Bee Ungar

Bee Ungar’s playing has been hailed as “powerful, full-bodied, and gorgeous” by The Calgary Herald, noted for its “ease and elasticity” by The Palm Beach Daily, and praised for its “warm tone and lively style” by The South Florida Classical Review. Bee is currently serving as Acting Associate Principal Bassoon of the Phoenix Symphony, and […]

Juan Esteban Martínez

A native of Colombia, Juan Esteban Martinez moved to the Dominican Republic at a young age, where he began to play the clarinet. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he studied with Anthony McGill. While at Peabody, Juan won second prize in the Yale […]

Bridget Pasker

Cellist Bridget Pasker began her musical studies at the age of 4. Originally from Dubuque, IA, she studied at the Preucil School of Music before earning her Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School. She then moved to San Francisco where she earned a Master’s degree in Chamber Music and Professional Studies diploma from the San […]

Chun-Yi Lu

Chun-Yi Lu is a member of the first violin section of The Phoenix Symphony. He began his violin studies with his father, at the age of five, in his native China. He made his solo debut at the Shanghai Opera House two years later. Then, the Cultural Revolution occurred, making it illegal to play Western […]

Thomas Bookhout

In his tenth year with The Phoenix Symphony, Chorus Master Thomas Bookhout brings to The Phoenix Symphony Chorus a vast experience in the choral art, preparing and conducting symphony, opera, university, community, school, and church choruses. He has prepared the Symphony Chorus on its widely varied and challenging masterworks repertoire, such as Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiems, […]

Augustin Hadelich

Augustin Hadelich appears with The Phoenix Symphony November 4-6, 2022 – Tickets and Information “The essence of Hadelich’s playing is beauty: reveling in the myriad ways of making a phrase come alive on the violin, delivering the musical message with no technical impediments whatsoever, and thereby revealing something from a plane beyond ours.” –Washington Post […]

Stuart Chafetz

Stuart Chafetz is a conductor with an affable podium demeanor and a keen sense of audience engagement. Increasingly in demand with orchestras across the continent, this season Chafetz will be on the podium in Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit, Hawaii, Columbus, Jacksonville, Buffalo, Louisiana, Grand Rapids and others. Previous conducting appearances include the orchestras of Buffalo, […]

Rob Fisher

Rob Fisher conducts The Phoenix Symphony in Best of Broadway, November 11-13, 2022 – Tickets and Information Rob Fisher is an internationally recognized music director, conductor and pianist, and a leading figure in American music and musical theatre. He has been a guest of virtually every major orchestra in the country as conductor or pianist. […]

Michael Christie

The 2012/2013 season marked Michael Christie’s eighth and final season as the Virginia G. Piper Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony. Christie also continued into his thirteenth season as Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. This season also marked the beginning of Maestro Christie’s tenure as the first-ever Music Director of the […]

Magdalena Martinic-Jercic

Magdalena Martinic-Jercic, Associate Concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony, was born in Burlington, VT, and began playing the violin at age 6. Music played an important role in her life; her father, a radiologist, played piano and cello, and her mother was a professional flutist as well as a professor of Italian. Martinic-Jercic attended the North […]

Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook sings Handel’s Messiah with The Phoenix Symphony December 15-18, 2022 – Tickets and Information Praised for her captivating stage presence, “full bodied” (Indie Opera) and “nuanced voice” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), mezzo-soprano Lauren Cook is quickly establishing a name for herself in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Mazzoli. In 2021, Cook made her company debuts with Virginia […]

Larry Loeber

A native of Ohio, Larry is currently in his 16th season as freelance principal pianist for The Phoenix Symphony, and has also been a member of the Arizona Musicfest orchestra for the past six seasons. He has appeared as soloist in Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with both of these orchestras. He has been heard frequently in […]

Geoffrey Owens

Geoffrey Owens narrates Lincoln Portrait on Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents, November 18-20, 2022 – Tickets and Information On stage, Mr. Owens recently appeared on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet (with Orlando Bloom). Other credits include Oscar Wilde’s Salome (with Al Pacino), the Chicago premiere of David Mamet’s Race (at the Goodman Theatre), Opus and As You Like It (as ‘Jaques’) at Two River Theatre, and Julius […]