Come see this beautiful trio featuring Victoria Bietz on violin, Ercia Erenyi, on cello, and Dr. Byron Chow, on piano.
Victoria Bietz studied with Mark Kaplan at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her B.A. in Violin Performance. She went to The Boston Conservatory for her Masters in Music and studied with longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra member Joseph McGauley. Victoria has worked in San Diego as a freelance violinist since 1998. She has played with many groups including: San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Classics 4 Kids, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Broadway San Diego, Luscious Noise, California Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Repertory Theatre, and former groups: Orchestra Nova, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Opera Pacific, and Starlight Theatre. Her wedding and special event group Avonlea Strings plays across San Diego and Orange County.
Victoria grew up in the eastern San Diego mountains of Jamul. Her musical family fostered her interest in the violin and she became heavily involved in San Diego Youth Symphony, where she was Concertmaster for three years. While in SDYS, Victoria traveled to Sun Valley Idaho, Spain, Canada, and Eastern Europe. As an Alumni, she traveled with the Youth Orchestra to China in 2015. While in High School, Victoria competed and won prizes in both the MTAC Goodlin Scholarship Competition and the ASTA Solo Competition. At age 19, Victoria began subbing with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
As a freelance violinist, Victoria enjoys playing in many venues and groups all across San Diego and Orange County. You can find her playing a San Diego Symphony Orchestra concert one evening, teaching private violin lessons the next morning, and perhaps see her that afternoon playing a wedding on the beach.
Erica Erenyi received a Master’s degree in cello performance from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a student of Anne Martindale Williams, and was also selected for the Performance Residency Program. She completed a Bachelor of Music at Biola University in La Mirada, California, as a student of Marlin Owen. More recently, she undertook a course of intensive study with Peter Thiemann in Barcelona, Spain. Erica has performed with International Opera Theater in Italy, Academia Internacional de Música de Solsona, Spain, and the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles. She is active as a freelance musician in San Diego, playing frequently in productions at The Old Globe and La Jolla Playhouse, as well as chamber music performances at such venues as the Athenaeum and Lyceum, and frequent recording projects.
Dr. Byron Chow, MD, is a pediatrician at Neighborhood Healthcare, a non-profit community health center in Escondido, California, and is also an avid pianist, violist, and composer. He graduated with a combined B.Sc. and M.Sc. in molecular biology from Yale, and received his MD from NYU. Medical trips to Newfoundland (Canada), Mali, and Honduras affirmed his commitment to working with underserved communities. He provides medical directorship at the local level for two statewide First 5 programs, which include an early childhood home visiting program for at-risk populations and early intervention services focusing on preschoolers’ developmental and behavioral needs. Since completion of his medical studies, he has been more active musically: he is also the pianist and a founding member of the Orvieto Trio; with the USD music ensemble, he premiered two original compositions, his Ballade for Piano and Orchestra and Suite for Orchestra; and he is currently a violist in the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. Byron recently completed a sabbatical where he was able to pursue further piano studies in Vienna, Austria, and hopes to eventually learn German and make regular trips to Austria for musical inspiration.