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Jeremy Cohen, violin -- Trained by Anne Crowden and Itzhak Perlman, Cohen's style reflects his respect for a range of violinists from Fritz Kreisler to Joe Venuti and Eddie South. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Virginia Symphony, the California Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic. Recording credits include motion picture and TV soundtracks, including 'The Dukes of Hazzard' and Jane Fonda's 'Dollmaker', and as concertmaster on recordings with Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, Aaron Neville, Howard Keel and Cleo Laine. He appeared on Carlos Santana's Grammy-winning CD 'Supernatural' and on the original 'Star Wars' compilation CD with John Williams. He was the solo violinist in 'Forever Tango' and 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' and has toured and recorded with the Turtle Island String Quartet. He has just completed his fifth summer as a faculty member of the Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA. --more--

Dawn Harms, violin -- A violinist, violist, chamber musician and conductor, Harms earned degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (studying with Dorothy Delay and Josef Gingold) and State University at Stony Brook, NY. For ten years she was first violinist with the Harrington String Quartet at West Texas A & M. A member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the New Century Chamber Orchestra, she also performs as concertmaster with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and the Napa Valley Symphony. She is the first violinist of the Harmida Piano Trio and a founding member of the Elixir String Quartet. She has just finished collaborating with her cousin Tom Waits on his latest recording, released in May 2002. Ms. Harms currently serves on the music faculty at Stanford University. --more--

Emily Onderdonk, viola -- A San Francisco native, Ms. Onderdonk received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, and continued with post-graduate studies at Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Onderdonk is principal violist with the Sacramento Philharmonic and has performed as principal violist with the Lyon National Opera in France, touring with the company to Paris, London and Vienna and recording CDs of Offenbach, Donizetti, Werther, Massenet and Puccini with Kiri Te Kanawa, Dawn Upshaw, Anne Sophie Von Otter and Jerry Hadley. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony and the San Francisco Opera, and was principal violist with the New York City National Opera Company and the Berkeley Symphony. She has appeared with chamber ensembles throughout the U.S. and in Mexico and Brazil. --more--

Joel Cohen, Cello -- Joel Cohen had his early musical training in the Bay Area with Irene Sharp and Margaret Rowell. He was co-principal cellist with the Oakland Symphony from 1979 to 1985. Cohen lived in Vienna for the next twelve years, playing and touring Europe, Japan and the U.S. with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under Philippe Entremont, the Wiener Kammeroper, the Wiener Akademie and Quartett Yggdrasil. Since returning to the U.S. in 1997 he has lived in the Boston area, performing with various orchestras and chamber music groups including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Lyric Opera, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Music at Eden's Edge and the Leonora Quartet. He is a founder of the Zephyr Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble playing unusual repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. Cohen lives in the Boston area and is the brother of Jeremy and Joshua (violinist and conductor). --more--

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