27th Season Artists
Andrea holds the Dr. William and Evelyn Lamden English Horn Chair of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, a position she previously held with the Florida Orchestra. Ms. Overturf has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National and Seattle Symphonies and in solo recitals throughout the U.S. and Asia. She has been a guest soloist with the San Diego Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and Aspen Music Festival. Her work includes La Jolla SummerFest, the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, National Repertory Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Overturf has collaborated with artists such as James Conlon, Lorin Maazel, John Harbison and James Levine, including the American stage premiere of Elliott Carter’s opera, What Next? Andrea Overturf is also the first oboist in the history of The Juilliard School to graduate from the prestigious solo-intensive Artist Diploma Program where she also received her Master’s Degree. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, graduating with the Performer’s Certificate, the highest performance distinction awarded to undergraduates. Her principal teachers include Elaine Douvas, Pedro Diaz, Nathan Hughes, Richard Killmer, Richard Woodhams and Rebecca Henderson.
Peter is a highly acclaimed musician and composer. With his thirty plus years as a professional guitarist, Peter has evolved into a musical powerhouse, having produced and played on over 190 recordings. He has published eleven songbooks of his own music. Peter conducts the majority of his endeavors in Southern California, staying close to his family, and where he is, without dispute, San Diego’s premier Jazz talent. He has won numerous awards for his artistry including Best Jazz Artist for San Diego. He has worked with some of the greats: Dianna Reeves, Chick Corea, Al Jarreau, David Benoit, and many others too numerous to count. The full list and discography can be found on Peter’s website www.petersprague.com.
Susan graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double Bachelor of Music in bass and vocal performance at CSU, Sacramento, completing her Master of Music at the University of Southern California. She has been Associate Principal Bassist with the San Diego Symphony since 2004 and had the privilege of working with many highly regarded orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the National Repertory Orchestra where she was a featured soloist and principal bassist. She has held positions with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and New West Symphony and continues to perform regularly with the boundary-pushing San Diego based chamber ensembles; Art of Élan and Luscious Noise. Ms. Wulff has gained international recognition for her innovative workshop that utilizes dance as a way to connect musicians with their inner groove.
Born in Canada and raised in San Diego, California, pianist and cellist Sarina Zhang made her debut with the Juilliard Orchestra and Maestro Susanna Mälkki in December 2016. Sarina has performed as a soloist with the St. Louis, Detroit, San Diego, Albany, and Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Youth Philharmonic, among others. Most recently, she was selected to be in Louis Vuitton’s Classe D’excellence, performing and studying in Paris with Gautier Capuçon. Sarina received her Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School, where she studied piano with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Hung-Kuan Chen, cello with Richard Aaron and David Finckel and was a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. She continued to pursue a Master’s degree in Germany from the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik, where she studied with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Balázs Szokolay, and is currently finishing her studies from home.