The Ensemble

Camerata Pacifica programs revolve around a core group of principal musicians: Artistic Director Adrian Spence, Ani Aznavoorian, Nicholas Daniel, Timothy Eckert, Jose Franch-Ballester, Warren Jones, Ji Hye Jung, Bridget Kibbey, Richard Yongjae O’Neill, and John Steinmetz. These artists bring incredible depth, skill and passion to their work, energizing and reenergizing both standard and new repertoire.

The principals are joined for most programs by a stellar roster of guest artists from all over the world. Many of these guests have been with Camerata Pacifica for years, but each season brings new faces as well.

Artistic Director

  • Adrian Spence

    Adrian Spence

    Artistic Director & Principal Flute

    Under the leadership of Adrian Spence, Camerata Pacifica has become one of the most notable chamber music organizations in the country, distinctive not only for its

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Principal Musicians

  • Ani Aznavoorian

    Ani Aznavoorian

    Principal Cello

    The Strad magazine describes cellist Ani Aznavoorian as having “Scorchingly committed performances that wring every last drop of emotion out of the music. Her

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  • Nicholas Daniel

    Nicholas Daniel

    Principal Oboe

    Nicholas Daniel’s long and distinguished career began when, at the age of 18, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and went on to win further

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  • Timothy Eckert

    Timothy Eckert

    Principal Double Bass

    Described by Placido Domingo as “an artist of musicality and dedication” (Los Angeles Times), Timothy Eckert enjoys a dynamic career in Los Angeles as a double

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  • Jose Franch-Ballester

    Jose Franch-Ballester

    Principal Clarinet

    The multi-award-winning Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester (FrAHnk Bai-yess-TAIR) is considered one of the finest classical soloists and chamber music artists of

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  • Paul Huang

    Paul Huang

    The Bob Christensen Chair in Violin

    Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang is already recognized for his intensely expressive music making,

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  • Warren Jones

    Warren Jones

    The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Chair in Piano

    WARREN JONES enjoys a notably eclectic career that has taken him to virtually every corner of the musical world. He performs with some of today’s best-known artists:

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  • Kristin Lee

    Kristin Lee

    The Bernard Gondos Chair in Violin

    A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National

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  • Ji <strong>Hye</strong> Jung

    Ji Hye Jung

    Principal Percussion

    Ji Hye Jung joins the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University as Associate Professor of Percussion in 2015. She previously directed the percussion studio at the

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  • Bridget Kibbey

    Bridget Kibbey

    Principal Harp

    Lauded for her compelling artistry and virtuosity, harpist Bridget Kibbey is gaining a reputation for showcasing the broad range of her instrument through multiple-genre

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  • Richard Yongjae O’Neill

    Richard Yongjae O’Neill

    Principal Viola

    Praised by the London Times as “ravishing” the New York Times for his “elegant, velvety tone” the Los Angeles Times as “energetic and

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  • Martin Owen

    Martin Owen

    Principal Horn

    Martin Owen is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players, appearing as soloist and chamber musician at some of the leading music festivals around the

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Guest Musicians

  • Bil Jackson

    Bil Jackson

    Clarinet

    Bil Jackson, in his sixth year as Associate Professor of clarinet at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, enjoys a varied musical career that includes solo,

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  • Gina Cuffari

    Gina Cuffari

    Bassoon

    Bassoonist Gina Cuffari is an active orchestral and chamber musician in the New York City area. Praised for her “sound that is by turns sensuous, lyric, and fast

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  • Robert Koenig

    Robert Koenig

    Piano

    Pianist Robert Koenig has established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout

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  • Inna Faliks

    Inna Faliks

    Piano

    “Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks (www.innafaliks.com) has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed,

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  • Richard Berry

    Richard Berry

    Horn

    Richard enjoys a wide-ranging musical career, which began at the Royal Academy of Music in 1991 where he studied with both Michael Thompson and Richard Watkins. In the

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  • Judith Farmer

    Judith Farmer

    Bassoon

    Critics have described bassoonist Judith Farmer’s playing as “impeccable” (American Record Guide), “masterly” (Fanfare Magazine) and

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  • Robert Brophy

    Robert Brophy

    Viola

    Robert Brophy can be seen and heard playing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera and many West Coast chamber music series. He is featured with Nigel Kennedy in a

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  • Robert Atherholt

    Robert Atherholt

    Oboe

    Robert Atherholt graduated from The Juilliard School in 1977, where he was a student of the esteemed American oboist and mentor Robert Bloom. Soon after, Atherholt was

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  • Claire Brazeau

    Claire Brazeau

    Oboe

    A native of Northern Michigan, Claire Brazeau is one of the newest members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Claire enjoys pursuing musically omnivorous interests,

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  • James Austin Smith

    James Austin Smith

    Oboe

    Praised for his “virtuosic,” “dazzling” and “brilliant” performances (The New York Times) and his “bold, keen sound” (The New Yorker), oboist James

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  • Vassily Primakov

    Vassily Primakov

    Piano

    In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance. Gramophone wrote that “Primakov’s empathy with Chopin’s spirit could

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  • Peter Kolkay

    Peter Kolkay

    Bassoon

    Called “stunningly virtuosic” by The New York Times and “superb” by the The Washington Post, bassoonist Peter Kolkay claimed First Prize at the Concert Artists

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  • Robert van Sice

    Robert van Sice

    Percussion

    Robert van Sice is considered one of the world’s foremost performers of contemporary music for marimba. In an effort to establish the instrument as a serious

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  • Molly Morkoski

    Molly Morkoski

    Piano

    Pianist Molly Morkoski has performed as soloist and collaborative artist throughout the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and Japan. Her playing has been recognized by The

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  • Giora Schmidt

    Giora Schmidt

    Violin

    Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm,” violinist Giora Schmidt

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  • Paolo Bordignon

    Paolo Bordignon

    Harpsichord

    Paolo Bordignon has received critical acclaim for performances ranging from “outstanding… lively and distinctive” interpretations of early music to

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  • Joanne Pearce Martin & Gavin Martin

    Joanne Pearce Martin & Gavin Martin

    Duo Pianists

    Described by the Los Angeles Times as “husband and wife pianists in perfect sync”, Joanne and Gavin Martin began performing together in 1984 as fellow students at

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Commissioned Composers

  • Lera Auerbach

    Lera Auerbach

    Pianist and Composer

    Virtuoso pianist and composer Lera Auerbach is one of today’s most sought after and exciting creative voices. Her boldly imaginative and evocative compositions are

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  • David Bruce

    David Bruce

    Composer

    Born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1970, David Bruce grew up in England and now enjoys a growing reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. Bruce’s music draws on the

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  • John Harbison

    John Harbison

    Composer

    Composer John Harbison is among America’s most prominent artistic figures. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the prestigious MacArthur

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  • Jake Heggie

    Jake Heggie

    Composer

    Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, For a Look or a Touch, Another Sunrise, and At the

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  • Huang Ruo

    Huang Ruo

    Composer

    Recently awarded both the First Prize and the Audience Award from the prestigious Luxembourg International Composition Prize 2008, Huang Ruo is hailed by the New Yorker

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  • Bright Sheng

    Bright Sheng

    Composer

    Proclaimed “an innovative composer who merges diverse musical customs in works that transcend conventional aesthetic boundaries,” composer/conductor Bright

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  • Ian Wilson

    Ian Wilson

    Composer

    Ian Wilson was born in Belfast and began composing while at university. He has written over one hundred and fifty works, including chamber operas, concertos, string

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