SF Conservatory musicians close curtain on 2013-14 Guest Concert Series

Renowned San Francisco Conservatory of Music musicians Jean-Michel Fonteneau and Wei He joined Dominican faculty member June Choi Oh on stage April 13 for the final performance of the 2013-14 Guest Concert Series season in Angelico Hall at Dominican University of California.

The Sunday concerts, sponsored by Dominican’s Department of Music, Dance and Performing Arts, start at 3 p.m.  Free parking is available in the nearby Conlan Center lot off Grand Avenue in San Rafael.

Fonteneau and Wei He are professors of Cello and Violin, respectively, at the Conservatory of Music where Oh, chair of Dominican’s music department, has taught for many years. Both men are not only sought-after performers worldwide, but also passionate teachers attracting the most gifted students from all over the world.

A founding member of the Ravel String Quartet, Fonteneau won two prizes at the Evian String Quartet Competition and the first French Grammy award "Les Victoires de la Musique Classique." They toured extensively around the world and singlehandedly created the first-ever string quartet residency program in France. Highly sought after, Fonteneau performs as cellist frequently with such renowned artists as Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Kim Kashkashian and members of the Amadeus, Juilliard, Pro Arte and Fine Arts quartets.

After winning numerous awards as a violinist in his native China before coming to the United States, Wei He played with the San Francisco Symphony for two seasons. He was a founding member of the award-winning New China Trio, top prize winner of the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition and Carmel Chamber Music Competition in 1996.

Wei He, Fonteneau and Oh performed three works together at Dominican: Mozart’s Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548; Grieg’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8; and Brahms’ Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87.


For more information on tickets and the 2013-14 Guest Concert Series schedule, call 415-482-3579, email concerts@dominican.edu or visit http://www.dominican.edu/events.