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Samsun van Loon

(2011) A San Francisco native, Samsun van Loon began his studies at CMC with Noriko Kishi and continued at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Jean-Michel Fonteneau. There he studied as a quartet cellist with the Alexander, Miro and Takacs string quartets. During that time he received the M. Alan Neys Award for first prize at the Pacific Musical Society’s annual competition, as well as first prize in CMC’s own concerto competition, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Honors Award.

He has recorded for the Phoenix Spring Ensemble as well as the Arcos Chamber Orchestra’s Portrait of Anders Eliasson on the Neos label, and has been critically praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “promising talent” with “the rhetorical polish of a skilled storyteller.” He is curator of the chamber music series at San Mateo’s Transfiguration Episcopal Church, and a founding member of the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco.