2016 Artists

Celebrating its 2016 Season, CMB is thrilled to welcome pianist Nana Shi to its faculty, as well as returning artists Zenas Hsu, Alex Shiozaki, Jessica Chang, Laura Gaynon, and Daniel Temkin.

ZENAS HSU >> violin

ZENAS HSU is a Taiwanese-American violinist with a passion for chamber music, teaching, and personal outreach. He is a founding member of the Zaffre String Quartet, and is also a resident artist of Chamber Music by the Bay. Based in Boston, he performs often with pianist Jung-A Bang as Duo L’étoile. He was also prizewinner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association in 2013 as the violinist of Trio Concorde. Zenas is concertmaster of Phoenix, a Boston-based ensemble dedicated to revitalizing orchestral music for modern audiences.

Zenas’s festival appearances include Yellow Barn, Banff Chamber Music Residency, Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Taos Academy of Music, Lake George Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, Valdres Solo Academy, and New York String Orchestra Seminar.

A native of California, Zenas received his early training primarily with Wei He in the preparatory division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music while spending 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 completing a Graduate Diploma degree at the New England Conservatory of Music this year and plays on a Gaspare Lorenzini violin on generous loan from the Chi Mei Museum Violin Collection.

Zenas’s artistic endeavors include photography, videography, sound recording, and reading. He maintains a strong interest in the productive use of technology in the music world.

ALEX SHIOZAKI >> violin

Praised by The New York Times as “spellbinding,” violinist ALEX SHIOZAKI is emerging as a strong advocate for the music of today. At home with music new and old, he has appeared as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra and Harvard Bach Society Orchestra. Recent and upcoming highlights include appearances with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and Axiom Ensemble.
In New York City, Alex frequently performs with the Argento Ensemble, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Le Train Bleu Ensemble. He recently took part in the Arvo Pärt at Eighty concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a performance which was livestreamed globally. He appears regularly at the Chelsea Music Festival, and has also performed in the music festivals Bravo! Vail and the Tanglewood Music Center. Alongside his wife and pianist Nana Shi, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Orchestra. The couple have presented recitals across the country, performing repertoire from Beethoven to Schnittke. Alex has led as concertmaster the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra, and more. In the summer of 2011, he joined the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra on their tour to Japan.

Alex’s diverse interests in music have led him to an international tour with the ambient drone-music duo Stars of the Lid. An avid collaborator, he has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and with dancers from the New York City Ballet. Complementing his performing experience, Alex is a teaching artist with Chamber Music by the Bay, and a teaching fellow for Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, where he was awarded the Timothy Faron Memorial Arts Prize and the John Knowles Paine Traveling Fellowship, and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, as a recipient of the C.V. Starr Scholarship and the J.C.C. Scholarship. He has previously studied with Ronald Copes and Joseph Lin of the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Chang, and Robin Sharp. As a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School, Alex is currently writing about the music of composer Somei Satoh. www.alexshiozaki.com

JESSICA CHANG >> viola

Violist JESSICA CHANG is passionate about building communities through technology and music for all. Since her chamber music debut at Carnegie Hall in 2008, Jessica’s performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” WYNC, WHYY, and WQXR Public Radio. She has served as principal viola of the Juilliard Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and the Yale Collegium Musicum, and performed at festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Prussia Cove, the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Tanglewood, Taos, Verbier, and Aspen. Jessica has also served as violist of the Afiara Quartet, the Quartet in Residence at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and visiting faculty at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jessica is a graduate of Yale University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors and distinction. She completed her Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music and her Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, and in 2012 founded Chamber Music by the Bay, a series that brings interactive concerts to over 1,600 youth throughout the San Francisco Bay Area annually. Her teachers have included Jenny Rudin, Jesse Levine, Jodi Levitz, Daniel Panner, Misha Amory, Michael Tree, Roberto Díaz, Steven Tenenbom, and Heidi Castleman.

Aside from music, Jessica’s passion for education has led to teaching engagements for after-school and enrichment programs in literature and creative writing in New Haven, CT; Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco. After a decade of surviving solid East Coast winters Jessica recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she works on the Trust and Security team at Dropbox. She currently serves as the Director of Chamber Music at California Music Preparatory Academy and performs frequently as a guest artist with Ensemble San Francisco.www.jessicatchang.com

LAURA GAYNON >> cello

LAURA GAYNON is a passionate performer of both modern and baroque cello based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Laura has performed with the American Bach Soloists, with the conductorless orchestra One Found Sound, and as a member of the baroque ensemble MUSA. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Vera Beths, Tanya Tomkins, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Kim Kashkashian, Krista Bennion-Feeney, Geoff Nuttall, Bonnie Hampton, Paul Hersh, and Ian Swensen. She is also Artistic Director of Bay Area Concerts at Home, a chamber music series that takes place entirely in the living rooms around the Bay Area. Festival appearances include the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, American Bach Soloists Academy, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Taos School of Music, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the 2012 International Piatigorsky Cello Masterclasses at USC.

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.

A devoted teacher, Laura has an active studio in San Francisco and enjoys bringing her love of music to developing musicians. As faculty with California Music Preparatory Academy, the Pacific Crest Music Festival, Chamber Music by the Bay, and Music Beyond the Chamber, she has performed for and taught students in and around Portland, OR, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Dunsmuir, CA. She also adores coaching at her orchestra alma mater, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO).

DANIEL TEMKIN >> composer-in-residence

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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.

NANA SHI >>  piano

Nana Shi Headshot.pngA native of China, pianist NANA SHI enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, collaborative artist, educator, producer, and music director.  Described as “spellbinding” by the New York Times for a performance with her husband and violinist, Alex Shiozaki, Nana has enjoyed performing in both highly prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space, and less conventional venues such as Vivaldi Cafe and Dillon Gallery in NYC.  As a soloist, she has won several competitions including the Lima Young Artists Competition, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Van Cliburn Scholarship Competition, and CCM Concerto Competition, and performed with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and CCM concert orchestra. As a collaborative pianist, she served as staff pianist at the Banff Center in Canada, and has performed in festivals such as Chelsea Music Festival in NYC and Tanglewood Music Center.  In 2015, she was the assistant producer for Chelsea Music Festival and Toy Piano Festival in NYC, where she worked closely with festival directors Ken-David Masur and Phyllis Chen. In addition to performing standard solo and chamber works, she has developed a special interest in new music that crosses over different genres and art forms. Her research in Asian and American music has led her to several premieres by living composers such as Doug Balliett, Jesse Jones, Robert Cohen, and Somei Satoh. An avid educator, her 2016 highlights includes performing and teaching with Chamber Music by the Bay in California, as well as the Summer Music & Drama Camp in Brooklyn, which she founded in 2015.

Nana holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from SUNY Stony Brook under the tutelage of Gil Kalish, and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her previous mentors include Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff and William Black. Currently living in NYC with her husband and often performing together as the Shiozaki Duo, she teaches as an adjunct professor at SUNY New Paltz.