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The Ensemble

Sarah Holzman, Flute

Christina Mok, Violin

Jenny Douglass, Viola

Lori Lack, Piano

Ann Lavin, Clarinet

Krisanthy Desby, Violoncello




Opened season in September at San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music's Chamber Music Day, then performed at UC Davis in October and visited Hong Kong in November for the Musicarama Festival.  Premiered 4 pieces in Hong Kong, including Alexis Alrich's Disturbed Ground.  In 2010, debut appearances at Del Valle Fine Arts (Livermore), San Jose's Arts Express, Gualala Arts and Sunset Concerts (Los Gatos).  Return engagement at 142 Throckmorton Theatre.


Premiered Peter Josheff's Instrumental Suite from Inferno for our complete sextet and commissioned Alexis Alrich to write Disturbed Ground to be performed in November 2009 in Hong Kong.    Debut appearances at Music at Meyer (SF), University of California-San Francisco, the Music Center of Los Angeles, Pacifica Performances, Oakmont (Santa Rosa), and Manteca Kindred Arts.  Return engagements at Old First Concerts, Noontime Concerts, and Dominican University. 


Commissioned James Cohn to write a quintet for the Laurel Ensemble, premiered in April 2008.  Debut appearances on San Francisco Performance's Salons at the Rex Series, Music on the Hill in San Francisco, Berkeley Chamber Performances, Mill Valley's 142 Throckmorton Theatre, and Mountain View's Tateuchi Hall.  Return engagements at Old First Concerts, Noontime Concerts, and Berkeley Arts Center.



Performances on the Shenson Series at the San Francisco Community Music Center, Berkeley Arts Center, Giorgi Gallery, and return engagements at Old First Concerts, Noontime Concerts, and Dominican University.   Event performances for the San Francisco Symphony League and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.   Presented a lecture-demonstration of Beethoven's Serenade for Flute, Violin, and Viola at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.


The Laurel Ensemble’s inaugural season.  Concerts at Old First Church, Dominican University in San Rafael, the Healdsburg Center for Music and Art, and several appearances on the Noontime Concert Series in San Francisco.   AIM ensemble - Performed 132 concerts for more than 9,000 children in San Francisco's public elementary schools as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s Adventures In Music program.   Presented a lecture-demonstration of Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp at Sonoma State University, CA.

The Laurel Ensemble is an affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, an organization that nurtures emerging ensembles and promotes chamber music throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sarah Holzman

Sarah Holzman, Flute

Sarah Holzman is a regular performer with orchestras, opera companies, and choruses around the San Francisco Bay Area.  Sarah is also a founding member of the Laurel Ensemble; she lived next door to Krisanthy Desby during the summer of 2001, and they heard each other practicing through a shared wall and decided to introduce themselves.

Sarah's involvement with new music has brought her to the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Other Minds, Stanford's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and a live radio concert on Public Radio International's Echoes.  In the summers, she has performed with the Utah Festival Opera and with the festivals of Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Hot Springs, Orford, Domaine Forget, Sarasota and the Music Academy of the West. 

Sarah received her Bachelor of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Michel Debost, and her graduate degree is from the San Francisco Conservatory, where she studied with Tim Day.  Other influential teachers have been Mary Ellen Jacobs, Greig Shearer, Leone Buyse and Raymond Guiot.

When she's not playing her flute, Sarah enjoys exploring the trails of California and beyond.

Ann Lavin

Ann Lavin, Clarinet

Ann Lavin, clarinet, performs regularly with the Carmel Bach Festival, the San Francisco Lyric Opera, the symphonies of Monterey and Vallejo, and with New Music Works.  She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, the Oakland Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic and Symphony Silicon Valley.  She has performed at festivals including the Wien Modern in Austria,  Shira in Jerusalem,  Sebago-Long Lake in Maine and the Tanglewood Festival.  Former posts held include Principal Clarinet with the Sarasota Opera and Principal Clarinet with the Utah Festival Opera. Her principal teachers were Larry Combs, Robert Marcellus, Daniel Gilbert and Charles Neidich.  She earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University and also received degrees from Northwestern University and DePaul University.

Christina Mok, Violin

Recipient of the British Council Fellowship and a full scholarship, Christina Mok earned her BM degree and Solo Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music in London, studying under Yfrah Neaman and later with Rodney Friend.   She is the winner of numerous competitions including the BBC Young Artists' Forum Audition and the Sutton Chamber Music Competition, the Korean Music Association Scholarship, and was named Young Promising Performer of the Year by the Seoul Arts Center in 1997.

Ms. Mok has given solo and chamber recitals in Japan, England, Norway, the U.S. and Korea, performed for the BBC and the Korean Broadcasting Service and was featured in prestigious festivals such as the Evian Festival in France and the Proms in London. She appeared as a soloist with the Russian Federal Symphony Orchestra at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow during the city's 850th anniversary celebration. Ms. Mok has also performed as a soloist with the Janacek Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Stockton Symphony, the Pacific Chamber Symphony and the Symphony Silicon Valley in California, and the Suwon Philharmonic and the Seoul Symphony Orchestra in Korea, among others.

Ms. Mok is currently the Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony and the Associate Concertmaster of the Symphony Silicon Valley. She is an active guest concertmaster and has led numerous orchestras in California. Until she made her home in California in 2001, she was a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Acting Concertmaster of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia in London. 

She also enjoys composing and produced the score for the documentary "My Skin's on Fire".

Jenny Douglass Jenny Douglass, Viola

Jenny Douglass is an active chamber musician and orchestral violist in the Bay Area. Since 1999, Jenny has been the Principal Violist of the Marin Symphony, where she has been featured with Richard Stoltzman in Bruch's Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola and with Jeremy Constant in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante.   Ms. Douglass is a regular substitute violist with the San Francisco Symphony and has performed with them in Davies Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, and on several European tours.

As a regular performer with the NYC-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1992, Jenny has toured North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and has performed on several of their CD's recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, one of which was a 2001 Grammy Award Winner. 

From 1992-97, Ms. Douglass held the position of Assistant Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in Denver, CO.  Jenny has earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School.  Her principal teachers have included Lynne Ramsey, Karen Tuttle, and Eugene Lehner.

Krisanthy Desby Krisanthy Desby, Violoncello

Krisanthy Desby has played in chamber ensembles, orchestras and music festivals all over the United States and overseas. She has been a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, California Symphony, Sacramento Symphony and Santa Rosa Symphony, as well as playing with the Houston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Golden Gate Opera, Russian Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra during their 2005 tour culminating in a concert at Carnegie Hall.

Ms. Desby is currently Assistant Principal Cello of the Napa Valley Symphony, where she has received glowing reviews for her work as Acting Principal. She has played Principal Cello for the Golden Gate Opera and was Guest Principal for the Modesto Symphony's performances of Scheherezade.

Her festival activities have included chamber music and orchestral work in Europe and North America, including the Scotia Festival in Canada, Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City and Neuberg Kultertage in Austria. In the U.S. she has been a member of the Mendocino and Midsummer Mozart Music Festivals, and is in her 13th year as a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival, playing both as a member of the festival orchestra and the chamber series.

She studied with Nathaniel Rosen and Jennifer Langham in Los Angeles and with Stephen Kates at Peabody Institute, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Degree. She received a Master of Music at The Shepherd School at Rice University, where she was awarded a fellowship and was Teaching Assistant to Shirley Trepel.

Krisanthy started Monday Night Music to bring chamber music into private homes, and founded the Laurel Ensemble in order to focus intensely on chamber music with a select group of musicians.

Lori Lack, Piano

Lori Lack has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the United States.  She is a member of the Laurel Ensemble, and has performed with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Gold Coast Chamber Players.  As a collaborative pianist, she has performed in recital with many artists including the Alexander String Quartet, the Stamic Quartet, Robin Sharp, Jassen Todorov, Gary Gray, Stephen Paulson, and Matt Haimovitz.

Ms. Lack received her degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, and San Francisco State University.  In addition to serving on the faculty of CSU Summer Arts and California Summer Music, she has worked as an instrumental accompanist at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University.

Guest Artist Robin Sharp, Violin

Violinist Robin Sharp, a native of California, is in demand as a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. In addition to maintaining private teaching studios in San Francisco and Palo Alto, Ms. Sharp performs as concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra with conductor Benjamin Simon, and has recently joined the music faculty at Stanford University as full-time Lecturer in Violin.  She is also on the faculty of California Summer Music in Pebble Beach, California.

Ms. Sharp has appeared in recital at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National Music Hall in Taipei, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco where she performed on Jascha Heifetz's Del Gesu violin.  Ms. Sharp is a Laureate prize winner of the 1994 Indianapolis Violin Competition and is featured in a documentary about the competition. At present, a violin concerto is being composed for Ms. Sharp by composer Gabriela Lena Frank.





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