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Ballet Stars of Moscow Company

  • The Nutcracker

The Ballet Stars of Moscow Company was originally a stellar troupe of 10 dancers headed by Shamil Yagudin, the famous ballet master of the Bolshoi Theater. Today, the company is composed of principal and leading dancers from Moscow's most renowned ba... Click here for complete biography

Weiguang Dang

  • Patch the Sky

Dang was admitted to Shenyang Conservatory of Music of China in 1983 and followed instruction from renown vocal instructor and tenor Hongbin Li. Dang ranked the first when he graduated after four years. He was admitted to the Department of Opera of t... Click here for complete biography

Alma Deutscher

  • Enigma Variations & Alma Deutscher

Alma Deutscher, born 2005, is a composer, violinist and pianist. She started playing the piano when she was two years old and the violin when she was three. Soon afterwards she started improvising simple melodies on the piano. Her attempts at composi... Click here for complete biography

Liya Fang

  • Patch the Sky

Ms. Liya Fang is an accomplished mezzo-soprano who sang the title role in Carmen, and the role of the 3rd Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute with the Mission City Opera in Santa Clara during the 2006 season. The following year, Ms. Fang sang the mezz... Click here for complete biography

Mason Gates

  • Patch the Sky

Bay Area native Mason Gates received his Bachelors of Music from Brigham Young University, and his Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Two-time recipient of the encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Counc... Click here for complete biography

Pamela Hakl

  • Schumann's Cello Concerto

Pamela Hakl is currently Principal Oboe of Symphony Silicon Valley and the orchestra of Ballet San Jose, as well as Second Oboe/English Horn in the orchestra of Opera San Jose. She served as Principal Oboe of the former San Jose Symphony from 1980 un... Click here for complete biography

Mayuko Kamio

  • Brahms & Khachaturian

Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio (pronounced My-YOU-ko KA-me-o), the gold medalist of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition, is widely praised for her luxurious silken tone, long expressive phrasing and virtuoso techniques. The New York Times... Click here for complete biography

Amanda Kingston

  • Patch the Sky

Praised for her "soaring soprano voice" and "impressive dramatic versatility," Amanda made her professional debut as Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Nevada Opera. Other operatic roles include Mimì in La bohème, Gilda ... Click here for complete biography

Deborah Kramer

  • Schumann's Cello Concerto

Deborah Kramer is a familiar face in Bay area musical groups. In addition to being the Principal Bassoonist of Symphony Silicon Valley since its inception, she was a member of the former San Jose Symphony beginning in 1982. She is currently Principal... Click here for complete biography

Christine Lamprea

  • Schumann's Cello Concerto

Hailed a “firebrand” ( and noted for her “supreme panache” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea was just named among the most recent Sphinx Medal of Excellence winn... Click here for complete biography

Robin Mayforth

  • Schumann's Cello Concerto

Ms. Mayforth, Symphony Silicon Valley's concertmaster, has also served as concertmaster of the San Jose Symphony, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Music in the Mountains Festival Chamber Orchestra in Grass Valley, California; as well as for the Colora... Click here for complete biography

Jon Nakamatsu

  • Nakamatsu, Beethoven, & Pines of Rome

A native of California, Jon Nakamatsu claimed a distinguished place on the international musical scene in June, 1997 when he was named the Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this... Click here for complete biography

Stephen Prutsman

  • Tchaikovsky: A Celebration

Hailed as “one of the finest American pianists of his generation,” Stephen Prutsman is one of the most versatile and brilliant pianists of today.  Active as an orchestra soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, composer and conductor, ... Click here for complete biography

Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale

  • Carols in the California
  • The Creation

The Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, directed by Maestra Elena Sharkova, has become known for its eclectic mix of vibrant programs. It most often performs at the California Theatre, where it accompanies the Symphony in performing major works. The Cho... Click here for complete biography

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