Festival Artists 2019

Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, violin

Founder & Artistic Director

Former Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, Prof. of Violin and Viola at the Univ. of Nevada, Reno, she has concertized throughout Europe, the U.S., Mexico, S. America and Canada. She records for MSR and Bridge.

Miguel del Aguila's Salon Buenos Aires, Op. 84

Co-commissioned by CPMF




Carol Cook, viola

Scott Cuellar, piano

Jeff Garza, horn

Principal Violist, Lyric Opera in Chicago, and native of Scotland, Carol won her first fiddle competition at 8 and made her concerto debut at 16. She was recently a member of Mark O'Connor's Grammy Award-winning Appalachia Waltz Trio.

Gold Medal winner of the 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition, he was also the 1st place winner in the solo division of the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition.

Jeff Garza, principal horn, San Antonio Symphony, has previously held principal positions with the Houston Grand Opera and Utah Festival Opera, and has served as guest principal horn with the LA Philharmonic and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others.

Holgen Gjoni, cello

Lachezar Kostov, cello

Ilya Shterenberg, clarinet

Assistant, Young Artist Program
Chamber Artist & San Antonio Symphony Cellist, Holgen is the winner of numerous international competitions and a sought-after pedagogue who is CPMF's Assistant Education Director.

Associate Principal Cello, Baltimore Symphony, Lachezar is a prize winner at the Liszt-Garrison and MTNA competitions, and records for the Naxos Label. He performs worldwide with the Kostov-Valkov Duo.

Principal Clarinet, San Antonio Symphony. A native of Ukraine and former principal of the Charleston Symphony, he has appeared with some of the most prestigious festivals in the U.S. and Europe.

Craig Sorgi, violin

Viktor Valkov, piano

Sandi Yamamoto, violin

CPMF Education Director

First Violin with the San Antonio Symphony and Concertmaster of the  Mid-Texas Symphony, Craig is founder and artistic director of the new Trivium Chamber Ensemble. Craig has been active as a violin instructor at the private and college level for much of his career.

Winner of the 2015 Astral Artists National Auditions, Gold medalist at the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Victor appears internationally as soloist and chamber musician. He is currently a Visiting Professor of Piano at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Sandy has dazzled audiences around the globe for the past three decades as a soloist and member of the Miró Quartet. She was a recipient of the Naumburg Chamber Music and Cleveland Quartet Awards and won First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, among others

Johanna Yarbrough, viola

A member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2012 and of the Britt Festival Orchestra, Johanna has performed with renowned orchestras, including the LA Philharmonic, Festival Mozaik, and the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival. She is a frequent guest artist with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings.

Week 2

Scott Cuellar, piano

Ellen dePasquale, violin

Timothy Jones, baritone

Gold Medal winner of the 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition, he was also the 1st place winner in the solo division of the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition.

Acclaimed for her refined musicianship and a regular guest at music festivals in the U.S. and Europe, Ellen was assoc. concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1999 until 2007. She performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Professor of Voice at the Univ. of Houston Moores School of Music, Timothy enjoys a reputation as a charismatic presence on operatic and concert stages. He has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and S. America as a recitalist and in operatic roles. He is a champion of new music performances.

Jonah Kim, cello

Jeffrey Sykes, piano

Bruce Williams, viola

A Grammy winning artist and in high demand internationally as a chamber musician, Jonah collaborates with world class artists such as Elmar Oliveira, Cho-Liang Lin, Martin Beaver and Chee-Yun Kim. A graduate of Juilliard and Curtis, Jonah is deeply dedicated to teaching.

Acclaimed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as "a commanding solo player, the most supportive of accompanists, and a leader in chamber music," pianist Jeffrey Sykes has performed across four continents and collaborates regularly with leading instrumentalists and singers.

Principal viola, Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Bach Festival, formerly with the Fort Worth Symphony, and the Haifa Symphony Orchestra as principal viola, Bruce is a founding member of the Austin-based Artisan Quartet and is currently artistic director of the Mason County Chamber Music Festival.