Chamber Music on the Hill

Chamber Music on the Hill

Chamber Music Workshop

Sunday, AUGUST 4 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

Location:   Davis, California
Venue:      Barbini’s House, Congregation Bet Haverim

Contact:    William Barbini
530-758-8407, 415-816-3727

To apply, please download the application form and mail it in.

Workshop Concert Program: click here


Our mission is to expose talented young musicians to the exquisite beauty of the chamber music repertoire in a beautiful and peaceful setting. Chamber Music on the Hill aims to inspire students to achieve their musical potential through individual and group practice and coaching with highly-regarded professional musicians who are passionate about chamber music.

Students will be coached in two ensemble pieces and play in a chamber orchestra, all of which will perform at the conclusion of the workshop. Individual lessons will be offered as needed.

Intermediate and advanced students, ages 8 and up, who play piano, strings, and woodwinds, are invited to attend.


William Barbini is a graduate of The Juilliard School and former member of the New York Philharmonic, where he appeared twice as soloist. As Concertmaster of the Sacramento Symphony, Monterey Symphony, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Barbini appeared numerous times performing nearly all of the major concertos. His European performances include a tour of Austria and Germany with Tonkünstler Orchestra, performing Beethoven Concerto. An active chamber musician and teacher, he is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Paul Ehrlich is Principal Violist with the San Francisco Ballet, and performs frequently with the San Francisco Symphony. He grew up in England, received a B.A. from Cambridge University, and subsequently studied at the Yale University School of Music, completing a D.M.A. there.

Victoria Ehrlich studied at Southern Methodist University, the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her teachers included Robert Marsh, Bernard Greenhouse and Robert Gardner. Prior to joining the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 1984, she played with the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and was principal cellist with the Symphonies of Omaha, Richmond and Phoenix. Ms. Ehrlich has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, etc. She is also an active chamber musician.

Julie Hochman performs regularly with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera. Ms. Hochman holds degrees from the University of Memphis and Indiana University and has performed widely in the United States, Canada, and Spain. She maintains a busy teaching studio and plays chamber music every chance she gets.


Mathew Krejci is the Principal Flutist of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches flute at the University of the

Pacific. He has performed with Gian Carlo Menotti’s Festival of Two Worlds in Charleston, South Carolina and Spoleto, Italy. Krejci has been Principal Flutist of the Bear Valley Music Festival; has played at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre, performing in Phantom of the Opera; and was a member of the Sacramento Symphony for 18 years. In 1999, he was invited to perform a recital of contemporary flute music by Czech and American composers in Prague, Czech Republic.

Victor Liva is the Director of Orchestras at Cleveland State University, where he conducts the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, coordinates the string program and serves as the Director of Graduate Programs in Music, and the music director of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.  In November 2013, Dr. Liva conducted the Mihail Jora Philharmonic of Bacau Romania.  Before moving to Cleveland, he was the Director of Orchestras at Northern Arizona University, where he was also the resident conductor of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.  Prior to moving to Arizona, from 2000 to 2002, he was the Orchestra Conductor and Professor of Violin at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania.

Kineko Okumura was born in Tokyo, and won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the US. She attended Manhattan School of Music, where she appeared as soloist with Perlea conducting, and also received a Diploma in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School. Ms. Okumura is the winner of a number of prestigious competitions, including the Paganini International Competition. She has appeared in recitals in Boston, New York, Tokyo, Siena Italy, and Sacramento. She has held Associate Concertmaster and Concertmaster positions with many Bay Area orchestras.  Ms. Okumura is a dedicated teacher both privately and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Temirzhan Yerzhanov is a graduate and former faculty of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conserva

tory. He studied piano with Mikhail Voskressensky and accompanying with Vazha Chachava. He also studied conducting with conductor Imant Kociņš. He won the Gold Medal at the International Robert Schumann Piano Competition 1993 in Zwickau, Germany. Mr. Yerzhanov has toured in many countries and has soloed with orchestras including Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony, Zwickau Philharmonishes Orchester, Sacramento Philharmonic, and The Symphony Orchestra of India. He has appeared in venues including London Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Paris Salle Gaveau, New York Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Moscow Conservatory and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Grand Halls.