BIOGRAPHIES

Dustin Breshears, violinist

Dustin, age 13, began violin lessons at age 4 with David Mallory. By the age of 7, Dustin started studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pre-college Division under William Barbini, and currently studies with Zhao Wei. Additionally Dustin is coached by his accompanist, Ayke Agus. Dustin has soloed with four different orchestras since the age of six. He has won numerous solo awards, including winner Parnassus-San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, 1st Place MTAC State VOCE Competition, 1st Place U.S. International Music Competition, 1st Place U.S. Open Music Competition, 1st Place ASTA-San Francisco Competition, 1st Place ASTA-Sacramento Competition, 1st Place CAPMT-Sacramento Competition, 1st Place DVC-HNU Strings Competition, and 1st Place Classical Masters Competition. Dustin is concertmaster of the SFCM Pre-College Division String Orchestra. 

Starla Breshears, cellist

Starla, age 12, began cello lessons at age 3 with Yoshie Muratani. By the age of 6 Starla started studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pre-college Division under Jean-Michel Fonteneau. Additionally Starla is coached by her accompanist, Ayke Agus, and by cellist, Christine Walevska. Starla has soloed with seven different orchestras since the age of six. She has won numerous solo competitions, including winner Parnassus-San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, 1st Place ASTA State Competition finals, 1st Place U.S. International Music Competition, 1st Place U.S. Open Music Competition, 1st Place Livermore-Amador Symphony Concerto Competition, 1st Place CAPMT-Sacramento Competition, and 1st Place DVS-HNU Strings Competition. Starla has participated in master classes with Amit Peled, Darrett Adkins, and Bonnie Hampton. Starla is principal cellist of the SFCM Pre-College Division String Orchestra. Starla is a Beare's International Violin Society artist and recipient of a ½ size Lorenzo Ventapane cello, 1808 generously on loan by J & A Beare Ltd., London.

Valery Breshears, violinist

Valery, age 11, began violin lessons at age 2 with David Mallory. By the age of 5 Valery started studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Pre-college Division under William Barbini, and currently studies with Zhao Wei. Additionally Valery is coached by her accompanist, Ayke Agus. Valery has soloed eight times with six different orchestras since the age of six. She has won numerous solo competitions, including winner Parnassus-San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, Fremont Symphony Nafisa Taghioff Award, 1st Place U.S. International Music Competition, 1st Place ASTA-San Francisco Competition, 1st Place ASTA-Sacramento Competition, 1st Place CAPMT-Sacramento Competition, 1st Place DVC-HNU Strings Competition, and 1st Place Classical Masters Competition. Valery is principal 2nd violin of the SFCM Pre-College Division String Orchestra. Valery plays a ½ size Josef Guadagnini violin generously on loan by Kenneth Warren & Son, Ltd., Chicago.

Colin Breshears, violist

Colin, age 8, began violin lessons at age 3 with David Mallory and Ayke Agus. At age 6, Colin began studying viola with Madeline Prager at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Pre-college Division. As a soloist, he has won 1st Place in the Classical Masters Music Festival Competition and 1st Place in the CAPMT Sacramento Go For the Gold Competition. Since 2018 Colin has performed as a soloist and with his sibling quartet at Iguazú en Concierto festival in Argentina and the Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado in Mexico.

Photos by: Iguazú en Concierto

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