Nadya Tichman

Associate Concertmaster, San Francisco Symphony Foundation Chair

Nadya Tichman joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1980. She has been Associate Concertmaster and occupant of the San Francisco Symphony Foundation Chair since 1990, and she served as Acting Concertmaster from 1998 to 2001. Born in New York, Ms. Tichman studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School and received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where her teachers were Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo, and Yumi Ninomiya-Scott. She continued her studies in San Francisco with Isadore Tinkleman. Ms. Tichman has appeared as soloist with the SFS on many occasions, including Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, which the San Francisco Chronicle selected as one of 2009’s ten outstanding performances. She was a founding member of the Donatello Quartet and previously served as co-director of Chamber Music Sundaes. She has participated in festivals such as the Grand Teton Music Festival, Chamber Music West, Music in the Vineyards, the Gualala Summer Arts Festival, and the Olympic Chamber Music festival.  A champion of contemporary music, she has had pieces dedicated to her by composers Peter Schickele, Jim Lahti, and Allen Shearer. In 2013 she and her sister, pianist Nina Tichman, played the New York premiere of German composer Stefan Heucke’s second violin sonata. She can be heard on a New Albion recording of music by Peter Scott Lewis. Ms. Tichman plays a 1724 Stradivarius violin purchased by the San Francisco Symphony for her exclusive use. She has also served as a mentor for the SFS’s Community of Music Makers program.

(March 2015)