Randall Weiss (violin) made his solo violin debut performing the Tchaikowsky Violin Concerto as winner of the Victoria, B.C. Concerto Competition. For 17 years, he was Assistant Concertmaster of the San Jose Symphony, substituting regularly as Concertmaster. He is currently Assistant Concertmaster of Symphony Silicon Valley, one of America’s newest symphony orchestras. Mr. Weiss has also appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet and the Louisville Orchestra, and has served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Music in the Mountains Festival as well as Concertmaster and soloist with the Santa Cruz County Symphony. His international performances include service as Concertmaster of the AIMS Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Mr. Weiss trained with Paul Kling at the University of Victoria and the University of Louisville, with Tadeusz Wronski at Indiana University School of Music, and with Sylvia Rosenberg at The Peabody Conservatory. During the summer of 1998, he performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto at the acclaimed Eastern Music Festival, where he has been a faculty member since 1989. In 1999, Mr. Weiss founded Music in the Mishkan, a chamber music series at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav in San Francisco. He is also an avid runner, hiker, skier and swimmer and has completed three marathons.  Contact:


A native of California, Leslie Ludena (violin) grew up in a suburb of Washington, D.C., where she began her professional career in local orchestras at age 15. After attending the Eastman School of Music, she returned to Washington, freelancing throughout the D.C. metro area. Ms. Ludena joined the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra in 1995, and played operas, ballet, and Broadway musicals there for three seasons. In 1998, she moved to San Francisco to accept a position with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and she intends to remain here, further cultivating a lifelong passion for opera. Ms. Ludena also continues to freelance, subbing with several Bay Area orchestras and playing chamber music whenever possible.  Contact:


Natalia Vershilova (viola) was born in Leningrad and graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory where she studied with the renowned violist, Professor Yuri Kramarov. While still a student at the Conservatory she played with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mali Opera Theater of Leningrad. She was awarded first prize at the "Competition for the performance of works by Soviet Composers" in Leningrad. Ms. Vershilova has performed as a recitalist, and as a member of Foyer Des Artistes Chamber Orchestra in Rome, Italy. After emigrating to the United States she performed with the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of New York and was a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra with whom she appeared as soloist in Mozart’s Symphonie Concertante. Ms. Vershilova is presently a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. As a soloist she has appeared with the Sinfonia San Francisco and San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She has served as Principal Violist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Chamber Symphony, and the Russian Chamber Orchestra. Ms Vershilova has also performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra and the Elixir Chamber Ensemble. . . For more than twenty years a resident of San Francisco, she frequently performs with various ensembles throughout the Bay Area.  Contact:


Victoria Ehrlich, cellist, was born in Texas and received her musical education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook , and summer programs at Interlochen, Aspen, and Tanglewood. Her teachers include Robert Marsh, Bernard Greenhouse, and Robert Gardner. Before joining the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 1984, she performed with the Santa Fe Opera, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and served as principal cellist with the Symphonies of Omaha, Richmond, VA, and Phoenix. Ms. Ehrlich has performed with such disparate groups as the San Francisco Ballet and Symphony, New Century Chamber Orchestra, California and Berkeley Symphonies, Lamplighters, Composer's Inc, and Pocket Opera, and is an active chamber musician, appearing regularly with the percussion group Adesso, the Gold Coast Chamber Players, the Fath Chamber Players, and the Ariel String Quartet. Recent work includes collaboration with poets and composers under the auspices of the American Composers’ Forum.  Contact:


Pianist Marilyn Thompson received her Bachelor’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Adolph Baller. She was awarded a Fulbright Grant to the Vienna Academy of Music, and subsequently received her Master’s Degree from Stanford University, where she studied under the Helen Evans Memorial Scholarship – a full-tuition grant.

Miss Thompson has performed in chamber music concerts in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; the 92nd Street “Y” in New York City; the Philip’s Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Boston’s Symphony Hall; Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco; and most recently in the Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica. In the 1980’s she was the pianist member of the Chamber Soloists of San Francisco and the San Francisco Trio. At the present time, Miss Thompson is the pianist of the Navarro Trio, a group which performs frequently throughout the Bay Area.

Marilyn has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; the College of Holy Names, Oakland, California; at the University of California at Santa Cruz; and is currently on the faculty of Sonoma State University where she has taught since 1976.  Contact:


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