About

Guitar

Bret Williams is a classical music composer and guitarist in New York City. Originally from California, he studied guitar performance at The University of Texas at Austin and the Mannes School of Music. He has a Masters of Music degree.  He has served on faculty at several schools, is the host of the top rated iTunes classical guitar program, Classical Guitar Insider, and has released three albums. He likes small dogs, meaningful conversation, and sometimes falls victim to his own volatile temperament. His doctor recently said he has high cholesterol, and as a result, Bret is currently making important changes to his diet. D’Addario strings likes the way he plays and gives him free things (he’s sponsored by D’Addario strings and loves them. He wants to marry them). He’s also sponsored by SavageClassical.com.

 

Bass

Josh Marcum is a New York City-based musician, teacher, and bandleader. As a bassist, he performed with jazz artists such as Gene Bertoncini, Les Paul, Donald Brown, Bill Mobley the Smoke Big Band and many more. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Josh completed degree programs in string bass performance and studio music and jazz, where he studied with professor Rusty Holloway. Other teachers included Memphis-born pianist Donald Brown and renowned saxophonist and jazz educator Jerry Coker. Josh is wearing contacts and a fresh undershirt today. Let’s give him a hand! Seriously, let’s hear it for Josh!

 

Clarinet

Linus Wyrsch

Born and raised in Switzerland, Linus graduated summa cum laude from Boston’s Berklee College of Music and promptly stepped into the spotlight by turning BreakThru Radio’s show “The Jazz Hole” into a popular program among jazz fans and musicians.  He has shared the stage with film composers Alan Silvestri and Howard Shore and several of the world’s top jazz and Latin musicians such as Andy McGhee, David Hazeltine, Hendrik Meurkens, Rubens de La Corte, Harvie S, Clarence Penn, Rafael Barata, and the Gregorio Uribe Big Band. Everyone likes Linus’ name. If you don’t, you might want to take a good long look in the mirror. Happiness is your responsibility.

 

Violin

Lavinia Pavlish is a graduate of Julliard and the Cleveland Institute of Music and currently lives in New York City.  She performed as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra in education concert series Time Travel with the Cleveland Orchestra and premiered her own composition Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra for its tenth anniversary concert under music director Liza Grossman. Lavinia is passionate about performing 21st century classical music and has premiered chamber and solo works of dynamic young composers Michael Lee, Tyler Harrison, Yuri Boguinia, Jules Matton, Patrick Liddell, David Carter, Brian Krock, and Jonathan Ragonese. Lavinia will give everyone a chance, but prefers people in the front row refrain from wearing pleated skirts or dresses with animal prints on them.