Barbara Bogatin


SFS member since:  1994

Hometown: Santa Rosa/Philadelphia/Daly City/New York

Music schools you attended:  Juilliard School; San Francisco Conservatory of Music, prep division

Began playing music: At age 8 

Musical inspirations:  Hearing a string quartet perform in my elementary school

If I were not a professional musician, I might be an:  Anthropologist

Favorite composers:  Schubert, Sibelius, Bernstein

Favorite works featuring my instrument:  Mozart’s last three string quartets

When I’m not working, I enjoy: Spending time with my husband and two teenagers; being active in Democratic politics

Recent reading: City of Veils, by Zoe Ferraris; Catherine the Great, by Robert Massie

On my CD player/iPod: My son’s bluegrass band
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Explore different neighborhoods, visit museums (in SF), hiking (in Marin), and biking

Plus:  I recently did a meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and have also been to India with my family when my husband presented a talk on his research on meditation to his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Barbara Bogatin has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.

Profiled in our Meet the SFS Musicians series, Bogatin shows how her meditation and music practices intertwine.