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Jodi Levitz

is an American viola player and academic. She has performed throughout Europe, South America, the USA, and the Far East as a solo violist and has recorded works for the viola on several record labels including Erato Records.

She is currently on the viola and chamber music faculties at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and chairs their String Department. She is also a faculty member of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival, held annually in Courmayeur, Italy.

She won first place in several competitions, including the D'Angelo Competition and the Hudson Valley Young Artists Competition. After receiving her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, she served for twelve seasons as the Principal and Solo Violist for the Italian chamber orchestra, I Solisti Veneti in addition to additional Principal positions at orchestras in Ferrara, Mantova, Tuscany, and Parma. She is fluent in Italian.

Her pedagogical lineage includes William Lincer, Paul Doktor, Dorothy DeLay, and Margaret Pardee.

Carlos Ortega

Colombian clarinetist Carlos Ortega studied at the “Colombia National University Conservatory of Music” in the studio of Professor Robert de Gennaro, obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in 2010. He came to the United States in 2011, when he was accepted with full scholarship in the class of one of the most acclaimed clarinetists of his generation, Professor Jon Manasse at Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida where he obtained his Professional Performance Certificate in 2012 and his Master´s degree in 2015. 
He has broad experience as a soloist, music festivals, chamber music, and orchestral performances in his native Colombia and throughout South America, Mexico, USA and Europe. He was the principal clarinet and co-founder of the Bogota Symphony Orchestra (FOSBO), participating in symphonic, opera, ballet, and educational performances. Mr. Ortega has also played with Monterrey Symphony and Modesto Symphony.

During his career he has received important lessons with Carey Bell (USA), Wenzel Fuchs (Austria) Manfred Preis (Germany), Jose Franch Ballester (Spain), Joaquin Valdepeñas (Mexico), Philippe Berrod (France), Nobuyuki Kanai (Japan), among others.

He has played in important festivals, “Instrumenta Verano” Oaxaca Mexico 2008. “International Festival of Classical Music” Cartagena Colombia 2009. Breckenridge Music Festival in 2011 and 2012 where He played a commissioned piece with Robin Sutherland pianist of the San Francisco Symphony, the World Premiere of “Volante” suite for clarinet and piano by Nicholas Pavkovic. In 2013 he participated in “Telluride Colorado Chamber Music Festival” playing with the Ives String Quartet. In July 2014 he made his debut in Europe playing in “Zephyr, Chamber Music Festival” in Courmayeur Italy, and, in October 2014 he played as a soloist with Lynn Philarmonia Orchestra the Florida premiere of ¨Triple Play¨ concerto for clarinet and orchestra by Harold Farberman. In October 2105, Mr. Ortega played a recital with Professor of Viola and Chamber Music Jodi Levitz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Most recently he participated in the World Première of Dynamo: Thomas A. Edinson, a life overheard. Music by Larry London.

Robin Sutherland

The American pianist, Robin Sutherland, studied with Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School and with Paul Hersh at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While still an undergraduate, he was appointed principal pianist of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (SFS) by Seiji Ozawa. The recipient of numerous awards, Sutherland was selected at 17 to be sole participant from the USA at the International Bach Festival, held at Lincoln Center. He was a finalist in the International Bach Competition in Washington DC and has performed all of J.S. Bach’s keyboard works.

An avid chamber musician, Robin Sutherland is co-director of the Telluride Players and a regular performer at the Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine. Many composers have dedicated works to him, and among the world premieres in which he has participated was that of John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music, with members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

A frequent soloist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Robin Sutherland has been featured in Leonard Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting, in San Francisco and on tour, and last May he was featured in Martin’s Petite Symphonie concertante. In 1996, his recording of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) was released on the d’Note label.


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