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Musicians Going on Tour of England in July 2023
In Alphabetical Order
Giovanni Bertoni is the principal clarinetist of the Jacksonville Symphony. Prior to his 2019 appointment in Jacksonville, he was a member of the New World Symphony, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas. During the summers of 2018 and 2019 he was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Originally from Sassuolo, Italy, Bertoni holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and Oberlin Conservatory. His teachers include David Shifrin, Richard Hawkins, Ricardo Morales, and Corrado Giuffredi.
Chris Chappell is Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Jacksonville Symphony. He has also been Associate Concertmaster of the Savannah Symphony, and Concertmaster for the Yamagata Symphony in Japan, appearing as soloist with all three orchestras. In 2008, he joined the Pittsburgh Symphony for their European tour. He is active in chamber music with SAMF, UNF series, Beaches Fine Art Series and the San Marco Chamber Music Society. A co-founder of the Prelude Chamber Music Camp, Chris also teaches privately. He holds a Master’s from Indiana and a Bachelor's from Eastman. His teachers were Zvi Zeitlin and Josef Gingold.
A Texas native, cellist Brian Magnus earned both his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Cello Performance at Southern Methodist University under the tutelage of Christopher Adkins. Before joining the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in 2016, Brian performed with the symphony orchestras of Austin, Waco, Las Colinas, Shreveport and Dallas. Brian relishes performing chamber music with colleagues and also coaches young chamber ensembles at Jacksonville University. He is married to bassoonist Stephanie K Magnus; together they enjoy running and camping along with their two dogs.
Uzbek-American violinist Adelya Nartadjieva began her tenure as the concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony during the 2022-23 season. She is the winner of several international competitions in Greece, Singapore, United States, Russia, and Uzbekistan. Adelya has performed extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Russia, and across the United States. She has worked both publicly and privately with many internationally acclaimed artists and distinguished teachers such as Vadim Repin, Renaud Capucon, Gilbert Kalish, David Takeno, Ani and Ida Kavafian, and Shmuel Ashkenasi.
Adelya's passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Bravo! Vail, Olympic Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Scrag Mountain, Four Seasons, Summer University in Lausanne, and Moscow Meets Friends. Performance highlights include collaborations with Gil Shaham, Wu Han, Arnaud Sussman, Timothy Eddy, Hsin-Yun Huang, and the Emerson and Juilliard String Quartet members.
Violist Ellen Olson is a native of Long Island, New York. Ms. Olson began her viola studies at the age of 8 in the public school string program. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Hofstra University, where she studied viola with Olga Bloom. She continued her viola studies with Barry Lehr, Rebecca Young, and Patricia McCarty. Before coming to the Jacksonville Symphony in 1985, she was a member of the Puerto Rico Symphony. She performs regularly as a chamber musician in the Jacksonville area. She has been on the faculty of the Prelude Chamber Music Camp in Jacksonville since 2003. Along with her husband, oboist Eric Olson, Ellen founded the San Marco Chamber Music Society in 2008, which presents free chamber music concerts to the Jacksonville public at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
Eric Olson has held the position of principal oboist with the Jacksonville Symphony since 1986. Originally from Pennington, New Jersey, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. Eric served as guest principal oboist with the Baltimore Symphony for five weeks in 2002, including a two-week tour of Japan. Since 2006 Eric has been principal oboist with the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin. Since 2012 he has been adjunct oboe instructor at Jacksonville University.