Mostly performing as an ensemble of 12 to 16 musicians, Delirium Musicum encompasses a larger group of artists to adapt to different repertoires. Please take a moment to meet the musicians!
ETIENNE GARA - VIOLIN / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Artist in Residence at The Soraya and at USC's Brain and Creativity Institute, Etienne is a French-Hungarian graduate of the New England Conservatory, and ended his student career of more than 11 years at USC with Midori Goto. Since then, he enjoys concertizing internationally and gathering artists from different backgrounds around creative projects, and goes skydiving when he runs out of ideas. His dearest memories, beside the time spent with Delirium Musicum musicians, are from playing under the baton of John Adams with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and recording his debut album on a 1714 Stradivarius. His strongest trait of character: French.
More about Etienne here: www.etiennegara.com
KYLE ANTHONY GILNER – VIOLIN
Kyle is one of the few existing LA natives. He received a Professional Studies Diploma under the tutelage of William Preucil at the Cleveland Institute of Music and participated in numerous prestigious musical festivals. He says his heart is forever with his partners in crime at Delirium Musicum, where he is encouraged to bring his own unique voice, although he sometimes performs with other ensembles. When not fully enveloped in the music making process, he loves to cook vegan recipes as well as walk all around his neighborhood with his half-Dachshund half-Beagle dog named Calvin.
ALEX GRANGER - VIOLIN / VIOLA
Alex was born in the town of Wenatchee, WA, and is a recent graduate of USC. His biggest professional achievement is getting to play with the other members of Delirium Musicum. He also regularly serves as concertmaster of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. The craziest thing that Alex has ever done was jump "a 10 stair" on a razor scooter. He has a great sense of adventure, and likes to drive around 74mph on the 405 freeway in his 1996 Honda Accord.
JI EUN HWANG - VIOLIN
Originally from South Korea, Ji Eun has studied at Indiana University and UCLA. She is an active solo and chamber music performer, although her main interest in life is good food, for which she always can find time. Her fondest memory, besides feeling delirious with Delirium Musicum, is from playing the Brahms concerto on the "Duke of Alcantara" Stradivarius. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking, she expresses herself through music, while enjoying life with friends and family. When she is not playing the violin or eating with friends, she can be found riding a bike or skateboard in Santa Monica.
YUEUN KIM - VIOLIN
Originally from South Korea, YuEun graduated from USC with Midori Goto. Next to her concertizing career, she is entangled in a relationship with a French boyfriend and goes skydiving to release the pressure. Her next goal is bungee jumping. She likes to think of herself as elegant.
YEOKYUNG KIM – VIOLIN
Yeokyung was born in beautiful South Korea where she has soloed with a number of top orchestras. After graduating from Seoul National University, she came to the US to study with Martin Beaver at the Colburn School of Music, but found true love in each and every musician of Delirium Musicum. One of her biggest achievements was learning to swim at age 21. This skill has allowed her to stay graceful in water, which she likes much less than beer.
SUN JUNG LEE - VIOLIN
Sun Jung was born in South Korea and studied at the New England Conservatory before earning her Doctorate at USC. She has performed internationally in halls such as the Lincoln Center in New York and Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo. She enjoys hiking and reading comic books, but nothing too crazy, if possible. To make it simple, she likes to do things that people don't do and don't do the things that people usually do.
MANN-WEN LO - VIOLIN / VIOLA
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Mann-Wen has been living in the United States since age 14. After having studied at Yale and the New England Conservatory, she is now pursuing her DMA at USC. Her greatest wish is to play through the entire Brahms violin concerto 3 times in a row without making a mistake. She enjoys remembering that one time when she snuck into a major concert hall at 3am with a couple of friends and started an impromptu improvisation session. Her friends have to deal with what she calls her "cat temperament with the loyalty of a dog".
DYLAN NAROFF - VIOLIN
A native of San Jose, CA, Dylan studied at The Colburn School and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He won the Silver Medal at the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition before running and completing the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon. His fan club defines him as a patient listener.
MISHKAR NÚÑEZ-FREDELL - VIOLIN
Originally from the Dominican Republic, Mishkar holds a Doctorate from USC. In 2012, he was presented with the Cultural Personality of the Year award from the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic. One life changing event happened when he performed at age 15 with the Dominican National Youth Symphony Orchestra while wearing socks of two (2) different colors. He has worn mismatched socks ever since, which leads his peers to characterize him as eccentric.
MISHA VAYMAN - VIOLIN
Misha Vayman is a professional violinist, educator, and dog lover. He has performed in a wide variety of contexts, from opening for Dorian Electra to soloing with various orchestras in the United States, Mexico, Russia, and China. With his genre hopping band Astral Mixtape, Misha has been featured at a variety of venues across Los Angeles and at multiple international music festivals. After 10 years of school at the USC Thornton School of Music, Colburn Conservatory, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Misha is good, and doesn’t need to practice at all. Animals have been known to enjoy his playing, as do some people.
NAO KUBOTA - VIOLA
Violist Nao Kubota is a sought after chamber and orchestral musician based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Before living in California, she lived in Boston, Michigan, Ohio, and Japan, so she is always confused when asked where she is from. A graduate of New England Conservatory and USC Thornton School of Music, Nao has won numerous chamber music competitions, performing in venues across North America, Europe, and Asia. She prides herself in being a supposedly rare “purebred violist” who has never played the violin. When not playing viola, Nao enjoys eating and traveling and is a passionate environmentalist and animal advocate.
TANNER MENEES - VIOLA
Tanner is an Artist Diploma candidate at the Colburn School of Music. He has already performed with some of his most prestigious peers, such as members of the Tokyo, Guarneri and Cleveland Quartets, to mention only a few. He cannot mention his most crazy experience in public but he is a sought after drinking-mate after late hours rehearsals.
STELLA CHO - CELLO
Originally from South Korea and raised in the UK, Stella made her solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London at the age of fifteen. She was selected as one of the Holland Music Sessions’ “New Masters on Tour”, which took her to the Royal Concertgebouw for a solo recital, and concertizes on 3 continents. As a kid, Stella started piano and cello with the same teacher. She is now known for her super-power as a living GPS – she can point you to any restaurant at anytime, anywhere – which probably made her pick cello over piano, so she could fulfill her destiny to be the anchor of any ensemble she plays with.
JOO LEE - CELLO
Born in Seoul, Korea, She attended 4 different high schools before graduating from the New England Conservatory and USC. Performing the opera "Persona" with Beth Morrison Project with 2 cameramen and 7 screens on stage has been one of her unusual professional experiences. She has also gone skydiving and would like to become a certified skydiver. She relates to being spontaneous and creative in her paintings, and identifies herself as a compulsive furniture re-arranger.
JAVIER IGLESIAS MARTIN - CELLO
Born in Madrid, Spain, Javier has lived in the United States since 2010. He studied at the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at USC with Ralph Kirshbaum. His love for chamber music is only matched by his passion for soccer, which he enjoys both watching and playing. Outside of music and sports, he believes in the healing powers of good Spanish food followed by a siesta. Javier is the official paella chef of Delirium Musicum.
RYAN EMERSON BAIRD - DOUBLE BASS
Born and raised in Waco, TX, Ryan moved to Los Angeles in 2011. He loves his adoptive city, but Tex-Mex and proper barbecue will always hold a special place in his heart. Currently pursuing his Doctorate at USC, he sees himself as consistent and persistent, in the most self-effacing sense. He enjoys playing as a substitute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Symphony. However, he gets great satisfaction from playing with his friends from Delirium Musicum. When he is not playing music, Ryan is also an avid ultramarathon runner. The craziest distance he's run so far is 100km (62mi).
ERIN YOUNG – GUITAR
A native of Northern California, Erin is a classical guitarist who stumbled into early music while studying at USC. She has been happily strumming a baroque guitar ever since. Erin has performed across the country and considers playing with the Early Music ensemble Ciaramella and Delirium Musicum amongst her favorite performance experiences. Reciprocally, everyone at Delirium Musicum is fond of her because her passion is so intense that she doesn’t even need a mic to rock the stage. When she isn’t playing guitar, you can usually find Erin playing board games or at a brewery (or playing board games at a brewery).
ARTHUR OMURA - HARPSICHORD / ORGAN
Native of California's Bay Area and a graduate of the University of Southern California, he has performed in venues across the country, as well as appearing with Brian Asawa and Diana Tash at the Festival de Mayo in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Once, on a trip to the Netherlands to see and play historic pipe organs, he was locked into the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam while the organist went to dinner. Dry wit has been reported by some of his unfortunate friends to be his most noticeable characteristic.