Tag: Violin

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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Joan Matsuoka Torfeh

Joan Matsuoka Torfeh

Cello, Violin

Joan Matsuoka Torfeh grew up in the Bay Area where she began her musical studies with Stephen Herrold. She attended summer workshops in solo performance and chamber ensemble in Napa Valley with renowned cello educator Margaret Rowell.  She was a member of the Santa Clara Valley Symphony, El Camino Opera, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society and the San Francisco Chamber Ensemble. Ms. Torfeh relocated to the Inland Empire where she played with the Redlands Bowl Orchestra, the Redlands Symphony and the Riverside Opera. She also played in orchestras performing with artists including Smokey Robinson, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. During this time, she also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, leading to work as manager and contractor of various performing chamber ensembles. She then moved to Los Angeles where she began recording work and movie sidelining, and was a member of the Asian American Symphony.  Most recently, she has performed for school concerts and demonstrations in the Culver City Unified School District under the auspices of the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, introducing classical music to elementary school children. Ms. Torfeh has taught at the Culver City Music Center since 2013.

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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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Elissa Moser Linowes

Elissa Moser Linowes

Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Violin, Piano

Elissa plays in bands on both upright and electric bass. She plays in the bass section with the Santa Monica Symphony. You can hear her around town in the band “Abby and the Myth”. She loves playing all kinds of music — classical, rock, blues, folk and jazz. She sings backround vocals in bands and at home likes to sing jazz standards while playing bass. She has performed in venues ranging from CBGB’s to The Kennedy Center

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Isaac Takeuchi

Isaac Takeuchi

Violin, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele, Accordion, Piano

Isaac Takeuchi lives in Los Angeles - his main focus is cello performance and composition. He has been playing cello for 27 years and studied cello performance at Cal State University Northridge. He has played in many ensembles, orchestras, and chamber groups over the years as well as successful bands, including Soko, Saint Motel, Cesar Saez, Chelsea Wolfe and many more. Isaac is currently offering lessons for cello, piano, guitar, violin, and accordion.

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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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Yin Jiang

Yin Jiang

Violin

Over the past 30 years, I've taught hundreds of students from kindergarten to college graduates, children to adults, young and old! Some of my students received Merit and Excellent at the Royal School of Music, Grades 1-8. Some of my students have won First Prize for the Kiwanis International Music Scholarship Awards and other competitions. Some went on to pursue music as their careers! I always combine my overall music experience into teaching. I believe that music has a very important role in one's life and has an especially positive effect on children's intellectual development. Therefore, through learning a musical instrument such as violin or piano, the student will learn to develop the abilities of using logic and reasoning, attention to details, multitasking, discipline, focus, patience, and coordination control between they eyes, mind and body. I also want my students to be independent, therefore I combining some basic training materials with the Suzuki book as a fun way to teach students to read and play at the same time.

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