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BFO Principal Strings


Ignace Jang, Concertmaster

Ignace Jang, ConcertmasterHOMETOWN: Honolulu, HI
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 MauriceAndré, 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.
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Alexandra Preucil, Acting Principal Second Violin

Alexandra Preucil web

HOMETOWN: Vienna, Austria
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Alexandra Preucil was born in Atlanta, Georgia and began the violin at the age of three. Former Assistant Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, Ms. Preucil currently resides in Vienna, Austria leading and collaborating with ensembles around the world. She is currently an associate member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Haydn Philharmonie. Other recent appearances have included performances with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Festival appearances include the Sun Valley Music Festival, Britt Festival Orchestra, Mainly Mozart, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Febrero, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Dedicated to music education and community engagement, Ms. Preucil has created and performed programs for all ages. In addition to teaching and giving masterclasses, she was named Director of the Britt Festival Fellowship Program. Read More

Amelia Clingman, Principal Viola

Amelia Clingman

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.
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Evan Kahn, Acting Principal Cello

Evan Kahn webHOMETOWN: Oakland, CA
BACKGROUND/EDUCATION: Native to Los Angeles, cellist Evan Kahn has been praised as “a cellist deserved of serious listening” for bringing his “electrifying … nuanced and colorful” style to all of his collaborations, from concerti to chamber music to contemporary performances. He has commissioned and premiered over 60 works by composers from around the world, including his father’s Cello Concerto.

Evan holds principal positions in four orchestras — principal cello in Symphony San Jose, principal cello in Opera San Jose, principal cello in San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and assistant principal in West Bay Opera. In April/May 2018, he served as Artist-in-Residence with Performance Today at NPR, sharing some of his favorite works for cello and his philosophies on music and life. In February 2019, he was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month. Read More

Dave Anderson, Principal Bass

dave anderson 1HOMETOWN: 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.
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.

2022 BFO Strings

Iggy Jang, Concertmaster
Eric Lee, Asst. CM*
Zachary Ragent, Acting Asst. CM
Debbie Akerlund+
Samantha Bennett*
Leah Goor Burtnett*
Bruce Colson*
Anne-Marie Chubet
Diana Galimova
Juan Jaramillo*
Petros Karapetyan
Megan Karls
Clara Lee
Seula Lee
Jimin Lim*
Louanne Lotz+
Adam Millstein
Dawn Posey*
Michael Rau
Carolyn Semes
Caroline Slack*
Bruce Sweetman*+
Emma Votapek*

Nicki Payne*+, Principal
Alexandra Preucil, Acting Principal
Jennise Hwang, Assistant Principal
Michael Blaney
Michelle Black*
Cynthia Burton*
Sophia Cho*
Annie Daigle
Sydney Hartwick
Emily Herdeman Kelly
Kei Fukuda
Anna Leunis
Mark Lotz+
Sarah Peters*
Maria Semes*
Michael Turkell
Dillon Welch

Amelia Clingman, Principal
Karen Bea
Emilio Carlo
Wendy Edgar+
Andrew Francois*
Rachel Halvorson
Mary Harris*+
E. Patrick Horn*
Kayleigh Miller
Jane Mitchell
Michele Parker*+
Monica Reilly+

Naomi Barron*, Principal
Evan Kahn, Acting Principal
Meredith McCook*, Assistant Principal
Bridget Pasker, Acting Assistant Principal
Ian Greenberg*
Kirsten Jerme*
Andrew Kolb
Ruth Marshall*
Emily Mantone
Ida Mercer+
Lillian Pettitt
Lisa Truelove+

Dave Anderson+, Principal
Jim Karrer, Assistant Principal
Robb Aistrup*+
Mark Bergman+
David Connor
Nate Farrington*
Peggy Johnston+

+ Britt Orchestra member for 20 or more years

* On Leave 2022