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String Faculty

Pamela McConnell, UM Faculty Emeritus of Viola and Chamber Music

Brent Charran, Faculty, Cello

Vivian Torres, Faculty, Violin and Viola

Scott Flavin, UM Faculty, violin

Steffen Zeichner, Jazz Violin Faculty

BIOGRAPHY

PAMELA McCONNELLPAMELA McCONNELL

Pamela McConnell, UM Professor Emeritus of Viola and Chamber Music, Founding member of the Bergonzi String Quartet

Professor McConnell has enjoyed a lifetime career as a string quartet violist, performing in major concert halls in the United States, Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. One quartet tour took her literally around the World. She has arranged several famous compositions for string quartet, including Prokofiev's Peter and The Wolf and Saint Seans' Carnival of the Animals. These recordings and other Bergonzi String Quartet recordings can be found on itunes and other online music sites.

Ms McConnell has served on the music faculties of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, State University of New York at Buffalo, and University of Miami Frost School of Music.

During the summer, Ms. McConnell has been on the faculty of Bowdoin International Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Green Lake Festival of Music, Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory and the Garth Newel Music Center.

photoBRENT CHARRAN

Brent Charran is a cellist from Miami, Florida. An active member of the Miami music community, Brent has performed and recorded across the Classical, Jazz, R&B, Latin, Modern, and Rock genres. Brent won the NWSA Concerto Competition with the Dvorak Cello Concerto (2007) and also received a full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival (2009). Recent collaborations include a solo performance for the corporate reveal of Ralph Lauren's Love fragrance line and an appearance with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Miami during their Lost Christmas Eve concert tour.

VIVIAN TORRES

Vivian Torres is a recent recipient of the Artist's Diploma in Viola Performance from the Frost School of Music. She is a member of the performing group "Baby B Strings." Baby B Strings released their first album in 2013 with their original arrangement of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and debuted it at the (former) Miami Art Museum. Baba - Yaga, one of the movements from the suite, was featured live on WLRN's Folk and Acoustic Music with Michael Stock. Some other highlights include appearing on an internationally released HTC commercial featuring Robert Downey Jr. and playing on a South Florida promotional tour with MAC Cosmetics.

Baby B Strings pride themselves with having an open and forward-thinking attitude about the role of string players in the world of art. Playing in venues such as Miami's legendary rock club Churchill's Pub and working alongside major artists like Steve Miller (of Steve Miller Band), Maxwell, Mark O'Connor, and Black Violin are some of Baby B Strings' past projects outside of the classical genre.

SCOTT FLAVIN

Scott Flavin enjoys an incredibly versatile musical career. Since 1998 he has been a professor of violin at the Frost School of Music of the University of Miami, where he is first violinist of the internationally-acclaimed Bergonzi String Quartet, as well as Resident Conductor for The Henry Mancini Institute. He also is concertmaster of Florida Grand Opera, and violinist/violist for PULSE Trio. As a composer and arranger, his works have been heard on "Performance Today" and have been recorded by the Bergonzi Quartet. As conductor, he has appeared on the podium with such diverse artists as Joseph Silverstein, Bobby McFerrin, Mark O'Connor, and Chick Corea, and is Music Director of the Miami Mozarteum Orchestra. His recordings include chamber music on the Naxos, M&W, and Centaur labels, and commercial recordings on Sony, EMI, and Warner Brothers, including appearances on over a dozen Grammy Award-winning albums. He has written three plays, and his book, "Complete Scales for Violin" is available through M&W Music. He has recorded two solo CDs, "Great Violin Solos of the Opera and Ballet" and the Brahms violin sonatas.

STEFFEN ZEICHNERSTEFFEN ZEICHNER

Steffen Zeichner is a creative violinist who actively performs jazz, classical, klezmer, and a variety of other genres. Steffen is also a passionate educator with a focus on developing the creative potential of string players, particularly through exposing them to musical genres outside of the classical world and by helping students develop improvisational skills. Throughout his career Steffen has performed with a variety of top artists including Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Cyrille Aimee, Nestor Torres, Kenny Loggins, Ben Folds, Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, and George Benson, with whom he was featured as the violin soloist and concertmaster for Benson's 2013 album, "Inspiration". He has a BM in Violin Performance from Indiana University, and is currently working on his dissertation (on jazz violin pedagogy) for his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Miami.