The Artists

Season 11 Performers

Kathleen Battle
Kathleen Battle

Soprano Kathleen Battle’s luminous voice has been called “...without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world” (The Washington Post). Yet beyond the glory of her singing, in a career filled with countless accolades, honors and major milestones, what has perhaps distinguished her most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering emotional bond between herself, her music and her audience.

Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady

Wayne Brady is an Emmy winning television personality who personifies the quadruple threat entertainer. A trained actor, singer, dancer and comedian and currently the host of CBS daytime game show Let’s Make a Deal, he is best known for his show stealing role on the improvisational comedy television series Whose Line Is It Anyway? 

Sarah Chang
Sarah Chang

Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world’s great violinists.  Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 8, she has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades. 

Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth

A multi award-winning actress best known for her acting on television (Pushing Daisies, Glee, The West Wing) and her prolific work on Broadway (Wicked, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Kristin Chenoweth is also a noted singer, writer, fashion designer, and avid philanthropist. 

Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil

Since 1984, Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents. The company has 4,000 employees, including more than 1,000 performing artists from close to fifty different countries.

Yelena Dyachek
Yelena Dyachek

Yelena Dyachek, Ukrainian-American soprano, is currently a participant of the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco. Commended by the Opera News for her “impeccably focused singing” and noted by the LA Times for her commanding  character portrayal, Dyachek has been a part of numerous productions.

Michael Fabiano
Michael Fabiano

Tenor Michael Fabiano has gathered much attention in the music world, particularly for his compelling portrayal of Rudolfo in Puccini’s timeless La Bohème. A recipient of numerous awards and accolades, he is a celebrated tenor with preeminent opera companies such as the San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera.

Festival Orchestra NAPA
Festival Orchestra NAPA

Centered around a core of musicians from New York’s Metropolitan Opera Orchestra led by concertmaster Laura Hamilton and conductor Joel Revzen, Festival Orchestra NAPA includes hand-picked musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, among others.

Gregg Field
Gregg Field

Six time Grammy and  “Producer of the Year” Latin Grammy recipient, Concord Records Recording Artist Gregg Field is one of the most versatile and highly sought-after producers, drummers and educators in music.

FireFleye
FireFleye

FireFleye, aka Michelle Voss, has been expressing herself through fire dancing for over 12 years. Spinning trails of light and igniting events with fire, FireFleye dances range from playful interludes to massive choreographed fundraisers.

Eoin Harrington
Eoin Harrington

Singer-songwriter Eoin Harrington hails from Dublin, Ireland, but has called San Francisco home for the past several years. He has performed with renowned artists such as Alanis Morissette, The Fray, Train, Goo Goo Dolls, Counting Crows, and Sara Bareilles. Featuring classical vocalist Alison Faye Di Bella.

Daniel Hsu
Daniel Hsu

Characterized by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “poet…[with] an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes”, eighteen-year-old Daniel Hsu — a 2016 Gilmore Young Artist — is a fast-rising pianist who was recently named the First Prize winner at the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. 

Alexi Kenney
Alexi Kenney

Violinist Alexi Kenney has been praised by The New York Times for “…immediately drawing listeners in with his beautifully phrased and delicate playing.” These qualities, paired with his distinctive poise, musical intellect, and thoughtful repertoire led to his win at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition at the age of nineteen.

Dave Koz
Dave Koz

In the 25 years since the release of his self-titled solo debut album, saxophonist Dave Koz has received nine GRAMMY® nominations, had seven albums top Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, toured the world and been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Morris LeGrande
Morris LeGrande

A San Francisco Bay Area native with southern roots, Morris LeGrande started his musical journey at the age of five. He picked up the guitar at 17 and soon thereafter made a career in music his goal. 

Isabel Leonard
Isabel Leonard

Highly acclaimed for her “passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty,” the Grammy Award winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage.  She has performed with the world’s foremost opera companies and conductors, and is in constant demand as a recitalist.

Les Violettes
Les Violettes

The members of Les Violettes – Violet Grgich, harpsichord, Colin Shipman, viola da gamba, Corey Carleton, soprano, and David Wilson, violin – met while pursuing graduate studies at the Early Music Institute, Indiana University.

Aldo López-Gavilán
Aldo López-Gavilán

Aldo López-Gavilán is a brilliant Cuban classical pianist and a renowned master of improvisation. Beginning his career as an acclaimed child prodigy (in composition as well as performance), he has performed around the world, won numerous awards, and recorded six albums.

Lester Lynch
Lester Lynch

Lester Lynch is a baritone of considerable presence. Recognized for his charismatic portrayals and commanding voice, baritone Lester Lynch is receiving rave reviews as he tackles some of Verdi’s most important baritone roles, from Scarpia to Rigoletto to Count di Luna.

Monica Mancini
Monica Mancini

Concord Records recording artist and double-Grammy nominee Monica Mancini has carved out an impressive career as a concert performer, appearing with major symphony orchestras worldwide, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, New York Pops, Boston Pops and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Sergio Mendes
Sergio Mendes

Producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes’ influence on the music industry has spanned five decades and continues to evolve through new collaborations and mediums. One of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums, many of which went gold or platinum, and he’s a three-time Grammy Award winner.

Napa Regional Dance Company
Napa Regional Dance Company

The Napa Regional Dance Company was founded in 1988, with a mission to provide excellent dance training and education, while promoting dance as an art form. Its instructors have professional backgrounds, having performed with such groups as American Ballet Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, Oakland Ballet, Ballet West, Joffrey Ballet and the Boston Conservatory.

Naomi Louisa O'Connell
Naomi Louisa O'Connell

Hailed by The New York Times as "a radiant mezzo-soprano", Naomi Louisa O’Connell made her professional debut on London's West End in 2012 as Sharon Graham in Terrence McNally's play, Master Class, opposite Tyne Daly as Maria Callas. 

Carlo Ponti
Carlo Ponti

Carlo Ponti is known for taking audiences of all ages on musical journeys of unique interpretive depth. He has been associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra since 2000, served as music director and principal conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony from 2001 to 2012, and in 2013 founded the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra — an ensemble that emphasizes music’s educational value. 

Gino Quilico
Gino Quilico

Baritone Gino Quilico is a Grammy Award-winning, internationally acclaimed singer. He debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1987, has performed around the globe with the most distinguished conductors, and has gained considerable notoriety from over twenty opera recordings.

Joel Revzen
Joel Revzen

Joel Revzen is an award-winning conductor who leads symphony and opera performances throughout North America and Europe. His active recording career includes two releases with the London Symphony Orchestra, critically acclaimed versions of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Die Jahreszeiten, and the Grammy-award winning The Art of Arleen Auger, on which he was both pianist and conductor.

San Francisco Ballet
San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, has emerged as a world-class arts organization since it was founded as the San Francisco Opera Ballet in 1933. Initially, its purpose was to train dancers to appear in opera productions, but it separated from the opera in 1942 and was renamed San Francisco Ballet.

Ensemble Triosphère
Ensemble Triosphère

Ensemble Triosphère – with pianist Dominic Boulianne, violinist Lizann Gervais and cellist Marianne Croft – is dedicated to bringing new music to a broader and younger audience through a variety of musical styles.

Young People's Chorus of New York City
Young People's Chorus of New York City

The Young People's Chorus of New York City is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. Founded by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child.