Artist Bios

2018 Regular Artists

Natasha Makhijani Violin

Natasha Makhijani holds a Bachelor of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music. Her principle teachers include Bettina Mussumeli, Zvi Zeitlin, and Charles Castleman. Natasha has appeared as concertmaster and assistant concertmaster of numerous orchestras, including those of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Eastern and Las Vegas Music Festivals. She appeared as assistant concertmaster and soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and while at Eastman she was invited to be a member of the Graduate Chamber Music Society.

  Currently residing in San Francisco, Natasha is in demand throughout the Bay Area as a performer and a teacher, having appeared in such diverse venues as Davies Symphony Hall, the Place of the Legion of Honor, Cafe de Nord, and the Independent. She is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and the Monterey Symphony. A passionate chamber musician, she is a founding member of the violin duo DoubleTake. Equally dedicated to teaching as she is to performing, Natasha has held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music, is on the faculty of the San Domenico School Music Conservatory and the Nueva School, and maintains a small private studio.

Clio Tilton Viola

Violist Clio Tilton performs classical music, from baroque to contemporary, throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, and she seeks to share her passion for music through outreach and teaching.

Equally at home on baroque and modern instruments, Ms. Tilton has performed with the San Francisco Symphony,  Camerata de Lausanne, the Sinfonietta de Lausanne, and Classical Revolution, as well as baroque ensembles including the American Bach Soloists, the Wallfisch Band, and The Albany Consort. An active chamber musician and former member of the Calla Quartet, she has been featured on the Treetops Chamber Music Society series and has worked extensively with members of the Juilliard String Quartet at the Kniesel Hall Chamber Music Festival  and the Juilliard School.

A graduate of Oberlin College's double-degree program in Viola and Comparative Literature, she completed her Master's degree at The Juilliard School and then continued her studies as a Fulbright fellow in the class of Florence Malgoire at the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva and with Gilad Karni at the Haute Ecole de Musique  in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Ms. Tilton is dedicated to sharing the experience of music through teaching and currently teaches private and group lessons for violin and viola in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Anna Washburn Violin

Violinist Anna Washburn holds a M.M. in performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as a B.M. in performance from Boston University. Her principle violin teachers include Bettina Mussumeli, Peter Zazofsky and Robert Beacham and she has performed solo recitals in Maine, Massachusetts, California and Montana.

As a Baroque violinist Anna has performed with The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. She has appeared with the Jubilate Orchestra of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus. As a modern violinist she has performed with the Monterey Symphony, Cape Symphony, Atlantic Symphony and the New Bedford Symphony. Alternatively, Anna is also a member of the Magik*Magik Orchestra and has performed with Sting, Chicago, Marilyn McCoo, Third Eye Blind, Tin Hat and Two Foot Yard. She can be heard on German pianist Hauschka’s album Foreign Landscapes and Belgian composer Christina Vantzou’s album No.1. Recently she has appeared at Davies Symphony Hall with the Gay Men’s Chorus of San Francisco.

Anna is a dedicated teacher and currently holds faculty positions at the San Francisco Friends School, the West Portal Lutheran School and the Golden Gate Philharmonic as well as at Cazadero Music Camp.

Vijay Chalasani Viola

Northern California native and violist Vijay Chalasani is currently persuing a Masters Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory with Don Ehrlich. Chalasani graduated this past Spring from CSU Sacramento, where he studied viola with Anna Kruger, chamber music with Andrew Luchansky and Ian Swensen, and conducting with Leo Eylar. Chalasani’s major viola teachers also include Carla Maria Rodrigues, Charles Noble, Joyce Ramee, and Pauline Metzgar. Chalasani has performed on SF Conservatory's Chamber Music Masters Series, the Silicon Valley Music Festival, the Berkeley Fringe Festival, and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival, and was given the opportunity to perform on the New Millennium series in March 2012 after his quartet was awarded first prize in the inaugural A.J. and Susana Watson Student Chamber Music Competition.

As a soloist, Chalasani was featured in performances of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto, and has played in masterclasses for Katherine Murdock, Phillip Setzer, Jerry Grossman, and Eric Zivian. Chalasani plans to continue his education through a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, after which he hopes to teach at the university level while continuing to perform with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and early music ensembles.

Shaina Evoniuk Violin

Shaina was raised in Ashland, Oregon where she studied classical, celtic, and bluegrass music. When she was 18, she moved to San Francisco where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the SF Conservatory of Music.

Upon graduating, and inspired by her generation's virtuosic force in the lively pulse of the San Francisco music scene, Shaina began branching out again stylistically. Currently in demand as a performer and teacher throughout California, she plays everything from classical to rock, bluegrass to hip-hop, and leads the string section of SF's own Jazz Mafia. She is also on violin faculty at the San Domenico School Conservatory.

Shaina most recently completed a three-month international tour with the highly acclaimed fiddle band Barrage. In her career she has performed at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Montreal & Playboy Jazz Festivals, and has had the honor of sharing the stage with Roy Ayers, Chicago, David Grisman, Zion-I, Jeremy Kittle, Lyrics Born, Macy Gray, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Mads Tolling, Chali 2na, the Dodos, DJ Qbert, and Liz Phair.

Christina Stanley Violin

Christina Stanley is a violinist and vocalist who holds an MFA in Music Performance and Literature from Mills College, where she studied violin with David Abel and composition with Fred Frith and Roscoe Mitchell, and won the Margaret Lyon prize for excellence in music. She also holds a BM from San Francisco State University where she received a full performance scholarship and studied violin with Daniel Kobialka, Jassen Toderov and the Alexander String Quartet. She is an active performing violinist, working as a solo artist as well as a member of various ensembles, including the Skadi Quartet. She is passionate about working with living composers and composing new music.

Erin Wang Cello

Erin Wang received a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in French from Oberlin College and Conservatory, a Master of Music from DePaul University, and an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music while studying with Jennifer Culp. She has performed chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma, Menahem Pressler, Peter Frankl, and Anthony Marwood, and has collaborated with the Irish music ensemble Anúna, hip-hop artist Kanye West. This spring she toured as cellist with the alternative rock group Death Cab for Cutie as a member of the Magik*Magik Orchestra. Ms. Wang has appeared with Quartet San Francisco, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and the Aspen Chamber Orchestra while completing a three-year fellowship in the studio of Darrett Adkins at the Aspen Music Festival. She has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra playing Ernest Bloch's Schelomo. Ms. Wang currently teaches and performs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Guest Artists