About the Picasso Ensemble

Josephine Gandolfi, piano  ·  Victoria Ehrlich, cello  ·  Wendy Hillhouse, mezzo-soprano  ·  Susan C. Brown, violin

Mutual musical interests and a desire to present a wide array of chamber music to local audiences led to the founding of Picasso Ensemble in 1997, with its first performance located at the historic ballroom of the Sesnon House on the campus of Cabrillo College, an intimate and exquisite setting for chamber music. Supported by generous patrons of the arts in the area and audiences eager to share in the group’s musical explorations, Picasso Ensemble has performed at the Sesnon House bi-annually every season since its founding. It has also performed regularly on the Palo Alto Presents Series at the Palo Alto Art Center, and at numerous college and community venues from the San Francisco Peninsula to the Monterey Bay.

Composed of a core group of piano trio and singer, Picasso Ensemble frequently invites guest artists to augment its ranks. Programming regularly includes recent works by musical friends and colleagues, along with standard repertoire from the Baroque through the twentieth centuries. Members of the Picasso Ensemble bring to the group the experience of their rich musical lives as performers and teachers through their professional affiliations with such institutions as the Cabrillo Music Festival, The San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the San Francisco Conservatory, Cabrillo College, and numerous chamber music groups.

Members of the Picasso Ensemble (Susan C. Brown, Victoria Ehrlich, Josephine Gandolfi, and Wendy Hillhouse) can be heard on recordings of music by Lou Harrison, Howard Hersh, Germaine Tailleferre, Henry Cowell, and Darius Milhaud on labels New Albion, Helicon, Mode, and Albany Records.

Individual member bios