JONATHAN VINOCOUR – San Francisco Symphony Appoints New Principal Violist

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

JONATHAN VINOCOUR has been appointed Principal Viola of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS), beginning with the 2009-10 season. Vinocour has been Principal Violist of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra since 2007.  The SFS principal’s chair has been held by Acting Principal Viola Yun Jie Liu since the 2005-06 season. Vinocour previously served as guest Principal Viola of the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan.  While principal of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, he performed as soloist with conductors Nicholas McGegan and Hans Graf.

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Vinocour is also an active solo performer, and recently received First Prize in the Holland America Music Society Competition.  As a result of this award, he has been featured on the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series and Live from WFMT, a recital program on Chicago’s classical radio station.  He recorded his first solo album recently, with the support of the Holland America Music Society.
 
In addition to his orchestral and solo pursuits, Vinocour is an avid and passionate chamber musician.  He has been a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro.  Other festival credits include the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center where he was awarded the Henri Kohn Memorial Prize.  He has been a guest of the Boston Chamber Music Societies and International Sejong Soloists and collaborated with artists such as Paula Robison, Gilbert Kalish, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, Jaime Laredo, and members of the Amadeus, Arditti, Cleveland, Guarneri, Jupiter, Mendelssohn, Orion and Juilliard String Quartet Quartets.

Originally from Rochester, New York, Vinocour graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a degree in chemistry and was awarded the university’s Sudler Prize in the Arts.  He completed his Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2003, where he studied with Kim Kashkashian.

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Add this recording by Jonathan Vinocour to your Classical Library: JONATHAN VINOCOUR. The Holland-America Music Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education and recognition of talented young classical artists through competitions, performance opportunities, instrument loans, and recording projects.

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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