Victoria Parker has been featured both as soloist and concertmaster with numerous orchestras across the US, including the Vermont Mozart Festival, One World Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and Lake Washington Symphony. She performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera and can be heard on many popular albums and motion picture soundtracks. She is also a resident violinist at the House of Breaking Glass recording studio. Her love for collaboration and interest in interdisciplinary arts helped launch Gossamer Collective, Parker Duo, Trio Pardalote, and Helix Series, and continues to shape many of the projects in which she was involved. Victoria received a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Robert, and their children, Oliver and Lorett. Photography by Rosemary Dai Ross
Violinist Blayne Barnes received his Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University and his Master of Music degree from the University of Oregon. He performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony and the orchestra of the Seattle Opera, and is a member of the Britt Festival Orchestra. During his five years in Minneapolis, he performed frequently with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and toured with both orchestras. While in Oregon, he served as assistant concertmaster and acting concertmaster of the Eugene Symphony and performed with the Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. Additionally, Blayne has recorded with the Seattle Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as for numerous motion picture and video game soundtracks.
Heather Bentley has adopted Seattle as her hometown. With chamber music at the center of her musical life, she performs with Trio Pardalote and runs the chamber series Club Shostakovich. She has served as Principal Violist with the Northwest Sinfonietta since 2002, and has appeared as a guest artist at the Olympic Music Festival, the Second City Chamber Series in Tacoma, the Seattle Symphony Chamber Music Series and the Seattle Modern Orchestra. Also a composer, her electro-acoustic semi-improvised opera The Ballad of Ishtar premiered in 2015 at the Good Shepherd Center, and she was commissioned by the Northwest Sinfonietta to create a new work in 2017, to be choreographed by Donald Byrd of Spectrum Dance Theater. Heather is a passionate practitioner of the art of improvisation, and is thrilled to have collaborated with inspiring artists like Butch Morris, Wayne Horvitz, Renee Baker, Jacob Zimmerman, Beth Fleenor and Jessica Lurie. As a violinist, she is Concertmaster of the improvising string orchestra Scrape, featuring original music by jazz great Jim Knapp and other living composers. She is thrilled to be working with NOCCO to create a new wave of exciting orchestral performances.
Cellist Eli Weinberger earned his B-Mus., M.Mus., and GDPP in Cello Performance under the tutelage of Elizabeth Dolin and Andre Roy, graduating with distinction from McGill University. In his chamber music endeavors, Eli has had the opportunity to play for and collaborate with Paul Watkins, Alfred Brendel, Jonathan Crowe, Elizabeth Dolin, and Laurence Kayleigh. While in Montreal, Eli founded the non-profit professional training orchestra, Pronto Musica, which was the first of it’s kind in Canada. Since his return to his hometown of Seattle in 2014, Eli plays regularly with a variety of local orchestras, including Saratoga Symphony of Whidbey Island and the Northwest Symphony. Eli has performed with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and subs with the Seattle Symphony. He records regularly and can be heard in national commercials, video game and film scores.
Sean Osborn has traveled the world as soloist and chamber musician, and during his eleven years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He has also appeared as guest principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra.
The New York Times dubbed him "...an excellent clarinetist," the Boston Globe called him "...a miracle," and Gramophone "...a master." With over forty concertos in his repertoire, Sean has also recorded dozens of CDs for London, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Albany, and others, as well as premiered works by Philip Glass, John Adams, John Corigliano, Chen Yi, and Jennifer Higdon to name a few. He has performed at many festivals including Marlboro, Seattle Chamber Music, Aspen, Zagreb Bienalle, Pacific Rims, and Colorado. Sean has received grants from many organizations, including the NEA and the Aaron Copland Fund. He is also an award-winning composer whose works have been played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic among others. As an educator, he has presented over 100 master classes around the world, developed many multi-media education series, and served on the faculty of the University of Washington and the Cornish College of the Arts.