The Orchestra

Violin

Steven Copes

Steven Copes

Concertmaster, John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Chair

Violinist Steven Copes joined the SPCO as Concertmaster in 1998, leading the orchestra from the first chair, performing concertos old and new, and joining his colleagues in chamber music. He is an enthusiastic advocate of the music of today, having given the world premiere of George Tsontakis’ Grammy-nominated Violin Concerto ... Learn more

Ruggero Allifranchini

Ruggero Allifranchini

Associate Concertmaster, John H. and Elizabeth B. Myers Chair

Ruggero Allifranchini is the Associate Concertmaster of the SPCO. He was born into a musical household in Milan, Italy, and raised on a diverse musical diet, ranging from Beethoven to John Coltrane. He studied at the New School in Philadelphia with Jascha Brodsky and later at the Curtis Institute of ... Learn more

Kyu-Young Kim

Kyu-Young Kim

Artistic Director and Principal Violin, Bruce H. Coppock Chair

Kyu-Young Kim, Artistic Director and Principal Violin of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, is one of the most versatile and accomplished musicians of his generation. His appointment as the SPCO’s Artistic Director in January 2016 marks the first time a playing member has been tapped to take the artistic ... Learn more

Francisco Fullana

Francisco Fullana

Principal Violin

Acclaimed for his performances in both Europe and the US, Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana is enjoying a diverse international career of concerto and recital appearances as well as a wide array of collaborations as a chamber musician. Praised by Gustavo Dudamel as a “remarkable talent”, The Boston Globe called him ... Learn more

Daria Adams

Daria Adams

Violinist Daria T. Adams has been a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1987. Prior to joining the SPCO, she was a concerto soloist with the New American Chamber Orchestra, performing in the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia. An active recitalist and chamber musician, Adams has been a ... Learn more

Nina Tso-Ning Fan

Nina Tso-Ning Fan

Nina Tso-Ning Fan is a full-time member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Colorado, Fan began her violin studies at the age of four. She earned her bachelor’s degree in French literature from Harvard University while studying violin with James Buswell at the New England Conservatory ... Learn more

Maureen Nelson

Maureen Nelson

Maureen Nelson is a founding member and first violinist of the Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet, which originated at Yale University in 1999, while she was at Yale earning her master’s degree. She keeps a busy touring schedule, with engagements across the United States and abroad, and has led the ... Learn more

Elsa Nilsson

Elsa Nilsson

Elsa Nilsson joined The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 1977. Prior to her appointment with the SPCO, she served as concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, and was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Pittsburgh Chamber Players. During her time with the SPCO, she has appeared with the ... Learn more

Kayla Moffett

Kayla Moffett

Guest Musician for the 2016.17 Season

Kayla Moffett was a fellow at the New World Symphony for the 2013-2014 where she played concertmaster, soloed with the orchestra, and gave a solo recital as part of the Solo Spotlight series. Originally from Massachusetts, Kayla began playing Suzuki violin at age 5 and studied at the New England ... Learn more

Viola

Maiya Papach

Maiya Papach

Principal Viola, Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison Chair

Maiya Papach is the principal violist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, having been a member of the orchestra since 2008, she has made solo appearances with the SPCO in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with concertmaster Steven Copes, solo directed Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae and as soloist in Woolrich Ulysses ... Learn more

Hyobi Sim

Hyobi Sim

Alice Preves Viola Chair

Violist Hyobi Sim began the study of viola when she was 12 years old. After 3 years of playing viola, she was accepted as a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she studied with Roberto Diaz and received the Bachelor of Music degree. She was selected ... Learn more

Cello

Julie Albers

Julie Albers

Principal, Bill and Hella Mears Hueg Chair

American cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. She was born into a musical family in Longmont, Colorado and began violin studies at the age of two with her mother, switching to cello at four. She moved to ... Learn more

Joshua Koestenbaum

Joshua Koestenbaum

Associate Principal Cello, Ruth and John Huss Chair

Cellist Joshua Koestenbaum combines his career at The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with active solo and chamber music performances as well as being an active private teacher. A member of the SPCO since 1980, he has appeared frequently as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra. During the 2001-02 season, Koestenbaum replaced ... Learn more

Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis

John and Karen Larsen Chair

Cellist Sarah Lewis has been a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1998. A Saint Paul native, she started piano lessons at the MacPhail Center for the Arts at the age of three. She holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and the Juilliard School, where she studied with ... Learn more

Double bass

Zachary Cohen

Zachary Cohen

Principal Bass

Zachary Cohen, a native of the Bronx, won the position of principal bass of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in his senior year of Juilliard at the age of 22. Cohen received his Bachelor of Music from Juilliard where he studied with legendary bassist Homer Mensch. During his summers Cohen has ... Learn more

Flute

Julia Bogorad-Kogan

Julia Bogorad-Kogan

Principal Flute

The New York Times called Julia Bogorad-Kogan "a wonderful flutist - her playing is graceful, virtuosic, and always full of interest." Bogorad-Kogan, who became the SPCO's principal flutist at the age of 22, combines an orchestral career with regular recital and solo performances. She has performed world-wide, including at New ... Learn more

Alicia McQuerrey

Alicia McQuerrey

Alicia McQuerrey joined the SPCO as a flute and piccolo player in 2001. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, McQuerrey began studying the Suzuki flute method at the age of seven with Mrs. June Warhoftig, then principal flutist with the West Virginia Symphony. Alicia earned the distinction of becoming the ... Learn more

Oboe

Kathryn Greenbank

Kathryn Greenbank

Principal Oboe, Sewell Family Chair

Kathryn Greenbank has been Principal Oboist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1982. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with John de Lancie. Her other teachers include Louis Margaglioni, Richard Woodhams, and Richard Killmer. Greenbank is a frequent soloist with the SPCO ... Learn more

Barbara Bishop

Barbara Bishop

Acclaimed American oboist Barbara Bishop has had a rich and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher prior to joining The Saint Paul Chamber Orhcestra. She has served as Assistant Teaching Professor of Oboe at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory and Associate Principal Oboe with ... Learn more

Bassoon

Charles Ullery

Charles Ullery

Principal Bassoon

Charles Ullery has been principal bassoonist of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1975. Prior to that, he was a member of the San Francisco Symphony and the Sixth Army Band at the Presidio in San Francisco. Many composers have written works for him, including Michael Daugherty, Daniel Sturm, Russell ... Learn more

Carole Mason Smith

Carole Mason Smith

Bassoonist Carole Mason Smithhas been a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1980. A frequent soloist with the SPCO, Smith has performed Vanhal’s and Deitter’s concertos for two bassoons with SPCO principal bassoonist, Chuck Ullery. During the 2001-02 season, Smith served as principal bassoon of the ... Learn more

Trumpet

Lynn Erickson

Lynn Erickson*

Minnesota native Lynn Erickson has played second trumpet for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 1991. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, having earned both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, and studied with Charles Schlueter, David Baldwin, Vincent Cichowicz, and Manny Laureano ... Learn more

* Leave of absence

In addition to those listed above, we extend our deepest thanks to Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison, Bill and Hella Mears Hueg, the HRK Family, John and Karen Larsen and Philip H. and Katherine Nason for endowing positions in the orchestra.