Ken Leighton 4:11 p.m., Sept. 3
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Influences: Yizhak Schotten, Jesse Levine, Zoltan Kodaly, Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonin Dvorak, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Franz Schubert, Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Richard Strauss, Anton Webern, Paul Hindemith, Krzysztof Penderecki, Krzysztof Meyer, Wolfgang Rihm
Before moving to San Diego, viola player Michael Molnau was the principal violist of the Memphis Symphony. He has performed with the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Iris Chamber Orchestra, and the Britt Festival in Oregon. He has formerly been assistant principal violist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Des Moines Metro Pera and has also performed with the symphonies of Grand Rapids and Alabama.
Molnau performed frequently with the Memphis Chamber Music Society and has served as guest faculty at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. He has been a guest principal of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand, and the Key West Philharmonic. He has spent summers at the chamber music festivals of Norfolk, Kent/Blossom, and Kneisel Hall.
A native of Idaho, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied with Yizhak Schotten. He went on to receive a master’s degree from Yale University, where he studied with Jesse Levine. As of early 2009, he plays with the Angelica String Trio.
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