Violinist Lorenz Gamma is internationally active as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. As former co-leader of the Amar Quartet Mr. Gamma performed a full-time concert schedule touring through many of Europe’s most important chamber music venues, including the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Residence in Munich, the Cologne Philharmonic, as well as in many other cities such as London, Paris, New York, Teheran etc. Prior to his activity with the quartet, Lorenz Gamma served as concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta in Seattle and as principal of the Zurich Opera orchestra. Mr. Gamma has given master classes in the United States, Europe and Asia and has taught violin first as visiting professor at UCLA before joining the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and California State University in Long Beach. He currently teaches violin, viola and chamber music at both institutions.
Limor Toren-Immerman, violin
Dr. Limor Toren-Immerman has won numerous regional and national competitions and has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout Russia, Israel, and the United States. Currently Dr. Toren-Immerman is an assistant professor at Fresno State and Shepherds University School of Music. She has been also invited to join the faculty of the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, and Music in the Mountains Festival and Conservatory in Durango, Colorado. She serves as Concertmaster for Mozart Classical Orchestra, Glendale Philharmonic, West Covina Symphony, and Opera in the Park, and performs with Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, and Fresno Philharmonic. She is a multifaceted chamber player and is a member of the Alto Polis Trio, “Synergy” chamber ensemble, “Music of Changes,” and Chamber Music Consortium.
Thomas Loewenheim, cello
Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, Music Director of the Youth Orchestras of Fresno, is Head of Strings, Professor of Cello, and Conductor of the University Orchestra at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Loewenheim enjoys an international career, combining cello performance, conducting, and teaching. He has toured North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East, performing as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Dr. Loewenheim earned a doctorate in cello performance from the renowned Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied with Janos Starker and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and was mentored in conducting by David Effron. He received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan under Erling Blöndal Bengtsson and a bachelor’s degree from the Rubin Academy for Music and Dance in Jerusalem. He also took part in master classes with Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Antonio Meneses, Arto Noras, Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth, and Menahem Pressler, among others. He plays a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume cello, made in 1848.
Bruce Bransby, double bass
Bruce Bransby, professor of double bass at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, was principal double bass with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1978-1986) under Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, and Andre Previn, and was principal double bass with the Kansas City Symphony (1971-1978). He studied with Nat Gangursky, Peter Mercurio, and Stuart Sankey. Professor Bransby performs widely as soloist and chamber player and has premiered numerous works, including several concertos for the double bass. While in Los Angeles, he was active in studio recordings for motion pictures and television. He was a faculty member at California State University Northridge, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the California Music Center, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and has been a performing member of the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival since 1987. His students hold positions in many of the world's finest symphony orchestras.
Hatem Nadim, piano
Hatem Nadim was born in Cairo, Egypt. At the age of ten he enrolled at the Cairo Conservatoire, where he studied solo piano with R. Yassa, V. Fedorovtzew and V. Samaliotow and graduated with honors. Later, as a music scholarship winner at the University at Frankfurt (Germany), he continued his post-graduate studies in chamber music and vocal accompaniment, with Professors Joachim Volkmann and Rainer Hoffmann, where he earned his degree. From 1989 to 1996 he was a piano faculty member at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. In 1989 he accepted a position at the University of Music in Mannheim, where his responsibilities included those of collaborative pianist, chamber music coach and piano accompaniment teacher. Since 2006, Mr. Nadim has served as staff accompanist at California State University in Fresno. In 2013 he also joined the faculty of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont California.
Thomas Landschoot joined the faculty of Arizona State University in 2001 after having taught at the University of Michigan. He has been awarded the Herberger College of Fine Arts Distinguished Teaching Award (2005) and is on the faculty of Shieh Chien University in Taipei since 2008. He spends his summers performing and teaching at places like the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Quartet Program in New York, Killington Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music and the Texas Music Festival. His students have gained success in the music world and occupy principal positions in major orchestras like the Montreal and Seattle Symphonies and teach at many universities around the country. Landschoot is Artistic Director of the Sonoran Chamber Music Festival and the President of the Arizona Cello Society. He performs on two exceptional instruments: a rare 1830 Giovanni Batista Pressenda and the 1709 Boccherini Stradivarius on loan from the Chimei foundation.
Born in Seoul, Korea, violinist Yulee Seo has appeared as a soloist and a chamber musician in many festivals in Korea, Austria, Germany, and Sweden. A winner of numerous competitions in Europe, among them the Padova International Music Competition and the Dichler competition, Seo holds degrees from both Seoul National University in Korea and the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She has performed with orchestras throughout Europe, including the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the Webern Symphony. She served as concertmaster of the FOOSA 2013 Opera and Orchestra Festival.
Leo Kim has just completed graduate studies at the California State University, Fresno. He received his primary instruction from the late Pearl Winter, with subsequent instruction from Nancy Skei and Dr. Angela Beeching. He has performed in master classes taught by Tsuyoshi Tsustumi, Emilio Colon, and Wendy Warner, and is currently a student of Dr. Thomas Loewenheim. Kim maintains a large studio of private students. He plays an 1846 Thomas Kennedy cello.