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, Paul Huang, Warren Jones, Ji Hye Jung, Bridget Kibbey, Kristin Lee, Richard Yongjae O’Neill, and Martin Owen. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • Tamara Sanikidze

    Tamara Sanikidze


    “Technically nimble and supportive pianist” (New York Times), “accompanist with wondrous tact and virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle) and

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  • Jason Uyeyama

    Jason Uyeyama


    Jason Uyeyama is founder and director of the Orange County String Studio.  He is also Associate Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at La Sierra

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  • Gilles Vonsattel

    Gilles Vonsattel


    A “wanderer between worlds” (Lucerne Festival), Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality.

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  • Eliot Fisk

    Eliot Fisk

    Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. He is also celebrated for his willingness to take

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  • The Calder String Quartet

    The Calder String Quartet

    Benjamin Jacobson, violin Andrew Bulbrook, violin Jonathan Moerschel, viola Eric Byers, cello The Calder Quartet performs a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional

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  • William Short

    William Short


    William Short was appointed Principal Bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2012. He previously served in the same capacity with the Delaware Symphony

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  • Paul Coletti

    Paul Coletti


    Paul Coletti enjoys a prolific career as a performer, composer, professor, recording artist, and conductor. Since 2003 he has taught at the Colburn School. Previous

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  • Sarah Nelson Craft

    Sarah Nelson Craft


    Mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft has received wide acclaim for her solo and operatic performances. In 2016 Carnegie Hall presented her in a solo Spotlight Recital with

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  • Andrew Garland

    Andrew Garland


    Baritone Andrew Garland is widely recognized as a leader in recital work with dozens of performances around the country including Carnegie Hall with pianist Warren Jones

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  • Judith Farmer

    Judith Farmer


    2016 GRAMMY® nominee Judith Farmer is former principal bassoonist of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Camerata Academica Salzburg under Sandor Vegh.

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  • Benjamin Smolen

    Benjamin Smolen

    Benjamin Smolen has performed across the globe, from the United States to Europe, Russia, and Japan. He joined the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in 2011, where he holds the

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  • Molly Morkoski

    Molly Morkoski


    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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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


    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 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


    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


    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


    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


    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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