Special Events

Winter Benefit Recital

February 7, 2019, 7:30pm

Owen Dalby, violin
Stephen Prutsman, piano

Violinist and Crowden School alumnus Owen DalbySuperb violinist and Crowden School alumnus Owen Dalby (St. Lawrence String Quartet) performs a memorable evening of masterworks with pianist Stephen Prutsman.


  • Schumann Violin Sonata in A minor, Op.105
  • Bolcom Sonata for violin and piano No. 2
  • Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80

General admission tickets are $125 and include a dessert and wine reception with the artists following the concert. Proceeds will benefit music education programs and scholarships at Crowden.

Crowden members at the Patron ($500) level and higher receive complimentary tickets to the Winter Benefit, as well as to an exclusive reception prior to the concert. Become a Crowden Member here.

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About Owen Dalby

Praised as "dazzling" (The New York Times), "expert and versatile" (The New Yorker), and "a fearless and inquisitive violinist" (San Francisco Classical Voice), Owen Dalby is hailed for his gripping interpretations of music from across the stylistic spectrum. A specialist in both new and early music, and both violin and viola, Owen brings daring and sophisticated artistry to audiences worldwide. As the newest member of the St Lawrence String Quartet, Owen lives and works as artist-in-residence at Stanford University. He is also a co-founder of Decoda, New York City's trailblazing society of virtuoso chamber musicians, arts advocates, and educators.

Owen made his Lincoln Center debut in 2010 with Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, and that same year gave the world premiere of Look Around You, a one-man double concerto by Timo Andres for solo violin and viola, with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He is the concertmaster of Novus NY, the contemporary music group of Trinity Wall Street, is a member of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and frequent concertmaster for the Westminster Choir College ensembles. Owen appears frequently with leading groups in and around New York City such as Ensemble ACJW, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Metropolis Ensemble, the Locrian Chamber Players, and the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble.

Owen loves early music and can be heard as soloist and leader on baroque violin with New York Baroque Inc., Four Nations Ensemble, Clarion Music Society, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Choir. In 2010 he completed a three-year tenure in The Academy, a fellowship of Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School that seeks to link a performer's life with advanced training in education and community engagement. He has taught music to students of the Choir Academy of Harlem, PS 14Q in Queens, and PS 112 in Brooklyn, and in masterclasses in Mexico, Iceland, at Princeton University, Skidmore College, and the University of South Carolina.

Owen is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals from Hamburg to Honolulu, and from Iceland to Mumbai. His chamber music partners have included Daniel Hope, Dawn Upshaw, the Persian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, and Simon Rattle.

He received early training with Anne Crowden at the Crowden School in Berkeley, California and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, where he studied with Syoko Aki.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Performs Work by Crowden Alumna, Conducted by John Adams

This January, the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrates its centennial anniversary with the highly anticipated world premiere of minimalist icon Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 12 “Lodger.” Our good friend John Adams will conduct the premiere, his own Grand Pianola Music, and a work composed by Crowden alumna Gabriella Smith!

Gabriella Smith attended The Crowden School for two years, and was an early participant in our John Adams Young Composers Program. She studied with Crowden faculty member Arkadi Serper for a total of nine years, beginning as a piano student at age eight, and continuing into composition private lessons and eventually study in the Young Composers Program. While a student at Crowden, Gabriella won a Morton Gould ASCAP National Young Composers Award and had a piece performed by the Berkeley Symphony in their “Under Construction” series. Gabriella is currently a doctoral student at Princeton University.

Thursday, January 10, 8pm and Sunday, January 13, 2pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

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Crowden School Quartet Performs with Kronos Quartet at Cal Performances

Four Crowden School musicians will take the stage with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet when Cal Performances presents the ensemble’s much-lauded Fifty for the Future initiative this January! Eighth graders Mali Nguyen, Annika Lin, Leila Yokoyama, and Meilani Huynh (all TCS ’19) will receive individual coachings from Kronos members in preparation for this performance. In the concert, our group will perform the second movement of Ken Benshoof's Sweeter than Wine as a quartet, and will join Kronos and student ensembles from Berkeley High School and Oakland School of the Arts for a rendition of Philip Glass’s Quartet Satz. Kronos has previously worked with Crowden students in a public master class given as part of our John Adams Young Composers Program, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship with these new music masters and our friends at Cal Performances.

January 25, 2019, 8pm
Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley

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Meráki Quartet Performs with Alexander String Quartet at SF Performances

San Francisco Performances celebrates Mozart’s birthday with a concert by the acclaimed Alexander String Quartet, featuring Crowden’s own Meráki String Quartet! Meráki members will join the Alexanders onstage at Herbst Theatre to perform the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Octet with their mentors, as well as selected movements of Mozart's String Quartet in D Major, K. 575.

The Meráki Quartet was formed in 2016 as part of Crowden’s after-school Youth Chamber Music Program. Sofia Matthews, Jun Yong Liu, and Isabelle Nichols all attended The Crowden School, graduating together in 2016, while violist Anna Renton is a longtime participant in Crowden's community programs. They took Second Place at the Galante Prize Competition in the 2017 Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar, and performed on NPR’s From the Top last spring. The Meráki Quartet is coached by Crowden’s Associate Artistic Director Eugene Sor, himself a student of ASQ’s cellist, Sandy Wilson, and renowned cellist Bonnie Hampton, a member of Crowden's Music Advisory Board. Both Bonnie Hampton and ASQ have a long history of mentoring talented students from Crowden.

January 27, 2019, 11am
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

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