Ives Quartet Bios

The Ives String Quartet will appear in concert in Sonoma at Jacuzzi Family Winery on Sunday, May 19, at 3:00 pm, performing works by Haydn, Quincy Porter, and Smetana. Here are brief biographies of the Musicians:

BETTINA MUSSUMELI, violinist, received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in violin from The Julliard School. After completing her Julliard studies, she became co-concert master and soloist with I Solisti Veneti, performing throughout Europe, Australia, and the Far East. She has made numerous recordings for the Erato, RCA, Tactus and Concerto labels. She is currently on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is an artist/faculty member at the Zephyr Festival in the Italian Alps.

SUSAN FREIER, violinist, earned degrees in Music and biology at Stanford University as a Ford scholar and continued her studies at the Eastman School of Music, where she formed the Chester Quartet. She became faculty ensemble-in-residence at Indiana University at South Bend in 1980. In 1989, she returned to the Bay Area to join the Stanford University faculty and the Stanford String Quartet. She participates in numerous festivals and has recorded for Newport Classics, Stolat, Pantheon, Laurel, Music and Arts and CRI labels. She is a faculty member at the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop and also performs at the Telluride Chamber Music Festival and the Mendocino Music Festival.

JODI LEVITZ, violist, is a Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She launched her concert career while still a student at Julliard when she was appointed principal viola soloist with the Italian chamber group I Solisti Veneti. Since then she has performed as solo violist throughout Europe, South America, the Far East, and the United States. She has recorded for the Concerto, Dynamic, and Erato labels. She holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Musical Arts from the Julliard School. Currently, she is chair of the string and chamber music departments at the San Francisco Conservatory and is an artist/faculty member at the Zephyr Festival in the Italian Alps.

STEPHEN HARRISON, cellist, has been on the Stanford University faculty since 1983, when he returned to the Bay Area to join the newly formed Stanford String Quartet. A graduate of Oberlin College and Boston University, he has been solo cellist of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and has recorded on the Delos, CRI, New Albion, and Newport Classics labels with the ensemble. Former principal cellist of the Chamber Symphony of Sand Francisco, he is currently principal cellist of the Mendocino Music Festival. A faculty member at the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop, he also performs at the Telluride Chamber Music Festival.