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Ying Cao

  • Patch the Sky

Ying Cao is a talented soprano and lecturer in the Department of Vocal Music, Tianjin Conservatory of Music. She has won the first prize of the TV Singer Grand Prix many times, the title of "the Top Ten Singer of Golden Horn Award" and &quo... 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, 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

Kirk Dougherty

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Tenor Kirk Dougherty has a thriving career in concert and opera in the United States.  Opera Magazine (UK), Operapulse.com, and Opera News describe his voice as a “tenor on the rise”, an “exceptionally beautiful tenor”, a... 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

Pamela Hakl

  • Schumann's Cello Concerto with Lynn Harrell

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

Lynn Harrell

  • Schumann's Cello Concerto with Lynn Harrell

Lynn Harrell returns this season to Carnegie Hall with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, with surrounding recitals and concerts in Australia, Nova Scotia, and China.  The summer months have his return to the festivals of Aspen, ... 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

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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 with Lynn Harrell

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

Robin Mayforth

  • Schumann's Cello Concerto with Lynn Harrell

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

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabanā„¢ in Concert
  • 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

Lu Yuan

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Yuan Lu is a visiting tenor in Italy and one of the “New Top Ten Tenors in China” endorsed by China Central Television (CCTV).  He has won the second prize and best tenor of Benvenuto Franci Opera Competition in Italy,... Click here for complete biography

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