Premiere Ensemble for Trifles  -  June 17 & 19, 2010

Martha Stoddard, Conductor

MARTHA STODDARD is in her 13th season as the Artistic Director of the Oakland Civic Orchestra. She regularly works with living composers to present new works in addition to presenting standard orchestral repertoire. She is a regular guest conductor for the San Francisco Composers' Chamber Orchestra. Other conducting credits include the 2007 and 2008 premieres of Lisa Proseks' operas, Belfagor and Trap Door, in San Francisco, the John Adams Young Composers Program Summer Orchestra Concert, Santa Rosa Symphony Summer Academy Orchestra, the San Francisco All-City High School Festival Orchestra, schwungvoll!, Community Women's Orchestra, El Camino Youth Symphony Flute Ensembles, Palo Alto Symphony, Humboldt Symphony, Oakland Symphony Chorus and the Golden Gate Men's Chorus. Her post-graduate conducting training includes courses at the Cabrillo Music Festival, the American Symphony Orchestra League, Rose City Chamber Orchestra Conducting Workshop, the International Workshop for Conductors in Zlin, Czech Republic, at Northwestern University and the Conductor's Institute at Bard.

Susanne Rublein, Flute

SUSANNE RUBLEIN grew up in a musical family in Williamsburg, Virginia. The daughter of a lyric soprano and a pianist, she began musical studies at age five, first on piano, then recorder, flute, and baroque flute. She studied with Martin Lerner at the University of Pittsburgh. Locally she studies with Linda Lukas. She performs regularly with the Oakland Civic Orchestra and San Francisco's Punk Rock Orchestra, and has also performed with the Berkeley Opera, the North Bay Opera, and Symphony Parnassus. She has performed in masterclasses with Keith Underwood and Gary Woodward, and maintains a private teaching studio. She works as a freelance Macintosh consultant, and is also a competitive swimmer.

Nora Adachi, Clarinet

NORA ADACHI graduated from UC Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in Music and German Language. She continued studies at the New England Conservatory and performed in the Boston area for several years, and then returned to the East Bay where she has been teaching for the last 12 years. Her principal teachers have been Jim Russell in Berkeley and Michael Webster in Boston.

David Ryther, Violin

Violinist DAVID RYTHER has brought his interpretive powers as a soloist to such festivals as the Darmstadt Summer Festival of New Music, the Banff Center, and the Green Umbrella Series at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles. He has been featured playing new music with adventurous ensembles sf sound group, Earplay, San Francisco Contemporary Players, the Berkeley New Music Ensemble, Sonor, and Octagon. He is a founding member of the Presidio String Quartet, a group that specializes in contemporary music. A composer and improvisor in his own right, he is composer and core member with the modern dance troupe, Dandelion Dance Theater and was chosen to be resident composer for a Magge Allsee residency at the University of Florida, Tallahasee with the New York based dance troupe Kate Weare and Company. His string orchestra piece Scenes from Costa Rica was commissioned by the Villa Sinfonia and was performed on their recent tour of Scotland and England. David Ryther graduated with highest honors in music from UC Santa Cruz and recently received his doctorate in contemporary violin performance at UC San Diego. David Ryther can also be found playing in the Berkeley Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet orchestra and teaching violin at the Crowden School for Music and with the Villa Sinfonia.

Ilana Matfis, Viola

ILANA MATFIS is a freelance violist and teacher in the Bay Area. She holds a Masters degree in viola performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.A. in music from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic and appears frequently with other Bay Area ensembles including the Berkeley, Oakland, Marin, Modesto and Silicon Valley Symphonies. Ilana is also the violist of the Presidio Quartet, a group that presents recitals featuring both contemporary and classic string quartets. Ilana maintains a private studio of violinists and violists and coaches chamber music for the Villa Sinfonia Foundation. She is a strong believer in the importance of public school music and is highly involved with the Berkeley Symphony's Music Education Program, giving demonstrations and performances in all eleven of the Berkeley public elementary schools. Ilana is the violist for the Berkeley Youth Orchestra's Artist in Residence string quartet; she spends her Saturday mornings coaching viola sectionals, chamber music, and teaching a viola class for violinists. Originally from Massachusetts, Ilana now resides in Berkeley with her boyfriend (an accomplished trombonist) and her cat.

Joan Hadeishi, Violoncello

JOAN HADEISHI was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music at UC Berkeley while studying cello with Milly Rosner. She performs extensively and can be seen in orchestras throughout the region. She regularly performs with the Vallejo Symphony and Berkeley Opera and is often a substitute in the Modesto and Napa Valley Symphonies. Ms. Hadeishi embraces new musical challenges on a regular basis, including frequent chamber music recitals and string coaching for the Orchestra at Berkeley High School. When not playing the cello she enjoys traveling with her husband and reading good books.

Keisuke Nakagoshi, Piano

A native of Japan, KEISUKE NAKAGOSHI began his piano studies at age ten with Kaori Fujiwara. At age 18 he came to the U.S. and studied piano with Linda Carroll and composition with Jerry Mueller. He went on to study composition with David Conte at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and in 2003 earned his Bachelor of Music in Composition. Mr. Nakagoshi studied piano with Paul Hersh at the Conservatory, and earned his Master of Music in chamber music in 2006. He won the Concerto Competition and performed Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Alasdair Neale. Mr. Nakagoshi has participated in master classes with Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler, Robert Mann, Norman Fisher, The Peabody Trio and Emanuel Ax. He also became the principal pianist for conductor George Daugherty's award-winning Bugs Bunny on Broadway. He tours with the production, performing with the orchestras of major U.S. cities. As an active performer, he has performed in venues such as Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Hollywood Bowl in L.A, and Carnegie Hall in New York. He is also a member of Adorno Ensemble, a collective of musicians performing chamber music by contemporary composers.