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If it isn’t already on your calendar, come hear Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra members play as special guests with Black Violin, presented by Cal Poly Arts, at the Performing Arts Center on 

You may have heard her on NPR's All Things Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts, St. Paul Sunday Monring, and Performance Today. This February 3rd brings another opportunity to hear Grammy Nominated harpist Yolanda Kondanassis live. She solos for Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera's Harp Concerto with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, led by Music Director Andrew Sewell.

The San Luis Obispo Symphony Plays The Music Of the Night, From Baroque to Broadway, to Start the New Year 


Emily Lanzone (Cox) earned her BM in violin performance from the University of Oregon, MM from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Concervatory of Music. Her principal teachers have included Kathryn Gray, Kathleen Winkler, Kathy Luckterberg, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, and Axel Strauss. Since moving to the Central Coast in 2011, Emily has been a member of the SLO Symphony, along with other area ensembles such as the Symphony of the Vines, OperaSLO, and Santa Maria Philharmonic. She also plays with the Santa Cruz County Symphony, and the Oregon Coast Music Festival in Coos Bay, OR. Emily teaches at Cal Poly University and works with the SLO Youth Symphony, while maintaining a private studio of violin and viola students. Although she specializes in orchestral performance, Emily's first love is chamber music, a passion which took her abroad to northern Italy in the summer of 2011 for the Zephyr Chamber Music Festival. A native of Portland, OR, she currently lives in Morro Bay, CA with her husband Brian and their son Kieran.


Brynn Albanese has been living on the Central Coast since 2006.

She studied violin from the age of four until she was seventeen with Elizabeth Ivanoff Holborn in Los Angeles. Her Mother, a cellist, and her Father, a clarinetist, she knew early on that music would be her life and her passion.

After graduating from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Brynn began working professionally as Concertmaster for the Annapolis Symphony under Giselle ben-Dor and the Boston Philharmonic. She attended the Tanglewood Festival in 1991 and 1992 where she was celebrated as Concertmaster under Seiji Ozawa and Rodger Norrington for the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concerts.

From 1994 to 1998, Brynn played, toured and recorded full-time with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, and was Principal Second and Soloist with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under John Williams and Keith Lockhart.  In the fall of 1998, she moved to The Netherlands and was Assistant Principal Second of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague under Evgenii Svetlanov and Jaap van Zweeden. She also performed regularly with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Currently, Brynn is Co-Concertmaster of the Symphony of the Vines, under Greg Magie, Concertmaster of Opera San Luis Obispo, under Brian Asher Alhadeff and Concertmaster for Orchestra Novo under Michael Nowak.

 She is on the faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has a private teaching studio and a mobile workshop for violinists called Brynn Albanese’s Violin Practice Technique Boot Camp. In September of 2014, the workshop was accepted and presented at the American String Teachers Association Conference in Washington DC. She has a remote recording business for film score writers and singer-songwriters and offers online violin lessons to people internationally.

In 2008, Brynn joined the ever-popular World Music Ensemble, Café Musique, and has enjoyed playing at Summer Music Festivals, with Orchestras, in Performing Arts Centers, for Children’s Concerts, and Internationally.

Brynn is gifted in all genres of music and says that “…variety is the spice of my life and I relish the opportunity to discover and uncover exciting and challenging musical and non-musical experiences in all areas of my life.” 


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