Ronit Widmann-Levy is a versatile artist equally at home on both concert and opera stages. She has sung in opera houses and festivals in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, Tanglewood, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Berlin, Munich, London, Bangkok and Jerusalem. She has performed at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Bath and Dartington Festivals in England, the Jüdische Kulturtage in Berlin and the America Haus Concert Series in Munich. Ronit made her debut with the San Francisco Symphony in February 2005 in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Since her debut, Ronit has recorded The Thomashefskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theater for PBS Great Performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and has performed with MTT and the San Francisco Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Other orchestra appearances include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Symphony, New York Philharmonic, New World Symphony and the Boston Symphony. Ronit is renowned for her interpretation of the genres of Ladino romansa and cantiga. She has made numerous recordings of Ladino music, both symphonic and with guitar accompaniment. In the fall, she will embark on a world concert tour with Trio Cantilena performing two programs: Jerusalem de España and Ladino Soul.
American composer William Susman has created a distinctively expressive voice in contemporary classical music, with a catalog that includes orchestral, chamber, and vocal music, as well as numerous film scores. Growing up in Chicago, he benefitted from an innovative jazz studies program at New Trier West High School. He was an avid jazz fan spending weekends at The Jazz Showcase on Rush and Delaware and studying with many renowned local pianists such as Willie Pickens, Alan Swain, and Steve Behr. AllMusic calls him an exemplar of “the next developments in the sphere . . . [of] minimalism,” and textura describes him as “not averse to letting his affection for Afro-Cuban, jazz, and other forms seep into his creative output.” His music has earned praise from The New York Times for being “vivid, turbulent, and rich-textured,” from Gramophone as “texturally shimmering and harmonically ravishing,” and from Fanfare for being “crystalline . . . and gloriously lyrical.”
Born in Novosibirsk, Russia and raised in Israel. Classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon has been recognized for his impressive technical ability and musicality. Based on his achievements in the music field, USCIS has granted Yuri Liberzon ‘Alien of Extraordinary Ability’ United States Permanent Residency. Mr. Liberzon has given countless concerts across the United States. Notable concerts venues include: 92nd Street Y in New York, Florida State University, Oregon State University, Santa Clara University, Marlow Guitar Series in Maryland, Murov Music College in Novosibirsk, Russia; Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Lesher Center in Walnut Creek, and many guitar societies. Mr. Liberzon has collaborated and performed in concerts with many renown musicians including guitarists Grisha Goryachev, Patrick O’Connell, Piotr Pakhomkin and flutist Josué Casillas. Orchestra performances with Diablo Symphony Orchestra and Tahoe Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music with Gold Coast Chamber Players, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and Quartet San Francisco.