The Palomarin Foundation supports locally and internationally known classical
musicians of extraordinary talent.
By way of introduction we are proud to offer the Biographies of the following artists.
Burke Schuchmann studied in London, England with William Pleeth for five years,
where he made his debut at the age of 19. He also studied for extended periods
with Margaret Rowell and Colin Hampton. After his studies in England, he became
principal cellist and soloist with the Salzburger Solisten in Austria. He has
performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, the U.S. and
Israel. He has also been principal cellist and soloist with the Sacramento Symphony
and the Mendocino Festival Orchestra.
Mr. Schuchmann is known for the beauty and depth of his musical interpretation
as a performing soloist as well as chamber musician. He is greatly sought after
as a chamber music coach of young musicians and adult amateurs. He was for many
years the director of the Mendocino Music Festival's Young Musician's Scholarship
program. A gifted teacher, Mr. Schuchmann has taught at the University of California
at Berkeley and also CSU Chico. He currently teaches string technique classes,
directs the Berkeley and Marin chamber music workshops. He is the artistic director
of the Palomarin Chamber Music Foundation and has recently inaugurated an all-cello
workshop ("Cello Heaven") in Berkeley, California. He has also been a member
of the faculty of the San Domenico High School Conservatory of Music and is presently
coaching in the adult chamber music program at the Crowden School.
Yael Ronen holds a bachelor of music degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at
Tel Aviv University, and a master of music from California State University,
Sacramento. She studied with William Bennett and Trevor Wye in London for two
years. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe,
including appearances at the Piccadilly Festival, City of London Festival in
England and Music Unlimited à La Valette in Belgium. She also has recorded for
the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Commission and Israeli National Radio. In
Israel, she performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic,
under conductors Zubin Mehta and Leonard Bernstein.
Ms. Ronen lives in California where, she has served as the principal flutist
with the Camellia Orchestra in Sacramento. Currently, she is principal flutist
with the North State Symphony and is principal flutist and soloist with the Apollo
Orchestra. She teaches flute on the faculty at California State University, Chico,
as well as maintaining an active career teaching privately and performing recitals
and chamber music both in California and Europe. A CD of her recording together
with Israeli flutist Idit Shemer of the Six Sonatas for Two Flutes by W.F. Bach
was produced by Empire Master Sound, Belgium.
Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation.
Washington Post critic Joan Reinthaler has written: "One comes away from a recital
by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but
also moved by his search for artistic truth."
Brian Ganz was winner of one of two First Grand Prizes awarded in the 1989 Marguerite
Long Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris, where he was also
awarded special prizes for the best recital round of the competition and the
best performance of the required work. That same year he won a Beethoven Fellowship
awarded by the American Pianists Association, and in 1991 he was a silver medallist
with third prize in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition.
After his performance in the finals of the Brussels competition, the critic for
La Libre Belgique wrote: "We don't have the words to speak of this fabulous
musician who lives music with a generous urgency and brings his public into a
state of intense joy."
Mr. Ganz has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony,
the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (of Russia), the Baltimore Symphony, the National
Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the City of London Sinfonia, L'Orchestre
Lamoureux, and L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. He has performed in
such halls as the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Le Palais
des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, De Doelen in Rotterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, L'Arena
Theater in Verona, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
In 1992 Mr. Ganz made his recording debut for the Gailly label in Belgium, and
his recordings of works of Chopin and Dutilleux have been released on the Accord
label in Paris. In 2001 he began a project with Maestoso Records in which he
will record the complete works of Frederic Chopin. Mr. Ganz was also recently
engaged as artist/editor of various works of Chopin for the new Schirmer Performance
Editions (published jointly by Hal Leonard and G. Schirmer). His first edition,
the Chopin Preludes, was published in the summer of 2005.
Some of Mr. Ganz' recent concert highlights include performances of Mozart Piano
Concerti K. 466, with the Memphis Symphony, and K. 467, with the National Philharmonic
Orchestra at the new Strathmore Hall in Rockville, Maryland. In the summer of
2006 he returned to the Kennedy Center concert hall in a critically acclaimed
performance with the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Yoel Levi.
He has also performed with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Mstislav
Rostropovich, Philippe Entremont, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Jerzy Semkow,
and Gustav Meier.
Mr. Ganz is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied
with Leon Fleisher. Earlier teachers include Ylda Novik and the late Claire Deene.
Gifted as a teacher himself, Mr. Ganz is Artist-in-Residence at St. Mary's College
of Maryland, where he has been a member of the piano faculty since 1986, and
in 2000 he joined the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. In December
of 2001 he was honored to serve on the jury of the Long Thibaud competition in
Brian is an active explorer of the many ways in which the study and performance
of great music can remind us of the Spirit that unites all living things. He
has donated numerous performances in benefit concerts, and was a founding member
of the Washington Chapter of Artists to End Hunger.