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Sam Lorenzini

Violinist/Violist Sam Lorenzini, a native of Seal Beach, California,  began studying violin at 8 years old in the after school music program at his elementary school.  He has been concertmaster and featured soloist with the Musique Sur La Mer Youth Symphony Orchestra both locally and abroad and has performed in numerous international venues, including the Grosser Musikverein-saal, in Vienna, the Mozarteum, […]

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Jasmine Lau

Jasmine Lau began studying cello under the tutelage of Irene Sharp at the age of 10. She was a first prize winner of the Music Teacher Association of California’s VOCE competition and was a recipient of the MTAC Award and the Hennings-Fisher Foundation Convention Scholarship. She has participated in numerous masterclasses given by Lynn Harrell, […]

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Sean Baba

Sean Baba received his Bachelor of Arts, Vocal Studies from Loyola Marymount University where he studied with Karl Snider. In 2015 Sean was a young artist with the Frost School of Music at Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria. Currently, Sean performs with the Pacific Chorale under the direction of Rob Istad. Active in Los Angeles […]

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Jim Wang

Jim Wang is the Director of Orchestras and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, California. As a native of Southern California, Mr. Wang was the Strings Director for all of Rowland Unified School District in Rowland Heights, California and also taught private violin and viola lessons […]

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Eric Shetzen

Double Bass Double bassist Eric Shetzen earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at The Juilliard School as a student of New York Philharmonic bassists Orin O’Brien and David Grossman. He has served as Principal Bass of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan, the Castleton Festival, and the Juilliard Orchestra. He also was a Double […]

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Andrew Banks

English-born pianist Andrew Banks has performed in the United Kingdom, continental Europe and the United States, exploring repertoires for solo piano, two pianos and chamber music. As an accompanist, he frequently collaborates with musicians on a variety of instruments. Andrew’s love of English music led to his recording of the CD Paradise Gardens (Supertracks) featuring […]

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Cristina Warner

Cristina Warner began studying piano at age four, but it was at Bennington College in Vermont where Cristina immersed herself in music study, completing a second Bachelor’s degree in music, focusing on piano and composition. Cristina taught music in New England for several years before moving to New York. In New York City, Cristina studied […]

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Lu Ye

Born in Wenzhou, China, Lu Ye beginning her piano studies at age 6, winning Beethoven‘s National Piano competition at age 13, and extensively performing as a soloist/accompanist in choir competition. Lu then studied at Xinghai Conservatory of Music and appeared in the performance with Langlang(a celebrated classical pianist who performed at the opening ceremony in […]

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Pierre Derycz

Pierre Derycz is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with bachelor’s degrees in cello performance under Richard Aaron, and composition under Bright Sheng, Paul Schoenfield, and Kristin Kuster. A native of Los Angeles, he started his musical studies at the age of four and continued them at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. In […]

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Lauren Congelli

Lauren Congelli holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Western Washington University. A soprano, she sang in the highly select Concert Choir, the Western Voices Chamber Ensemble, and the Advanced Women’s Chorale. Additionally, Lauren served as soprano section leader of the Concert Choir, organizing and leading rehearsals among her peers. She has sung […]

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