|Feast your ears on rare and beautiful chamber music performed by these talented Bay Area musicians. The Grace Note Chamber Players, founded in 2010, is a flexibly-sized ensemble devoted to presenting programs of rare and beautiful chamber music to Bay Area audiences. Lunch is included.
Claudia Bloom, Violin
Claudia earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Upon graduation, Ms. Bloom received the Karl Kraeuter Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chamber Music. She completed her Master of Music degree as a teaching assistant at the Yale School of Music. From 1982 to 1990 Ms. Bloom was a member of the Ciompi Quartet in residence at Duke University as a well as a full-time member of the faculty. From 1990 to 1992 she was co-concertmaster of the Zurich (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Bloom has performed as a member of the Bloom Duo and Trio with twin sister, Madeline Bloom, (pianist) and brother, Jonathan (cellist). Concert engagements as a member of the Bloom Duo have included performances in the United States, Canada and Colombia, South America. Currently she plays principal second violin in Opera San Jose, is a member of the Grace Note Chamber Players and teaches privately in Palo Alto and at Santa Clara University where she performs regularly.
Geoffrey Noer, Violin
Geoffrey started playing the violin at the age of six, studying with notable teachers including Barbara Sonies and Charles Gray. Mr. Noer is currently Concertmaster of the Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose, having performed with the group since its founding in 1996. Heard in venues across North America and Europe, he is also an avid chamber musician. Outside of music, Mr. Noer holds a computer science degree from Swarthmore College and enjoys a successful high technology career in Silicon Valley.
Russ Bartoli, Cello
Russ is a cellist and chamber musician. Since receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California School of Music, he has given numerous performances in California, Oregon and New Hampshire as recitalist and chamber musician. He was a member of the Trio della Rosa and the Pro Musica String Quartet. Mr. Bartoli studied with Gabor Rejto, Laszlo Varga and Lawrence Lesser and is co-director of the Golden Gate Chamber Players. He is also currently principal cellist of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony in San Francisco.
Casey Mullin, Viola
Casey holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University, and has been continuously active as a performer for many years. His instructors have included Cathy Kautsky of Lawrence University, and Jeffrey Gilliam and Milica Jelača Jovanović of WWU. As a chamber and orchestral musician, he is equally at home on the piano and viola. He was a member of Seattle-based string quartet Muse and the Madrona String Quartet, and has performed with orchestras in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Washington and California. He is also a published writer of program notes and concert reviews, having served in the latter capacity for the Bellingham Herald. In his professional life, Mr. Mullin is a metadata librarian at Stanford University, and holds several committee posts with the Music Library Association.
Supported in part by the Adele Saxe Memorial Fund and Edith Rubesin.