Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Norman & Lockington

February 1 & 2, 8 pm

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David Lockingtonconductor

Over the past thirty years, David Lockington has developed an impressive conducting career in the United States. A native of Great Britain, he served as the Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony from January 1999 to May 2015, and is currently the orchestra’s Conductor Laureate. He has held the position of Music Director with the Modesto Symphony since May 2007 and in March 2013, Mr. Lockington was appointed Music Director of the Pasadena Symphony. He has a close relationship with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain, where he was the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor from 2012 through 2016, and in the 15/16 season was named one of three Artistic Partners with the Northwest Sinfonietta in Tacoma, Washington.

In addition to his current posts, since his arrival to the United States in 1978 Mr. Lockington has held positions with several other American orchestras, including serving as Assistant Conductor of the Denver Symphony Orchestra and Opera Colorado, and Assistant and Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In May 1993 he accepted the position of Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, assumed the title of Music Director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in September 1995 and was Music Director of the Long Island Philharmonic for the 96/97 through 99/2000 seasons.

Mr. Lockington's guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Saint Louis, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, Oregon and Phoenix symphonies; the Rochester and Louisiana Philharmonics; and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall. Internationally, he has conducted the Northern Sinfonia in Great Britain, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra in Beijing and Taiwan,and led the English Chamber Orchestra on a tour in Asia.

Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the New Jersey, Indianapolis, Vancouver, Utah, Pacific, Colorado, Nashville, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Edmonton, Alabama, Tucson and Kansas City symphonies, the Florida and Louisville Orchestras, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Buffalo, Calgary and Oklahoma Philharmonics. Mr. Lockington's summer festival activities include appearances at the Grand Teton, Colorado Music, Interlochen, Chautauqua and Eastern Music festivals.

David Lockington began his career as a cellist and was the Principal with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, Mr. Lockington came to the United States on a scholarship to Yale University where he received his Master's degree in cello performance and studied conducting with Otto Werner Mueller. He was a member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and served as assistant principal cellist with the Denver Symphony Orchestra for three years before turning to conducting.

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Matthew Ennis, saxophone

Praised for his ability to remain musical, poetic, and profound while navigating the challenges of contemporary music, saxophonist Matt Ennis’ career encompasses solo, chamber and symphonic performances, blending programs of avant-garde contemporary saxophone works with re-interpreted baroque and classical transcriptions. Matt is an active symphonic player and solo player, with recent performances in Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, South Florida, Chicago, New York, and Paris, and he has worked and recorded under the direction of several distinguished composers including Alan Silvestri, John Williams, John Corigliano, Thomas Ades, and many more.

Matt completed his Doctor of Music Arts degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Southern California, where he studied with renowned saxophonist James Rotter. It was during this time that he was a finalist and winner of numerous international solo competitions including the Hennings-Fischer Young Artist’ Competition in Burbank, California and the Olga Koussevitsky Young Artists’ Competition in New York, New York.

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Jonathan Altman, violin

Jonathan Altman began his violin studies at age six, with Whitney Jamison of the Modesto Suzuki Association (MSA), after telling his parents, at age five, that he wanted to learn the “fiddle”. He later said he was inspired by the continuous sound made by the violinists of the Modesto Symphony, and wanted to know how their bows could produce that. By age 9 he had auditioned into the senior division of the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO), under the baton of Ming Luke, and began lessons first with Katrina Van Walterop of the MSA, then with Juan Gutierrez of the Modesto Symphony. Jonathan played in MSYO for three years, winning their concerto competition at age 12. He went on to play with the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra of Berkeley (YPSO) conducted by David Ramadanoff, and then played throughout high school in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Being unwilling to miss any possible musical opportunity, Jonathan also played French horn in middle school, and continued to play horn with YPSO in high school.  He also studied violin and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music each Saturday throughout his high school years, under Doris Fukawa, with supplemental lessons in orchestral music from Victor Romasevich of the San Francisco Symphony.

Jonathan was selected as a violinist for the 2017 National Youth Orchestra-USA, playing with that group at Carnegie Hall, and touring Latin America under the baton of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor, Marin Alsop.

Jonathan now studies violin with Portuguese violinist Gerardo Ribeiro, at the Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University. He is working towards a Bachelor of Music degree, with double majors in Ethnomusicology and Violin Performance, and a minor in Slavic Studies.

He is thrilled to return to Modesto to perform with his mentors at the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.

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Madeline Olson, harp

Praised for her “wonderful musical sensibility”, New York-based harpist Madeline Claire Olson is an award-winning soloist with a diverse performance history. Passionate about expanding the solo harp repertoire, she has premiered works by composers Marco-Adrián Ramos, Anne Qian Wang, and Yao Chen, and has multiple premieres scheduled through spring 2019. She was the first American to be awarded first prize in the Professional Division of the 2017 Nippon International Harp Competition in Soka, Japan, and has also taken prizes at the Aspen Music Festival Harp Competition, American Harp Society National Competition, and the Young Artist’s Harp Competition. An experienced orchestral musician, she has performed with many ensembles including the Juilliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble, New World Symphony, and Riverside Symphony. Recently, she was a part of a tour with the combined Juilliard Orchestra and Sibelius Academy Orchestra directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen, with concerts in Helsinki, Stockholm, and New York City in celebration of Finland’s centenary. She has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras, including a recent performance of the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Merced Symphony. Born in Tracy, California in 1995, Madeline began her musical journey on the piano at age five. After seeing her first harp performance at age eight, she became obsessed with the instrument and started her studies under Modesto harpist Donelle Page, moving on to study with Fresno Philharmonic principal Laura Porter and World Harp Congress Vice-president Linda Wood Rollo a few years later. A recipient of a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2017, Madeline is currently finishing her studies there at the graduate level under Nancy Allen.

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Andrew Grishaw, viola

Violist Andrew Grishaw is committed to performing repertoire of all styles and genres. Originally from Turlock, California, Mr. Grishaw is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music and is also the Graduate Teaching Assistant in the studio of Jodi Levitz at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. In addition, he is a fellow in the Henry Mancini Institute, and orchestra which regularly performs with renowned musical artists from around the world. Mr. Grishaw earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver where he studied under Basil Vendryes, as well as a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music while studying with Jodi Levitz. Mr. Grishaw has performed with numerous orchestras including California Pops Orchestra, Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, and the Denver Philharmonic. Mr. Grishaw has attended the Le Domaine Forget, Colorado Mahlerfest and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Mr. Grishaw’s passion for chamber music has led him to participate in the Castleman Quartet Program, in Fredonia, NY as well as the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Italy. He has collaborated with such artists as Linda Wang, Matthew Zalkind, Bettina Mussumeli, Mark Rush, Yumi Hwang-Williams, Marianne Chen, Katharine Knight, and Lawrence Golan. In Miami, Mr. Grishaw performs in a chamber music series through Airbnb, in which he and his colleagues present classical music in alternative venues. In addition to chamber music, Mr. Grishaw has enjoyed performing solo recitals regularly since 2013. In February of 2019, Mr. Grishaw will make his solo debut with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, premiering a concerto composed by Music Director David Lockington.

Mr. Grishaw’s goals in music are to teach at the university level. This past year as a teaching assistant, he has found his passion for teaching privately at the undergraduate level. Mr. Grishaw teaches undergraduate viola students from the studio of Jodi Levitz. Following his Masters Degree, he plans on pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts. When not in the practice room or on stage, Mr. Grishaw enjoys cycling, playing golf, and traveling with his friends and family. Mr. Grishaw performs on a 1951 Henry Lanini viola made in San Jose, California.