Tag: Viola

Brittany Cotto

Brittany Cotto

Violin, Viola

Brittany Cotto is a highly sought after and accomplished violinist, violist, musician contractor and music educator. Her signature style combines virtuosity from her Classical training with an ability to improvise, a taste for simplicity and a love of all styles of music.
Brittany enjoys an active and versatile career. She has performed and recorded with some of the most iconic names in the business including 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Ariana Grande, Bebe Rexha, Burt Bacharach, Camila Cabello, David Foster, Diddy, Dre, Eminem, Jennifer Hudson, John Williams, Jonas Brothers, Julie Andrews, Kamasi Washington, KYGO, Mary J. Blige, Nicki Minaj, Paul Anka, Quincy Jones, Sarah McLachlan, Seth McFarlane, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Dan Weinstein

Dan Weinstein

Violin, Viola, Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium

Dan Weinstein is one of the busiest and least jaded professional musicians in LA. He plays the entire history of jazz from dixieland to swing to bee-bop to contemporary. Dan toured with The Jackson 5 in 1976-77, after which he began working with numerous salsa and cumbia groups in SoCal. Dan also worked and toured with Ray Charles' Big Band in 1984. Since then, he has recorded and performed internationally  and in almost every genre of popular music: credits include Aretha Franklin, Gerald Wilson, Mary Wilson, Brian Wilson,  Bobby Caldwell, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Larry Harlow, Jerry Lee Lewis, La Vern Baker, Neil Diamond, Christina Aguilera, the Emotions, the Olympics, the Rivingtons, Ernie Andrews, and hundreds more. His soundtrack credits include films The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Whole Nine Yards, Drumline, Robots, Horton Hears a Who, Hancock and the Italian Job and many more. He has taught music lessons for the past 15 1/2 years at Santa Monica Music Center and today can be found playing Western Swing fiddle with The Lucky Stars and trombone & vocals with Candy Jacket Jazz Band among others.

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Kevan Torfeh

Kevan Torfeh

Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright Bass, Guitar, Piano

Kevan's musical activities include playing recording sessions, concerts, and teaching. Mr. Torfeh served as Principal and Solo Cellist for the L.A. Mozart Orchestra for 14 seasons, Guest Principal Cellist with the Mozart Chamber Orchestra in Irvine for 2 seasons, and as Associate Principal with the Temianka Virtuosi for five seasons, touring with the same group under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management.  Mr. Torfeh performed and recorded with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for 17 years.  He has also performed with the New West Symphony under Boris Brott (6 seasons); and with the California Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall under Victor Vener (as asst. principal and principal for 7 seasons). Mr. Torfeh has been playing principal cello with the Westside Ballet's "Nutcracker" performances from 2014 to present.

Mr. Torfeh’s music studies were completed at USC, at L’Accademia Chigiana in Siena, in London with William Pleeth, and at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg. From 2004 to present he has served as adjunct professor of cello in the applied music program at Santa Monica College.  Mr. Torfeh is a regular guest lecturer/performing artist at the internationally acclaimed Musicians Institute in Hollywood.
Highlights of Mr. Torfeh's 42-year recording career include sessions with Ray Charles, Jackson 5, 5th Dimension, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, ELO, REM, Barbra Streisand, John Williams, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, Snoop Dog, David Foster, Alicia Keyes, Mary J. Blige, Harry Connick Jr., Hans Zimmer, James Horner,Tom Newman, Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, Luis Miguel, Jose Jose, Isabel Pantoja, Boyz II Men, Baby Face, Graham Nash, Jerry Goldsmith, John Debney, Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre, Bette Midler, and Earth, Wind & Fire just to name a few...His recent recording credits include Incredibles 2, Coco, Moana, Spiderman: Homecoming, Star Wars: Rogue One, War for the Planet of the Apes, Up, Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Miracles from Heaven, Tomorrowland, Star Trek Into Darkness, Ride Along 2, Frozen, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Toy Story That Time Forgot, Justice League (from 2016 to present), Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Revolution, Fringe, Alias, Intelligence, X Factor, American Idol, American Dad, Ally McBeal, and All the Way (HBO Movie of the Week with Bryan Cranston and Anthony Mackie). In the last few years, Mr. Torfeh has also recorded on albums of John Legend/Common, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and Mari Nobre. He also appeared onscreen as a musician for a Microsoft commercial with Common, and on the television shows House, the Young and the Restless, and Chicago Hope. Mr. Torfeh has also been recording for Disney TV shows and theme park music (2016-2019).

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