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. .