ERIC CHIN, violin
Violinist, Eric Chin, a founding member of the acclaimed Telegraph Quartet is equally passionate about performing and teaching. Captivated by chamber music, he founded the award-winning Nexus String Quartet in 2007 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After the final season of the Nexus String Quartet, Mr. Chin accepted an invitation to join the Hausmann Quartet and the chamber music/string faculty at San Diego State University. In 2014, after relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, he co-founded the Telegraph Quartet, the 2014 Grand Prize winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and in 2016 the coveted Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. The Telegraph Quartet are Quartet in Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
JORY FANKUCHEN, violin/viola
Violinist and violist Jory Fankuchen has built a reputation as an engaging performer of many genres, as well as a passionate pedagogue. The San Francisco Examiner raved, Mr. Fankuchen’s “flamboyant” performance “created the illusion that Eugene Ysaye had been born in Argentina, possibly in a bed next to Jean Sibelius.” His ensembles include the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Magik Magik Orchestra, Squid Ink, the Musical Art Quintet, and he appears as a regular guest with the New Century Chamber Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. As first violinist of the Kailas String Quartet, he performed throughout North America, winning first prize in the Chamber Music International Competition, and Silver at the National Fischoff Competition in 2006. Jory serves on the faculty of the Crowden Music Center, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and most recently as a visiting lecturer at Cornell University. He holds a B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory, and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Ian Swensen and Lucy Chapman, respectively.
DEBRA FONG, violin
Debra Fong, violinist, is a Lecturer in Violin and Chamber Music at Stanford University, and she maintains a private violin studio in Palo Alto. She is Concertmaster of the Peninsula Symphony, Principal Second Violinist of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and she spends her summers performing as a first violinist with The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. In Fall 2016, Ms. Fong was guest conductor of Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra’s Preparatory Ensemble. An active chamber musician, Ms. Fong has performed at numerous festivals, including Toronto Summer Music; Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine; Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; Grand Teton Music Festival; Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival; and Yale/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Fong received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees with Honors and Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she studied with Eric Rosenblith, James Buswell, Eugene Lehner, and Louis Krasner. Ms. Fong plays a Guiseppe Rocca violin kindly on loan from Stanford University’s Harry R. Lange Instrument Collection.
ERIC GAENSLEN, cello
Cellist Eric Gaenslen has performed as a chamber musician, recitalist and guest soloist in venues across North America and Europe. As cellist of the renowned Rossetti String Quartet, Eric performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Berlin Konzerthaus and at the Maverick and Vail Bravo Music Festivals and Festival del Sole. Solo highlights include the world premiere of Siddartha for cello and string orchestra, by Laura Carnibucci, and a performance of Bloch's Shelomo at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. From 2009-2011 Eric held the position of Acting Principal Cellist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. A devoted educator, Mr. Gaenslen has worked with students at the University of Missouri, Kansas City; State University New York at Purchase; California State Universities at Fresno, Northridge and Long Beach; the Brevard Music Center; Cornish College and the University of Western Washington He has held faculty positions at the Mannes College in New York and at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Washington. Eric currently teaches privately in Burlingame and Palo Alto and also maintains a busy performing career. He is the cellist of the Röntgen Piano Trio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master of Arts degree from the Juilliard School of Music. His teachers have included Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann, Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth and Irene Sharp.
JEFFREY LADEUR, piano
Praised for his "glowing sound”, “assured virtuosity" (San Francisco Classical Voice) and “dazzling pianism” (Sarasota Herald Tribune) Jeffrey LaDeur enjoys a busy career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Engagements at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Shanghai Conservatory, Eastman Theater, Banff Centre, and other prestigious venues were followed by an invitation from the Naumburg Foundation to make his Carnegie Hall debut. LaDeur is a founding member of the acclaimed Delphi Trio, and Founder and Artistic Director of New Piano Collective, an artistic alliance between pianists of international renown. In August 2017, the New Piano Collective launched the inaugural season of the San Francisco International Piano Festival. As pianist of the Delphi Trio, LaDeur has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota, the Smithsonian Museum, and the Orlando Festival in the Netherlands. Dedicatees of William Bolcom’s First Piano Trio, Delphi presented its world premiere in November, 2016. In addition to his activities with the Trio, Jeffrey has collaborated with chamber music legends such as Robert Mann, Bonnie Hampton, Geoff Nuttall, and Ian Swensen. LaDeur earned his M.M. in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying with Yoshikazu Nagai and completed additional studies with Robert McDonald. Jeffrey received his formative musical training from Mark Edwards and Annie Sherter, a student of Vlado Perlemuter and Alfred Cortot.
LISA LEE, violin
Lisa Lee made her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 16 and has since appeared as soloist with the Pacific Symphony, Macau Youth Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, San Domenico Da Camera Orchestra, Fremont Symphony, and Opole Philharmonic of Poland. She has been invited to perform at such festivals as Ravinia, Marboro, Evian, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Caramoor, and Lucerne. Her chamber music partners have included Gary Graffman, Nobuko Imai, Andras Schiff, David Soyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Donald Weilerstein, Andres Diaz, and Arnold Steinhardt. Lisa continues to perform as founding member of The Lee Trio with her sisters, cellist Angela Lee, and pianist Melinda Lee Masur. The Trio’s “gripping immediacy and freshness” and "rich palette of tone colours" [The Strad] is marked by audiences and critics across the globe. The Lee Trio is devoted to working with and performing the music of living composers. Piano trios by composers including Nathaniel Stookey, Philip Lasser, Uljas Pulkkis, Laurence Rosenthal, Julian Yu and Sylvie Bodorova have been given their world, American and European premieres by The Lee Trio. Lisa is graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her mentors include Zaven Melikian, Arnold Steinhart, David Takeno, Donald Weilerstein, and Denes Zsigmondy. Her 1872 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume is on generous loan. In 2017, Ms. Lee joined the pre college faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
ANDREW LUCHANSKY, cello
Andrew Luchansky earned a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music from State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition, he studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, as well as the Beaux Arts Trio. Prior to joining the Sacramento State faculty in 1993, Mr. Luchansky served as Professor of Cello at the Florida State University School of Music, and also as Principal Cellist with the Tallahassee Symphony. Before joining the FSU faculty, Mr. Luchansky spent ten years in New York City, where he was a frequent performer on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's Avery Fischer Hall. He is the cellist in the Sun Quartet, currently in residence at California State University, Sacramento where he is professor of cello and chamber music. Mr. Luchansky also coaches chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory and has recorded for the Sony Classical label and was a soloist on the Warner Brothers Film "Sugar Hill". Mr. Luchansky served on the faculty of California Summer Music at Pebble Beach, and is a regular Guest Artist at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Keene, New Hampshire.
Musicology, Audience Engagement
Kai Christiansen is a musicologist and presenter specializing in classical chamber music. Based in San Francisco, Mr. Christiansen writes and lectures throughout the Bay Area working regularly with such organizations as Music at Kohl Mansion, Monterey Bay Chamber Music, Music in May, the Gold Coast Chamber Players and Ensemble San Francisco. Leveraging a multi-decade career in software engineering and technical training, Mr. Christiansen is also the founder of earsense.org, an extensive online chamber music exploratorium featuring the world’s most comprehensive public databases of chamber music soon approaching its 20th anniversary.