PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Currently Concertmaster with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Of Korean descent, but born and raised in France. (Parents and siblings live in France.) Attended the Paris National Conservatory of Music, and Indiana University. Worked with Colorado Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London
CAREER INSPIRATION: The human interaction. (Communication without words.) Also that it was a respected field.
MUSICAL TASTES: Other than classical, motown, Jamiroquai.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: My first teacher, who taught me all about the musical world, and Maurice André, French trumpetist, who I heard when I was 11. Transcending.
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSICIAN: Probably music administration or running a summer music camp, which is what I'm already doing.
BRITT HISTORY: First year was 2001.
SOUTHERN OREGON FAVORITES: Spending time with my host family, who have become like parents after all these years.
FAVORITE BRITT MEMORY: When Maestri Trudeau, DePriest and Bay came and conducted the orchestra. I finally had a true sense of the Britt Classical heritage.
HOMETOWN: Cleveland, OH
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Alexandra Preucil enjoys a diverse career of orchestral and chamber music performances. Former Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, she collaborates with ensembles across the world. Ms. Preucil is active in teaching and community education programs and served as Artistic Advisor to the Cleveland Ballet. BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Ms. Preucil graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and a minor in dance.
HOME ORCHESTRA: Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: B.M., Violin (University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2006); M.M., Viola (New England Conservatory of Music, 2008). During my time in Boston, I played with the Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and also as a substitute with New World Symphony. I was fortunate to serve as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center from 2007-2009, and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in 2010. In 2014, I was a quarterfinalist in the Primrose International Viola Competition, and in 2015 became a founding member of the Polymnia Quartet. Major teachers include James Buswell, Marylou Speaker Churchill, Kathryn Lockwood, Ed Gazouleas, and Carol Rodland. CAREER INSPIRATION: I've been drawn to music since I was very young, but the thing that motivated me to pursue it as a career was the knowledge that I would never be "done" with discovering new ideas and improving myself. I love having access to this universal language.
MUSICAL TASTES: My favorite composers are Bach, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich, but I also listen to a variety of music styles.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: My teachers have been my greatest inspirations, not only as mentors but as players themselves. Marylou Speaker Churchill and James Buswell were an incredible combination to study with, and had profound impacts on my musical life in different ways. They gave me the tools to continue teaching myself indefinitely, which must be the greatest gift a teacher can give. Many other members of the UMass, NEC, and Tanglewood string faculty were incredibly encouraging and took great care in helping me switch from violin to viola. Tanglewood was an experience that greatly shaped my career path as a violist--there, I was exposed to some of the top conductors and chamber musicians in the world.
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSICIAN: I've never been one to make plans.
BRITT HISTORY: Playing "Symphony for Nature" at Crater Lake with the Klamath Tribe was my first experience at Britt, and it will stay with me forever. It was an incredible and moving introduction to southern Oregon.
HOMETOWN: Toronto, ON
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Currently freelancing in Toronto and performing regularly with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company and chamber ensembles including Group of 27 and Against the Grain. Former co-principal cellist of Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife and member of Orquesta Palau Les Arts de Reina Sofia under the direction of Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta.
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: B.M. from Boston University, M.M. from Rice University. Participated as a Fellow in festivals such as Tanglewood, Taos Summer Chamber Music Program, Sarasota Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. CAREER INSPIRATION: I grew up in a musical household. There was music everywhere and learning to play an instrument was just a part of our education. I think it just became such a part of who I am that I couldn't imagine being anything else.
MUSICAL TASTES: Aside from classical, I really enjoy jazz and a lot of popular music spanning back to the 60s. I also really love pretty much anything Spanish or South American.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to have performed under the batons of such celebrated conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, Giovanni Antonini (Il Giardino Armonico), Jesus Lopez-Cobos... and that those experiences have all had a great influence on me. If I were to choose one person however, it would probably be my Dad. He was a beautiful musician and very committed to the arts.
IF YOU WEREN’T A MUSICIAN: I have no idea! I would hopefully be doing something to make a difference somewhere.
BRITT HISTORY: I have been playing at Britt since 2003.
SOUTHERN OREGON FAVORITES: That has changed quite a bit over the years since I now have two young children! For now, I love just being with them in such a beautiful setting, reconnecting with our host family, going for long runs on the trails, chatting until the wee hours of the morning with friends over a bottle of Oregonian wine... simple things.
FAVORITE BRITT MEMORY: There have been so many memorable performances I can't even begin to choose one. I loved playing Brahms Double with Iggy of course, and I've loved watching as my kids grow up on the hill with the other "Britt kids". A few of us also used to have a little known tradition of staying up all night after the last concert and then watching the sunrise from the hill. It was such a nice way to end the summer. Those are great memories.
HOMETOWN: New Orleans, LA
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/BACKGROUND: Principal Bass at Louisiana Philharmonic since 1996. Performed extensively with many diverse ensembles including the Aspen Festival, Chautauqua (NY) Festival, Colorado Philharmonic (NRO), Colorado Music Festival, the LaSalle Quartet, and as a soloist with Richard Stoltzman, Gene Bertoncini, Nigel Kennedy, Bobby McFerrin, and many others. Has served as Bass Instructor for the Music School at Loyola University and also on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists (ISB) as bassist/composer.
In 1984, he began his pursuits in composition, recognizing that the solo repertoire for his instrument was limited. Since then, his published work has expanded to other solo instruments, as well as for chamber orchestras and small ensembles. He has published many works and received acclaim for his compositions. In 1995, he won first prize in the Allen Ostrander International Trombone Composition Competition, sponsored by Ithaca college. Other works include his Concerto for Double Bass, Strings & Harp, commissioned by Philadelphia Orchestra and performed on the 1997-98 subscription series of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
BEST BRITT MEMORY: The commission and performance of Celebration, a tone poem for large orchestra, for the 50th Britt season.
YEARS AT BRITT: Since 1994
FAVORITE BRITT MEMORY: The commission and performance of Celebration, a tone poem for large orchestra, for the 50th Britt season in 2012.
Photo provided by Zack Smith Photography.
Ignace “Iggy” Jang, Concertmaster (Honolulu, HI)
Eric Lee, Assistant Concertmaster (Alexandria, VA)
+Debra Akerlund (Aberdeen, WA)
Andrea Ashdown (Salt Lake City, UT)
Samantha Bennett (Sarasota, FL)
+Anne-Marie Chubet (Westwood, MA)
Bruce Colson (Austin, TX)
Leah Goor Burtnett (Lyndhurst, OH)
Sherry Hong (Indianapolis, IN)
Jennise Hwang (Chino Hills, CA)
Jimin Lim (Nashville, TN)
Patrick Lin (Honolulu, HI)
Dawn Posey (Pittsburgh, PA)
Caroline Slack (Chicago, IL)
+Bruce Sweetman (Nashville, TN)
Teddy Wiggins (Miami Beach, FL)
Alexandra Preucil, Acting Principal (Cleveland, OH)
Clara Lee, Asst. Principal (North York, ON)
Michelle Black (Houston, TX)
+Michael Blaney (Lafayette, LA)
Sophia Cho (Park Ridge, IL)
Annie Daigle (Louisville, KY)
Ann Fink (St. Louis, MO)
Catherine Kei Fukuda (Kansas City, MO)
+Barbara George (Portland, OR)
Emily Herdeman Kelly (Seattle, WA)
Kenneth Liao (Rockville, MD)
+Karen L. Meikle (Aberdeen, WA)
Sarah Peters (Miami Beach, FL)
Maria Semes (New York, NY)
Amelia Clingman, Principal (New Orleans, LA)
Eliseo Rene Salazar, Assistant Principal (Houston, TX)
Karen Bea (Phoenix, AZ)
+Wendy Edgar (Yacolt, WA)
Andrew Francois (Miami Beach, FL)
+Mary E. M. Harris (Oxford, OH)
E. Patrick Horn (Thunder Bay, ON)
Jenny Massey (Freeland, WA)
Jane Mitchell (Miami Beach, FL)
+Joseph Pagán (Tucson, AZ)
+Michele Parker (Brookline, MA)
+Monica Reilly (Chicago, IL)
Naomi Barron, Principal (Toronto, ON)
Meredith McCook, Assistant Principal (Tyler, TX)
Ian Greenberg (Miami Beach, FL)
Kirsten Jermé (Raleigh, NC)
Andrew Kolb (Colorado Springs, CO)
Kevin Kunkel (Portland, OR)
Ruth Marshall (Bozeman, MT)
+Ida Mercer (Cleveland, OH)
+Lisa Truelove (Ashland, OR)
+David Anderson, Principal (Metairie, LA)
James Karrer, Assistant Principal (Tucson, AZ)
+Mark Elliot Bergman (Centreville, VA)
David Connor (Houston, TX)
Nate Farrington (Los Angeles, CA)
Alexander Horton (Birmingham, AL)
+Margaret Johnston , Assistant Librarian (San Diego, CA)
+Britt Orchestra member for 20 or more years