Current Performers

Past Performers

Toki Migimatsu '12 (Piano)

Toki Migimatsu, one of the founders of Vivace, began playing piano at the age of six and currently studies with Kuei-Ling Pomerleau. He completed the Advanced Level in Music Teachers' Association of California's Certificate of Merit program when he was fourteen, and performed in MTAC Conventions for several years. He also won First Prize in every level of the MTAC-Marin MBD Music Competition, including the Advanced Division. Toki was chosen to be a scholarship recipient of the Marin Music Chest Competition from 2004-2010, and in 2008, he received, by a unanimous vote, the special Alma Tomlinson Most Outstanding Performance Award from the Marin Music Chest Scholarship Artistic Committee. Additionally, he was awarded Best of Show in the 2006 Marin County Fair Piano Competition; in 2007, he was selected to perform in the 54th Junior Bach Festival in Berkeley. Toki is currently a junior at The Branson School, where he participates in the Chamber Music Performance Seminar class. Under the guidance of Tony Angelo in the Branson Piano Duos program, Toki and his piano partners have been chosen to perform in the International Piano Duo Festival for the past three years.

Katarina Lee '14 (Piano)

Katarina has been playing the piano since she was five. In addition to regular piano recitals each year, she was awarded with Certificate of Merit for 6 years as an honor student and has entered numerous competitions and won many prizes, including MTAC-Marin MBD and scholarships from the Marin Music Chest for five years. She also performed in MTAC Conventions for two years and has been enjoying participating in community outreach programs where she performs piano in churches, for Rotary Club, for elderly people in senior housing facilities with her peers, and for hospitals patients as well. During the summer, Katarina further pursues her music study by participating in music camps, such as Sequoia Summer Chamber Music Workshop in Arcata, CA and Summer Music West in San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she has rich experiences of making music together with other young musicians. She also participated in the Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra as a pianist in 2009. Katarina is a junior at The Branson School and participates in the Chamber Music Performance Seminar class. She is currently studying piano with John McCarthy of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has taken Levels 3 and 4 Musicianship Classes there, too.

Elisabeth Zosseder '11 (Harp)

Elisabeth Zosseder began her harp studies in seventh grade with Randall Pratt with a background in piano. She has pursued her love for harp in the Mill Valley Philharmonic, Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Young Musicians Program at Berkeley, where she spent seven weeks of the past summer intensively studying the harp. During this summer she had the opportunity to study with Patricia Terry-Ross, and has had additional coachings with Elzbieta Schmidt, Linda Rollo-Wood, and participated in masterclasses by Susann McDonald. A three time winner of the Marin Music Chest, she used the scholarship award money to attend summer programs and institutions such as the Salvi Summer Harp Camp in Fullerton and 38th Annual National Harp Conference in Salt Lake City during the summer of 2009. She is presently a senior at the Branson School, where she participates in the Classical and Chamber Music Performance Seminar class. Elisabeth looks forward to performing her most recent concerto in the Mill Valley Philharmonic's Concerto Competition Winners Concert, pursuing her musical studies at college, and continuing to play chamber music with her family and gather with family and friends to play in the celtic group The Scottish Thistle.

Eliel Anttila '12 (Piano, Cello)

Eliel Anttila is currently a junior at The Branson School and has studied piano since the age of five. He studied with Marilyn Markowitz at Dominican University's Suzuki School of Music program and is currently a student of Kuei-Ling Pomerleau. He has participated in Suzuki Summer Institute programs in California and Maine and has taken master classes with Kateriina Liimatainen at the Lempaalaa Music Program in Lempaalaa, Finland. Eliel was a participant in the 5th San Francisco International Music Festival Young Artists' Piano Duo Concert Series in 2009. Eliel has also studied the cello with Betty Musser since the age of nine. He has been an active member of The Branson School orchestra and in various chamber groups since he was a freshman. His recent repetoire includes Beethoven's Sonata, Op. 13 , "Pathetique" and on cello: Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in d minor, Telemann's Concerto in D Major, and Vivaldi's Gloria: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei.

Sasha Kudler '12 (Soprano, Violin)

Sasha Kudler is a graduate of the San Francisco Girls Chorus School, and has studied violin for ten years, most recently with Deborah Tien of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. A junior at The Branson School, Sasha has been a member of the Classical Chamber Ensemble and the Chamber Singers and the a capella group Beyond Reason. She has participated in Summer Music West at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has appeared in musicals including Crazy for You, Curtains, and, this spring, as Anne in A Little Night Music.

Kuni Migimatsu '14 (Piano)

Kuni Migimatsu, age 17, is currently a senior at the Branson High School, and has been a member of the Branson Chamber Music Program and the Vivace Charity Group for four consecutive years. Kuni completed the Advanced Level in Music Teachers' Association of California's Certificate of Merit program when he was fifteen, and won first place for all levels and divisions of the MTAC MBD Competition. He has also performed at some MTAC state conventions, and been a scholarship recipient of the Marin Music Chest six times. Kuni believes that music is a unique way of supporting and helping others in need, which he enjoys most.

Gaby Berbey '14 (Violin)

Gaby Berbey started playing the violin at the age of five. Her major teachers included Dan Kristianson of the Marin Suzuki Strings and Li Lin of the San Francisco Music Conservatory. Her current teacher is Eugene Chukholv of the San Domenico Music Conservatory. Gaby received the Gold Medal Award with Command Performance at the State Solo & Ensemble Festival from 2003-2007 held at the Sacramento State University and sponsored by the California Association for Music Education. She has participated at the Marin Youth Symphony Crescendo Workshop, Summer Music Berkeley at the Crowden Music Center, Summer Music West at the San Francisco Music Conservatory and more recently, at the International Youth Music Festival held in Oxford, England. There she had the privilege of playing with 40 other highly-gifted young musicians from the US and the UK where they performed at historical venues such as Christ Church Cathedral, Bleinheim Palace and the Oxford University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Gaby has also visited the Philippines where she played for kids in various charitable children's organizations. She looks forward to travelling around the world to share her love for classical music. Gaby is a freshman at the Branson School where she is a part of the Chamber Music Performance Seminar class.

Matthew Spiegel '14 (Saxophone)

Matthew, 15, has been playing the alto saxophone since the age of 11. He studies with Schawkie Roth, an accomplished saxophonist and flutist. He plays classical saxophone, and is currently a freshman at the Branson School, where he participates in the Chamber Music Performance Seminar.

Christian Lee '16 (Piano, Composition, Guitar)

Christian Lee is a freshman at Branson. He started playing piano at age four, and cello at age nine which he played in the school orchestra. In fifth grade he started trumpet and played in the district band. Since then he has expanded onto drums and other brass, and in seventh grade joined the Crescendo Orchestra (cello), alternative rock band (bass guitar), and jazz combo (bass guitar) with which he gigs frequently. Meanwhile he played at CMEA with the acclaimed MVMS big band. In eighth grade he joined a metal band, playing guitar. The jazz combo—in the Memorial Day parade—won the Best Junior Band award, and the school band won first in jazz and second in classical in Music in the Parks.

Abigail Dunn '14 (Oboe)

Abigail Dunn began playing the oboe at the age of 11; however prior to this she was trained classically in the clarinet. She has studied with Jane Kramer, a local oboe player in Marin. Abigail was inspired to take up the oboe when she heard her cousin, who recently gained her masters in the oboe, play. Currently Abigail is a junior at Branson in Ross, California. Abigail also enjoys playing soccer and rock climbing. As well as playing her oboe for benefit concerts with Vivace, she enjoys participating in other community service activities.

Rj Pearce '13 (Piano)

A grand finalist in KDFC radio's Classical Star Search, RJ Pearce (16) is a six time winner of the Marin Music Chest Scholarship Award, a two time first place winner of the MTAC junior piano competition and a two time soloist for the bay area Junior Bach Festival." RJ began piano at age seven and currently studies with William Wellborn at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. When not performing classical music RJ can be seen as the keyboard player for the popular Marin band known as "Crunchy Frog".

Angel Zhou '16 (Piano)

Angel is currently a sophomore at The Branson School, where she participates in the Chamber Music Performance Seminar class. Angel began playing piano at the age of five, and since then, has been awarded with the Music Teacher's Association of California's Certificate of Merit (MTAC) as an honors student for 9 years. She has entered numerous competitions and has won many of them, such as MTAC's Margaret B. Davis Competition. Additionally, Angel has been awarded the Overall Best of Show in the Marin County Fair Piano Competition. Beside piano, Angel played the violin in her middle school orchestra as the principal and concert mistress for three years. Led by Angel, the orchestra was recognized at the most superior orchestra at the CMEA music festival twice, as well as winning first place at the Music in the Parks competition. Angel loves performing music because she believes that music is the universal language, which can be understood and enjoyed by all.