Musician Spotlights

April 3, 2018
Brian Gardiner, percussion

Dr. Brian Gardiner, Principal percussion

Dr. Brian Gardiner is a versatile percussionist, having performed throughout the U.S. and Canada with professional orchestras, rock bands, dance and choral groups, as well as […]
April 3, 2018
Dr. Angelika Furtwangler, viola

Dr. Angelika Furtwangler, Principal viola

Angelika holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and has lived and worked in the Portland/Vancouver area for the last 10 […]
April 3, 2018
Margaret McShea, bassoon

Margaret McShea, Principal bassoon

Margaret hails from Texas, where she received a bassoon performance degree from the University of Texas in Austin.   She and her trombonist husband, Greg Scholl, […]
December 29, 2017
Margaret McShea, bassoon

Bruce Dunn, Principal trumpet

Now in his 19th year as The VSO’s principal trumpet, Bruce B. Dunn is an accomplished freelance trumpeter who holds performance degrees from both Washington State […]
December 29, 2017
Dieter Ratzlaff, cello

Dieter Ratzlaf, Principal cello

Portland cellist Dieter Ratzlaf grew up in a musical family. He began cello studies at the age of seven and performed with the Portland Youth Philharmonic […]
December 29, 2017
Dr Igor Shakhman, clarinet

Dr. Igor Shakhman, Principal clarinet

Igor has been heard in recitals, chamber music concerts and concert appearances throughout Europe and the US. As an orchestral clarinetist, he has performed with the […]
July 20, 2017
Douglas Peebles, Principal bass trombone

Douglas Peebles, Principal bass trombone

Born and raised in Portland, Douglas came from a musical family, playing piano from the first grade through his senior year at David Douglas High School […]
July 20, 2017
Dr. Florian Conzetti, timpani

Dr. Florian Conzetti — Principal timpani

Florian Conzetti is artistic director of Northwest New Music, a Portland-based contemporary chamber music ensemble.   He has appeared as a chamber music collaborator at the […]
July 20, 2017
Eva Richey, Concertmaster

Eva Richey — Concertmaster, violin

Eva Richey began her violin studies at age 8. She earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. […]