Jill Brindel

Gary & Kathleen Heidenreich Second Century Chair
 

SFS member since: 1980 

Hometown:  Chicago, IL

Music schools you attended: Indiana University, Chicago Musical College

Began playing music: At age 3      

Musical inspirations: My first cello teacher, Shirley Evans Tabachnick, Principal Cellist of the Lyric Opera Orchestra

If I were not a professional musician, I might be a: writer

Favorite composers: The ones I’m currently playing

Favorite works featuring my instrument: Schubert, Cello Quintet; Villa-lobos, Bachianas Brasilieras; Tchaikovsky, Pezzo Capriccioso; Brahms, Piano Trio in B major

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Teaching, cooking, playing chamber music, playing with my grandchildren

Recent reading: The Evening Star, by Larry McMurtry; Animal Vegetable Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver; Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson

On my CD player/iPod: Catoire, Piano Quintet; Brindel, Concertino for Cello and Strings; Trios by Andriasov and Taneyev
           
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Walk up hills to see the views: ocean, bay, bridges, Marin; Eat out at the many wonderful restaurants

Plus: I coach the Youth Orchestra cellists, which is great fun. They are an exceptional group of adolescents. I’m preparing my father’s First String Quartet right now and I’m enjoying getting to know it. I recently became a grandmother and I’m having the time of my life! Two more are coming in May.

Jill Brindel has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.