Genevieve Micheletti is a native of Salinas, California, where she began violin lessons at age five. In 2008 she made her solo debut with the Stockton Symphony after winning the Manlio Silva Young Artists’ Competition. Ms. Micheletti earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Music from Rice University, where she studied with Kathleen Winkler. She completed her Master of Music at the University of Michigan, where she was a pupil of Yehonatan Berick, Aaron Berofsky, and David Halen. Ms. Micheletti is a veteran of distinguished programs such as the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Spoleto Music Festival. She is a current member of the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, with whom she will be soloing in coming months. Outside of music Ms. Micheletti enjoys yoga, modern Russian literature, and exploring new cities.
Karl Hirzer has been training in piano from the age of six, and went to two universities to realize his dream of becoming a conductor. But last summer he took a shortcut and applied for orchestral vacancies instead of continuing his education, being hired as the resident conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. rained as a pianist, Hirzer holds bachelor's (University of Victoria) and master's (McGill University) degrees in performance, as well as an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto Diploma, obtained at the age of seventeen. His piano teachers have included Ilya Poletaev, Bruce Vogt, Michael McMahon, Walter Prossnitz and Anne Wilson Unger. He was a winner of the Johann Strauss Scholarship Competition, funding studies at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, during which time he studied in the class of Robert Levin.
Hailed for his passion and natural musicianship, Rolf Bertsch has quickly become one of Canada’s leading conductors. Appointed Assistant Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal by Charles Dutoit in January 2000 and named Conductor in Residence for the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons. He has built an impressive reputation as a conductor, pianist, communicator, teacher and adjudicator. His career spans a broad spectrum of musical experience and styles. Accordingly, it has taken him to Europe, Asia, and throughout North and South America. Mr. Bertsch began his musical studies on the violin and went on to study piano, cello, composition, jazz, and conducting. He also holds diplomas from many prestigious institutions including McGill University, the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Conservatoire de musique du Québec (Montréal), the Folkwang Hochschule (Essen, Germany), and Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts).