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Midsummer Mozart Festival Chamber Players
June 20, 2023
Midsummer Mozart Festival Chamber Players

Robin Hansen, Violin; Elizabeth Prior, Viola; Mark Brandenburg, Clarinet; Martha Wasley, Piano

W. A. Mozart

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 32 in B flat, K. 454 (1784)

Clarinet Trio in E flat “Kegelstatt”, K. 498 (1786)

Mark Brandenburg, clarinet, received B.M. and M.S. degrees from the Juilliard School and includes Frealon Bibbins Jr., Bernard Portnoy, and Rosario Mazzeo among his teachers. He has served as principal clarinetist of the San Jose Symphony and assistant principal of the San Francisco Symphony. He is currently the principal clarinetist of the Opera San Jose orchestra and the Midsummer Mozart Festival orchestra and a member of the Stanford Woodwind Quintet.  He pursues an active solo and chamber music career, performing frequently with many of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading musicians and ensembles, and is the clarinet instructor at Stanford University.

An active Bay Area violist, Elizabeth Prior is the principal violist with the Santa Rosa Symphony, associate principal with the Marin Symphony, a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and is a season substitute with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet. Other orchestral credits include Freiburg Philharmonic (associate principal) and Cape Town Symphony. She has toured and worked with Pittsburg Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Südwestfunk, Stuttgart Radio, Basel Symphony, and the Mannheim Opera Orchestras.

Pianist, Martha Wasley grew up in the Bay Area performing both as a pianist and violinist. At 17, she won a young artist’s competition and performed a piano concerto with the San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Wasley has always had a special interest in collaborative music and enjoys both chamber music and lieder as well as solo performance. Martha is a graduate of the UCB music department and began teaching on its piano faculty in 1976. She has also taught at the San Francisco Community Music Center, the Crowden School, and the East Bay School of the Arts.

A Bay Area native, Robin Hansen, violin, graduated from the UC Berkeley Music Department where she was awarded three consecutive Hertz Traveling Fellowships for study with Alexander Treger in Los Angeles and Christiane Edinger in Munich, Germany. She is concertmaster of the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra, performs with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and has been concertmaster at the Stern Grove Festival with the Grammy-Award-winning San Francisco Ballet Orchestra where she holds a first violin position. In addition, she is a member of the Skywalker Symphony which records movie and video score projects at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County.