Shmuel Katz

Viola

Principal

Member Since:

2007

Hometown:

Ramat Gan, Israel

First Memorable Musical Experience:

Playing a master class for Josef Gingold at age 10. I played Mozart’s “Adelaide” Concerto. Gingold gave every person who finished playing one piece of chocolate. I got three!

Ruggero Allifranchini

Violin

Concertmaster

Member Since:

2012

Hometown:

Milan, Italy

First Memorable Musical Experience:

Performing in public on the drums at age six or seven with my father

Andrew Trombley, Principal

Bass

Max Blair, Principal

Oboe

Ilya Finkelshteyn

Cello

Principal

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

Cincinnati, Ohio (born in Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Golf

Jon Manasse

Clarinet

Principal

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

New York, New York

Favorite NYC Place:

My home filled with family members

Laura Frautschi

Violin

Principal Second

Member Since:

2010

Hometown:

Pasadena, California

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Hanging out with my husband and kids—playing card and board games, reading books, getting out to the park

Ted Ackerman

Cello

Member Since:

1994

Martin Agee

Violin

Member Since:

1988

Hometown:

New York, New York (born in Fort Collins, Colorado)

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

I joined New York Road Runners a few years ago and started running regularly. It has become a real passion of mine.

Neil Balm

Trumpet

Principal

Member Since:

1984

Hometown:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

On My iPod:

I usually end up listening to a style that’s a polar opposite of what I happen to be playing that day. I have a wide variety of music on my iPod—some current rock, ‘70s and ‘80s rock, big band, Maynard Ferguson, and of course classical music.

Eva Burmeister

Violin

Member Since:

2007

Hometown:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Favorite NYC Place:

The Frick Collection

Robert Chausow

Violin

Member Since:

1982

Hometown:

Chicago, Illinois

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform

Symphony No. 29 in A major

Meena Bhasin

Viola

Member Since:

2011

Hometown:

Plainview, Long Island, but I feel like my hometown is New York City.

Favorite NYC Place:

The corner where Commerce Street and Barrow Street intersect in the West Village. It’s quaint and charming and reminds me of the cobblestone streets of Europe.

Lilit Gampel

Violin

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

New York, New York

Favorite NYC Place:

Poets House in Battery Park City

Michael Gillette

Violin

Member Since:

1984

Hometown:

Schenectady, New York

Memorable Mostly Mozart Moment

The summer of 1985 when our daughter was born. This is one of the happiest days of my life. I have always considered my daughter to be a Mostly Mozart baby.

Suzanne Gilman

Violin

Member Since:

2007

Hometown:

Simsbury, Connecticut

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Gardening

Jasmine Choi

Flute

Principal

Member Since:

2016

Amy Kauffman

Violin

Member Since:

2006

Hometown:

Topeka, Indiana

On My iPod:

A mix of lots of things, but right now I’m listening to Natalie Merchant, Iron and Wine, and early music played by my former teacher, Stanley Ritchie.

Lawrence DiBello

Horn

Principal

Member Since:

2006

Hometown:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform

Symphony No. 40 in G minor

Sophia Kessinger

Violin

Member Since:

2006

First Memorable Musical Experience:

At age three, when I started learning the violin, I first had to learn to hold one correctly by using a “practice” violin, which was a Cream of Wheat box with a ruler taped to it. I was really excited when I finally got to graduate to a real violin!

Katherine Livolsi-Landau

Violin

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

Queens, New York

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform

I have so many favorite Mozart pieces. But I would say in the symphonic repertoire it is the “Jupiter” Symphony. When we begin the opening of the first movement I am so thrilled because I have another opportunity to be in the middle of the music coming to life off the page. When we begin the last movement I feel exuberant just to be alive.

Danielle Farina

Viola

Member Since:

2010

Kayla Moffett

Violin

Member Since:

2017

Maureen Nelson

Violin

Member Since:

2017

Ronald Oakland

Violin

Member Since:

1999

Hometown:

East Providence, Rhode Island

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Golf, golf, and golf!

Chihiro Fukuda

Viola

Member Since:

2010

Hometown:

New York, New York

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Cooking for myself and my foodie friends, and hiking with my dog—my Border collie is an awesome hiking buddy.

Michael Roth

Violin

Member Since:

2001

Deborah Wong

Violin

Member Since:

1999

Hometown:

Currently Yonkers, New York

Memorable Mostly Mozart Moment

During a reception in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall, our guest choir from Europe broke into spontaneous song…magical!

Mineko Yajima

Violin

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

Kobe, Japan

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Gardening, gardening, and gardening

Marc Goldberg

Bassoon

Principal

Member Since:

2005

Hometown:

Ardsley, New York (born in Plainview, New York)

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Cooking for my family

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform

There are too many to name, but the late piano concertos, the operas, and the wind serenades are all big favorites.

Richard Hagen

Horn

Member Since:

1987

Hometown:

Clifton, New Jersey

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Spending time with my family

Favorite Mozart Piece to Perform

Symphony No. 36 in C major (“Linz”) and Symphony No. 40 in G minor

Ann Kim

Cello

Member Since:

2004

Hometown:

Princeton, New Jersey (born in Brooklyn, New York)

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Playing mini-golf, eating pizza, and watching movies with my nine-year-old son…not necessarily all at the same time

Lou Kosma

Bass

Member Since:

2011

Hometown:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

On My iPod:

Lady Gaga

Nick Masterson

Oboe

Member Since:

2014

Hometown:

Ringgold, Georgia

First Memorable Musical Experience:

The Star Wars soundtrack absolutely blew my mind as a kid.

Alvin McCall

Cello

Member Since:

1986

Hometown:

Newport News, Virginia

Favorite Non-musical Activity:

Since I have retired from playing softball (mostly), I watch baseball (let’s go Mets!), Star Trek (TOS and DS-9), Star Wars, and a video of my No. 4 son’s performance of The Nutcracker.

David Punto

Timpani

Principal

Member Since:

1993

Hometown:

Pequannock, New Jersey

First Memorable Musical Experience:

Seeing a performance of _The Magic Flute_ as a child

Pre-concert Ritual:

Before each concert, I check the timpani heads and arrange my mallets.

Tom Sefčovič

Bassoon

Member Since:

2011

Hometown:

Rochester, Michigan

First Memorable Musical Experience:

Hearing Ravel’s _Alborada del gracioso_ performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Meadow Brook Music Festival with my parents. Listening to Charles Sirard, the DSO’s principal bassoon, play the solo in that piece inspired me to play the bassoon.

Lee Soper

Trumpet

Member Since:

1988

Tanya Dusevic Witek

Flute

Member Since:

2011

Hometown:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Pre-concert Ritual:

I like to arrive early and warm up in my car after I have found a parking spot. I also like to eat a banana before a concert!

Elzbieta Weyman

Viola

Member Since:

2017