The Musicians

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CEO, CELLO

ANNA LEAVITT

Anna has the rare ability to improvise on the cello and can be heard on recordings of Swing je'taim, John Tesh, Brian Savage and has performed live with Led Zeppelin founders: Jimmy Paige and Robert Plante, John Tesh, Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, Leslie Uggams, and has performed in France, Switzerland, Bermuda and throughout the USA.

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VIOLIN

DESIREE CEDENO-SUAREZ

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Originally from Venezuela, Desiree's orchestral experience has taken her to all different parts of the world, from Korea, to Latin America, as well as Europe. She has had the opportunity to work with world reknown conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Eiji Oue, Jean-Pascal Tortelier, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Robert Spanno, and Zdenek Macal.

In 2004 Desiree came to Denver, where she has been performing in the front range with groups like the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra, The Boulder Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Cheyenne Symphony, and the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra. She recently performed with recording artists, Earth Wind and Fire.

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PHILIP FICSOR

Philip Ficsor, whose playing was described as “luminous” by the Santa Barbara Independent, released a recording with renowned composer/pianist Emma Lou Diemer entitled “Summer Day” featuring her complete works for violin and piano. An enthusiastic advocate for contemporary American composers, he also recorded William Bolcom’s complete works for violin and piano as part of the ensemble American Double. Fanfare “strongly recommended” the recording and The Strad described Ficsor’s playing of the Suite for Solo Violin “beautifully managed and well-prepared”. A strong believer in the value of educational outreach, he presented to 1,500 school-age children from the stage of Boston Symphony Hall in a co-presentation with William Bolcom on the eve of the premiere of his Eighth Symphony by James Levine and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is an editorial advisor for publication through E. B. Marks/Hal Leonard Corporation. He has participated in numerous festivals across Europe and the U.S., including The Meadowmount School of Music, the Holland Music Festival (Netherlands), as well as the Semmering Festival (Austria). Pre-college, Mr. Ficsor attended the Hans Richter Conservatory of Music in Györ, Hungary, where he was enrolled as a violin student and learned to speak Hungarian fluently. From 2006-2013 he was a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Westmont College.

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VIOLIN

ADELAIDE NAUGHTON

Adelaide is freelance violinist playing acoustic and five-string electric violins, She has perform with a wide variety of ensembles in the Denver-Metro area. My experience includes years of playing the symphonic literature, as well as freelancing with various groups playing many styles of music - pop, rock, jazz, etc. 

She has  performed  the Denver tour dates with Debbie Reynolds, Jeans 'n Classics - The Music of Led Zeppelin at the Arvada Center, Richard Marx at Hudson Gardens in Littleton, CO, edgy & family friendly musicals with Inspire Creative, Ignite and StageDoor theatres, and even dressed up in a Roma outfit playing Gypsy music at the Boettcher Mansion in Golden, CO, to name a few. She has also played for various churches, weddings, recording sessions and other types of events and she subbed with Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Jefferson Symphony, Lakewood Symphony, and continue to perform regularly with The Arapahoe Philharmonic and Cloud 9 string quartet.

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VIOLA

JAMES SHAW

Mr. Shaw has held viola positions with the Florida Grand Opera and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Shaw currently teaches violin and viola at Parlando School of Musical Arts and has previously taught violin, viola and chamber music at Rice University’s Shepherd school preparatory department in addition to string programs in New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Colorado.Mr. Shaw has also performed on the Holland America Cruise line

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JEANNE CHIN

Jeanne was born in Hong Kong. She has been the Principal violist of the Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, Denver Center Attractions, Vail International Ballet Festival, Denver Chamber Orchestra and Emerald City Opera.  At the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music under the baton of Marin Alsop, she has been a Principal and and section Player.  She also performed with the Colorado Symphony, Bravo Vail, Denver Center Theatre, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Aspen String Trio traveling throughout rural Colorado with Colorado Chautauqua sponsored by the Colorado Council  for the Arts and Humanities. Currently, she is pursuing teaching English as a second language to immigrants pursuing naturalization.

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VIOLIN

BENJAMIN TOMPKINS

Benjamin has performed as a member of the Charleston Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, and currently performs with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA. Ben has been teaching violin for nearly 20 years, and has been in the faculty of Illinois College, as well as serving as interim faculty at Regis College. As a chamber musician, he has attended master classes alongside members of the Cleveland, Miami, Arditti, Penderecki, Tokyo, Miro, and Pacifica quartets. He has served as Director of Strings Attached and Music Director of the Colorado Youth Symphony, and is currently a Master Mentor with the Denver School of the Arts.

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VIOLIN

NATHANAEL LEAVITT

Nathanael was a recent finalist for the Oberlin Conservatory Concerto contest. in 2018 Nathanael served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Grammy Award nominated National Orchestral Institute and recorded with Naxos Records. He has toured as a soloist and chamber musician in Lucerne, Switzerland and Grenoble, France, and in the United States, performing in spaces including Carnegie Hall. Nathanael was first prize recipient in numerous local competitions in the Midwest and has appeared as a guest artist with ensembles including Colorado Young Sinfonia, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Pikes Peak Philharmonic, Aurora Symphony, Lone Tree Symphony, the Mercury Ensemble—and as featured soloist and concertmaster for the film score of “Thicker than Water” (2018). Nathanael enjoys playing music from the Romantic Era, and improvising in modern folk styles. Currently, he is the violinist in Oberlin Conservatory’s 2019 Resident Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble. He also enjoys baroque music, and plays a 1673 baroque violin from Cremona, Italy, on loan from the Oberlin Conservatory. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Nathanael studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

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VIOLIN

NAOMI HILL

Naomi Hill is from Belfast U.K. She has played in numerous orchestras and bands and as a soloist in London, Ireland, Vienna, Prague, Italy, Germany France, Tanzania, Uganda and the U.S.A. She is extremely versitile performing classical, jazz, pop and rock.

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