Music Monday - Venice Series


Jonathan Mamora

Jonathan Mamora is the first prize winner in the 2022 International Olga Kern Piano Competition and has performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. He is Indonesian American and has served as a church pianist and organist-the result of having been enrolled in piano lessons by his parents for the purpose of becoming a church musician.


Natalie Helm and Cheeko Matsusaka

Natalie Helm and Cheeko Matsusaka, both celebrated cellists, hold positions in the Sarasota Orchestra. Natalie is the director of Upward Notes, an organization that spreads the joy and benefits of music outside of the concert hall. In March of 2020, Cheeko founded Back to the Beat, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to bringing in-the-moment-comfort-care to wellness communities.


Peter Rothstein

Peter Rothstein is the newly designated Producing Artistic Director for the Asolo Repertory Theatre where he has directed Man of La Mancha, Sweeney Todd and Ragtime. For 25 years Rothstein served as the Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da, a Minneapolis-based company dedicated to new and adventurous music-theater.


Eddie Tobin

Eddie Tobin is a native Floridian. Attending the University of Miami, Eddie was in the Studio Music and Jazz Piano program. For seven and a half years, Eddie was music director, pianist, conductor and arranger for Engelbert Humperdinck. He is a local Sarasota musical legend and is frequently performing around the area.


Ariana Kim

Noted byThe New York Times for giving “the proceedings an invaluable central thread of integrity and stylishness,” violinist Ariana Kim made her New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall during her doctoral studies at Juilliard and is now a tenured a professor at Cornell University.


Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky

Russian Duo was born out of love of traditional music and classical elegance. Oleg Kruglyakov is a balalaika virtuoso from Siberia, trained at the prestigious Urals State Conservatory in Yekaterinburg. Terry Boyarsky is an American concert pianist, Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher and Ethnomusicologist.


Doug Wright

Doug Wright is a Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright and librettist. He is currently represented on Broadway with his play Good Night, Oscar. Wright is a proud Hermitage alumnus and a member of the Hermitage Board of Trustees. In conversation with Doug Wright will be Hermitage Artistic Director and CEO Andy Sandberg or Programs Director James Monaghan


Ricardo Jose Rivera and Carmenchú Domínguez

Puerto Rican baritone Ricardo José Rivera is appearing with the Sarasota Opera in the 2024 Winter Season. Carmenchú Domínguez, soprano, has performed throughout Puerto Rico and her home country of the Dominican Republic


Janet Horvath

A lifelong performing classical musician, soloist, author, speaker, and educator, Janet Horvath was the Minnesota Orchestra's associate principal cello from 1980 to 2012. She has performed in recital, chamber music, and as soloist with orchestras throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.


Curtis Institute

Established teaching and performing artists Benjamin Beilman, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; and Oliver Herbert, cello join forces with three emerging artists from the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA., showcasing their work as performers, mentors and instructors.


Larisa Martinez

Puerto Rican opera singer Larisa Martínez has been praised and sought after for her “smoky soprano” (Opera News), gracing many of the world’s top opera and concert stages including recent debuts as a soloist at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and the Hollywood Bowl.


Colin Leonard

Jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer Colin Leonard weaves together soulful melodies on the saxophone while embracing the harmonious connection between music and the natural world. Currently in his third year at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Colin is majoring in Jazz Studies and minoring in Environmental Studies