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Tim Easter
double bass

Tim Easter - double bass

Tim works as principal double bass for the Greenville Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Augusta Opera. He teaches double bass at Furman University, works in a "day job" in sales at Northhampton Wines in downtown Greenville, SC, and freelances with many regional orchestras, including the Lyra Vivace Chamber Orchestra, Charleston, and Charlotte Symphonies.

Tim has appeared as soloist with the LA Piano Quartet, and has been featured in performances with double bass virtuosos Edgar Meyer, Hal Robinson, and Jack Budrow. He worked for many years on the double bass faculty at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and for many regional orchestras, including the Savannah Symphony, and as Assistant Principal with the Augusta Symphony.

Tim received a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from Furman University, where he was a pupil of Peter Rickett, conductor emeritus of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. He plays a full sized master copy of a Domenico Montagnana, circa 1750’s, made by master luthier Barrie Kolstein. His hobbies include golf, cycling, wine and cooking.

Jason Economides
violin, mandolin, mandola, composer

Jason Economides - violin, mandolin, mandola, composer

Jason is a violinist with the Magellan String Quartet, and is the Concertmaster of the Macon Symphony. He teaches Violin at Wesleyan College in Macon, and performs in many orchestras throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Jason has enjoyed many years as music director of the Baroque on Beaver Music Festival on Beaver Island, MI.

Prior to moving to Georgia, he served as a member of the Grand Rapids Symphony, as Artist-in Residence at Alma College, and taught violin at Aquinas and Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Jason was a member of the Chicago Opera Theater, New World Symphony, Greater Lansing Symphony, Flint Symphony, Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra and served as concertmaster of the Elgin Symphony.

Jason has also developed his talents in other music styles; he is a Scottish Fiddling Champion, and performs regularly on mandolin and mandola with the Atlanta Mandolin Society. Jason earned a BM in violin performance from Arizona State University and a MM in violin performance from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers were Camilla Wicks, Frank Spinosa, and William Magers. He has performed in master classes for Josef Gingold, Daniel Majeski, Mischa Mischakoff and Samuel Thaviu and he has been coached in chamber music by Martin Katz, Eckhart Sellheim, and members of the Emerson Quartet.

He has made a home in Macon, GA with his wife, violinist/violist/public school music educator Patty Baser, and their two daughters.

Hartwig Eichberg
pianist and conductor

Hartwig Eichberg - pianist and conductor

Hartwig was born and raised in Germany, earned his Ph.D. at the University of Tübingen, Germany with a dissertation about piano music by Johann Sebastian Bach. He moved to Seattle 1992 and has made it his home ever since.

A pillar of his professional life here is church music, currently being organist/pianist at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church. Hartwig has a strong background as opera conductor and coach, having worked in this capacity in Germany, Italy, Brazil, and being involved in many opera projects and activities in the Seattle area.

Coming from the European classical background, he has ventured into the American music, especially the Spiritual Songs of the Afro-Americans. He is also the director of the Jubilee Singers, a chorus devoted to the tradition of acapella singing of the Spirituals.

As a pianist, Hartwig made his first steps into the limelight as a prizewinner of the Steinway Competition in Hamburg, Germany. He enjoys exploring the repertoire of the usual as well as the unusual kind as a solo pianist, vocal accompanist, and chamber musician.

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