Summer Chamber Music Workshop
Susan Lamb Cook, Director – Cello
Susan Lamb Cook is an active performer and educator both nationally and internationally, and is sought after as soloist and chamber musician with performances throughout Europe, the Far East, and the United States. She is on the artistic staff for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and has served on faculty for the Vianden Festival, Luxembourg, and the Saarburg Festival, Germany. Susan is currently Lecturer in cello and chamber music at the University of California, Davis. She has completed five successful concert and teaching tours in China, and has performed and given master classes at San Francisco State University, Scripps College and Harvey Mudd College. As soloist, she has performed with the UC Davis Symphony, the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Camellia Symphony, and the Folsom Symphony. In 2015, she was featured as soloist with the Classical Music Festival Orchestra for a Gala Concert in the beautiful Haydn Concert Hall of the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. Susan Lamb Cook is a member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, Music Teachers’ Association of California, and the American String Teachers Association, and is co-author of Guide to Teaching Strings by Norman Lamb. She is director of the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Workshop, and her students perform regularly for competitions and public concerts.
Hermes Camacho – Violin/Viola
Composer/conductor Hermes Camacho earned degrees in music from Cal State Long Beach (B.M.), University of Colorado (M.M.), and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A.). Hermes has earned awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Arts Council, New Music USA, ASCAP, SCI, and the American Composers Forum, among others. Highlights as a conductor include performing for 45 Ambassadors to the United Nations as well as a performance for the Mexican Independence Day, televised nationally on Univision. Hermes currently serves on the faculty of Austin Soundwaves, an El Sistema youth music program benefiting the underserved community of East Austin, as well as a Lectureship at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Outside of teaching, he is Co-founder of and Head of Content and Development at Picardy, an online platform for learning musicianship. Hermes and his wife make their home in Austin, Texas with their two sons, Charlie and Matthew.
James Een – Viola
Mr. Een is active as chamber musician and in the performance of twentieth century music. He has performed with the New Davis Trio, Music Now, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Sacramento Area Bach Festival as well as with many other groups throughout northern California. Mr. Een has a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Science (Teaching), Magna Cum Lauda from Mankato State University, and a Master of Music from Arizona State University.
Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo – Violin
Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo performs regularly on period and modern instruments in the US, Europe, New Zealand and Asia. Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo's violin concerto performance in New Zealand was praised by the Otago Times for its “excellent pace, and its exciting and forward motion”. Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo has performed with Juilliard415, New York Baroque Inc, Sacramento Baroque Soloists, San Jose Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, and many more. Her summer festival appearances include Lake Tahoe Music Festival (as concertmaster), American Bach Soloists Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, and the Bear Valley Music Festival.
Her 2016-2017 season highlights include performances with Archetti Baroque String Ensemble and Portland Baroque Orchestra and her debut in Carnegie Hall with New York Baroque Orchestra.
A dedicated teacher, Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo teaches throughout the Bay Area and regularly coaches the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and Sacramento Youth Symphony Summer Workshop.
Ms. Rubinstein-Salzedo studied with Elizabeth Blumenstock and at the Juilliard School with Monica Huggett and Cynthia Roberts. She plays a 1690 Caspar Borbon violin, made in Brussels. When not making music, Laura enjoys baking, photography, knitting, and playing with her cat, Sherbert.
Amanda Lostritto, violin, Administrative Assistant
Amanda Lostritto started playing the violin when she was four years old, but had the passion for it starting at the age of one. Amanda studied with Nancy Hill until she was 13 during which she was the first place winner of the Music in the Mountains Young Musician’s Competition three years in a row, joined the Sacramento Youth Symphony, as well as small chamber groups. She studied with Anna Presler at Sacramento State University, completing her Bachelor’s Degree in 2013. Amanda currently teaches Piano and Violin privately, and at McLaughlin Studios in Loomis, CA.