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Randall Weiss, violin; Michael Graham, cello; Amy Zanrosso, piano
March 6, 2018
Randall Weiss, violin; Michael Graham, cello; Amy Zanrosso, piano

Gabriel Fauré

Elegie for cello and piano

Papillon for cello and piano

Sicilienne for cello and piano

Sonata for violin and piano

Randall Weiss, violin

Randall Weiss made his solo violin debut performing the Tchaikowsky Violin Concerto as the winner of the Victoria, B.C. Concerto Competition.  For 17 years he was Assistant Concertmaster of the San Jose Symphony, substituting regularly as Concertmaster.  He is currently Assistant Concertmaster of Symphony Silicon Valley, one of America’s newest symphony orchestras.  Mr. Weiss has also appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet and the Louisville Orchestra, and has served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Music in the Mountains Festival as well as Concertmaster and soloist with the Santa Cruz County Symphony.  His international performances include service as Concertmaster of the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria.  Mr. Weiss trained with Paul Kling at the University of Victoria and the University of Louisville, with Tadeusz Wronski at Indiana University School of Music, and with Sylvia Rosenberg at The Peabody Conservatory.  During the summer of 1998, he performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the acclaimed Eastern Music Festival, where he has been a faculty member since 1989.  Mr. Weiss is the founder and music director of Music in the Mishkan, a chamber music series in San Francisco, and he is a founding member of the Bridge Players, a chamber ensemble based in San Francisco.  He is also an avid runner, hiker, skier, and swimmer and has completed three marathons.

Michael Graham, cello

Michael Graham has been hailed by the San Francisco Classical Voice for his “almost painfully pretty…expressive richness”, and by the San Jose Mercury News as “super-good”. He studied at the Eastman School of Music and Yale University, where he was a founding member of that institution’s secret chamber music society, Skull and Bows. Mr. Graham is a former member of the Chagall String Quartet, winner of a rural residency grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the San Francisco-based new music group Adorno Ensemble. He is currently a member of the Oakland Symphony and appears regularly with the Grammy-nominated New Century Chamber Orchestra and other ensembles throughout the Bay Area. Mr. Graham is committed to exploring music within and beyond the classical genre and has performed and recorded with artists ranging from Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg to John Densmore of the Doors. He can be heard on New Century’s recently released albums “Live” and Together”, and on Van Morrison’s latest recording, “Astral Weeks Live from Hollywood Bowl.”

Amy Zanrosso, piano

Much in demand as a collaborator, and a chamber musician at heart, Amy Zanrosso has shared the stage with principal members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. In her years in Montreal, she specialized in repertoire for cello and piano and was invited to play for numerous masterclasses led by internationally acclaimed pedagogues and performers such as Philippe Muller, Pieter Wispelwey, Matt Haimovitz, Peter Wiley and Paul Katz. In Fall of 2015, Amy worked with Gustavo Dudamel as the pianist for chorus rehearsals of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and went on tour to China with the Grammy award-winning Pacific Boy Choir. She has also appeared as soloist with the Canadian orchestra Symphony of the Kootenays.

Amy is a faculty member at the Pre-College of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music coaching chamber music and piano ensembles. As well as freelancing in the Bay Area she is part of four local ensembles – The iO Piano Quartet, RossoRose Duo, Tangonero, and the Mana Trio. She is steadily realizing her plan of learning and performing all existing piano chamber music and when not practicing Beethoven or Brahms, Amy can be found hanging out with her husband and dog or riding her bike to rehearsals.