Bios: Concert II

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Aubrey Adams-McMillan, mezzo-soprano

Aubrey Adams-McMillan, mezzo-soprano is a Utah native with an active performance and teaching career.  Hailed for her artistry and beautifully balanced tone, she enjoys a career in opera, art song, early music, chamber music, musical theater, and oratorio.  Aubrey teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake city and recently accepted the position of assistant choral director. She holds a bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a Master of Music from the University of Utah.

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Lisa Byrnes, flute

Lisa Byrnes is currently Associate Principal Flute with the Utah Symphony where she has played since 2000.  For the 2011-2012 season, she was Acting Principal Flute.  A native of Northern California, Ms. Byrnes studied at the Eastman School of Music and graduated with degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Her primary teachers were Julius Baker, Jeffrey Khaner and Timothy Day.  Prior to playing with the Utah Symphony, Ms. Byrnes played with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas.  She also played Principal Flute with the San Francisco Opera’s Western Opera Theatre as well as the Sarasota Opera Company.  She has performed in several music festivals including Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Chatauqua Music Festival, the International Music Festival in Evian, France, the Edinburgh International Music Festival, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival and the Bear Valley Music Festival.  She has appeared as concert soloist performing works by Mozart, Ibert, Nielsen, Dubois, Rivier, Bloch, Vivaldi and Bach.  She has also appeared as guest soloist with the Utah Symphony performing the Bach B Minor Suite and the Bach Brandenburg Concerto #4.  Ms. Byrnes completed tours to Japan, South America and Europe with several orchestras, and she travelled extensively with tours of “West Side Story” and “My Fair Lady”.  Ms. Byrnes currently serves on the faculty of the University of Utah, and she has been on the faculty of the Humboldt State University Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop since 1994.  She has been a guest faculty artist at the Northern California Flute Camp, and she has also taught at Brigham Young University.  She has enjoyed an active chamber music life performing with groups such as The Left Coast Ensemble, Alternate Currents, Nova, Intermezzo and Three Fish and a Scorpion.

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Rainer Eudeikis, cello

Rainer Eudeikis joins the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera as Principal Cellist starting in the 2014-2015 season, having been recently appointed by Maestro Thierry Fischer while still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music. He is also Principal Cellist of the Central City Opera, a position he has held since 2012.

Past performances include the U.S. premiere of renowned composer Bright Sheng’s “The Blazing Mirage” for Solo Cello and String Orchestra (Bright Sheng conducting) at Music From Angel Fire, solo appearances with the Indiana University Chamber and Baroque Orchestras, performances with the Starling Chamber Players (alongside IU Professors Alex Kerr and Eric Kim), a tour of Andalucía, Spain as Guest Principal Cellist of the Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra, a live film-scoring project with Dallas-based contemporary music ensemble Voices of Change, and other recital appearances around the United States.

He has participated in numerous international festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany), Britten-Pears Programme at Aldeburgh (UK), and the Académie Musicale Internationale de Vaison-la-Romaine (France). Rainer was a two-year fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and was a member of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (directed by Jaime Laredo), where he was Principal Cellist in 2011.

Also an enthusiastic performer of Baroque and Classical repertoire on period instruments, Rainer has studied closely with renowned Baroque violinist Stanley Ritchie. He has performed on period instruments in concerto, recital, and orchestral settings, and has worked under conductors Gary Wedow, Paul McCreesh, and Nicholas McGegan, among others.

Born in Texas in 1990, Rainer began cello studies at the age of six. Following studies in Colorado with Jurgen de Lemos, he attended the University of Michigan as a student of Richard Aaron, completing his B.M. in 3 years with highest honors. He received his M.M. from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Eric Kim. In May 2014, Rainer completed his Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Carter Brey and Peter Wiley.

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Eric Hopkins, percussion

Eric Hopkins plays the dual role of percussionist and associate principal timpanist in the symphony. His passion lies in both roles equally. For Eric, percussion is about negotiating the wide array of acoustic possibility, overcoming and embracing the challenges of each unique instrument. On timpani, the large copper kettle drums, Eric strives to maximize the sound color palette to vivify the emotional content of the music.

For both crafts, Eric finds himself pleasantly busy collecting and experimenting with instruments, sticks, and mallets. Some of these implements make it on stage at Abravanel Hall. A few of his timpani sticks started as wild bamboo from his mother’s back yard in Florida, with a toy car wheel attached at the top, covered with a layer of green felt from a billiard supplier sewed on using dental floss and a needle. Eric is constantly on the lookout for new percussion gear and admits to compulsively buying old tambourines and triangles on Ebay.

Eric won first place in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 Modern Snare Drum Competition and first place in the Young Artist Competition at Alliance for the Arts in Southwest Florida. He is the recipient of the Big Arts Classical Music Award, New Leaf Arts Scholarship, David G. Robinson Performing Arts Scholarship, Tallahassee Music Guild Award, and the Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. While at Florida State University, Eric was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Award. He can be heard as a vibraphone soloist on the CD, FSU Percussion Ensemble Vol. 1.

As of his appointment in 2013 at the age of 24, he is the youngest member of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera. Eric earned his Master of Music degree in 2013 from the Manhattan School of Music, where he also served as a teacher in the Pre-college division. He studied in the Orchestral Program with the life-changing faculty of Chris Lamb, Duncan Patton, and She-e Wu.

 

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Rei Hotoda, conductor

Rei Hotoda is rapidly becoming one of America’s most sought after and dynamic artists. She has appeared as a guest conductor with many of today’s leading ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Edmonton, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, Utah, Toronto, and Winnipeg, as well as the Colorado and St. Louis Symphonies, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, among others. Her repertoire spans the masterful staples of the classical cannon to works by the leading composers of today. She is equally at home leading the orchestra from the piano as well as from the podium.

In the 2015-16 season Ms Hotoda assumes the titled position of Associate Conductor of the Utah Symphony Orchestra—the first female to hold this position in the Orchestra’s 75-year history. In this new role, she will lead the orchestra in various programs for community as well as chamber concerts, regional tours, and at the Deer Valley Music Festival concerts in Park City.  She will play an active role in the orchestra’s education department, conducting family, education and outreach concerts. She will also be a spokesperson for the Utah Symphony in pre-concert lectures and community events and will act as a mentor for several youth orchestras in a variety of regional guest clinics and performances. Additional highlights of Ms. Hotoda’s 2015-16 season include guest conducting debuts with the North Carolina Symphony and Atlantic Classical Orchestra as well as a return engagement with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony.

Ms Hotoda is also an accomplished pianist, appearing both as a featured soloist and conductor from the piano. She has appeared as soloist conducting from the piano with the Dallas, Edmonton, Utah, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, performing works by Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. As a soloist, she has presented works by Beethoven, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff with the Clinton and Muscatine Symphony Orchestras. She has also given solo piano recitals at the Chicago Cultural Center, Ravinia Music Festival, and the University of Illinois.

Ms. Hotoda is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2006 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, created by Marin Alsop to mentor women conductors. Additionally, she has received a Peabody Career Development Grant, the Women’s Philharmonic Scholarship, and an Illinois Arts Council International Arts Exchange Grant.

Ms. Hotoda studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.  She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.

 

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Andrew Larson, cello

Andrew Larson joined the Utah Symphony in September 2015. Prior to this achievement, Andrew held a fellowship at the New World Symphony. He has performed internationally as part of the Verbier Festival (CH), Schleswig-Holstein Festival (DE), Pacific Music Festival (JP), Spoleto Festival (US) and New York String Orchestra Seminar (US), benefitting from close contact with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, NDR Sinfonieorchester, and Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Larson regularly appears as a guest member of the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far Cry. As a chamber musician, he performed for two years with the Futura Quartet, participating in the 2011 Acade ́mie Internationale de Quatuors a ̀ McGill (Montreal, ON), and studying with Andre ́ Roy, Gerhard Schulz, Kim Kashkashian, Roger Tapping, and the Borromeo Quartet. Mr. Larson holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, where his primary teachers were Paul Katz, Natasha Brofsky, and David Ying. Other influential teachers include Dorothea Figueroa (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Ronald Feldman (retired, Boston Symphony Orchestra).

 

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Scott Lewis, viola

Scott is a violist with the Utah Symphony and is an avid paraglidist. Scott is a graduate of Indiana University – Bloomington and has also been a member of the Victoria Symphony and Cape Town Symphony.

 

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Alexander Martin, violin

Alexander Martin joined the Utah Symphony in February 2011. He came to Salt Lake City from Miami Beach, Florida, where he was a member of the New World Symphony and appeared as concertmaster under the batons of Michael Tilson-Thomas and other conductors. He also has served as concertmaster of the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Terre Haute (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Columbus (Indiana) Philharmonic.

Mr. Martin holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree from Indiana University, where he studied with Alexander Kerr, former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra in Amsterdam, and with Paul Biss, the violinist, violist and conductor.

A chamber-music devotee and performer since grade school, Mr. Martin is a regularly featured artist in the Westminster Concert Series at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Reviewer Edward Reichel called his 2015 performance of Cesar Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, with pianist Karlyn Bond, “a magnificent presentation of one of the most technically challenging and significant violin works from the late 19th century.”

Mr. Martin has participated in many music festivals, including the Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland; the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; and the Schleswig-Holstein festival in Germany, where he was concertmaster of the chamber orchestra. In the United States, he has played at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and at the Spoleto USA festival in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was concertmaster of the festival orchestra under the baton of noted conductor Joseph Flummerfelt. Mr. Martin also served as principal second violin in the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.

In his spare time Mr. Martin enjoys reading string quartets, following the Washington Nationals, and playing his guitar. A longtime lover of heavy metal, he was featured in a Salt Lake Underground (SLUG) Magazine article discussing the surprising parallels between metal and classical music.

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Jed Moss, piano

As an in-demand collaborative and concert pianist, Jed Moss has shared the stage with artists from around the globe. He appears extensively in duo and chamber music concerts at colleges and universities from coast to coast, and has been the featured artist with orchestras in the Czech Republic, Uruguay, Washington DC, Texas, Idaho, Utah and California.

As a contracted soloist, Moss has toured Europe with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre, and frequently performs piano concerti to fully choreographed productions with Ballet West. The Washington Times said, “Jed Moss relished the fiendishly difficult jazz piano solos that were once owned by Lukas Foss” when describing his performance of Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” at the Kennedy Center.
Moss is a regular performer at conferences, including the Music Teachers National Association convention, and has served as staff collaborative pianist for the International Clarinet Association as well as the International Double Reed Society.

Intensely involved in the promotion of new music, since 1987, Moss has participated in the Maurice Abravanel Visiting Composers Series, the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble and the Contemporary Music Consortium of Utah.  As a member of the Sundance Trio, he has toured the U.S., Ireland and the U.K., and continues to explore and commission new music for oboe, bassoon and piano.
Jed Moss appears on Centaur, Summit, Albany, Warner, Deseret Book and MSR Classics.

 

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Hugh Palmer, violin

Hugh is a violinist with Utah Symphony. Previously, he was a member of New World Symphony. He was co-concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra in 2012 and 2013. Hugh received his Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory under Robert Lipsett. He earned a B.M. in music performance at Northwestern University under Almita Vamos. He has served as concertmaster of the Colburn and YMF Debut Orchestras, and the Pacific Music and Chautauqua Festival orchestras.

 

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Jens TenBroek, bass

Jens tenBroek comes from a long line of musicians. Born and raised in Oakland, CA he received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory. He has participated in many music festivals including Verbier, Aspen, New York String Orchestra Seminar and Music Academy of the West where he was the concerto competition winner. His primary teachers have included Lawrence Hurst, David Moore, Paul Ellison, Leigh Mesh and Peter Lloyd.

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Erin Svoboda, clarinet

Clarinetist Erin Svoboda is in her first season as associate principal with the Utah Symphony.  Originally from the East Coast, Erin began her musical studies with the piano at the age of five and added the clarinet at ten. She earned degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Temple University, and Manhattan School of Music where she studied with Thomas Martin, Ricardo Morales, and Mark Nuccio respectively. She spent her summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, Marlboro Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and Aspen Music Festival.  Erin freelanced in New York City after she graduated, playing with such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, and American Symphony Orchestra.  She spent a year as the Assistant/2nd/E-flat clarinetist in the Colorado Symphony before moving to Utah.  Also an active chamber musician and soloist, she recorded the trio Tibetan Dances on Spring Dreams with Cho-Liang Lin on violin and the composer, Bright Sheng, on piano.  Erin also premiered Michael Gandolfi’s Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon. 

When not performing, Erin enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, camping, and biking, and recently learned to ski.  She looks forward to exploring Utah.

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Frank Weinstock, piano

American Frank Weinstock has had a distinguished career as a performer, teacher, and adjudicator. His appearances as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician have taken him throughout the United States, as well as to South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. As concerto soloist, Mr. Weinstock has appeared with such conductors as Jesús López-Cobos, Erich Kunzel, Keith Lockhart, Jorge Mester, Gunther Schuller, Markand Thakar, and Luthero Rodrigues. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Weinstock has performed with the Tokyo and American String Quartets, Leonard Rose, Larry Combs, Glen Dicterow, the Percussion Group Cincinnati, and with members of the Guarneri, LaSalle, Manhattan, and Berkshire Quartets.

Frank Weinstock is Professor Emeritus of Piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he taught for thirty-one years until his retirement in 2011; towards the end of that time, he also served as that school’s associate dean and interim dean. He is featured in Benjamin Saver’s book, The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA. His current and former students hail from six continents, and are themselves prominent performers, competition winners, recording artists, and professors at universities around the world. Mr. Weinstock has been a member of the performing faculties at the Aspen and Eastern Music Festivals, the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, and the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca (Italy), and has been a juror for many competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, Cleveland, Hilton Head, and Virginia Waring International Piano Competitions, as well as the Canadian Music Competition and the American Pianists Association Competition.

A native of Oberlin, Ohio, Mr. Weinstock received performance degrees from the Oberlin and New England Conservatories of Music, studying with Emil Danenberg, Victor Rosenbaum, Claude Frank, Lilian Kallir, and Edith Oppens. Not limiting his interests to performing and teaching, he has also enjoyed success as a music-software engineer; his work Home Concert Xtreme was awarded the 2010 Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award as the outstanding keyboard-pedagogy publication of the year.

He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Janell Weinstock, retired Vice President and General Manager of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.