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. To do that, she took a leap of faith in 2012, quitting her job as a corporate attorney to attend the The Juilliard School, where she earned her doctorate degree. Juliana is now Assistant Professor of Music at Augustana College, where she shares her voice through teaching piano, and curates performance projects with musicians around the world.
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.
TINA TALLON (PCMF documentarian) is an award-winning composer, computer musician, multimedia artist, soprano, and educator living in Boston and working around the globe. As a documentarian and video artist, Ms. Tallon has had the honor of working with many ensembles and organizations, including the San Diego Symphony, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ojai Music Festival, New Music Gathering, and soundSCAPE Festival, among many others. She recently served as videographer-in-residence with Monday Evening Concerts and video artist-in-residence with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, and is currently documentarian-in-residence with the Piedmont Chamber Music Festival and Cortona Sessions for New Music. Her photography, videos, and writings have been published by major outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the New Yorker, and the San Diego Union-Tribune, as well as many local journals and online publications.
The 2019 FESTIVAL COMMITTEE is a vital part of PCMF’s operations, tasked with (1) fundraising to meet the festival’s operating costs, (2) promoting the festival and building concert attendance, and (3) arranging hospitality, food and lodging for festival musicians.
Susan Chamberlain, chair