Erica Kiesewetter, Concertmaster
Sebu Sirinian, principal second
Gabriel Schaff comes from a strong musical background. His mother, Claire Polin, was the renowned Philadelphia composer, musicologist, and flutist, while one of his more colorful musical ancestors was the pre-eminent nineteenth century pianist and composer Anton Rubinstein. He began his musical studies on the violin at the age of 6 and was admitted to Philadelphia’s New School of Music at the age of 16 where he studied with the Curtis String Quartet. One year later he won a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music with internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Erick Friedman, later serving as Friedman’s teaching assistant and subsequent collaborator at the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival. Mr. Schaff is a free-lance violinist in the greater New York area and appears regularly with many of the leading symphony, opera, and ballet ensembles in the region, in addition to frequent chamber and recital collaborations. During recent seasons, he has appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Stamford Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, New York Virtuosi, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, on Broadway in “The Producers” and “Wicked”, and on “The Late Show” with David Letterman. He is the concertmaster of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra in New York City, and founder and Artistic Director of the Englewood Chamber Players, a non-profit organization which brings together the finest musicians in the New York area who perform for the communities in which they live. Mr. Schaff has performed in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Holland, Russia, Jordan and Egypt. His performances have been aired on National Public Radio and Television, New Jersey Network, and on commercial radio and network television stations. He is on the faculty at Essex County College in Newark NJ. In 2005, Mr. Schaff created the Solo String Quartet with violinist Christopher Collins Lee, violist Tawnya Popoff and cellist Wendy Warner. His first full-length book, The Essential Guide to Bows of the Violin Family, was published in the spring of 2009. Mr. Schaff makes his home in northeastern New Jersey with his daughter, Susannah.
Jon Manasse, principal
Benjamin Herman, principal
Amy Berger, principal
Emily Wong, principal