2015 Artists

CMB is thrilled to welcome new artists Laura Gaynon, cello, and Daniel Temkin, CMB’s 2015 Composer-in-Residence, as well as returning artists Zenas Hsu, Alex Shiozaki, and Jessica Chang.

ZENAS HSU >> violin

Violinist ZENAS HSU, a native of San Jose and a 2007 graduate of Lynbrook High School, is passionate about performing and teaching. His chamber music experience extends from childhood at the San Francisco Conservatory Preparatory Division and Hotchkiss Summer Portals as a young aspiring musician, to being awarded the bronze medal at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as the Trio Concorde with pianist Livan and cellist Yina Tong. He has concertized at the Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music, Music Academy of the West, New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Valdres Solo Academy, and recently made his debut as soloist in Taiwan. Zenas is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, where he was guided by Wei He and Camilla Wicks. Zenas also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Ida Kavafian. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at the New England Conservatory under Donald Weilerstein and Nicholas Kitchen.


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 support 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.