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Meet the Symphony

Maestro A. Brian Davenport

Maestro A. Brian Davenport
Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Maestro A. Brian Davenport began his interest in music at the age of four. After obtaining his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music from Harvard, he spent three years in Paris, France, studying music under the famous Nadia Boulanger, and conducting in Monte Carlo under the tutelage of Igor Markevitch.

He has conducted orchestras in countries throughout the world, including China, Scandanavia, Germany, and Ukraine. In 1990, he conducted the Federal Way Symphony in the opening sellout performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the Goodwill Games. He also conducted the world premiere of Handel's Messiah in Russian in the city of Kazan.

Concertmaster Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi

Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi
Violinist Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi began studies at the age of five at New England Conservatory of Music. She made her first appearance as soloist with New Hampshire Philharmonic when nine years old. Ms. Kransberg-Talvi furthered her education at the Juilliard School studying privately with Sally Thomas and Dorothy DeLay. In 1976, she became a pupil of Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California.

Ms. Kransberg-Talvi has devoted herself to a varied life in music, including studio work for the Hollywood Motion Picture and Film Industry. She has appeared as soloist with Boston Symphony, Boston Esplanade Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Kennedy Center Orchestra, to name a few. As a recitalist, Ms. Kransberg-Talvi performed at M.I.T, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, Carnegie Recital Hall, and on the well-known Bargemusic Series in New York. Ms. Kransberg-Talvi served as Concertmaster and Resident Artistic Director for the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. In that capacity, she collaborated with such recognized artists as Sidney Harth, Franco Gulli, Lorin Hollander, Joseph Silverstein, Ralf Gothoni, Leon Fleisher and Adam Stern. Ms. Kransberg-Talvi also served as Concertmaster and Soloist for Pacific Northwest Ballet for two decades. She appeared on tour with the company in New York City, Washington D.C, Anchorage, Alaska and Istanbul, Turkey.

With her husband, concert violinist Ilkka Talvi, she maintains an active and thriving teaching schedule. Many of her students have received national and international acclaim in performance and music education. This is her second season as Concertmaster for the Symphony.