String Instructors

Antoine van Dongen

Antoine van Dongen, Dutch violinist, pianist and conductor, has been on the faculty of Wellesley College, New England Conservatory, MIT, and the Walnut Hill School of Arts between 2005-2011

Mr. van Dongen had a distinguished career serving as a first violinist with the world famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam from 1989 to 2004 and worked closely with Leonard Bernstein, Antal Dorati, Carlo Maria Giulini, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, Ricardo Chailly and Mariss Jansons.

Between 1988-1989 Antoine van Dongen was first violinist of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra “Per Musica” and the Dutch Bach Soloists. Mr. van Dongen played regularly with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with Frans Bruggen and Ton Koopman. He has served as Concertmaster of the Dutch Baroque Ensemble.

As a founding member of the Feininger Piano Trio and the European Boccherini String Trio, van Dongen participated frequently in Master classes with the Beaux Arts Trio and the Guarneri Trio.

Antoine van Dongen was a Silver Medalist at the National Violin Competition Oskar Back in 1983 and won the “the prize of the City Amsterdam” for the best interpretation of contemporary music. The prize scholarship enabled him to study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Sandor Vegh. The same year Antoine van Dongen made his debut in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

He graduated from the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music in Amsterdam. His teachers were Davina van Wely and Herman Krebbers (former Concertmaster of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra).

Antoine van Dongen moved with his family to the Bay Area in 2012 and became a member of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He gave masterclasses at the University of the Pacific and teaches students from Stanford University, the University of the Pacific, UC Berkeley and the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of Arts. He performs regularly with the Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis and the ECO ensemble at UC Berkeley. He is at the distinguished faculty of the Finn centre of Music and Arts in Mountain View. Antoine van Dongen is also guest conductor of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. van Dongen joined the music faculty at UC Berkeley in September 2014 and, since 2017, is violinist of the Röntgen Piano Trio with pianist Mark Anderson and cellist Eric Gaenslen.

Rebecca Wishnia

A San Francisco native, Rebecca Wishnia began teaching violin at a young age, while attending School of the Arts. She continued her studies with Roy Malan at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she won the 2012 Concerto Competition and was the 2013 recipient of the Hortense Zuckerman Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music Performance and Scholarship.

After earning her master’s degree in 2015 and returning to the Bay Area as an active music educator, Rebecca joined the faculty of Villa Sinfonia Foundation, an organization dedicated to developing string musicians of all ages and abilities. She also maintains a private teaching studio in addition to teaching at ViBO Music Schools in San Bruno and San Francisco.

Rebecca believes that collaboration is the most fulfilling aspect of music, and the study of chamber music is integral to her teaching method. As an undergraduate student, Rebecca was a member of the department-sponsored Resident String Quartet; at summer festivals, she received instruction from several renowned chamber musicians, including members of the Emerson, Del Sol, and Ives Quartets. She was also featured playing new chamber works in the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and at April in Santa Cruz. As a teacher, Rebecca strives to transmit the knowledge gained through these performances to her students, instilling in them increased attention to the techniques of communication and listening. In her spare time, Rebecca reviews concerts for the San Francisco Classical Voice, and has contributed as a music writer to American Public Media

Joyce Park

Joyce Park was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to Piedmont, CA at the age of 10. She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and Music Education at California State University, Sacramento where she was a student of Andrew Luchansky. At Sacramento State she was the winner of the 2014 concerto competition and performed as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestra as well as being an apprentice teacher in the String Project. She is currently attending San Francisco Conservatory of Music for graduate school. For the past five years, she has been teaching privately in the Sacramento area and the bay area. She is currently the cellist in the Mersonacta Quartet where she performs throughout California. Aside from cello, she is an active pianist and is currently the piano accompanist at the S.A. Church in Sunnyvale.

Angel Chen

Angel Chen received her Bachelor of Music in 2015 from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Joel Smirnoff and David Updegraff. In 2017, she received her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Ian Swensen.

Angel has been privately teaching students for the past three years and has coached young chamber ensembles.

Angel has also won several competitions and the chance to perform with the Phoenix Symphony on two separate occasions. She has also been concertmaster with the Phoenix Youth Symphony, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.