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Robert Howard, Cello and Amy Zanrosso, Piano
January 31, 2023
Robert Howard, Cello and Amy Zanrosso, Piano


Ludwig van Beethoven:7 Variations on “Bei Männern” from Mozart’s Magic Flute

Gabriel Fauré: Sonata No. 2, Op. 117, II. Andante

César Franck: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major, M.8


Program Notes:

A native of Atlanta, GA, Robert Howard began studying cello at age 12. Graduate of Rice University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has studied and performed at festivals such as Tanglewood, Spoleto, Verbier, the Accademia Chigiana, and the Sandor Vegh Academy in Prague. Robert won first prize in the Rome Festival Competition and has received grants from the Maggini and Virtu Foundations. Robert has performed in the Festival Internacional de Musica in Costa Rica, the Festival de Guadarrama in Spain, and the Mostly Mozart series in Lincoln Center. He has performed with American Bach Soloists, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque, and the San Francisco Symphony. A regular guest on many Bay Area chamber music series, Robert has also made concerto appearances with BARS Orchestra and Stanford Symphony. He has worked directly with composers such as Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Frank, George Perle, George Benjamin, and Jonathan Berger. Robert runs his own house concert series,, which combines thematically linked chamber music programs with food and short lecture presentations. A passionate teacher, he has made two trips to Kenya, where he taught and performed. He has coached at San Francisco Conservatory, Stanford University, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and the Conservatorio Superior Coruña in Spain.

Amy Zanrosso, a powerful and dynamic musician, has worked within a wide range of musical genres – classical, contemporary, musical theatre, German cabaret, and tango. Much in demand as a collaborator, and a chamber musician at heart, Amy has shared the stage with acclaimed soloists and principal members of numerous symphony orchestras. She has appeared as a soloist with the Symphony of the Kootenays and the Russian Chamber Orchestra and has worked with Gustavo Dudamel for chorus rehearsals of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. In 2016 Amy went on tour to China with the GRAMMY award-winning Pacific Boychoir and was also the pianist for Chorissima – the five-time GRAMMY award-winning San Francisco Girl’s Chorus Premier Ensemble throughout the 2017-18 season.

Amy is currently based in Oakland, California, and is a faculty member at the Pre-College of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As well as freelancing in the Bay Area, she is part of a number of local ensembles, most notably The RossoRose Duo, with violinist Alisa Rose, and The iO Piano Quartet whose focus is fundraising for the San Francisco Musical Fund Society with all proceeds going towards music scholarships for young Bay Area students.

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Amy completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Victoria with her unparalleled mentor, Bruce Vogt. She furthered her studies in Italy, working with Maria Tipo and Michele Campanella and then returned to Canada to complete a Master’s Degree at McGill University in Montréal during which she studied with Dorothy Morton and Louis-Phillipe Pelletier.

Amy is steadily realizing her master plan of learning and performing all existing piano chamber music and when not practicing Beethoven or Brahms, she can be found hanging out with her husband and dog or riding her bike to rehearsals.