The Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera has appointed two new principal musicians: Principal Viola Jacob Joseph and Principal Bassoon Jordan Farber. In addition, Section Viola Evan Buttemer and Second Bassoon Nicolasa Kuster have joined the orchestra. Ari Pelto is the organization’s principal conductor and artistic advisor.
Violist Jacob Joseph has been a member of the Schleswig-Holstein, Glimmerglass, and Spoletto festival orchestras as well as the orchestra of the New York City Ballet and has performed in chamber music recitals with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Claremont Trio, and with pianist Alon Goldstein and violist Toby Appel. He has worked as a freelance musician in his native Bay Area and appeared with many of the regional orchestras and with touring Broadway productions. He is a founding member of the Oakland-based Town Quartet, which performs in residencies throughout northern California. He has also shared the stage with the likes of Johnny Mathis, the Eagles, the Moody Blues, and Nick Cave, among others.
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, bassoon player Jordan Farber began his studies at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he is currently in the fourth year of undergraduate studies. Farber has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Symphony, and the Fort Worth Symphony, among others. He was a fellow in the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra and the Music Academy of the West. He teaches bassoon and reed making, with students accepted to numerous conservatories and colleges, as well as participating in the National Youth Orchestra USA.