This season’s guest artists come to us from around the world, and here at home.
Quickly becoming one of the most talked about and sought after musical ambassadors to Generation Z, violinist Chloé Trevor has combined her spirit for classical music and her passion for mentoring the youth of today to connect on a personal level with audiences in exciting and innovative ways. Critics have acclaimed Chloé for her “dazzling technique,” “excellent musicianship,” “huge tone,” “poise and professional grace” and “bold personality unafraid to exult in music and ability.” She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic, Plano Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony. She made her New York concerto debut in 2013 and Avery Fisher Hall debut in 2014. She previously performed with SASO in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in May, 2015.
Diego Sánchez Haase
Born in Villarrica, Paraguay, in 1970, Diego Sánchez Haase has been acclaimed by critics as the most brilliant, complete and versatile figure of the new generation of classical music in Paraguay. Initially studying the Paraguayan harp (with which he has won numerous awards in national competitions), he abandoned folk music in his adolescence to devote himself fully to classical music. He has served as music director of several Paraguayan orchestras, performed internationally as a harpsichordist and pianist (with a particular emphasis on music of Bach), and composed many works for orchestra and for chamber ensembles.
Hailed as “the paragon of the concert pianist” by the LA Examiner and “a standout performer” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, Georgian-born American pianist Yelena Beriyeva made her solo debut at age 5 with the Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has performed extensively as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist in the Republic of Georgia, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Canada, and the United States. While pursuing her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory, she was no stranger to prestigious Jordan Hall where audiences could hear and watch her perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Chopin, Barber, Bartok, Berg, Stravinsky and others. In February 2016, she gave a spectacular performance of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with SASO on two days’ notice.
Ms. Xia Jing is a talented young guzheng performer from the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. (The guzheng is a plucked zither with 18 or more strings and moveable bridges; ancestor of the Japanese koto). Ms. Xia is a Gold Medal winner of the “World Rising Star” competition in China. She won the Bronze Medal in the guzheng competition of the “Golden Bell Award,” which is the highest accolade for Chinese musical performance. In collaboration with the China Symphony Orchestra, she was invited to attend the Vienna New Year’s Concert. She has also been invited to numerous music festivals and has presented many solo performances in the U.S., New Zealand, Switzerland, Malaysia, South Korea and other countries. Ms. Xia is also an accomplished player of other ancient Chinese stringed instruments, including the guqin (seven-stringed zither) and se (also a plucked zither, but much rarer than the guzheng today). Ms. Xia will teach guzheng in the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona.
Soprano Christi Amonson is establishing herself as a singer with “a lustrous sound” and “ingratiating charm and warmth.” Her operatic roles include Amy (Little Women), Mozart’s Despina, Zerlina, Susanna, and Blondchen, Verdi’s Gilda, Oscar, and Nannetta, Gretel, Adele, the title role of La Périchole, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Yum Yum, Josephine, and Mabel, Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe), Monica (The Medium), Lisette (La rondine), and the title role of Naughty Marietta. She has performed with SASO many times, including on a tour of China, and most recently in an April 2016 concert including Eric Whitacre’s Goodnight, Moon and Bruckner’s Te Deum.
Pete Fine, born in New York City in 1950, started studying guitar in 1963, and moved to Tucson in 1974. Having performed with ensembles of many different styles of rock and jazz-rock, as well as doing recording sessions and orchestra pit work, he earned the reputation of being a virtuoso acoustic and electric guitarist. He also is a self-taught composer and orchestrator.
His first work for 12-string guitar and chamber orchestra, written in 1972, was released years later under the German label Shadocks Records, and a subsequent work for electric guitar with full orchestra was spotlighted in Guitar Player magazine in August 1982. Having loved symphonic music all his life, Fine has had several more works performed in Tucson, most notably a Symphony for String Orchestra, an Electric Guitar Concerto (released on CD by the Catalina Chamber Orchestra conducted by Enrique Lasansky) and a suite for 12-string guitar, two vocal soloists and orchestra. SASO’s Celebration! CD features his Landscapes, inspired by a 2011 trip through Rocky Mountain Park.
In addition to these musical accomplishments, Pete has studied classical Indian music and is a performer on sitar, a popular North Indian stringed instrument.
A native of Seattle, Lauren Roth is concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and assistant professor of violin at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music. Earlier, she was concertmaster of the Canton Symphony. In May 2013, she earned a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. She was a member of the Cleveland Pops orchestra and a substitute with The Cleveland Orchestra.