Michael Grebanier, occupant of the Philip S. Boone Chair, joined the SFS as Principal Cello in 1977. He studied with Leonard Rose at the Curtis Institute, and at nineteen he won the Walter Naumburg Competition and made his solo debut in his native New York City. He was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra and at twenty-five became principal cello of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the youngest first cello in that orchestra’s history. With pianist Garrick Ohlsson and former SFS Associate Concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis, he is a member of the FOG Trio, and he has been affiliated with the Marlboro and Casals festivals. He has recorded the Prokofiev cello sonatas and the complete music for cello and piano by Rachmaninoff (Naxos).
Peter Wyrick has served as Associate Principal Cello of the San Francisco Symphony, occupying the Peter & Jacqueline Hoefer Chair, since 1999. Born in New York to a musical family, he began studies at the Juilliard School at age eight and made his solo debut at age twelve. He has been principal cello of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and associate principal cello of the New York City Opera Orchestra. As a member of the Ridge String Quartet, he recorded the Dvořák piano quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny, an RCA recording that won France’s Diapason d’Or and a Grammy nomination. He has also recorded the Fauré cello sonatas with pianist Earl Wild for dell’Arte records.
Amos Yang joined the SFS in 2007 as Assistant Principal Cello. He was previously a member of the Seattle Symphony. Born and raised in San Francisco, he was a member of the SFS Youth Orchestra and San Francisco Boys Choir and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. From 1996 to 2002 he was the cellist in the Maia String Quartet. Mr. Yang serves on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. For more on Amos Yang, visit sfsymphony.org/amosyang.
Margaret Tait joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1975 and currently occupies the Lyman & Carol Casey Second Century Chair. A Virginia native, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and she previously served as principal cellist with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Tait was a founding member of the Aurora String Quartet, in which she performed with SFS colleagues for twenty-two years.
Barbara Andres, occupant of the Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation Second Century Chair, joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1977 upon graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She studied with Lynn Harrell and Stephen Geber. Ms. Andres has been principal cellist of the Sierra Chamber Society since 1989, and performs with Chamber Music Sundaes and Gold Coast Chamber Players. She was orchestra cello coach for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for nine years, and cello coach for the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra for five years.
Barbara Bogatin joined the SFS in 1994. Previously she was principal cello with the Milwaukee and New Jersey symphonies and played as a substitute with the New York Philharmonic for ten years. She studied cello in the preparatory division of the San Francisco Conservatory, and received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School. Along with her neuroscientist husband, she has led workshops on meditation and music practice at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the Esalen Institute, Stanford University, and in Italy and South Africa. She is a proud parent of two University of California graduates. For more on Barbara Bogatin, visit sfsymphony.org/barbarabogatin.
Gary & Kathleen Heidenreich Second Century Chair
Jill Rachuy Brindel, occupant of the Gary & Kathleen Heidenreich Second Century Cello Chair, joined the cello section of the San Francisco Symphony in 1980. She has been a member of the Navarro Trio for more than twenty years. The trio is currently in residence at Sonoma State University where Ms. Brindel began teaching in 2015. In November 2018, the trio performs the world premiere of a new piece by Matthew Arnerich on the Chamber Music Sundaes series at the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley. She has also performed chamber music at Kohl Mansion, the Russian River Chamber Festival, Old First Church, and the Ralston Chamber Series. She studied at Indiana University and Chicago Musical College and was formerly assistant principal cello of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, principal cello of the Mendocino Music Festival, and a member of the Houston Symphony. She returned to the Mendocino Music Festival in 2006 as principal cello and chamber soloist and in 2009 she became co-director of the Emerging Artists Program at the festival. Ms. Brindel actively promotes the music of her late father, composer Bernard Brindel. She is a private instructor of cello, coach for the cello section of the SFS Youth Orchestra, and has given seminars on audition techniques to students at the University of Nevada at Reno and the New World Symphony. .
Sébastien Gingras joined the SFS in 2010. He grew up in Chicoutimi, Québec, where he was educated at the Conservatoire de Musique. He received his master’s degree in music from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Laurence Lesser. Previously a member of the New World Symphony and the Saint Louis Symphony, Mr. Gingras has joined in chamber music performances with artists including Menahem Pressler, Anthony Marwood, and the Alcan and Borromeo string quartets.
David Goldblatt, occupant of the Christine & Pierre Lamond Second Century Chair, joined the SFS cello section in 1978, having previously played in the Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Goldblatt has also been a cellist with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia (now the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia) and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music. He is currently a coach for the SFS Youth Orchestra.
Carolyn McIntosh is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the State University of New York at Binghamton. Prior to joining the San Francisco Symphony in 1981, she served as principal cello of the San Jose Symphony and the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra.
Anne Pinsker joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1982. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where she studied with Leonard Rose, and she has served as a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra and as a regular substitute in the Chicago Symphony.
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