New Season/New Apprentices!

250px-Sachertorte_DSC03027_retouchedDear Friends,

I am so happy to announce the new season of Benvenue House Concerts. Dessert and wine will follow all performances.

As always, we are a non-profit under the umbrella of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, dedicated to presenting chamber music in an intimate setting — while training young musicians alongside renowned professionals.

Please meet our new Apprentices-in-Residence:

Laura Salzedo-Rubinstein, violin
Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello and gamba

More information about each of them soon.

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December 14 and 15, 2104: KEYBOARD FESTIVAL

December 14: New Spanish virtuoso harpsichordist, Ignacio Prego plays
Goldberg Variations.

December 15: Eric Zivian and Derek Tam join forces in music for two pianos, including
Schumann’s rarely heard “Andante and Variations” for 2 pianos, 2 cellos and horn.

mahlerwebcov1January 4 and 5, 2105:
Viennese program with returning favorites Joseph Maile and Pei-Ling! Their new quartet,
the Telegraph Quartet, just won the top prize at the international Fischoff Competition.

They will perform Schoenberg and also play the Mahler Piano Quartet with Tanya and Eric. Sacher torte for dessert.

March 22 and 23rd, 2105:
Harpsichordist, Davitt Maroney is joined by bass-line friends bassoonist, Kate van Orden
and cellist, Elisabeth Reed. We will have many wonderful French Baroque bass-friendly
pieces for you interspersed by Davitt’s exquisite solo playing.

May 5, 2105:
Special Tuesday Night Engagement!

Eric Zivian and Tanya are joined by early clarinet specialist currently residing in
England, Eric Hoeprich. Romantic pieces on original instruments.

For more information about a subscription to our upcoming season or donating to us, please e-mail

Thanks and more soon!


End of Time and Apprentices’ Final Extravaganza!


It’s a bittersweet moment indeed — our final two evenings of the season are coming up and our very last event on April 7th is also the last time our first ever crop of apprentices will be performing.

First, on April 6th at 7 p.m. Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time. A truly extraordinary modern work. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear it performed!2013LCCE_FacebookProfileRED

Then April 7th, 7 p.m. Left Coast Chamber Ensemble plus the apprentices play a “Chamber Music Extravaganza:” including Mozart four-hands; Gabrielli Ricercar and Canon for two cellos; Popper Requeim for three cellos and piano; Beethoven Cello Sonata in D Major; Mendelssohn Concert Piece for two Clarinets; and a dessert of a Brazilian Duo featuring Marc Teicholz and Ian Swensen on violin.

Our final concert is also free, so e-mail me at benvenueconcerts(at)gmail(dot)com if you’d like to bring a friend.

Refreshments follow both evenings and remember to leave ample time for parking.

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Thanks for your support.

Happy 2014

BenvenueHouseMusic logoHappy New Year to all! We can’t wait to see you at our concerts this spring.

I am especially excited about our program on January 26th and 27th. Eric Zivian and I have been working with up-and-coming artists Joseph Maile (violin) and Pei-Ling Lin (viola) on a wonderful concert, featuring Schumann and Brahms. There will be a brief pre-concert by the apprentices both nights. The program begins promptly at 7 p.m.

If you would like to join us for either night, please RVSP to benvenueconcerts{at}, our new address for Benvenue House Concerts correspondence.

Remember to leave extra time for parking!

Then in April:

April 6th, 7pm: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time
April 7th, 7pm: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble plus the apprentices play a “Chamber Music Extravaganza”
Thanks for your support.  As always, we are a non-profit under the umbrella of San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. You can donate to us here.

Apprentices and Sarah Bonomo Master Messiaen

2013-12-02 20.22.47Last night I was the very proud producer of an apprentice concert.

In very little time, Natalie Carducci, Gretchen Claassen, Derek Tam, joined by clarinettist, Sarah Bonomo learned and performed one of the most exciting performances of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time I have ever heard!

I also want to thank our coaches, Anna Presler, Jerry Simas, and Eric Zivian for their time and hard work on it with them.

Bravi tutti!!

Oh, and now the pressure is on Left Coast Ensemble (us, the coaches) to perform the same 2013-12-02 20.17.06piece on the series in April. It’s hard to imagine improving on the version I heard them do last night…. but we will do our best!

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Our New Season

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Dear Friends,

Now that we have the first two concerts of the season under our belts (two wonderful evenings featuring the legendary Phoebe Carrai), just a quick thank you to everyone who is helping make Benvenue House Music possible.

Still to come:

Marc Teicholz, December 1, 2013, 7 p.m. An all-Brazilian concert when Marc returns from performing it in Brazil.

Sarah Bonomo and the Apprentices, December 2, 2013, 7 p.m. “The Quartet for the End of Time,” by Messiaen. Public free performance.

Joseph Maile and Pei-Ling Lin play with Tanya and Eric, January 26 and 27, 2014, 7 p.m.

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, April 6 and April 7, 2014, 7 p.m.pianoforte

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2013-14 Season

For details about donating and attending concerts, please visit our Join Us page.

Please remember to RSVP for the concerts you will be attending so that we have enough chairs!

Looking forward to seeing you soon. Until then, read here about our new Benvenue House Calls program that brings music to the people who need it most.

Some Thoughts on Our Upcoming Season

150985_187876304686777_1100142227_nAs Eric and I enter our twelfth season as musical (and domestic!) partners, we have quite a few concerts under our belt. Our house concert series is no longer just a venture to produce ourselves and our amazing colleagues, but it is happily morphing into a career enhancement center for young musicians. It is not enough just to play your instrument well to become a professional chamber musician. It requires a very broad ranging skill set.

When I was Anner Bylsma’s au pair in Holland many years ago, it was the observing of his behavior with his agent, around concerts, and with his colleagues that trained me to do what I do now. This is not to say I didn’t learn a tremendous amount in the cello lessons themselves, but it was this “apprenticeship” that gave me the tools I needed to go into the world of music and establish myself there.

Now when I program the series, I keep in mind the influence of the master performers on the apprentices. It turns out that all my favorite performers are also amazing teachers. In this second season of mentoring the apprentices, it is striking how every single performer is not only enthusiastic to coach as well as perform, they are eager to do it, even with full-time professorships at major conservatories and brutal performing schedules. Music is handed down to the next generation through people. It is this human exchange, not only in performing, but in teaching, that brings it alive. And practicing performing is also a very important component to becoming a professional performer. This requires many times on many different kinds of stages to hone this skill. There is no other way to practice performing other than by performing!

This season we have guitarist Marc Teicholz performing in a duo with Ian Swensen, violin. Although a guitarist, Marc has always been Eric’s and my go-to set of ears when we are preparing a program for a concert. Perhaps because he was trained in a very different kind of repertoire, he has a very fresh and inspiring take on interpretations of standard chamber music repertoire that has proven invaluable to our rehearsal process over the years. I am thrilled to share his honed insightfulness about music and life with our apprentices this year.

Ian Swensen is a born player, and as it turns out, the most dedicated teacher I know. He is tireless with his students at San Francisco Conservatory and Sacramento State University, spending long hours with each one until progress is made. He never gives up, and his knowledge and inspiration are generously given to the students in a seemingly unlimited way.

Phoebe Carrai is another dedicated teacher performing on the series. She taught at the Conservatory in Berlin for many years before joining the Juilliard faculty — bringing her very in depth and specialized knowledge of early music practice to younger generations. She has many followers and disciples. For the apprentices, as Kenneth Weiss was our previous season, she is an important liaison to possible future study at the esteemed Historic Performance Department at The Juilliard School.

Another ongoing project for the season will be the performance of the Quartet for the End of Time — both by our apprentices, and later in the season by The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. The local Left Coast will be working with them all Fall on this to get it ready for their December performance.