artistic team

Meet our Artistic Director and Principal Strings

Naples Orchestra and Chorus is pleased to introduce our Artistic Director Max Rabinovitsj and our principal string musicians.

 

Max Rabinovitsj - Artistic Director

Max Rabinovitsj - Artistic Director

Artistic Director Max Rabinovitsj brings a remarkable professional background to his position. In Europe, he founded the Trio da Vinci, which toured extensively on that continent. He was Director of Festivals in Entrecasteaux, France and in Sintra and Evora in Portugal. Max debuted as a solo recitalist in New York City at Alice Tully Hall, in Lincoln Center, and performed the Bach Double concerto in Carnegie Hall with Isaac Stern. As a conductor, he became well known for his interpretations of the classical repertoire and his work with Youth Orchestras. He conducted great artists such as Rostropovich, Jaime Laredo, Gil Shaham, Viktoria Mullova, Maria Joao Pires, Davide Gueringas, Roger Pascal, Pierre Amoyal and many others. As soloist, Max has played under James Levine, Leon Fleisher, Max Rudolf, Thomas Mayer, Walter Susskind, Vladimir Goldschman, Jerzy Semkov, Lukas Foss, Claudio Scimone, Eleazar De Carvalho, Michel Tabachnik, and Philippe Bender.

Max has been a Professor at Washington University, the University of Texas and the University of Evora (Portugal). He has also taught at the Nice Conservatory (France) and Edgecliff Academy in Cincinnati. He met his wife Mary, a harpist, when they were both students at The Curtis Institute of Music.

Since moving to Naples a little over five years ago, Max and his wife have been active in the Naples music community. He has performed at the Cultural Russian Center many times and continues as violinist in The Trio da Vinci. The other Trio da Vinci members are Dror Biran, piano and Paul York, cello. The members are all on the faculty of Louisville School of Music where Max goes every year to give master classes and perform. The Da Vinci Trio has performed at the Violin Shop, Bonita Springs and will be reengaged next January.

Max hopes to continue giving recitals in Naples. He has played recitals with pianist Alexandra Carlson both in Naples and Sarasota. His calendar is quite full and exciting. Becoming Music Director of The Naples Orchestra & Chorus will fulfill a lifelong passion for conducting. Max is on the boards of The Russian Cultural Center and The Naples Orchestra & Chorus.

Sara Antonia Arévalo - Concert Mistress

Sara Antonia Arévalo - Concert Mistress

Sara Arévalo is a violinist who was born and raised in Miami. Ms. Arévalo studies at the Frost School of Music in the University of Miami and is studying privately with Scott Flavin, the first violinist of the Bergonzi String Quartet and Concertmaster of the Florida Grand Opera. Ms. Arévalo was the second violinist of the Stamps String Quartet Class of 2018.

Arévalo began studying piano at the age of seven and began her studies on violin two years later. Throughout her years, she has participated in various orchestras in Florida both regional and state. As part of the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Arévalo has performed with Santiago Rodriguez, Mark Gorenstein, and Simone Dinnerstein. She has collaborated with conductors that include Grant Cooper, Thomas Sleeper, Gerard Schwarz, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Due to the wide array of genres present at the Frost School, Sara has had the opportunity, as part of the Henry Mancini Institute, to perform with artists such as James Newton Howard, Jeff Beal, Bruce Hornsby, Julie Andrews, and Cyrille Aimée.

As part of her summer studies, Arévalo has attended the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Castleman Quartet Program, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, with the Stamps Quartet where they studied with Kevin Lawrence and Bayla Keyes. This past summer, Ms. Arévalo attended the Meadowmount School of Music and studied with Ivan Ženaty and Patricia McCarty.

As part of her community involvement, Ms. Arévalo coaches chamber groups on the weekends as a coach for Miami Youth for Chamber Music. Aside from performing, Sara enjoys spending time outside, and will often be found riding her bicycle. Ms. Arévalo will be graduating with a Bachelors in Violin Performance this fall. We are proud to have Ms. Arévalo as our Concert Mistress this season.

Barbara Lounsbury - Principal Viola

Barbara Lounsbury - Principal Viola

A native Californian, Barbara graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors’ Degree in Music. She then studied privately with David Schwartz (principal violist for the NBC Symphony) at the California Institute of the Arts. Shortly thereafter, she relocated to New York City to pursue a professional career as a violist, studying with Emanuel Vardi. She was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Tanglewood Center for Performing Arts, performed for two seasons at the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy and played the first world tour of the Bolshoi Ballet which debuted at the Metropolitan Opera Hall in New York City. Her musical experience spans a wide variety of styles. She was principal violist at Radio City Music Hall in NYC for 30 years, working with many artists including Tony Bennett, Elton John, Diana Ross, Liberace, Johnny Mathis and George Benson. Her experience also includes playing a number of Broadway shows.

Her symphonic experience has included performing with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Symphony in Carnegie Hall, Little Orchestra Society in Lincoln Center, Music for Westchester, New York Choral Society, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and most recently, The Fifth Ave Chamber Orchestra, Opera Naples and Gulfshore Opera. She also has performed operas with the NYC Opera in Lincoln Center, NY Grand Opera, NJ State Opera, NY Light Opera and the Canadian Opera.​

Diane Coffman - Principal Cello

Diane Coffman - Principal Cello

Diane Coffman is a cellist well-versed in many genres of music. For several years she worked with the major arts entities in the San Francisco Bay area. She was a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra in Aspen, Colorado. She was also invited to participate in the recording for a film sound track at the Industrial Light and Magic Production Studios at Skywalker Ranch in Novato, California. Diane served as Principal Cellist for the Artea Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco and as a soloist.

She has a Master’s Degree in Music Performance where she studied with Laszlo Varga at San Francisco State University. Her undergraduate studies gave her the opportunity to study with Peter Howard at Bowling Green State University and Joseph Gingold at Indiana University. Diane enjoys playing chamber music. She is a founding member of the Bella Musica Ensemble whose mission is to teach music history and present musical performances of Baroque to Modern music.