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

    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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  • 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 and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, violinist Paul Huang is celebrated for his eloquent

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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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  • 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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  • 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 regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players, appearing as soloist and chamber musician all around the world. Martin currently holds the

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Guest Musicians

  • Pascal Archer

    Pascal Archer

    Clarinet

    Hailed by the New York Times as “outstanding clarinetist” Pascal Archer leads an active career as performer and teacher.  Since 2011 he is the Artistic

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  • Steve Becknell

    Steve Becknell

    Horn

    The son of professional musicians, Steven began playing piano at the age of five, later picking up the horn by age twelve.  After winning several horn competitions and

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  • Paolo Bordignon

    Paolo Bordignon

    Harpsichord

    Paolo Bordignon is harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic and performs in 2019-20 with Camerata Pacifica, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe

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  • Claire Brazeau

    Claire Brazeau

    Oboe

    Claire Brazeau is the principal oboist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is recognized as one of the leading American oboists of her generation. As an emerging

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  • Robert Brophy

    Robert Brophy

    Viola

    Robert Brophy, violist of the New Hollywood String Quartet, is also a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He can also be seen and heard playing with the Los

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  • Jasmine Choi

    Jasmine Choi

    Flute

    “The goddess of flute”- Korea Times “Jasmine Choi is a revisionist”- Philadelphia Inquirer “One of 10 best flutists in the history of

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  • Judith Farmer

    Judith Farmer

    Bassoon

    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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  • Brian Head

    Brian Head

    Guitar

    Brian Head enjoys a multi-faceted career as a guitarist, composer and teacher, performing and recording with numerous chamber and symphonic groups including the Los

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  • Bridget Hough

    Bridget Hough

    Piano

    A native of the Central California Coast, Bridget Hough is a versatile pianist known for her dynamic artistry and lyrical approach to the keyboard.  Equally at home in

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  • Andrew Janss

    Andrew Janss

    Cello

    Hailed by the New York Times for his “muscularity and shimmering lyricism”, “insightful musicianship”, and “sumptuous elegance”, cellist

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  • Jennifer Kloetzel

    Jennifer Kloetzel

    Cello

    A graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Scholar, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist and

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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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  • Melanie Lançon

    Melanie Lançon

    Flute

    Melanie Lançon is the newly appointed principal flute of Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand.  Praised for her passionate and captivating interpretations of

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  • Joseph Lin

    Joseph Lin

    Violin

    Sought after as a performer and teacher, Joseph Lin appears regularly at the finest halls, festivals, and conservatories throughout the United States, Asia, and

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  • Demarre McGill

    Demarre McGill

    Flute

    Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, flutist Demarre McGill is a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral

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  • Sarah Nelson Craft

    Sarah Nelson Craft

    Vocalist

    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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  • Tricia Park

    Tricia Park

    Praised by critics for her “astounding virtuosic gifts” (Boston Herald) and “achingly pure sound” (The Toronto Star), concert violinist Tricia Park

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  • Tom Poster

    Tom Poster

    Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist. He has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play

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  • Melissa Reardon

    Melissa Reardon

    Grammy-nominated violist Melissa Reardon is an internationally renowned performer who’s solo and chamber playing spans all musical genres.  Melissa is the new

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  • Amy Sanchez

    Amy Sanchez

    Amy Sanchez maintains a diverse career in Los Angeles as a freelance horn player and educator. Her multifaceted experience shapes the guidance she offers as the Horn

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  • William Short

    William Short

    Bassoon

    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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  • Benjamin Smolen

    Benjamin Smolen

    Flute

    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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  • Jason Uyeyama

    Jason Uyeyama

    Violin

    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

    Piano

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

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  • Huw Watkins

    Huw Watkins

    Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976. He studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian

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  • William Wood

    William Wood

    Bassoon

    William Wood has been working in the Southern California freelance world since 1984. He is currently a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra (solo contrabassoon),

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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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