FACULTY

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Gwendolyn Matias-Ryan

Artistic Director

Viola

Gwendolyn is a Mexican-American violist who obtained her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in viola performance from Baylor University and more recently obtained a post-graduate viola performance degree at the University of Michigan. She acted as principal violist in the Oaxacan Symphony in 2015-2016 and has participated in prestigious chamber music festivals including Bowdin International Music Festival and Center Stage Strings. She was also the concerto competition winner in the Mid-Texas Symphony Concerto Competition 2013. She was invited to take part in the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Piobbico, Italy, summer of 2018 and was invited as a guest artist on the Rutenberg Chamber Music Series in Tampa, Florida. In addition to her performance experience, she is a certified Suzuki violin/viola teacher and has taught in both Mexico and the U.S. She recently won a prestigious Mexican cultural grant, (FONCA) for SA'OAXACA, 2021. She was recently awarded the prestigious CH Foundation Graduate Fellowship to study a Doctoral in Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas Tech under the tutelage of Philippe Chao, which will begin in the fall of 2021.

Emmy Tisdel

Violin

Emmy Tisdel is a doctoral student of Tim Kantor at the University of Arizona, where she is also a member of the University Fellows program. She graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a Bachelor’s degree in Music, from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with a Master of Music, and from Schulich School of Music at McGill University with an Artists’ Diploma and a Graduate Diploma in Music Performance. She is the co-founder of Ensemble Urbain, a conductorless chamber orchestra based in Montreal; a faculty member for the SA’ Oaxaca strings international music festival, which provides free chamber music tutoring to students based in Mexico; a member of Austin Camerata, an interdisciplinary festival based in Austin, Texas; and a member of Quartet Doyenne, a string quartet whose primary goal is to balance works by well-known composers with works by underrepresented and lesser known musicians. Former teachers include Jinjoo Cho, Kenneth Goldsmith, David Bowlin, Samantha George, and Katie Brooks.

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Teagan Faran

Violin

A native of Buffalo, NY, Teagan Faran is a multidisciplinary musician focused on enacting social change through the arts. She has recorded with the Buffalo Tango Orkestra, La Martino Orquesta Típica, and had compositions featured at the NYSSMA Conference and the Persis Vehar Competition for Excellence. Faran has recently served as concertmaster of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Camerata and was a member of the Orquesta Escuela de Emilio Balcarce. As a soloist, Faran has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Camerata, the Williamsville East Symphonic Orchestra, and the University of Vermont Symphony. She founded Ann Arbor arts collective Red Shoe Company in 2017 is a teaching artist for the University Musical Society and the Sphinx Organization. After graduating from the University of Michigan (BM 2018), Faran moved to Buenos Aires in 2019 on a Fulbright grant. She is currently attending the Manhattan School of Music pursuing a Masters in Contemporary Performance (MM '22)

Ricardo Hamaury Gómez ​Gómez

Violin

Ricardo began his violin studies at age 6 and has studied in the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Michoacán; the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York and Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Violin Performance. He has won various prizes and awards in violin competitions in Mexico, Argentina, Spain, and the U.S. He won the Baylor University Concerto Competition in June of 2012 as well as the “Semper Pro Musica” competition in the soloist and chamber music divisions, February 2017 making his debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall in New York, May of 2017. Since May 2019 he has acted as assistant concertmaster of the Orquesta Sinfónica of the UANL and worked on faculty in the Facultad de Música of the UANL since August 2019. He performs as a soloist, chamber and orchestra musician in Mexico, the U.S., and South America.

Lázaro Jascha González Muñoz

Violin

Originally from Oaxaca and a graduate from the Facultad de Música de la Universidad Veracruzana, Jascha has performed as a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Orquesta Juvenil del Estado de Veracruz, Orquesta Universitaria de Música Popular, Orquesta de Cámara de la Escuela de Bellas Artes de Oaxaca, and the Orquesta de Cámara de Xalapa. He has also given recitals in Salem (U.S.) Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Sarajevo (Bosnia), and throughout Mexico. In 2003 Jascha placed first in the Mexican National “Hermilo Novelo” Violin Competition. He also participated in the International Violin Competition “Henryk Szeryng” in Toluca in 2008. For the past 14 years he has been a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica of Xalapa where he also occasionally acts as guest concertmaster.

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Bárbara Piotrowska

Cello

As an internationally recognized artist, Bárbara Piotrowska performs regularly with the Filarmónica de Berlín as part of their chamber music concert series. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in Poland, Europe and Mexico with the Varsovia Philharmonic , Filarmónica de Colonia, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Real Círculo Artístico of Barcelona, the Varsovia National Opera and the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. She has also performed with the Spiegelsaal in Berlin as part of their chamber music programs and has collaborated with resounding artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jorge Mester, Herbert Bloomstedt, Erika Dobosiewicz, Lior Shambadal, Jesus Medina, Jerzy Semkow.

She has been invited to international music festivals such as the Schleswig Holstein, Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Internacional Paderewski, Termoli Música, Bellagio y Lago Como (Italy) and the Verita Nostra “Night Voices” in Varsovia.

Bárbara currently acts as principal cello of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río. In 2021 she placed first in the Golden Classical Music Awards in New York and was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall.

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Manuel Cruz

 Cello

Originally from Veracruz Mexico, Manuel Cruz obtained his bachelor's degree in cello performance at the Universidad de Veracruz under the tutelage of José Arias. He completed his masters degree with an emphasis in chamber music under the guidance of the Lafayette String Quartet at the University of Victoria in Canada. He is currently studying his doctoral degree in music in cello performance at the Universidad Veracruzana. As a pedagogue, he has worked as a string faculty member in the Facultad de Música de la Universidad Veracruzana. He has led chamber music masterclasses and coachings as well as taught students from various universities including the Willamette University, University of Victoria, and the Universidad de Costa Rica. He is a founding member of the Cuarteto Chroma, who have received distinguished awards including the Premio M. Ponce of the Festival de Música de Cámara in Aguascalientes, placed first in the Concurso Internacional de Música de Cámara of Naolinco and placed second at the Concurso Nacional de Cuartetos de Cuerda sponsored by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano.

Jotaro Nakano
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Chamber Orchestra Director

Japanese-American conductor Jotaro Nakano is a Southern California native who recently returned to his hometown after completing his graduate degree at the University of Michigan under Kenneth Keisler. Previously, Jotaro served as Music Director of the Ann Arbor Camerata, Cover Conductor for the San Diego Symphony, and Conducting Fellow of the Long Beach Symphony. He conducted in festivals, including the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Eastern Music Festival, and Prague Summer Nights Festival. He has participated in masterclasses led by Maestros Sir Simon Rattle of the Berlin Philharmonic, Gerard Schwarz of the Seattle Symphony, and Ovidiu Balan of the Mihail Jora Philharmonic. Jotaro has conducted orchestras in the Czech Republic, Romania, Maine, California, Michigan, and North Carolina. This Fall, Jotaro will be moving to Baltimore, Maryland to study with Maestra Marin Alsop, and will begin working towards his doctoral degree at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

RÉGULO STABILITO

Guest Conductor

SA'OAXACA 2021

Régulo Stabilito is a conductor who grew up musically in the world-renowned project “El Sistema” in Venezuela. His career has taken him as guest conductor in different Latin America and European countries, maintaining close relationship with the Venezuelan principal orchestras such as the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, and the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra. 

Stabilito is a Co-Founder of LAMI (Latin American Music Initiative), and a Lawyer. He holds a Master of Music from USB Caracas (2017), and a Master of Music from University of Michigan 2019. Currently he’s finishing his Doctorate in Musical Arts at University of Michigan, under the guidance of the Maestro Kenneth Kiesler.