Nadya Tichman

Associate Concertmaster, San Francisco Symphony Foundation Chair

Nadya Tichman, Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony, occupying the San Francisco Symphony Foundation Chair, joined the Orchestra in 1980. She served as acting concertmaster from 1998 to 2001. Born in New York, she studied at the Juilliard School pre-college division and received a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms. Tichman has participated in festivals such as the Grand Teton Music Festival, Chamber Music West, Olympic Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards, and the Gualala Summer Arts Festival. She was a founding member of the Donatello Quartet and co-director of Chamber Music Sundaes, and she has collaborated in chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma, Yefim Bronfman, and Garrick Ohlsson, among others. As a member of the World Orchestra for Peace, she performed in Geneva to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. A champion of contemporary music, Ms. Tichman has had pieces dedicated to her by composers Peter Schickele, Jim Lahti, and Allen Shearer. She is on the faculty of California State University, Sacramento and she plays a 1724 Stradivarius violin purchased by the SFS for her exclusive use. For more on Nadya Tichman, visit

(September 2018)