Violinist, Melissa Kleinbart, is presently a member of the San Francisco Symphony and holds the Katharine Hanrahan Chair. Her previous positions include Associate Concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Assistant Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony. As a soloist, Ms. Kleinbart has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Una Voce Chamber Orchestra and the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Since her 1989 recital debut in New York’s Merkin Hall, Ms. Kleinbart has made recital appearances in the United States and Canada, and has been broadcast on CBC radio.
An avid chamber musician both as violinist and violist, Ms. Kleinbart has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has appeared at music festivals such as Marlboro, The Olympic Music Festival and Marrowstone. In the Bay area, Ms. Kleinbart often performs with her symphony colleagues on the SFS Chamber series, Chamber Music Sundaes, and at UCSF’s Cole Hall. In addition to intensive chamber music study at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Ms. Kleinbart performed as concertmaster under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa, subsequently receiving the Pierre Mayer award for an Outstanding Violinist.
Ms. Kleinbart is a native of Philadelphia and began her violin studies with Estelle Kerner at the age of five. She went on to receive her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where her teachers included Glenn Dicterow, Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. While attending Juilliard, Ms. Kleinbart made frequent concertmaster appearances with the Juilliard Orchestra and became a regular substitute musician with the New York Philharmonic.