SFCMP was founded by Jean-Louis LeRoux, Marcella DeCray and Charles Boone in March 1971 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1974. The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players is a unionized ensemble based out of San Francisco, California.
SFCMP was founded by Jean-Louis LeRoux, Marcella DeCray and Charles Boone in March 1971 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1974. The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players is a unionized ensemble based out of San Francisco, California.
Cellist Hannah Addario-Berry has been delighting music lovers around the world for over a decade. Specializing in chamber music and solo repertoire, Hannah is passionately committed to performing music by living composers. Along with her exquisite cello playing, Hannah’s warmth and engaging presentation style enable listeners to forge a deeper connection with music.
In 2015, Hannah created Scordatura, an innovative project combining Zoltán Kodály’s monumental Sonata for Solo Cello with a series of newly commissioned works, all of which share a unique altered tuning of the cello. Hannah performed the program in 25 cities around the US and Canada and recorded Scordatura in early 2016. Her previous album, Lady in the East, features music for solo cello by the Canadian composer Stephen Brown and was reviewed by Gramophone Magazine in 2014.
An avid and versatile chamber musician, Hannah also performs regularly with other San Francisco ensembles including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. From 2006-2010 Hannah was cellist with the Del Sol String Quartet, during which time the quartet performed more than 50 world premieres and recorded two highly acclaimed albums.
Hannah’s love of chamber music began early and acquired momentum when she was invited to join McGill University’s prestigious Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet, with whom she performed in France and Italy. For her graduate work, she chose San Francisco Conservatory’s Masters in Chamber Music.
Hannah lives with her husband and daughter in San Francisco, where she enjoys cooking, hiking, and teaching cello. Hannah joined SFCMP in 2017. www.addarioberry.com
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. Joshua Kosman, music critic of San Francisco Chronicle, praised her performance of Vivaldi’s “Spring”, and called her violin playing “delicate but fervent.”
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 is based in Berkeley, California, where she has been performing as a soloist and with various ensembles including New Century Chamber Orchestra, The Empyrean Ensemble, the ECO ensemble. Hrabba is currently a Violin Lecturer at UC Berkeley and at Mills College. Hrabba joined SFCMP in 2015.
Jeff Anderle is a pioneer in the world of low reeds, helping to popularize the role of the modern clarinet and bass clarinet through his innovative and diverse performances, ensembles, and commissions.
He is a founding member of both Splinter Reeds, the Bay Area’s first reed quintet, and REDSHIFT contemporary music ensemble, as well as a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the Paul Dresher Electro/Acoustic Band. He is half of the bass clarinet duo Sqwonk, which has commissioned and premiered a significant body of work that infuses aspects of classical, folk and popular music into its own distinct style. As a member of the virtuosic, heavy metal bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles, he has been featured nationally at festivals and masterclasses.
Jeff is a founding co-director of Switchboard Music, a presenting organization which has featured hundreds of innovative musicians through its annual marathon and concert series. In addition, he makes regular guest appearances with a wide range of music institutions from orchestras to diverse chamber music ensembles.
Jeff teaches clarinet, bass clarinet, chamber music, and entrepreneurship at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has been on the faculty at U.C. Berkeley and as a member of REDSHIFT holds a guest artist residency at California State University East Bay. He holds a M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles. Jeff joined SFCMP in 2012. www.jeffanderle.com
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. In addition to performing and teaching, Tod is an active arts administrator, currently serving as Executive Director of the Marin Symphony. Tod joined SFCMP in 1997.
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 (Splinter Reeds, Quinteto Latino, the Stockton Symphony, sfSound, Eco Ensemble, Ensemble Parallèle, 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 M.M. at the University of Michigan, where he studied oboe performance with Harry Sargous and contemporary improvisation with Ed Sarath. He now teaches at UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis. Kyle joined SFCMP in 2012. kylebruckmann.com
Hailed as a “brilliant pianist” (Financial Times), Kate Campbell performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician specializing in 20th and 21st century music, and is at home with styles ranging from thorny modernism, to “sleek and spirited” minimalism, to indie classical.
In addition to her work with SFCMP, Kate is the pianist for the Eco Ensemble in Berkeley, and co-founder and pianist of the interdisciplinary duo K A T E S, which intertwines new solo piano music and new dance. As the pianist in the contemporary ensemble REDSHIFT, this year she will continue a guest artist residency at California State University East Bay, premiering works by faculty and student composers. She is also proud to be one of the founding organizers of the Omaha Under the Radar Festival, featuring new music, dance, and theater in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
Kate serves on the faculty of Mills College. She was recently honored as a distinguished fellow at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts. She can be heard on New Amsterdam Records, Pinna Records, and New Focus Recordings. Kate joined SFCMP in 2013. www.katecampbellpiano.com
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. Susan joined SFCMP in 1993.
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. Chris joined SFCMP in 2002.
For more than 30 years, harpist Karen Gottlieb has performed, toured and recorded with such notable ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, San Francisco Boys Chorus, California Symphony and the Skywalker Recording Symphony. In her touring with the San Francisco Symphony, she has performed in many of the world’s greatest concert halls including Royal Albert Hall, London; Musikverein, Vienna; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Philharmonie Berlin; and with some of the leading music festivals – Salzburg, Edinburgh, London Proms and Lucerne. Within the USA, she has performed in most of the major symphonic venues from Carnegie Hall to Disney Hall and performed under the directions of many of the leading conductors – Claudio Abbado, Herbert Blomstedt, George Solti, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo DeWaart, Erich Leinsdorf and Mstislav Rostropovich.
As a freelance artist, she regularly performs with many ensembles, especially enjoying her work in contemporary music. Among the many leading 20th and 21st century composers, she has worked personally and in ensembles with Elliot Carter, John Adams, Lou Harrison, Phillip Glass, John Williams, Gunther Schuller, Jake Heggie, Alan Hovhaness, John Luther Adams & Witold Lutoslawski.
Karen has also worked with many of the most celebrated of popular culture artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Linda Ronstadt & Michael Feinstein. She is the harpist for the Skywalker Recording Symphony, having recorded many of the major movies, TV and video game soundtracks, and served as principal harpist with the California Symphony and the Cabrillo Music Festival.
Karen received her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in Seattle and her Masters in Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her teachers include Alice Chalifoux, Lynne Palmer, Pamela Vokolek, Marjorie Call, Marianna Oberascher and Linda Wood Rollo, including summer studies with Lucile Laurence and Susann McDonald.
Karen joined SFCMP in 1990. www.kgharp.com
A very active cellist in the Bay Area and beyond, Stephen Harrison (cello) is a founding member (with his wife, Susan Freier) of the Ives Quartet (formerly known as Stanford String Quartet) and a member of the faculty at Stanford University. Formerly principal cellist of the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco, the Opera Company of Boston, and the New England Chamber Orchestra, Harrison has performed on National Public Radio, the BBC, and on both German State Radio and the Netherlands State Radio. Stephen has toured internationally and recorded on the Delos, CRI, New Albion and Newport Classics labels. Harrison has been on the faculty of the Pacific Music Festival and is currently an artist/faculty member of the Rocky Ridge Music Center. Most recently he has served as principal cellist of the Mendocino Music Festival, coached at the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop and performed at the Telluride Chamber Music Festival. He earned his degrees at Oberlin College and Boston University, where he received the Award for Distinction in Graduate Performance. Stephen joined SFCMP in 1984.
Peter Josheff, clarinetist and composer, is a founding member of Sonic Harvest and of Earplay. He is also a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Empyrean Ensemble and the Eco Ensemble. He performs frequently with Opera Parallele, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Melody of China, and has worked with many other groups including West Edge Opera, the Ives Collective, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Composers Inc., and SF Sound.
Peter has composed instrumental and vocal music, opera and pop songs, as well as music for dance and theater. Crazed Loner, his singer/songwriter project, had it’s public debut in October 2016. His latest work, The Dream Mechanic, Four Poems by Carol Vanderveer Hamilton, commissioned by the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, was premiered in February 2017. Other recent compositions include Big Brother (2014) for solo piccolo, premiered Earplay; Ground Hog Day (2014) for clarinet and string quartet, premiered by the Farallon Quintet; Europa and The Bull (2014), a chamber oratorio commissioned for and premiered at the Mary Holmes Festival at UC Santa Cruz; The Cauldron (2013), commissioned and premiered by tenor Brian Thorsett; Waiting (2012), commissioned and premiered by Earplay; Nautical Man Nautical Man (2011), an album of pop songs; Sutro Tower in the Fog (2011), commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Bernal Hill Players; Sextet (2010), premiered by Sonic Harvest; and Inferno (2008), a chamber opera produced by San Francisco Cabaret Opera in 2009. Peter joined SFCMP in 1999.
Originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Adam Luftman is currently the Principal Trumpet of both the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras. Prior to moving to SF in 2007, Luftman held positions with the Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony in Miami, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also been a guest artist with many of the countries finest orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. During the summers, Luftman has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival, Sun Valley, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Spoleto Festival, Aspen, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
In addition to his orchestral work, Adam has been a featured soloist with a number of orchestras and is a member of the National Brass Ensemble and The Bay Brass. He has recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, the National Brass Ensemble, for ESPN Sunday Night Football, and on many movie and video game soundtracks. Luftman is currently on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. He has presented masterclasses all over the country including The Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, New World Symphony, and Tanglewood. He is an honors graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Adam joined SFCMP in 2010.
Loren Mach (percussionist) is passionate about 21st-Century music. A graduate of the Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatories, he has premiered countless solo, chamber, and orchestral works. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley and is principal percussionist of eco ensemble, principal timpanist of San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and co-founder of Rootstock Percussion. Mach often performs with the San Francisco Symphony and other local orchestras, but he prefers more intimate projects with groups like Empyrean, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Opera Parallel, Earplay, and sfSound. In recent summers he has performed at the Ojai Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Music in the Mountains. Mach was awarded a 2011 Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation. He appeared in two full-length concerts at the 2014 Venice Biennale with eco ensemble, including a special performance of Nagoya Marimbas for Golden Lion lifetime achievement honoree, Steve Reich. Mach’s other passions involve our fundamental relationship to food as a form of communion with others and our interconnectedness with the natural world around us. An avid hiker, climber and cyclist, he cherishes time spent outside as an integral part of being alive. Loren joined SFCMP in 2015.
Roy Malan (violin) serves as solo violinist with the California Symphony and Opera Parallèle, and was the long-time concertmaster and solo violinist for the San Francisco Ballet. The founding director of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, he has an extensive career of performance domestically as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Africa to his credit. He is also widely recorded on the Genesis, Orion, and other labels, Roy was formerly a member of Porter Quartet, Stanford String Quartet, Ives Quartet, and the San Francisco Piano Trio, among others. Educated at London’s Royal Academy of Music under Yehudi Menuhin, he also attended Juilliard and the Curtis Institute, where he was a student of Ivan Galamian and Efrem Zimbalist (he authored the latter’s biography). Roy currently serves on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz, plays locally with a string quartet, piano trio, and music festival engagements. Roy joined SFCMP in 1976.
Oboist Sarah Rathke maintains a busy and enthusiastic performance presence in Northern California and beyond, as a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras and a regular performer with the symphonies of Marin, Fremont, Santa Rosa, Vallejo, California, Berkeley, Monterey and Santa Cruz. She was a member of the Avenue Winds, a Bay Area woodwind quintet committed to new music, and has also has performed with various orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Ballet. Born into a musical family in Alberta, Canada, and a lifelong new music enthusiast, Sarah received her B.M. from Northwestern University where she studied with Ray Still at and her M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under John DeLancie. Rathke is a Professor of Oboe at UC Berkeley. Sarah joined SFCMP in 2012.
Nanci Severance (viola) has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1982. She has performed with many Bay area ensembles, including the Stanford Quartet, Composers Inc, Chamber Music West, the Midsummer Mozart Chamber Players, and the Parlante Chamber Orchestra, with whom she was principal violist. She is also a member of the Donatello String Quartet, and she is a regular guest artist with the Stanford String Quartet. Over the course of her career, Nanci has performed with the Toledo Symphony, the Cleveland Opera orchestra, the Cleveland Ballet, as Assistant Principal violist of the Aspen Chamber Orchestra and rotating Principal of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. A native of Michigan, Severance received her B.M. from Oberlin College and her M.M. at Northern Illinois University. She has performed with SFCMP since 1986 and became a member in 2008.
David Tanenbaum has performed as a solo guitarist throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Solo performances over the course of his career have included the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Vienna’s ORF orchestra, and elsewhere, under the baton of such eminent conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano and John Adams. Many distinguished composers have written solos for David, including Hans Werner Henze’s guitar concerto An Eine Äolsharfe, Terry Riley’s first guitar piece Ascención, four works by Aaron Jay Kernis, and the last completed work by Lou Harrison. Tanenbaum has toured extensively with Steve Reich and Musicians, in Japan with Toru Takemitsu, and has had a long association with Ensemble Modern. He is currently recording the complete guitar works of Sofia Gubaidulina for Naxos. David is the Chair of the San Francisco Conservatory’s Guitar department. David joined SFCMP in 2008. davidtanenbaum.com
Peter Wahrhaftig is Principal Tubist of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated Bay Brass. He appears frequently with the San Francisco Opera, the Oakland-East Bay Symphony and numerous other local organizations, both in concert and in recordings, including those of Alvin Curran, Christian Wolff, and electro-acoustic composer Chris Brown . Past engagements have been with the Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Ringling Brother-Barnum and Bailey Circus, and heavy metal legends Metallica. In addition to his performance career, Wahrhaftig has performed on the soundtracks of numerous movie and video games. An Oakland native, Peter received his degree from Northwestern University, where he studied with Arnold Jacobs, and has also studied with Floyd Cooley. He can be heard on Alvin Curran’s eclectic CD Animal Sounds, and he now teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, U.C. Berkeley, and privately in the Bay Area. Peter joined SFCMP in 1982.
Grammy-nominated percussionist William Winant is internationally regarded as a leading performer of avant-garde music. In 2014, he received a Grammy nomination for his recording of John Cage’s historic solo work, 27′ 10.554″ for a percussionist, on Micro Fest Records. Over the course of his career, William has collaborated with legends of 20th and 21st century music, from Iannis Xenakis to Steve Reich and Yo-Yo Ma, and from Merce Cunningham to Kronos Quartet and Sonic Youth. Composers who have written for Willie include john Cage, Lou Harrison, John Zorn, Peter Garland, Larry Polansky, Gordon Mumma, Alvin Lucier, Terry Riley, Fred Frith, Somei Satoh, and Wadada Leo Smith. He is the percussionist with the avant-rock band Mr. Bungle, and performs locally with his own ensemble, the William Winant Percussion Group. A member of the instrumental faculty at the University of California at Berkeley and Mills College, and a Visiting Lecturer at University of California, Santa Cruz. Winant has made over two hundred recordings covering a wide variety of music, including the revered recording of Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro and the 2013 release of Five American Percussion Pieces. In 2016, Winant was awarded a prestigious grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts in recognition for his groundbreaking work as a contemporary percussionist. William joined SFCMP in 1988. williamwinant.com
In addition to his work with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, percussionist Nick Woodbury performs with and co-directs Mantra Percussion – a group dedicated to large-scale projects that redefine the traditional classical music concert format. Woodbury has appeared alongside the Bang on a Can All-Stars, with the Ensemble Modern Akademie, and Eco Ensemble. His work with contemporary music includes premiering new works by George Crumb, John Luther Adams, Michael Gordon and many others. Woodbury has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Apple Store at Lincoln Center, Kresge Auditorium at MIT, New Music New College, Symphony Space in Manhattan, Carlsbad New Music Festival, Bowling Green New Music Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, X Avant Festival in Toronto, Vancouver New Music and the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão in Brazil. Nick joined SFCMP in 2015. nickwoodbury.com
Double bassist Richard Worn has performed extensively with the San Francisco Opera and Symphony. Currently, he serves as Assistant Principal Bass of the Marin Symphony and Principal Bass of the Sanse Chamber Orchestra as well as with the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, ECO Ensemble, Other Minds sfSound, Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, and Composer’s Inc. Richard is also former Principal Bass of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. With his Worn Chamber Ensemble, founded in 1996, has performed works for both solo bass and ensemble by such composers as Andreissen, Cage, Harrison, Henze, Reveultas, Scelsi, Varese, and Xenakis. Richard holds degrees in double bass from California State University, Northridge and the New England Conservatory. He currently teaches and provides orchestral coaching at UC Berkeley. Richard joined SFCMP in 2002.