classics, Stolat, Pantheon, Laurel, Music and Arts, and CRI labels. She joined SFCMP in 1993.


Chris Froh

Posted by September 13, 2012

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Percussionist Christopher Froh specializes in promoting and influencing the creation of new music through critically-acclaimed performances and dynamic lectures. Also a member of Empyrean Ensemble, Rootstock Percussion, and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Froh has premiered over 100 chamber and solo works by composers from 15 countries. His rich and diverse career also includes performances with the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Gamelan Sekar Jaya at the Stern Grove Festival, and session recording at Skywalker Ranch for a video game about monkeys and pirates. Chris has recorded with the San Francisco Symphony on SFS Media; as a soloist on Albany, Innova, and Equilibrium labels; and as a chamber musician on Bridge Records and Music@Menlo LIVE. As a soloist, he has appeared at festivals and recitals across Japan, China, Turkey, Europe, and the United States including featured performances at the Beijing Modern Festival, Nuovi Spazi Musicali, and Music@Menlo. He studied at the University of Michigan, Eastman School of Music, and Toho Gakuen Conservatory where he was a student of marimba pioneer, Keiko Abe. He teaches percussion and chamber music at UC Davis and CSU Sacramento.


Hall Goff

Posted by September 13, 2012


Lifelong “noisemaker” Hall Goff (trombone) gravitated from boy choir to trombone at age 12, absorbing all sorts of recorded sounds and musical styles from Dixieland, bebop, pop vocalists of the early 60′s to early Zappa, Chicago Symphony recordings, and comedy troupe The Firesign Theater. Hall obtained his B.A. from Oberlin and his M.M. at Yale School of Music, whree he was mentored by John Swallow and Otto-Werner Mueller. A former orchestra member in Italy’s Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto and The Macerata Opera Festival, Hall has been a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra since 1977 and the Golden Gate Park Band since 2009. Goff has had the ongoing good fortune to play with many Bay Area ensembles of all sizes, as well as on various recordings and motion picture soundtracks, as well as in backing musical stars of opera, jazz, rock, and pop, from The Manhattan Transfer and Vic Damone to Glen Campbell, Bob Hope, and many others. Hall joined SFCMP in 1979.


Karen Gottlieb

Posted by September 13, 2012


Karen Gottlieb (harp) has performed with the San Francisco Symphony as second harpist for more than two decades, touring extensively with the orchestra on their domestic, European and Asian tours as well as performed on their many recordings and DVDs. She served as principal harpist with California Symphony for twenty years, and she has been a member of the SF Symphony’s ‘AIM’ ensembles including 4 Sounds, Strings & Things, THAT! Group and Silver & Gold, Plus. Locally, Karen also performs with Earplay, Empyrean,  ECCO and Left Coast Ensembles, the Skywalker Recording Symphony and frequently with the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras. She received her Bachelors at the University of Washington, Seattle and her Masters in Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is currently on the faculty of SF State University, Mills College and she teaches & coaches privately. As a certified harp technician for Lyon & Healy and Salvi Harps, Ms. Gottlieb maintains and repairs harps locally, within the US and abroad. She joined SFCMP in 1990.