Strings, Harp, & Guitar
Zoya Leybin was born in Riga, Latvia, where her musical life began at the age five. By fifteen, she was making solo appearances and performed chamber music throughout the former Soviet Union. After graduating with a Master degree from the Moscow Conservatory, Zoya played in various ensembles before being appointed as the concertmaster of the Latvian State Chamber Orchestra.
She left the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States, where she became a member of the San Francisco Symphony playing in both violin sections for 27 years.
Zoya has always been a dedicated teacher, a coaching member of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, and she was on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory where she taught an audition prep master class for strings. Also, Zoya was a member of the original Stanford String Quartet.
According to the citation from the San Francisco Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas:
“Zoya is one of the true greats, a true artist, and a true musician.”
Zoya has given numerous master classes in the United States and abroad. For the last twenty years she was a consistent faculty member of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy in Miami, Florida.
After retiring from the SFS, Zoya and her husband moved to Nashville, where she continues her musical and teaching career.
Jennifer Koh Violin Master Class
Monday, December 4, 2017
Howard Hanson Hall
Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. An adventurous musician, she collaborates with artists of multiple disciplines and curates projects that find connections between music of all eras from traditional to contemporary. She believes that all the arts and music of the past and present form a continuum and has premiered over 60 works written especially for her.
Ms. Koh is well known for curating projects that involve commissions from today’s foremost composers, and among her many activities during the 2017-18 season, she premieres new works written for her New American Concerto commissioning project, a multi-season project that explores the form of the violin concerto and its potential for artistic engagement with contemporary societal concerns and issues through commissions from a diverse collective of composers. New American Concerto launched in the summer of 2017 with Vijay Iyer’s Trouble—a co-commission of the Ojai Music Festival, Cal Performances in Berkeley, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, this season, Ms. Koh will premiere a new concerto by Christopher Cerrone, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
For more info: http://jenniferkoh.com/
Jolyon Pegis has been a member of the Dallas Symphony since 2000. He is also the Assistant Principal Cello of the Chautauqua Symphony. Previously, he was the Principal Cellist of the San Antonio Symphony. He is from Rochester, NY and studied cello at Indiana University and the Hartt School of Music. He made his formal NY recital debut at Carnegie Recital hall in 1990 as a result of winning the Artist International Awards. He has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony as well as the orchestras of San Antonio, Virginia, Chautauqua, West Virginia and Maui. He is a past participant of the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival in Buffalo and the Anchorage Festival of the Arts.