Robert Becker, viola Robert Becker is currently in his 32nd season as principal viola of Pacific Symphony. He currently serves as the full-time director of string studies at Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music. Internationally known as a pedagogue of the viola and chamber music and founder of the Viola Workout in Crested Butte, Colorado, he is dedicated to the training of young violists and string players for a future career in performing, teaching, chamber music and orchestral playing. Continuing his tenure as principal viola of Pacific Symphony, he served as principal and solo viola for American Ballet Theatre’s West Coast performances at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Segerstrom Center for the Arts in 2009-10. Becker occupies the Catherine and James Emmi Chair. Timothy Landauer, cello Timothy Landauer was hailed "a cellist of extraordinary gifts" by The New York Times when he won the coveted Concert Artists Guild International Award in 1983, New York. Landauer is the winner of numerous prestigious prizes and awards, among them the Young Musicians Foundation's National Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Cello Award, the Samuel Applebaum Grand Prize of the National Solo Competition of the American String Teacher's Association and the 1984 Hammer-Rostropovich Scholarship Award. Landauer's extensive engagements include his highly acclaimed recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, the Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Orford Arts Center in Montreal, the City Hall Theatre in Hong Kong and in Hannover, Germany. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras across three continents: they include the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Beijing Symphony, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, Landauer has also appeared with the Maryland Symphony, the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra and Pacific Symphony. Landauer was the recipient of "The Outstanding Individual Artist Award 2004" presented by Arts Orange County. Steve Edelman, double bass The Edelman family has an old joke about "coming from a long line of musicians, at the unemployment office." Nothing could be further from the truth. When Steve Edelman’s grandfather fled the Czar's army, where he was a band leader, and came to America with his eight children, he found employment right away. His father's career began at 18 and Edelman’s at 19. In 1969 a contract for assistant principal at Phoenix Symphony was offered to him, and by his 24th birthday, Edelman had returned home to Los Angeles, having played in three
different orchestras around the country, including the Kansas City Philharmonic and the San Diego Symphony. He made a recording in Manhattan in 1970, recorded and played concerts with the Eagles (Hotel California) and started playing at The Music Center and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for just about anything from ballet, opera, Broadway, the Academy Awards and much more. Throw in that when Edelman turns on the tube, he can’t find a movie where he hasn’t played on the soundtrack, and you'd have to say “that's one lucky so and so.” He’s recorded on eight John Williams soundtracks and is entering his 44th year of studio recording. Edelman says his daughter is incredibly smart, his wife is a wonderful ceramicist and he’s having a great time playing music in Pacific Symphony. Jessica Pearlman Fields, oboe Jessica Pearlman Fields currently holds the position of principal oboe for Pacific Symphony. Fields moved to Southern California after completing her Master of Music degree in 2009 at The Juilliard School. While in New York, she performed and toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New York City Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. As a soloist, Fields has been featured with the San Jose Chamber Symphony, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and the Mansfield, Ohio Symphony Orchestra where she also served as principal oboe during the 2005-06 season. An avid chamber musician, Fields tours regularly with her innovative New York-based chamber group “Shuffle Concert.” Intrigued by both science and music, Fields earned bachelor’s degrees in oboe performance and neuroscience from Oberlin College as a pre-med student. Fields is an adjunct faculty member at Long Beach City College in addition to maintaining a private teaching studio. Fields occupies the Suzanne R. Chonette Chair. Benjamin Smolen, flute Benjamin Smolen was appointed principal flutist of Pacific Symphony in September 2011. Since beginning his studies at age 10 in Charlotte, North Carolina, he has won top prizes at the Haynes International Flute Competition, the James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition and the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition. He has given solo performances with the Princeton University Orchestra, Charlotte Civic and Youth Orchestras, Gardner Webb Symphony Orchestra, and on National Public Radio’s From the Top with pianist Christopher O’Riley. Smolen has participated in the Manchester Music Festival, the American Institute of Musical Studies Festival Orchestra in Graz and twice as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Smolen completed his undergraduate studies in the music and Slavic departments at Princeton University, during which time he also completed a Performance Diploma at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He subsequently earned a Master of Music degree in flute performance at the New England Conservatory and a Performance Certificate from the University of Michigan.
about the artists
Joseph Silverstein, Kim Kashkashian, Fred Sherry, Toby Appel, as well as the Juilliard, Alexander and Miro quartets, has made a tremendous musical impact on Dolkas. As a student of Alice Schoenfeld, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree at USC, continuing her studies with Isaac Malkin and completing a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is near completion of a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from UCLA, where she studied with Mark Kaplan.