2015 Artists

CMB is thrilled to welcome new artists Laura Gaynon, cello, and Daniel Temkin, Composer-in-Residence, as well as returning artists Zenas Hsu, Alex Shiozaki, and Jessica Chang!

ZENAS HSU >> violin

A Taiwanese-American violinist who “strives to tear your heart out and just about succeeds” (San Mateo Times), ZENAS HSU is an active musician based in Boston, Massachusetts. His chamber music performance once praised for its “real lyricism and finesse” (Vermont Today), Zenas was recently a prizewinner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Assocation in 2013 as the violinist of Trio Concorde. He is currently the first violinist of the Regulus Quartet, under guidance of Lucy Chapman at the New England Conservatory of Music. Zenas is a resident artist of Chamber Music by the Bay, a performance and education series in its fourth season in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also concertmaster of a newly-found and rising orchestra ensemble, Phoenix, under direction of Matthew Szymanski.

Zenas’s festival appearances include the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Yellow Barn, Taos Academy of Music, Music Academy of the West, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, Valdres Solo Academy, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. Zenas has studied chamber music with members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Cleveland, Guarneri, Miami, and St. Lawrence String Quartets. He has also worked extensively with musicians including Susan Bates, Laurence Lesser, Meng-Chieh Li, Robert McDonald, Ian Swensen, Steven Tenenbom, and Vivian Weilerstein.

A native of California, Zenas primarily received his early training at the preparatory division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from Wei He and spent musical summers at Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute and the Hotchkiss Summer Portals. He was accepted at age sixteen to the Curtis Institute of Music to study with Ida Kavafian. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Music degree four years later, Zenas moved to Boston and received his Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Nicholas Kitchen and Donald Weilerstein. He is continuing and completing a Graduate Diploma degree at the New England Conservatory of Music this year.

Zenas will be returning to Yellow Barn this summer. He will also be participating at the Banff Chamber Music Residency with Duo L’étoile partner Jung-A Bang.


An alumnus of Saratoga High School, violinist ALEX SHIOZAKI is a teacher, student, and performer in New York City. Since graduating from Harvard in 2009, he has been privileged with a summer residency at Tanglewood as a New Fromm Player, a tour to Japan with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and his Carnegie Hall debut with the Saratoga Strings. Described by conductor David Effron as “a natural leader”, Alex has led as concertmaster the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Ensemble 212, the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, the California All-State Honor Orchestra, and the Saratoga High Symphony Orchestra. Alex’s love of chamber music began in high school, with a piano trio that he formed with cellist Tobin Low and pianist Stephanie Ou. In their two years together, the trio performed in various venues throughout the Bay Area and won a prize in the VOCE competition in Los Angeles.

More recently, Alex’s many chamber groups have been featured on the Wednesdays At One concert series at Alice Tully Hall in NYC, in the Focus! new music festival at the Juilliard School, and with the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. With his frequent collaborator pianist Nana Shi, Alex has given recitals all over the country. Currently a doctoral candidate and recipient of the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship at The Juilliard School, Alex continues to refine his musicality under the tutelage of Ronald Copes and Joseph Lin, both of the Juilliard String Quartet. In the little free time he keeps for himself, Alex enjoys sight-reading chamber music with his friends.


Taiwanese-American violist JESSICA CHANG is dedicated to sharing her love for music through expanding educational opportunities in the arts. As the Founder and Executive Director of Chamber Music by the Bay, Jessica brings chamber music concerts to schools, libraries, and hospitals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. From 2013-14, she served as the violist of the Afiara Quartet, the Glenn Gould School Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and visiting faculty at the Banff Centre. Her commitment to chamber music education extends across the United States, from CMB to educational concerts with Project 440 in Savannah, Georgia, and serving as a teaching artist with Opportunity Music Project in New York. Highlights include a European concert tour with Curtis on Tour alongside Roberto Díaz, Pamela Frank, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic; and collaborations with Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Silverstein, Soovin Kim, Anthony McGill, Peter Wiley, Daniel Philips, and Toby Appel.  Her festival appearances have included Music from Angel Fire, International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, and the festivals at Tanglewood, Taos, Verbier, Aspen, and California.

Aside from her musical endeavors, she has maintained commitments toward improving youth access to arts education in the School District of Philadelphia. Jessica is a graduate of Yale College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts with honors and distinction. She also holds an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Roberto Díaz, Misha Amory, and Michael Tree. Jessica recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area to join the engineering, product, and design recruiting team at Dropbox, and also completed her Master of Music studies at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Heidi Castleman and Steven Tenenbom, with gracious support from the Victor Tallarico, R. & E. Bachmann, and Lester R. and Doris S. Benjamin Fellowships.


Bay Area native LAURA GAYNON is an active performer of both modern and baroque cello. Recent highlights include performances with Kim Kashkashian, Ian Swensen, Geoff Nuttall, Bonnie Hampton, Pedja Muzijevic, Jodi Levitz, and Paul Hersh; a concert of baroque violin sonatas with Krista Bennion-Feeney; and festival appearances including the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Taos School of Music, the American Bach Soloists Academy, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the 2012 International Piatigorsky Cello Masterclasses at USC. Described as “stunning” by the SF Examiner, Laura is a founding member of Phonochrome a contemporary classical chamber ensemble, and of One Found Sound, a conductorless chamber orchestra in San Francisco. She also performs frequently with the baroque chamber group MUSA. Laura has degrees from Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she graduated with an M.M. in cello performance and an Artist Certificate in chamber music as a student of Jennifer Culp. She earned an added emphasis in Historical Performance through her studies with baroque cellist and viola da gambist Elisabeth Reed and harpsichordist Corey Jamason, and in 2013 won the Baroque Concerto Competition. Other important mentors include George Neikrug, Ole Akahoshi, Carolina Singer, Mikhail Gelfandbein, Irene Sharp, and members of the Brentano, Cleveland, St. Lawrence, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, and Borromeo String Quartets.

DANIEL TEMKIN >> composer-in-residence


Daniel Temkin has been writing music since age 13, and his work has been supported by awards and fellowships from ASCAP, BMI, Earshot, the American Composers Forum, the Theodore Presser Foundation, and others. Daniel was the 2012 Young Artist Composer in Residence at Music From Angel Fire, and he has received fellowships from the Aspen, Fontainebleau, and Brevard Music Festivals. Daniel’s orchestral music has been performed by the Nashville Symphony, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Aspen Music Festival, the Curtis Symphony, and the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. He has received commissions from the Rock Dance School, the Markow-Totevy Foundation, the Lyra Harp Society, Music From Angel Fire, and private donors. Daniel has also written works for the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Nonsemble 6, and the Trio-ING piano trio.

Originally a percussionist, Daniel has performed professionally and at festivals under conductors David Zinman, James Conlon, Leonard Slatkin, and others. He is also featured on recordings with Naxos and Albany Records. Daniel holds a BM in Percussion from Rutgers University, an MM in Composition from New England Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma in Composition from the Curtis Institute of Music. He has taught at each of those institutions, as well as at the Brevard Music Center, and he has presented dozens of guest lectures, outreach concerts, and workshops at universities, K-12 schools, and public venues throughout the U.S. Daniel is currently completing his Doctorate in Composition at USC’s Thornton School of Music under the tutelage of Stephen Hartke and Donald Crockett.