Mack McCray, President
MackMcCray@ChopinSF.org

Mack McCray received his B.M. and M.S. from The Juilliard School, where he studied under Irwin Freundlich. He won the Silver medal in the International George Enesco Competition, first prize in the Charleston Symphony and San Francisco Young Artists competitions, Juilliard's Edward Steuermann Memorial Prize, and a grant from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation - all in one season (1969-1970). He has been invited guest artist at the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Seville's Great Interpreters Cycle, the UNESCO Festival of International Artists at Monte Carlo, the Bucharest Philharmonic's Bach/Beethoven/Brahms Festival, and the Hong Kong City Hall Series. He has performed under such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Josef Krips, Leon Fleisher, and Arthur Fiedler. In 1991, he performed the U.S. premiere of John Adams's Eros Piano. Recently he has performed with the Japan Philharmonic in Suntory Hall, Tokyo, at the Carmel Bach Festival and on the Trinity Church Concert Series in Manhattan. Mack McCray is Artistic Director of Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival, held annually in Courmayeur, Italy, and since 1971 he has been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

 

Gosia Kossakowska, Past President and Director
GosiaKossakowska@ChopinSF.org

William Wellborn, Vice president
WilliamWellborn@ChopinSF.org

Equally sought out for his activities as a pianist, teacher, and lecturer, William Wellborn has performed widely throughout the North America and Europe. Since 1996 he has been involved with A CONCERTed Effort, a San Francisco Bay Area concert series which to date has raised nearly $1,000,000 for various AIDS organizations. Since 1999, he has also served as co-director for 4 different European tours exploring the life and music of Chopin. A faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory since 1989, Wellborn holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the New England Conservatory. Each summer he teaches advanced students from around the world at the Franz Liszt Summer Piano Academy in Sopron, Hungary. Wellborn is the founding president of the SF Bay Area chapter of the American Liszt Society and he records for the Marco Polo and Cambria Master Recordings label. For more information on Mr. Wellborn, please visit his website at www.williamwellborn.com.

Meikui Matsushima , Secretary and Membership Chair
MeikuiMatsushima@ChopinSF.org

Meikui Matsushima graduated from the Toho Music College in Tokyo , Japan , and continued her studies at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she is currently a member of the piano Faculty of the Preparatory Division. She taught at the International Music Course and Festival in Positano , Italy from 1998 to 2001, served two terms as president of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and was Program Director of the 1999 San Francisco International Summer Music Festival. Currently she is Administrative Director of Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy.

Winnie W. Tso, Treasurer
WinnieTso@ChopinSF.org

Winnie has served on the Board of Directors since October 2004 as the Council's Treasurer. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Winnie played piano when she was young and had passed the Grade 8 examination in pianoforte administered by the Royal Schools of Music of England. She also received years of vocal training and had won the 3rd prize in a non-operatic solo competition at a Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Festival.

 

 

Robert R. Bryan
RobertBryan@ChopinSF.org

Robert, a human-rights attorney, is a member of the bar of California, New York, Alabama, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He began taking piano lessons at the age of six and has been actively involved in music throughout his life. Robert’s mother was an accomplished pianist who also sang opera, and brother a cellist. His daughter, Auda Mai, studied piano with Alla Dobrish and then under Machiko Kobialka at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, was a music scholarship student at Rugby School, England, is now at the University of London’s Royal Holloway College, and will be at Göttingen University, Germany for a year before returning to the UK. Nicole, Robert's former wife, was active in San Francisco's classical music scene for years and is now similarly involved in Berlin.

  Esther N. Harris
Corey McVicar

Corey McVicar
corey.mcvicar@ChopinSF.org

Corey McVicar, described as a "truly poetic and exhilarating" pianist by the Sydney Morning Herald, has performed worldwide. He has appeared extensively througout his native Australia, including notable performances at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Parliament House; he has also given concerto performances with the Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Other performances include solo recitals, concerto and chamber music engagements in Singapore at Victoria Hall; the American University and Goethe Institute in Bagkok, Thailand; in Saint Germain En-Laye, France; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Strathmore Hall in Washington DC and Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Recording artist for VDA Classics. Prize winner in the International Liszt Competition in Italy and the Frinna Awerbuch International piano compeittion in New York. Former piano faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University and former adjunct piano faculty at Columbia University in New York.

  Mary Robinson
MaryRobinson@ChopinSF.org

Emi Sunahara-Yun
esunahara@ChopinSF.org

Emi Sunahara was born and raised in Tokyo Japan. Graduated from Musashino College of Music in Tokyo. Emi studied piano performance and child psychology at the University of Oregon. Her teachers were Professors Sadakatsu Morita, Leonid Kochansky, William Woods and Anna Poklewski. Emi was a past president of the Music Teachers' Association of California-San Mateo Branch, Director of Junior Auxiliary and a Board of Director at the Pacific Musical Society. Emi maintains a piano studio in Foster City, California.