Lanvi Lu is currently finishing her last semester at the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Molecular Environmental Biology. She has been teaching cello for many years and gaining inspiration from her parents who play piano and violin. Growing up, she played in a trio with them for various events and eventually, got involved in various ensembles and orchestras. She was a student intern and played cello for the Midsummer Mozart Festival, and plays as principal cello for the Saigon Chamber Ensemble, a Vietnamese ensemble that performs western, classical, and Vietnamese cultural music. She was also the principal of the Oakland Youth Orchestra for four years. At UC Berkeley, she plays at the University of California Berkeley’s Symphony Orchestra and has been involved in the University’s Chamber Ensemble as well as its Baroque Ensemble. She also helps manage on-campus and off-campus events for Celli@Berkeley, the university’s only all-cello ensemble as well as performing in solo and quartet pieces for the university's noon concerts.
Cellist Maclean Pachkowski started playing the cello at the young age of 3, under the teaching of John Kadz at the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary Alberta Canada. Entering the Academy program for gifted young musicians, Mr. Pachkowski’s career as a cellist started with local recitals and performances in festivals. He also has passed the Grade 8 piano exam of RCM. Recently he has been awarded the top prize in the Canadian Music Competition for strings, performed as a soloist at numerous events including: The Feast of Sound and Song and Kiwanis stars of the festival. Mr. Pachkowski has been a provincial winner at the Alberta music festival and has been a guest CD recording artist with Kings Choir as well as playing on the soundtrack for the award winning documentary film “The Drop box.”
Venturing out into the Musical world as principal cellist of the Calgary Youth Orchestra, he has toured Germany, Austria, and Spain. Studying abroad, Maclean graduated from the EAMA music academy in Paris, where he studied alongside faculty from Julliard school of music and the Paris Conservatory. He currently studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Jennifer Culp. Praised for his sound and colorful interpretations, Mr. Pachkowski has attracted many with his playing. In his time off Maclean enjoys mountaineering with his dog, fly-fishing, and playing Hockey.
Abigail Monroe is a performer and educator, currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at
the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in cello performance under the instruction of Jennifer
Culp. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, and large ensemble musician in venues
across the United States. As a San Francisco resident, Abigail performs frequently throughout
the entirety of the Bay Area as both a classical cellist and vocalist. She has served as both
Principal cellist and Assistant Principal cellist of the SFCM Orchestra, as well as the Miami
Summer Music Festival Symphony Orchestra. In the vocal world, she is currently an active
member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She has served as a choral soloist on multiple
occasions in pieces ranging from Vivaldi’s Magnificat to the works of living composers. As the
winner of the Jackie McGehee Young Artists Competition, a competition for New Mexico based
artists, in 2019, Abigail was also featured as cello soloist performing Sir Edward Elgar’s Cello
Concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic.
Jenny Han Yan Chui received her Bachelor of Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, focusing on pedagogy under Dr. Brian Thompson. She graduated from the Victoria College Belfast for Girls in Northern Ireland in 2014. In her third year of college, she has been an exchange student in San Diego State University, along with the Mr. Lai Seung Hung & Mrs. Lai Chan Pui Ngong Student Exchange Scholarships. She studied piano under Miss Andrew Gillian in Northern Ireland, Dr. Toni James in the United States and Miss Wong Mei Ling in Hong Kong. She also studied the cello with Miss Jamie Jim. Being an enthusiastic collaborative pianist, she has been actively accompanied in masterclass and performed in orchestras. She is currently completing her graduate studies at San Francisco Conservatoire of Music under Timothy Bach.
As a piano & cello teacher and collaborative pianist, Jenny has worked with students of all ages and levels, and she believes in cultivating students’ interest in Classical Music and providing guidance for students should they wish to participate in musical performances. Her goal is to develop student's musical abilities and explore the music journey in a pleasant learning environment.