Tatjana Masurenko is one of the leading viola players of our time. Her distinctive style is
shaped by her expressive playing and her thorough and intensive musical studies. Her
charisma and natural stage presence are captivating. Alongside the great viola concertos by
Walton, Bartók and Hindemith, Tatjana’s wide-ranging concert repertoire also includes
modern classical works such as Schnittke, Gubaidulina and Kancheli and the rarely performed
viola concertos by Hartmann and Bartel.
Tatjana Masurenko has made solo appearances with orchestras including the
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the NDR
Radiophilharmonie and other leading orchestras in Europe and Asia. She has been a welcome
guest at major international festivals as both soloist and chamber musician for many years.
She grew up in a family of Russian academics and jazz musicians. Her musical path began in
St Petersburg where she was able to benefit from the traditional St Petersburg school with
the best teachers of her time. She continued her musical studies in Germany with Kim
Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai. Her search for new forms of expression on the viola and new
techniques and tonal concepts were encouraged and influenced by encounters with figures
including Boris Pergamenschikow, György Kurtág, Brigitte Fassbaender and Herbert
For some years now, Tatjana Masurenko’s major objective in her musical career has been the
further development of the viola as a solo instrument which also explains her commitment to
contemporary music. She has given numerous first performances of new compositions, many
of which are dedicated to her and originated on her initiative. She has worked with
composers such as the recently deceased Gladys Krenek, Moritz von Gagern, Dimitri Terzakis,
Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Christian Bartel, Luca Lombardi and Nejat Başeğmezler. Tatjana
Masurenko’s discography reflects the musician’s high artistic standards. Right from the start,
she compiles the programmes of her CDs meticulously and with great deliberation.
Tatjana Masurenko plays the music of Ernst Krenek with enthusiasm, supports the Ernst
Krenek Institute in Krems, Austria, and has recorded all his works for solo viola. Several of her
CD recordings (for example the concerto by K. A. Hartmann and British Viola Concertos
featuring concertos by Walton, Beamish und Britten) received awards including the Preis der
deutschen Schallplattenkritik and international accolades such as the Supersonic Award
(Luxemburg) and the Diapason découverte (France). Her 3-CD box set “White Nights – Music
from St. Petersburg”, which she recorded with pianist Roglit Ishay, is one of the most
important recordings of this repertoire.
At present, Tatjana Masurenko is intensively dedicated to historical performance practice
and especially to 19th century playing and the romantic repertoire. For several years she has
been engaged in playing the viola d’amore: thus, she interprets baroque and classical
repertoire with passion, but at the same time she develops modern music on this baroque
instrument with much interest in an experimental and innovative way with new sound ideas.
She plays a viola d’amore by Charles Jacquot, Paris 1849.
Tatjana Masurenko is dedicated to promoting young musicians. Since 2002 she has been
professor of viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”
Leipzig with an international reputation and since 2019 in the same position at the Haute
Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Sion, Switzerland. She gives master classes in Europe and
America and is artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik (Turkey) as well as of a
master class in Leipzig.
Many of her students have built successful careers and travel the world as soloists,
professors, principal violists in major orchestras and as chamber musicians.
Her teaching style is built on the St. Petersburg tradition of the 19th/early 20th century and
merges with the new ideas and sensibilities of the 20th/21st century, especially in the
interpretation of Baroque and Classical music.
Tatjana Masurenko plays a viola by P. Testore, Milan 1756 and a specially built instrument by
Jürgen Manthey, Leipzig 2017, who has developed new acoustic and tonal construction
methods that clearly distinguish his instruments from others. She changes the bows to match
An experienced arts and higher education administrator, Lee Cioppa has combined a commitment to data-driven decision making with a passion for collaboration and innovation throughout her career. Prior to her arrival at Colburn in August of 2016, she held the position of Associate Dean for Admissions at The Juilliard School, overseeing admissions for the Dance, Drama, and Music Divisions with over 5,500 applications annually. She has been a presenter and speaker on arts admissions at numerous conferences including the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, Arts Schools Network and the Classical Singer Convention. Ms. Cioppa’s higher education career began at the Manhattan School of Music, where just three years after graduating with her Master of Music in oboe she was appointed Director of Admission. Subsequently she worked with the Alberto Vilar Global Fellows Program at New York University. Her Bachelor of Music is from the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Janice Ying is a board certified orthopedic physical therapist and the founder of Opus Physical Therapy and Performance based in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to her career in physical therapy, she received her degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Pepperdine University with an emphasis in Violin Performance. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California and has been practicing for over a decade. She is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of Performing Arts Medicine, particularly with developing injury prevention and rehabilitation strategies for instrumental musicians. Dr. Ying has recently been awarded the 2021 Emerging Leader Award by the American Physical Therapy Association for her contributions towards advancing the field of Performing Arts Medicine in Physical Therapy. She currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California and is a frequent guest lecturer throughout the US and abroad.
A pianist (MM, New England Conservatory) and musicologist (Ph.D., Yale), Mina Yang has written two books – Planet Beethoven: Classical Music at the Turn of the Millennium (Wesleyan University Press, 2014) and California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads (University of Illinois Press, 2007) – and numerous essays situating music within larger sociopolitical trends. Yang has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of California, San Diego, University of Southern California, and other institutions in California, and is currently a professor of arts and humanities at Minerva University, where she also serves as the lead of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Michael Patzia received his PhD in philosophy from Vanderbilt University and has been teaching in the field for over 20 years at schools in Nashville, Nicaragua, Iowa, and presently in Southern California at Loyola Marymount University. His main areas of study and research have been in Ancient Philosophy and Ethics as well as Asian Philosophy, particularly Confucianism and Taoism. His main publications have been in the area of Pre-Socratic philosophy and when he is not teaching or philosophizing, you can find him spending time with his son, playing golf, or playing his upright bass in a jazz trio or an Americana band.
Former violist of the Takács String Quartet and former Principal Violist of the San Francisco Symphony, previously served as assistant principal of the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Miami Philharmonic, and the Baltimore Symphony. During her tenure with the San Francisco Symphony she was soloist with the orchestra 47 times and gave the US premiers of several important works. She has appeared in many chamber music festivals including: Aspen, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Music @Menlo, Telluride, Seattle, Cape Cod, Music Academy of the West, Ravinia and the Green Music Festival.
In 1995 Ms. Walther was selected by Sir Georg Solti as a member of his Musicians of the World, an orchestra composed of leading musicians from around the globe, for concerts in Geneva to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. She has also served as principal violist with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and has performed as soloist with other orchestras.
As a member of the Takács Quartet she traveled the world as a performer and served an Artist in Residence at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Geraldine Walther’s recordings include, eighteen Hyperion recordings as a member of the Takacs Quartet, Hindemith’s Trauermusik and Der Schwanendreher with the San Francisco Symphony (both on London/Decca), Paul Chihara’s Golden Slumbers with the San Francisco Chamber Singers (Albany), and Lou Harrison’s Threnody (New Albion), Delectable Pieces with the Volkert Trio (Con Brio) and numerous recordings available from Music@Menlo LIVE. With collaborator, pianist, David Korevaar she had recorded two albums of viola sonatas, one featuring Brahms and the other, works of Hindemith on the MSR label.
Geraldine is a founding artist of the Ruby Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Chamber Music Sundaes series in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Nathan Cole is First Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Cole joined the LA Phil in 2011 and has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of ten while studying with Donna Wiehe. After eight years working with Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he earned his bachelor of music degree in 2000. In addition to his studies with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival enriched his love of chamber music.
While in Chicago, Nathan taught at Roosevelt University and coached the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He is currently on faculty at Azusa Pacific University and teaches classes at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He is also an online teaching artist with ArtistWorks. His articles and photographs have appeared in Strings, Symphony, and Chamber Music magazines.
A liberal arts-educated musicologist and a conservatory trained pianist, Dr. Tiffany Kuo is Professor of Music at Mount San Antonio College. Dr. Kuo’s current research brings to light the pioneering of performing arts patronage in higher education as instigated by philanthropic foundations in mid-twentieth century America. She has received research grants from the Rockefeller Archive Center, the Paul Sacher Stiftung Scholarship, and Mt. SAC’s professional development. Dr. Kuo is a graduate of Stanford University (BA in music, and BS in biological sciences), The Juilliard School (MM in piano performance) and New York University (PhD in musicology). Dr. Kuo was the chair of the music department at Mount San Antonio College from 2014–2018, and she is the faculty data coach coordinator for Mt. SAC Title V Grant “Creating and Equity-Minded Campus Culture to Improve Student Outcomes.”
David Rejano is the Principal Trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he began in 2016. Before that, he served as Principal Trombone with the Münchner Philharmoniker from 2010 to 2016, Principal Trombone with the Barcelona Opera House from 2007 to 2010, and Principal Trombone with Orquestra Sinfonica de Navarra from 2002 to 2007.
He has also performed as a guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France, Seoul Philharmonic, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks or the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris. He collaborates regularly with Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel and Valery Gergiev. David Rejano appears frequently as a soloist at international festivals and gives master classes all over the world, including the Guildhall School of London (England), the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China), New England Conservatory (USA), and the Paris Conservatoire (France).
Mr. Rejano was born in Badajoz (Spain) and initially studied music at the Conservatory in Madrid. He then moved to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he graduated with the Special Prize of the Jury. He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (with Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez).
Trumpeter Ryan Darke enjoys a diverse career as a performer and educator. Mr. Darke is principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra; prior to joining the Los Angeles Opera, he played second trumpet with the Baltimore Symphony and principal trumpet with the San Diego Symphony. He also spent one year at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Darke has also enjoyed teaching the OrchKids program with the Baltimore Symphony, Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles (YOLA) through the LA Philharmonic, and while touring with the LA Philharmonic taught a master class for Venezuela’s “El Sistema.” Mr. Darke has also played in concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysia Philharmonic, Stavanger Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and with the new music ensemble wildUp. While residing in Germany Mr. Darke played with the Schleswig Holstein Orchestra and was featured as principal on Mahler Symphony No. 5.
Mr. Darke received his Professional Studies Certificate at the Colburn School, his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from Rice University, and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory at the California State University, Long Beach. His most influential instructors have been James Wilt, Rob Frear, Rick Giangiulio, Tony Prisk, Michael Sachs, and Joan LaRue.