Melissa Kleinbart

Katharine Hanrahan Chair

SFS member since: 1998

Hometown: Plymouth Meeting, PA

Music schools you attended:  Juilliard School of Music

Began playing music: At age 5

Musical inspirations: Hearing classical music on the radio and always picking out the violin as the instrument I wanted to play—I just always thought that would be my career.

If I were not a professional musician, I might be a: Travel Photographer/journalist or a child developmental psychologist

Favorite composers: Stravinsky, Bach, Bartok, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, and Mozart

Favorite works featuring my instrument:  Schoenberg's Verklaerte Nacht, Brahms' A Major Piano Quartet, Bach's unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas, Scubert's Death and the Maiden, Brahms and Beethoven violin concerti, music for violin by Astor Piazzola and the Bartok String Quartets.

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Spending time with my daughter, traveling, photographing, relaxing!

Recent reading: Poisonwood Bible, Einstein's Dreams

On my CD player/iPod: Schumann "Dichteliebe" with Fritz Wunderlich, Schubert Impromptus with Murray Perahia, podcasts of "This American Life."

Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: I live near Golden Gate Park and love to spend time there, whether It's running at Stow Lake, pondering at the Japanese Tea Gardens, relaxing in front of the Conservatory of Flowers or meandering at the deYoung. When time permits, I enjoy trips to the wine country, hikes near the ocean and working in my garden.