Guest artists 2015 

Amy Zanrosso, Pianist

 A sensitive and dynamic musician, Amy Zanrosso has worked within a wide range of musical genres – classical, contemporary, musical theatre, German cabaret and tango. Originally from British Columbia, Amy completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Victoria with Bruce Vogt. She furthered her studies in Italy, working with Maria Tipo and Michele Campanella and then returned to Canada to complete a Master’s Degree at McGill University in Montréal, Québec during which she studied with Dorothy Morton and Louis-Philippe Pelletier.

After completing her Master’s Degree Amy branched out from the classical genre and was the pianist for The Sweatshop Tango Ensemble, a quintet specializing in classic tango and Astor Piazzolla’s tango neuvo. They performed in numerous festivals throughout Québec and Ontario and released a CD in 2007 entitled De la Main à la Boca.

Much in demand as a collaborator, Amy has shared the stage with Eric Chappell, James Box and Russell Devuyst of the Montréal Symphony Orchestra among others. She was a staff pianist at McGill University for many years as well as at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. Amy has performed with numerous finalists and winners for the Prix d’Europe, the MSO Competition, the CMC Competition and the McGill Concerto Competition and has played for master classes given by Philippe Muller, Pieter Wispelwey, Matt Haimovitz, Peter Wiley, Paul Katz, Jeff Beecher, François Rabbath, Paul Ellison, and Owen Lee. In the Fall of 2015, Amy was the pianist for chorus rehearsals of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel at the helm and went on tour to China with the Grammy award winning Pacific Boy Choir.

Since arriving in the Bay Area, Amy has been busy freelancing and is part of three new local ensembles; The iO Piano Quartet, the RossoRose Duo with Alisa Rose on violin and Tangonero, a tango quartet. She is steadily realizing her plan of learning and performing all existing piano chamber music and when not practicing Beethoven or Brahms, Amy can be found coaching chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music or riding her bike to rehearsals

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Zachary Spontak, Violinist

Zachary Spontak, 22, born and raised in Alaska, is a student of Paul Kantor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Called a “natural leader” by Casa Magazine, Zachary is an active chamber musician and soloist. He has collaborated in performances with Desmond Hoebig, Ivo Van der Werff, Ritchie Hawley, Alan Stepansky, Julie Landsman, and Nico Abondolo, among many others. In addition to being a three-time winner of the Fairbanks Symphony Concerto Competition, he won First Place at the Skokie Valley Symphony Concerto Competition in Chicago and the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition in California. He is also a gold medal winner in the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Zachary has performed in many orchestras, including the Houston Symphony, the Skokie Valley Symphony, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He was concertmaster of the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, the Astona Festival Chamber Orchestra, and the Fairbanks Youth Symphony, among others. Zachary joined the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra on a tour of the East Coast in 2014, performing in Meyerhoff Hall (Baltimore) and Carnegie Hall. Zachary has appeared on radio programs such as “Alaska Live” and NPR’s “From the Top”.

Zachary has attended several music festivals, including the Perlman Music Program, Astona-International (Switzerland), and the Music Academy of the West, where he participated in the inaugural String Quartet Seminar, coached by Peter Salaff and David Geber. In summer of 2014, he attended the Aspen Music Festival with a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Fellowship.

Zachary began studying music at age three with Jean Krause, later studying with Dr. Gail Johansen. In 2009, he moved to Chicago to study with Roland and Almita Vamos through the Music Institute of Chicago. He has studied chamber music with Peter Salaff, Francis Gouton, Norman Fischer, Robert Mann, Desmond Hoebig, Kathleen Butler- Hopkins, the Cavani Quartet, and the Pacifica Quartet.

Apart from music, Zach enjoys running, reading, and hiking.