San Francisco Chamber Orchestra presents
Classical at the Freight: Robin Sharp and Friends
Robin Sharp, Ben Simon, Eric Gaenslen, Keisuke Nakagoshi
Monday, October 14th
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pmFreight & Salvage
$9 ADV / $11 DOOR (plus fees)
Robin Sharp and Friends
Our esteemed concertmaster, Robin Sharp, leads an ensemble of SFCO All-Stars in two classics of the piano quartet repertoire – and no, that isn’t four pianos; it’s violin, viola (Ben Simon), cello (Eric Gaenslen) and piano (Keisuke Nakagoshi). The G minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the C minor by Gustave Faure are masterpieces of the genre, written 100 years and a musical universe apart.
Violinist Robin Sharp is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. Ms. Sharp performs as Concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra with conductor Benjamin Simon, and is on the music faculty at Stanford University as Full-time Lecturer in Violin. In addition to maintaining private teaching studios in San Francisco and Palo Alto, she teaches at California Summer Music each summer. Ms.Sharp currently serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and is also on the Advisory Board of California Summer Music. A frequent guest artist, Ms. Sharp appeared as soloist during the 2015-16 season with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Schola Cantorum, and with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra for their Pacific Northwest 50th Anniversary Tour. Her recent chamber music engagements have included ongoing collaborations with the St. Michael Trio, which Ms. Sharp joined as their violinist in 2017, and the Haydn Project, a quartet that is exploring all of the Haydn string quartets.
Cellist Eric Gaenslen is a part-time artist-in-residence at the School of Music. He has been a member of the Rossetti Quartet since 1999. Also a recitalist, he has performed worldwide at such venues as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Lincoln Center, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. As orchestral soloist he has performed Bloch’s Schelomo at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, the Beethoven Triple Concerto in Mexico and given the premiere performance of Laura Carnibucci’s ‘Siddartha’ for cello and string orchestra. Chamber music performances at major music festivals include the Olympic, Aspen, Evian, Tanglewood, Bowdoin, Banff and Vermont Mozart Festival.
Keisuke Nakagoshi began his piano studies at the age of ten, arriving in the United States from Japan at the age of 18. Mr. Nakagoshi earned his Bachelors degree in Composition and Masters degree in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music., where he studied composition with David Conte and piano with Paul Hersh. Graduating as the recipient of multiple top awards, Keisuke was selected to represent the SFCM for the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project, a program featuring the most young musicians from major conservatories across the United States.