JULIANA HAN (PCMF co-director) met the piano by chance - her inner city public kindergarten happened to have an arts program with free Suzuki lessons. She won her first competition soon thereafter, and by age 17 she had garnered international honors and multiple concerto soloist appearances. However, hesitant to pursue a life of heartless competitions and solitary practice, she quit the piano and studied biochemistry and law at Harvard University. There, she discovered chamber music and its most ardent adherents. She was hooked for life. During subsequent careers in business consulting, health policy, government finance and corporate law, she sought a way to pursue her greatest passion - making music with other people. She is now at Juilliard as a doctoral fellow in Collaborative Piano doing just that.
WAYNE LEE (PCMF co-director) lived in the Bay Area his entire childhood, from North Beach to the Mission District to Daly City, and finally, in the fourth grade, to Piedmont, where his family still resides. The city nurtured his music, too. His first violin lessons were in Chinatown, he took part in the Piedmont Schools music system, served as concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and performed in many local venues with many local musicians. From there, he went to Juilliard and learned as much from listening to epic numbers of recordings with his peers as from practicing and performing. Now a member of two chamber ensembles and contributor to many other musical projects, Wayne travels the world playing great music, old and new, but makes it back to the Bay Area as much as he can to eat at Cheeseboard Pizza. Oh, and see his family, friends, and dog.
A founding board member of the Piedmont Center for the Arts and active member of the Piedmont community, GRAY CATHRALL (PCMF community liaison) is Publisher and Editor of the community's weekly newspaper, the Piedmont Post, which he founded in 1998. He is also an unofficial sponsor of Berkeley Symphony & Friends chamber music concerts, and Jazz in the Neighborhood concerts at the Center for the Arts. He has no spare time, but manages to have a jazz combo, Shades of Gray, which plays in the East Bay primarily at fundraising events. Unabashedly, he is a huge fan of Wayne Lee and Juliana Han and a strong proponent of their vision to host an annual chamber music festival in Piedmont each summer.
TINA TALLON (PCMF documentarian) is a photographer, videographer, composer, computer musician and soprano living in San Diego and working around the globe. She has had the honor of working with many ensembles and organizations as a documentarian, including Monday Evening Concerts, the UC San Diego Music Department, San Diego State University, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ojai Music Festival, New Music Gathering, soundSCAPE Festival, WasteLAnd, and Southland Ensemble. Her photography has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous online publications.