Founding Team


Karsten Windt

Karsten Windt was 1st violinist with the Deutsche Symphony Berlin (DSO) from 1991 until 2011. He performed regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, took part in many recordings (winning a Grammy with his orchestra in 2011 under the baton of Kent Nagano) and maintained a busy world-wide touring schedule. He also joined the Berlin State Opera, Montreal Symphony, London Philharmonic, Oslo and Valencia Operas, the Hamburg Radio Symphony and many other orchestras as a freelance player. Karsten received his Masters degree from the Universität der Künste in his hometown of Berlin, attended masterclasses with Nathan Milstein, and spent two years of postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School in London with Yfrah Neaman and David Takeno. Founding director of the Akanthus Ensemble Berlin, he performed and recorded chamber music, including Argentinian Tango and Russian Folk Music, and organized special food and music events with The Ritz Carlton Berlin, Ristorante Tristan in Mallorca and several private clubs in Berlin and Hamburg. Following invitations to play and narrate for Forest Hill Musical Days in San Francisco, Karsten started the chamber music series "Salon Classique" in the Bay Area and moved to California in 2011, establishing himself as an independent violinist, chamber musician and teacher. For the past five years he directed the Advanced Chamber Music program at Marin Academy in San Rafael. He currently performs with many local Bay Area Orchestras and chamber groups while maintaining a private violin studio. In his free time, Karsten pursues his passion for sailing. 


Ivy Zenobi

Violinist and violist, Ivy Zenobi, is embracing a diverse career as a symphonic, chamber musician, rock musician, and private instructor. In recent years, concert appearances include the Santa Rosa Symphony, San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, Chora Nova, The National Geographic Symphony, and the Philharmonic Kitchen. Outside of the classical scene, Ivy was a member of the rock band Naked Fiction, has toured and performed at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival with Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, recorded with Danny Click and the Americana Orchestra, performed and recorded with Oakland rapper Locksmith, recorded at Skywalker Ranch with SF Gay Men’s Chorus, and most recently performed with her ensemble, Bellarosa String Quartet, on the television show The Bachelor (Season 22 Episode 3). 

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ivy Zenobi received her B.M. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Masters from the University of Toronto, Canada. She is a recipient of the Felix Galimir Chamber Music competition and has performed at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her primary teachers include Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca, Robert Slaughter, Virginia Barron, Annalee Patipatanakoon, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Outside of music, Ivy loves to explore the world, is a self proclaimed foodie, and enjoys spending time with her french bulldog, Lola (also a self proclaimed foodie).

Guest Artists


Tammie Dyer


Tyler Lewis

Tyler Lewis received his degree In Violin Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Specializing in Baroque music, Tyler Lewis preforms with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, American Bach Soloist, and other Baroque ensembles along the west coast. Tyler has been a part of Napa Valley’s Festival Del Sole, St. Paul’s International Music Festival, China’s Festival of Spring, NYC Lincoln Theatre's Mostly Mozart, Victory Bach Festival, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Caramoor, Tangelwood, Norfolk Music Festival, and the Napa Shakespeare Festival.

Seasonally, Tyler coaches the Aspirante Youth Orchestra and Debut Youth Orchestra in Santa Rosa CA. During the year Tyler operates a private violin studio located in Pittsburg, CA.


Joel Cohen