Boris Allakhverdyan was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. He previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Associate Principal Clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. He also serves on the clarinet faculty at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as well as at California State University at Fullerton. As a chamber musician, Boris Allakhverdyan has also performed throughout the United States and Europe.
Established as one of the world’s leading flute soloists, Denis Bouriakov is currently the Principal Flutist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He previously served as the Principal Flute of the Metropolitan Opera in New York under James Levine. Denis was appointed Flute Faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2017. In addition, he has been a prize winner at most major international flute competitions, including the Nielsen, Munich ARD, Kobe, Rampal, Nicolet, Larrieu, and others.
Whitney Crockett joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Bassoon as Gustavo Dudamel’s first appointment. Prior to his work in Los Angeles, he held the position of Principal Bassoon for 12 years at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as well as the same position with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. A respected pedagogue, Mr. Crockett has served on the faculties of the Juilliard and Manhattan schools of music, McGill University in Montreal and most recently with Lynn University.
Robert DeMaine has been the Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2012. Prior to the LA Phil, he served as Principal Cello of the Detroit Symphony and Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras. He has taught at The Colburn School, University of Michigan, Music Academy of the West, the Eastman School of Music and is currently faculty of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Equally in-demand as a soloist and chamber musician, he regularly performs and teaches around the world.
David Rejano was appointed Principal Trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. Before that, he served as Principal Trombone with the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Orquestra del Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona (Barcelona Opera House) and with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra. He has performed as a guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France and Seoul Philharmonic. He is currently also the Trombone Professor at The Colburn School.
Matthew VanBesien is currently the President of the University Musical Society at the University of Michigan. Prior to this role, he served as Executive Director and then President of the New York Philharmonic. With over 25 years in arts administration, Mr. VanBesien brings a leading perspective on how organizations create, manage and produce art in the classical music industry. In addition, he works to support diversity, equity and inclusion.
As Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership and Director of the EXCEL Lab at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Mr. Kuuskoski oversees all aspects of their wide-ranging arts leadership programming, including extensive career advising, countless co-curricular workshops, a graduate certificate and undergraduate minor, venture, and internship funding. He regularly collaborates with many of the world’s leading performing arts organizations to advance, contextualize, and amplify the field’s best practices amongst the arts leaders of tomorrow.
Fourth horn of the North Carolina Symphony, Rachel Niketopoulos has been teaching Alexander Technique for 17 years, offering both private lessons and group classes. She has been a certified yoga instructor since 2010, and has pursued further study in mindfulness by completing the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at Duke, and by attending many meditation retreats. Rachel is interested in helping artists experience their highest potential through releasing obstacles and simplifying the mind-body approach to performance.
Dinka Migić-Vlatković has worked with artists all over the world helping them manage performance stress, anxiety and adversity. She takes a practical and personal approach to each individual and is a psychotherapist, mental coach and trainer. In addition, she is a licensed Burnout and Stress Management Consultant. Ms. Migić-Vlatković studied at the Paracelsus School in Germany and continues to support individuals with their specific challenges.
DR. JANICE YING
Dr. Janice Ying is an ABPTS board-certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She is the founder of Opus Physical Therapy and Performance Inc. in Los Angeles, CA, and is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of Performing Arts Medicine. Additionally, she is the head physical therapist at The Colburn School - working with elite musicians on injury prevention techniques and addressing playing-related injuries.
Lila Atchison is excited to be joining the Invested Musician team for their Fall Program. A Bay Area native, Lila graduated magna cum laude with a BM in Choral Music from the University of Southern California in 2016. She got her start in Arts Management as the Chanticleer LAB Choir’s general manager in 2012. Since then she has held internships with Sonoma Bach and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 2017, Lila was hired as the Orchestra Operations Coordinator for the world-renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic. In her free time, Lila enjoys camping and backpacking all throughout the beautiful state of California.
Sammi Lee is a Los Angeles based flutist, educator, and arts administrator who is thrilled to be a part of the Invested Musician community. She is a big supporter of contemporary music and founded the Contemporary L.A. Winds quintet (cLAw). She worked at the Colburn Conservatory and Community School of Performing Arts for seven years. Over the last year, Sammi managed Youth Orchestra and Santiago Strings with Pacific Symphony in Orange County. She earned a BFA from UC Davis and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Flute Performance. She holds a certificate in Digital Marketing Specialization from the University of Illinois.
Alice Olsher, Alexander Technique
Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Gail Williams, Horn Professor, Northwestern University
Julie Landsman, Horn Professor, USC and the Juilliard School
Eugene Izotov, Principal Oboe, San Francisco Symphony
ELIZABETH LINARES MONTERO
Website & IT Manager
Elizabeth Linares Montero is currently pursuing her Master of Music-Horn Performance at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California and holds a Bachelor Degree -Horn Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Music Karlsruhe, Germany. She was in charge of developing the website for Invested Musician and now she supports Invested Musician with Website and IT Management.
Dana Reckard is a third year horn student at the Jacobs School of Music, studying with Richard Seraphinoff and Dale Clevenger. At Jacobs, Dana has served as a principal orchestral musician, a natural hornist, an orchestral manager, and as a musician in the Latin Jazz Ensemble. As the IM Community Chair, Dana’s role is to help identify potential new audiences for the Invested Musician’s diverse program offerings.