The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble is a versatile group of twelve musicians that performs in different combinations and presents concerts of new and old chamber music works each year as part of its home season, with concerts in San Francisco and Mill Valley. The quality of the ensemble is reflected in audience enthusiasm and critical acclaim.
Left Coast concerts feature new music by well-known composers such as Andrew Imbrie, Gyorgy Ligeti, Mario Davidovsky, Jennifer Higdon, and John Adams, plus works by emerging composers including Philippe Bodin, Harold Meltzer, Mei Fang Lin, and Laurie San Martin. Left Coast also presents compositions by ensemble members Kurt Rohde and Eric Zivian. To demonstrate the connection between newer music and music of past centuries, Left Coast programs include important chamber works from previous centuries by composers including John Dowland, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Aaron Copland, and Igor

The 2013-2014 Season continues the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble’s tradition of presenting concerts with innovative combinations of old and new music. This season the older works include masterpieces by Bach, Brahms, Mozart, Schumann, and Roussel, along with new works by contemporary composers Michael-Thomas Foumai, Steve Horowitz, Laurie San Martin and Mika Pelo, as well as a premiere by Left Coast’s own Eric Zivian.

The season opens with a guest appearance by soprano Christine Brandes in Point/Counterpoint; the program, curated by LCCE flutist Stacey Pelinka, explores the musical complexities of J.S. Bach alongside Elliott Carter’s intricate style. The program includes a contemporary work by Erik Ulman composed for Pelinka.  Left Coast String Bands is a concert showcasing the company’s string players with music of diverse styles, ranging from a duo for violin and bass by Edgar Meyer to a septet by Kurt Rohde, as well as Ligeti’s first string quartet and a classical composition by Frank Zappa. Some Serious Funis a “games” inspired program featuring LCCE 2003 Composition Contest winner Moritz Eggert’s Pong, and Mozart’s E-Flat Trio, nicknamed “Kegelstatt” or “Billiards”, along with premieres of new works by contemporary composers Michael-Thomas Foumai and Steve Horowitz.
Short Stories: Walter Mosley’s Reply to a Dead Man takes on a literary theme with a new piece by Charles Zoll, the young top prizewinner of the 2012 Rapido! Composition Competition, and a world premiere of Laurie San Martin’s new piece inspired by Mosley’s work of fiction. The 2013-2014 concerts culminate with Left Coast Summer Reading, kicking off the summer season with music evocative of languid summer reading lists, including Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) and Thomas Adès’ Shakespeare-inspired composition The Tempest. New works from composers Mika Pelo and Eric Zivian round out the program.


7PM, Sunday, September 15, 2013 (142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley)
8PM, Monday, September 16, 2013 (SF Conservatory of Music, San Francisco)
Elliott Carter • Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello, and Harpsichord
J.S. Bach • Selected Arias
Erik Ulman • this until for Flute
Albert Roussel • Deux Poèmes de Ronsard, Opus 26
John Dowland • Songs and Fantasies for Guitar and Voice
7PM, Sunday, December 8, 2013  (142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley)
8PM, Monday, December 9, 2013  (Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, San Francisco)
Edgar Meyer • First movement from Concert Duo for Violin and Double Bass
György Ligeti • String Quartet No. 1, Métamorphoses nocturnes
Frank Zappa • None of the Above for String Quartet and Double Bass
Johannes Brahms • String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Opus 88
Kurt Rohde • Hear No Evil for String Septet
8PM, Thursday, January 30, 2014  (142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley)
8PM, Monday, February 3, 2014   (SF Conservatory of Music, San Francisco)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart • Trio in E-flat Major for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Kegelstatt
Michael-Thomas Foumai • Scat for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, and Cello 2013 LCCE Composition Contest winner/ WEST COAST PREMIERE
Scott Lindroth • Yield to Total Elation for Flute, Viola, and Guitar
Steve Horowitz • New Work for Chamber Ensemble WORLD PREMIERE
György Kurtág • Signs, Games, and Messages for String Trio
Moritz Eggert • Pong2003 LCCE Composition Contest winner
Laura Schwendinger • High Wire Act for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano
8PM, Thursday, March 20, 2014  (142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley)
7PM, Sunday, March 23, 2014  (SF Conservatory of Music, San Francisco)

Charles Zoll • Bailes encima del escritorio de nuestra juventud for Oboe, Violin, Cello, and Piano WEST COAST PREMIERE Rapido! Competition National winner
Laurie San Martin • Reply to a Dead Man for Chamber Ensemble and Speaker WORLD PREMIERE
Reply to a Dead Man is funded by SFFCM’s Musical Grant Program

7PM, Sunday, June 8, 2014  (142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley)
8PM, Monday, June 9, 2014 (SF Conservatory of Music, San Francisco)
Robert Schumann • Märchenbilder for Viola and Piano
Thomas Adès • Court Studies from The Tempest for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano
Mika Pelo • New Work for Piano Trio WORLD PREMIERE
Eric Zivian • New Work for Piano Trio WORLD PREMIERE
Leoš Janácek • String Quartet No. 1, Kreutzer Sonata