De Ann Letourneau, LVP Concertmaster
De Ann is the Concertmaster of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, a position she has joyfully held for nearly all of the orchestra’s 21 seasons. A powerfully warm and emotionally charged violinist, she has the unique ability to relate her love of music to all audiences. The Las Vegas Review Journal said “… she performed not only impeccably but with an exuberant sense of joy.” De Ann is among the few female Concertmasters in the US.
A native of Superior Wisconsin, she began studying with Diane Balko, the former Concertmaster of the Duluth-Superior Symphony, at age 14. Through many competitions, awards and scholarships that followed, De Ann quickly became known as one of the outstanding young artists in the US. Her career, now spanning over 20 years, includes many performances throughout the US and Europe as soloist and chamber musician on violin and viola. Formerly affiliated with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, she has appeared as guest artist with orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony, National Arts Chamber Orchestra (Chicago), Duluth-Superior Symphony, St. Martin Chamber Orchestra, Nevada Chamber Orchestra and the Lake Superior Chamber Symphony.
Margaret Batjer, Violin
Margaret made her first solo appearance at the age of 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is now regarded worldwide as an esteemed chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Margaret is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, is on faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music and the Colburn Music Academy.
Adele Anthony, Violin
Since her triumph at Denmark’s 1996 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, Adele Anthony has enjoyed an acclaimed and expanding international career spanning the continents of North America, Europe, Australia, India and Asia. An active recording artist, Ms. Anthony’s work includes releases with Sejong Soloists “Vivaldi: The Four Seasons”, the Philip Glass Violin Concerto with Takuo Yuasa and the Ulster Orchestra, and the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Ross Edwards “Maninyas” with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Cho-Liang Lin, Violin
Born in Taiwan, Cho-Liang Lin was inspired to play the violin by a neighbor at age 5. At the age twelve, he moved to Sydney to further his studies, played for Itzhak Perlman at 13 and moved along to New York at age 15 to study at Juilliard. He has since performed as soloist with virtually every major orchestra in the world. He is currently music director of La Jolla SummerFest and the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival.
Eugene Drucker, Violin
Eugene Drucker is a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet and an active soloist. A graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School, he made his New York debut as a Concert Artists Guild winner in the fall of 1976, after having won prizes at the Montreal Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He is a prolific recording artist, a published author, and a composer.