OUR MEMBERS

 
"The eco ensemble is a dream team of local musicians who embody a new highpoint in the Bay Area's vibrant contemporary music scene."  [New York Times, 2012]
DAVID MILNES, conductor


David Milnes serves as conducter of the Eco Ensemble, Berkeley’s professional new music ensemble in residence, as well as Music Director of the UC Berkeley University Symphony Orchestra since 1996. In his early years, he studied piano, organ, clarinet, cello and voice, and briefly entertained a career as a jazz pianist, ap-pearing with Chuck Mangione, Gene Krupa, Billy Taylor and John Pizzarelli. After receiving advanced degrees in conducting from SUNY Stony Brook and the Yale School of Music, and studying with Otto-Werner Mueller, Herbert Blomstedt, Erich Leinsdorf and Leonard Bernstein, he won the prestigious Exxon Assistant Conductor position with the San Francisco Symphony, where he also served as Music Director of the highly acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, which he led on its first European tour in 1986. Mr. Milnes has conducted frequently in Russia and the Baltics, serving as Music Director of the Riga Independent Opera Company and as a principal guest conductor of the Latvian National Symphony. Recent engagements have included appearances at the MANCA Festival in Nice, France, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice; in Mexico, at the International Festival “El Callejón del Ruido” with the Guanajauto Symphony Orchestra; and in Russia, with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated in performances with Frederica von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Bill T. Jones, Paul Hillier, James Newton, David Starobin and Chanticleer, and has appeared at the Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Aspen and Monadnock music festivals. A dedicated proponent of new music, from 2002 to 2009 Mr. Milnes was Music Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, with whom he commissioned and premiered many new works from around the world. He has made recordings of music by John Anthony Lennon, James Newton, Edmund Campion, Jorge Liderman and Pablo Ortiz.

HRABBA ATLADOTTIR, violin


Icelandic violinist Hrabba Atladottir studied in Berlin, Germany and worked as a freelancing violinist in Berlin for five years, regularly playing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper and Deutsche Symphonieorchester. Ms. Atladottir also participated in a world tour with the Icelandic pop artist Björk, and a Germany tour with violinist Nigel Kennedy. In 2004, Ms. Atladottir moved to New York, and continued to freelance, playing on a regular basis with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, among other orchestras. She also played with the Either/Or ensemble in New York in close collaboration with Helmut Lachenmann. Since August 2008, Ms. Atladottir has been based in Berkeley, where she has been performing as a soloist and with various ensembles such as the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble and the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, to name a few. She teaches violin at UC Berkeley.

JENNIFER CURTIS, violin

 

Violinist Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as "one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs," and celebrated her as "an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for."


As a violinist, Jennifer is driven by passion and curiosity, eliminating boundaries of musical genres and traversing the globe with musical diplomacy. Winner of Astral Artists Milka/Astral grand prize for violin and Artists International presentations, Jennifer is also an improviser, composer, multi-instrumentalist, member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and educator.

 

DAN FLANAGAN, violin

 

Dan Flanagan currently serves as Concertmaster of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, the Modesto Symphony, Lecturer of Violin at University of California, Davis, and Instructor of Violin at University of California, Berkeley. Described as a “stellar musician” (Nevada Reviews), he has been praised for his “exquisite tone” and “forthright brio” (Sacramento Bee).

 

A dedicated orchestral player, Flanagan has performed as concertmaster with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the California Symphony, California Musical Theater, the Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, Symphony Silicon Valley, and is a regular substitute with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. Frequently featured as soloist with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Flanagan has also performed with the American River Chamber Orchestra, Bear Valley Symphony, Reno Baroque Ensemble, and the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Flanagan has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Oregon Bach Festival, Earplay, and is a member of the Eco Ensemble and the Farallon Quintet, with whom he has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2008, Dan founded Sacramento School of Music, where he is currently Director and Instructor of Violin.

ELLEN RUTH ROSE, viola


Violist Ellen Ruth Rose enjoys a varied career as a soloist, ensemble musician and teacher with a strong interest the music of our times. She is a member of Ecoensemble, the professional new music ensemble at UC Berkeley, Empyrean Ensemble, the flagship new music ensemble in residence at UC Davis, and Earplay, the San Francisco-based contemporary ensemble. She has worked extensively throughout Europe with Frankfurt’s Ensemble Modern and the Cologne experimental ensembles Musik Fabrik and Thürmchen Ensemble, appearing at the Cologne Triennial, Berlin Biennale, Salzburg Zeitfluß and Venice Biennale festivals and has performed as soloist with the West German Radio Chorus, Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Santa Cruz New Music Works, at the San Francisco Other Minds and Ojai Music festivals, at Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, and with the Diablo Symphony and the symphony orchestras of UC Davis and UC Berkeley. She has premiered and recorded numerous works featuring viola by California composers—among them many from within the UC Berkeley community— including several written for her. Rose holds degrees in viola performance from the Juilliard School and the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold, Germany, as well as a B.A. with honors in history and literature from Harvard University. She is currently on the instrumental faculty at UC Davis and UC Berkeley. Her own teachers have included Heidi Castleman, Nobuko Imai, Marcus Thompson, and Karen Tuttle.

LEIGHTON FONG, cello


Leighton Fong performs regularly with the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and the Empyrean Ensemble and is currently principal cellist of the California Symphony. He plays regularly with the Eco Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble and is an active freelancer in the Bay Area. He has taught at UC Berkeley since 1997. Mr. Fong attended the San Francisco Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, the Bern Conservatory in Bern, Switzerland, and the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark.

RICHARD WORN, double bass

 

Richard Worn hails from what he intimately calls “the Deep South Bay” (Los Gatos, CA).  He holds music degrees in double bass from California State University, Northridge and the New England Conservatory.  He began composing while at Cal State Northridge, and he also had his first taste of concert production while satisfying a requirement for his degree.  All three of his recitals at both institutions showed innovative programming and showcased at least one original new work.

 

While residing in Miami Beach for three years at an orchestral fellowship program in the early Nineties, Mr. Worn put on a short concert featuring his works from this period, which received enigmatic praise from the Miami Herald.

 

Upon his return to the Bay Area his orchestral career has included many services with the San Francisco Opera and Symphony.  He is Assistant Principal Bass of the Marin Symphony, Principal Bass of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and was Principal Bass of the New Century Chamber Orchestra under Music Director Krista Bennion Feeney.  In 1996 he founded the Worn Chamber Ensemble dedicated to the performance of “modern” music mostly from 1945 and beyond.  With the Worn Chamber he has performed works for both solo bass and ensemble by such composers as Andreissen, Cage, Donatoni, Harrison, Henze, Martin,  Persichetti, Reveultas, Scelsi, Schuller, Varese, and Xenakis. The group has commissioned and premiered many works, as well as more extensive explorations of old Masters with Henze and Schuller mini-festivals.

 

As well as teaching and orchestral coaching at the University of California, Berkeley, Mr. Worn’s activities include premiering many pieces of both students and faculty alike in the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players and more recently the ECO Ensemble. He performs frequently with Other Minds and SF Sound, and has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, and Composer’s Inc.

TOD BRODY, flute

 

Tod Brody has enjoyed a long career as a musician, teacher, and administrator. As a flutist, Mr. Brody is well known to California audiences as a chamber musician and orchestra player, with a focus on contemporary music. As flutist  with Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, Eco Ensemble, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, he has performed many world premieres, and has been extensively recorded. He is on the music faculty at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches flute and chamber music. In September, 2013, Brody was named the first executive director of San Francisco's Opera Parallèle, which is dedicated to developing and performing contemporary operas.

STACEY PELINKA, flute

 

Stacey Pelinka enjoys performing a broad spectrum of classical music, especially contemporary chamber music. She is a longtime member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, plays principal flute with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program productions and second flute with the Santa Rosa Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Midsummer Mozart Festival. She freelances throughout the Bay Area, performing frequently with sfSound, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, and the Oakland and Berkeley Symphonies. A certified Feldenkrais Method practitioner, Ms. Pelinka has presented Feldenkrais workshops at the NFA convention and is on the faculty of Summerflute, a semi-annual somatic master class for flutists. She attended Cornell University and the San Francisco Conservatory, where she studied with Timothy Day.

BILL KALINKOS, clarinet

 

Originally from Queens, New York City, clarinetist Bill Kalinkos has been called “a powerhouse” (San Francisco Chronicle), “a superb performer” (San Jose Mercury News), his playing lauded as “ethereal, yet grounded” (Oakland Tribune).  His most recent performance of Aaron Copland’s Concerto was praised in the Oakland Tribune: “Kalinkos played casually, with the mysterious ease one hears in an accomplished musician.”  He enjoys a diverse musical career as a member of critically acclaimed groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Signal, Deviant Septet, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Eco Ensemble, National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble, Enigma Ensemble, Frequency 49, and Splinter.  Recognized by the Washington Post as a "notable contemporary music specialist", he has been fortunate enough to work with and premiere pieces by many acclaimed composers.  As an orchestral player, Bill is a member of IRIS Orchestra, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra.  A resident of the San Francisco Bay area since 2011, Bill serves on the faculty of the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley, and is principal clarinetist of the Oakland East Bay Symphony.  As a recording artist, he can be heard on the Cantaloupe, Nonesuch, Euroarts, Naxos, Mode, Orange Mountain, and Albany Records labels.

PETER JOSHEFF, clarinet

 

Peter Josheff, composer and clarinetist, is a founding member of Sonic Harvest and of Earplay. He is also a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Empyrean Ensemble, and the Eco Ensemble.

His recent compositions include The Cauldron (2014), commissioned and premiered by tenor Brian Thorsett; Waiting (2013), commissioned and premiered by Earplay; Nautical Man Nautical Man (2011), an album of pop songs; Sutro Tower in the Fog (2011), commissioned. premiered, and recorded by the Bernal Hill Players; Sextet (2010), premiered by Sonic Harvest; Viola and Mallets (2009), commissioned and premiered by the Empyrean Ensemble; and Inferno (2008), a chamber opera produced by San Francisco Cabaret Opera in 2009. His latest work, Europa and The Bull (2014) will be premiered in April

KYLE BRUCKMANN, oboe

 

Oakland, CA-based composer/performer Kyle Bruckmann’s work extends from a Western classical foundation into genre-bending gray areas encompassing free jazz, electronic music and post-punk rock. He is also a member of acclaimed new music collective sfSound, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Quinteto Latino, and Splinter Reeds. He has worked with the San Francisco Symphony and most of the area’s regional orchestras, while becoming firmly enmeshed in the vibrant local improvised music community. From 1996 until his westward relocation in 2003, he was a fixture in Chicago’s experimental music underground; long-term affiliations include the electro-acoustic duo EKG, the art-punk monstrosity Lozenge, and the Creative Music quintet Wrack. He appears on more than 50 recordings available from labels including New World, Porter, Hat[now]Art, 482 Music, Entr’acte, Rastascan, either/OAR, Red Toucan, Sedimental, Sickroom, and Another Timbre.

David Wegehaupt, saxophone

 

David Wegehaupt is a saxophonist committed to the performance and promotion of contemporary music. As a soloist and as a founding member of Anubis Quartet (Chicago-based saxophone quartet) and Splinter Reeds (San Francisco-based reed quintet), David has been active in commissioning new music for saxophone, participating in over fifty world premieres, along with numerous North American premieres. He has played recitals as a soloist and a chamber musician around the United States, in Mexico, Canada, Belgium, Greece, Germany, France, Italy, and Thailand.

 

David earned his Master’s degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University while studying with Timothy McAllister. He also holds a BM from Bowling Green State University where he studied with Dr. John Sampen and spent a year at the Conservatoire National de Région de Boulogne-Billancourt studying with Jean-Michel Goury with the support of a Fulbright grant. Other primary teachers have included Kelland Thomas and Anita Handelsman. He is a new resident to the Bay Area, but has visited to perform regularly since 2010, including numerous solo recitals at CNMAT and CCRMA, as well as regular performances with Eco Ensemble and Splinter Reeds.

ALICIA TELFORD, french horn

 

French hornist Alicia Telford is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University, where she studied horn with David Krehbiel and Bill Klingelhoffer. She is a well-known freelance artist and teacher in the Bay Area, a tenured member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, a regular extra with the San Francisco Opera, Symphony and Ballet orchestras, and a faculty member at UC Berkeley. She performs with her quintet, the Golden Gate Brass, and woodwind ensemble, Bellavente, throughout the United States. She is excited to be performing new music again with Eco Ensemble. Among her many credits as a musician is a full fellowship to the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival. When she puts her horn in the case, Ms. Telford enjoys working in her garden, reading and exploring the Berkeley hills with her husband and their two dogs.

 

ADAM LUFTMAN, trumpet

 

Adam Luftman is principal trumpet of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. He previously held positions with the Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has been a guest artist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Seattle Symphony. Luftman has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Spoleto Festival, Music Academy of the West and Pacific Music Festival. He has recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, for ESPN Sunday Night Football and on many soundtracks. Luftman has performed with The Bay Brass, SF Chamber Brass and the New World Brass Quintet. He is on faculty at the University of California–Berkeley, San Francisco State University and St. Mary’s College and has given master classes at the Curtis Institute of Music, New World Symphony, Baltimore School for the Arts, the University of California–Davis and Tanglewood. An honors graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy, Luftman’s teachers include Michael Sachs, Raymond Mase, Mark Gould and Adolph Herseth.

ANN YI, piano

 

Pianist Ann Yi is an active soloist and chamber musician with a broad range of musicalinterests, ranging from Baroque to contemporary music. A strong advocate of newmusic, Ann has established herself as a leading interpreter of new music. She isdedicated to working with contemporary composers and bringing experimental andavant­garde music to broader audiences. Ann is a member of Eco Ensemble, and theChicago­based Fonema Consort. She has also performed extensively with new musicensembles in the Bay Area including the San Francisco Contemporary Music Playersand the sfSoundGroup. Her recent appearances include a performance at the MANCAnew music festival in Nice, France, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and onthe Frequency Series at Constellation in Chicago, IL.

 

As a soloist, Ann has premierednumerous works including the world premiere of twelve piano preludes composed tocommemorate the centennial of the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, IL in2013. Most recently, she was the featured soloist performing Prokofiev's Third PianoConcerto with U.C. Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured on recordingson the Innova and Tzadik labels. Ann received doctoral and master's degrees in pianoperformance from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree from San José StateUniversity.

LOREN MACH, percussion

 

Loren Mach is passionate about the arts as they relate to our 21st century world and all who inhabit it. A graduate of the Oberlin and Cincinnati Conservatories of Music, he has premiered countless solo, chamber, and orchestral works. Mach is a member of eco ensemble, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Worn Chamber Ensemble, and co-founder of Rootstock Percussion. He often performs with the San Francisco Symphony, many Bay area symphony and opera orchestras, or in the pit of hit Broadway shows like Wicked. But Mach prefers making new music in more intimate settings with groups like San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, and sfSound Group. In recent summers he has performed at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and was guest artist with Dawn Upshaw and eighth blackbird at the Ojai Music Festival. Mach’s other passions involve our fundamental relationship to food as a form of communion with others and our interconnectedness with the natural world around us.

 

DANIEL KENNEDY, percussion

 

Daniel Kennedy is a specialist in the music of the twentieth century, and is a member of Earplay and the Empyrean Ensemble. He received his M.F.A. degree from the California Institute of the Arts and his D. M. A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Kennedy, who has recorded widely, is both Instructor of Percussion and Artistic Director of the Festival of New American Music at California State University, Sacramento.

© ECO ENSEMBLE 2014

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