Sounding Point is a boutique LA-based creative & marketing agency specializing in cultivating individualized strategies for performing and fine arts institutions.
We understand the complexities of promoting arts organizations in today's world. Our specialized team is comprised of professional performing and visual artists with practical, real world marketing experience. This unique perspective enables us to provide a fresh, nuanced and comprehensive approach to our strategies.
A seasoned professional with over 20 years of industry experience specializing in the performing and fine arts,
Adrienne Andisheh has a proven track record of building brands and crafting/executing strategies with a modern, fresh and multi-faceted approach, through her company, Sounding Point. In addition to her work with Virtual Oboe Competiton and Sounding Point, Adrienne still actively performs as a freelance violinist and regularly produces concert series and events.
An active participant in many classical and new music outreach initiatives, Adrienne strives to bring enthusiasm, authenticity and heart to all of her projects, with the cornerstones of progress, expansion and inclusion in mind. She believes that with community and collaborative synergy, anything can be accomplished.
American oboist Claire Brazeau is recognized as one of the leading soloists of her generation. Since 2017, she’s held the principal chair of the world-renowned Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Claire regularly tours internationally, most recently performing concertos by Mozart, Martinu and Strauss. An active studio musician, Claire has recorded for several film and TV soundtracks, including Call of the Wild and The Mandalorian. Interested in exploring the range and pushing the limits of oboe performance, Claire plays with period instrument ensembles, Musica Angelica, and is a member of the new music group, WildUp. Claire is an awarded finalist in the International Gillet-Fox Oboe Competition and has appeared as guest principal with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Alumni Orchestra, and the Phoenix Symphony.
In 2016, she was appointed to the oboe faculty of the Bob Cole Conservatory at California State University Long Beach. Deeply committed to music education, Claire frequently serves as guest clinician at numerous academic institutions. She is on faculty at the YOLA National Festival, a full-scholarship summer youth orchestra intensive spearheaded by the LA Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. Claire’s other festival engagements include the Lucerne Festival Academy, Yale School of Music Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Pierre Monteux School. During the 2011-2012 season she served as a Visiting Artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.
Under the tutelage of the LA Chamber Orchestra’s former principal oboist Allan Vogel, Claire received an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School. At Bard College and Conservatory she earned a triple major with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies and piano performance, and a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance. Her principal teachers at Bard were Laura Ahlbeck and Elaine Douvas; she studied piano with Blair McMillen.
Affectionately known as @oboejones, Claire enjoys connecting with thousands of oboe fans via her Instagram page, where she shares concert clips, oboe advice, and upcoming performance information.
Claire plays on Marigaux 901 series oboes
Elaine Douvas is an institution in the oboe world, having served as principal oboe of the Metropolitan Opera since 1977 and oboe instructor at The Juilliard School since 1982. She has been an artist/faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School since 1997 and also teaches at Mannes College of Music and the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Among her career highlights, Ms. Douvas has performed the Strauss Oboe Concerto with the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, James Levine conducting, and Dutilleux’s “Les Citations” with the MET Chamber Ensemble. During her long career at the Met, she has participated in hundreds of live broadcasts, DVDs, and studio recordings.
One of the most influential teachers in the USA, Douvas’s pupils hold positions in numerous American orchestras and university faculties, and she was appointed Chairman of the Woodwind Department at Juilliard in 1997. In the summer she teaches intensive, one-week oboe seminars in several locations, the Hidden Valley Music Seminars in Carmel, CA, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Le Domaine Forget Academie in Quebec. She has given master classes at the Curtis and Cleveland Institutes of Music, Interlochen, the Manhattan and Eastman Schools of Music, the New World Symphony, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Conservatories of Beijing and Shanghai.
Ms. Douvas’s CDs include a solo recital and her quartet project “Pleasure is the Law”, issued by Boston Records, and “Oboe Divas” with oboist Emily Pailthorpe, which is available from the Oboe Classics label. Her three albums of demonstration and written commentary for Music Minus One are used by teachers and students across the country.
Originally from Michigan, Douvas trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music with John Mack and at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her previous positions include four years as principal oboe of the Atlanta Symphony under Robert Shaw, several summer seasons as guest principal oboe in the New York Philharmonic, the Grand Teton, Marlboro, Angel Fire, and Bravo!Colorado Festivals. For many years she has devoted her spare time to figure skating and has passed eleven USFSA tests in free-style and “moves”.
Eugene Izotov is one of today's leading wind players, internationally renowned for his “fiery Russian temperament” (Boston Globe), “ravishing playing” (Washington Post), and "luminous beauty of tone” (San Francisco Chronicle). Appointed by Michael Tilson Thomas in 2014, Eugene Izotov is the principal oboist of the San Francisco Symphony. He previously served as the principal oboist of the Metropolitan Opera, appointed by James Levine, and principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony, appointed by Daniel Barenboim. He has appeared as guest principal oboist with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, and New York Philharmonic.
Eugene Izotov is the first Russian-born musician in history to hold a principal wind position in any major American symphony orchestra. His numerous awards include top prizes at solo competitions in Saint Petersburg (1991), Moscow (1990), New York (1995), and at the Fernand Gillet International Competition (2001).
Izotov has appeared over 60 times as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, MET Chamber Ensemble, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, and has collaborated with Bernard Haitink, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Nicholas McGegan, Riccardo Muti, Edo De Waart, Ludovic Morlot, Ton Koopman, and Michael Tilson Thomas performing works by Mozart, Strauss, Marcello, Haydn, Martinu, Vivaldi, Carter, Hummel, Krommer and Bach. Eugene Izotov has recorded for Sony Classical, BMG, Boston Records, Elektra, CSOResound, SFSMedia, and was a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony under the baton of John Williams on the Oscar-nominated recording for Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln. He has also recently been a guest soloist on NPR’s Live from Here with Chris Thile. A prolific chamber musician, Eugene Izotov has collaborated regularly with the MET Chamber Ensemble throughout its residence at Carnegie Hall, as well as with Yefim Bronfman, Pinchas Zukerman, Jamie Laredo, Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, André Watts, and the Tokyo String Quartet.
Mr. Izotov teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has previously served on the faculty of The Juilliard School and DePaul University. One of today’s most prolific teachers, he regularly presents master classes at conservatories across the nation and abroad, such as New World Symphony, Oberlin, Aspen, Juilliard, Colburn, Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, HuyndaI Center (Seoul, Korea), Lynn University, Tanglewood Music Center, Domaine Forget (Canada), and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Since 2003 until 2006 Mr. Izotov served on the faculty of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. Since 2005 he continues to serve on the International Principals faculty of the Pacific Music Festival founded by Leonard Bernstein in Sapporo, Japan. Eugene Izotov was the oboe mentor for the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra during its residency at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia which included a live internet simulcast to over 30 million of worldwide viewers. Since 2014 Eugene Izotov serves on the woodwind faculty of the Music Academy of the West. In 2019 Eugene Izotov was invited by Valery Gergiev to serve on the first-ever woodwind jury of the Tchaikovsky International Competition. Upcoming highlights for 2019/20 include teaching engagements and residencies at the New World Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music, McGill University, and Oberlin College. Many of Izotov’s former students are now enjoying careers in leading music conservatories and symphony orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Saint Louis, Montreal, Kansas City, Buffalo, Lexington, Ontario, Atlanta, Osaka, Jerusalem, and others.
Born in Moscow, Russia, Izotov studied at the Gnesin School of Music with Ivan Pushechnikov and Sergey Velikanov and at Boston University School of Fine Arts with Ralph Gomberg.
François Leleux – conductor, leader and oboist – is renowned for his irrepressible energy and exuberance. A versatile musician, he has previously served as Artist-in-Residence with orchestras such as hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Berner Symphonieorchester, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, and Artist-in-Association with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Most recently, Leleux has been announced as Artistic Partner of Camerata Salzburg.
In the 2019/20 season Leleux becomes Artist-in-Residence with Aalborg Symfoniorkester, appearing as both conductor and soloist. He continues to expand his successful collaboration with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducting the season’s opening concerts as well as leading the orchestra on their tour to Asia, which features Colin Currie as a soloist. He debuts as conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra, and returns to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Gävle Symphony Orchestra. He has previously conducted orchestras such as hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and the Sydney, Gulbenkian, and BBC Scottish symphony orchestras.
Festival highlights this season include Audi Sommerkonzerte Ingolstadt and Mozartwoche Salzburg – the latter reflecting every aspect of Leleux’s performing life as he appears there as conductor with Camerata Salzburg, soloist with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and chamber musician with Les Vents Français.
The two-time ECHO Award winner Ramón Ortega Quero is recognized around the world as one of the most promising musicians of his generation. He received solid training from Miguel Quirós early on at the conservatory of his native city of Granada. Quero became a member of the Andalusian Youth Orchestra as a twelve-year-old. In 2003, the oboist cleared an important hurdle when conductor Daniel Barenboim accepted him as a member of the East-West Divan Orchestra.
One of Ramón Ortega Quero’s finest hours was winning First Prize at the ARD Music Competition held in Munich in September 2007. Since Spring 2008, he is also Principal Oboe of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under its Principal Conductor Mariss Jansons and is working with worldknown conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davies, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Bernhard Haitink. During the past seasons Ramón Ortega Quero appeared, among others, with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, MDR Sinfonieorchester, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hanover, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Vienna
Chamber Orchester, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kammerakademie Potsdam and the Sao Paulo Symphony. With different chamber music partners (Elena Bashkirova, Kit Armstrong, Mitsuko Uchida, Herbert Schuch and Sebastian Manz, amongst others), he played in the concert series in Vienna, Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hanover, Valencia, Cologne, Vancouver and at the international festivals in Gstaad, Jerusalem, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Lucerne Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Rheingau Musik Festival. Among his partners are such renowned musicians as Janine Jansen, Guy Braunstein and Tabea Zimmermann.
In 2015 Ramón Ortega Quero played the world premiere of the oboe concerto "Legacy", which composer Oscar Navarro dedicated to him. Performance highlights in season 2015/16 included his debut at Carnegie Hall New York, in 2016/17 the oboist came back to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin conducted by Ivan Fischer and played concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow with the Scottish Chamber orchestra under conductor Robin Ticciati. He was also reinvited by the Munich Chamber orchestra and the Kammerakademie Potsdam. He travelled to Asia for concerts with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. The concert season 2017/18 brought Ramón Ortega Quero to several concerts to spain – together with the Orquestra de Extremadura as well as the Orquestra de Castilla y León, to Finland and on a tour through the netherlands, together with the Philharmony Zuidnederland. With the wind quartet variation5, with whom his "Variation" was released on Berlin Classics (Edel). He was also invited by the Bach Orchester Leipzig, in the spring of 2018.
The 2010/11 season was highly effected by his nomination as a “Rising Star” by the “European Concert Hall Organisation”, which lead him to the most important concert halls in Europe (Brussels, Luxembourg, Vienna, Salzburg, Hamburg, Amsterdam). His debut CD “Shadows” (Solo Musica) won the ECHO KLASSIK award in 2011. In 2012 he was awarded with his second ECHO KLASSIK, which he received together with his colleagues Sebastian Manz, Marc Trenel, David Alonso Fernandez and Herbert Schuch for the “Chamber Music recording of the year”. Other recordings have been released on Genuin, recorded with the Kammerakademie Potsdam and with the pianist Kateryna Titova. In 2015 his solo album "Bach: New Oboe Sonatas" was recorded at the Label EDEL.
Ramón Ortega Quero is a fellowship award-winner of the Borletti Buitoni Trust London.
Amanda Ryvkin joined the Virtual Oboe Competition team after graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University. Having worked as a Marketing Assistant at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a Collaborative Learning Intern at the Philadelphia Orchestra, Amanda loves helping people connect with and engage more deeply with the arts. Education through the arts and entertainment is a particular passion of hers; she spent a year interning at Sesame Workshop and wrote her thesis on arts partnerships between public schools in New York City and performing arts organizations.
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