Kokopelli
A Quintet of Clarinet and Strings



In 2012, five musicians from diverse backgrounds formed a Kokopelli to explore a classic repertoire that is new to most audiences. From Brahms to the Beatles, Mozart to modern, Kokopelli has music for everyone.

Having performed with such diverse ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival, Metropolitan Opera, Volta Piano Trio, Pacific Northwest Ballet and other fine groups, these five musicians each bring a special skill set to this quintet.

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Repertoire includes music by:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Johannes Brahms
Bernhard Henrik Crusell
Carl Maria von Weber
Gerald Finzi
Jean Francaix
The Beatles/Sean Osborn
Rebecca Clarke
Magnus Lindberg
Krzysztof Penderecki
...and many more classic, romantic, and modern composers.



Kokopelli is:

Clarinet soloist Sean Osborn has traveled the world performing concertos, recitals, and chamber music, and during his eleven years as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Also appearing as guest principal with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony and others, Sean has been hailed as "...a master," "...extraordinary," "...delightful," "...supreme," "...eloquent," and "...beautiful." Sean's extensive repertoire includes over 40 concertos, dozens of recital programs, and chamber music of all kinds, which he has performed with world-class musicians such as James Levine, Jeremy Denk, Adam Nieman, Anne-Marie McDermott, James Ehnes, Donald Weilerstein, Milan Turkovic, Richard Stoltzman, members of the Colorado, St. Lawrence, Avalon, Mendelssohn, and Tokyo Quartets, as well as the concertmasters of the symphony orchestras of Montreal, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon, Seattle, and Metropolitan Opera. Having recorded over 60 commercial recordings, and over 100 movie and game soundtracks, Sean's solo CDs are on Albany Records. Sean is also an award winning composer and new music specialist, responsible for premiering works by Philip Glass, John Corigliano, John Adams, Chen Yi, Chinary Ung, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, and dozens of other composers. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, The Interlochen Arts Academy, and Southern Illinois University, Sean also studied at the Eastman School of Music, and taught clarinet at the University of Washington and the Cornish College of the Arts.


German violinist Cordula Merks is Assistant Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony and former Concertmaster of Germany's Essen Philharmonic, Bochum Symphony, and Bergische Symphony. She has served as a guest concertmaster for many orchestras, including the Dresden Philharmonic, West German Radio Orchestra, Cologne Opera and Portuguese National Opera. This last summer she played as part of Claudio Abbado's famous Lucerne Festival Orchestra and toured in Europe as concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. When not playing in the orchestra, Merks enjoys playing as a soloist and especially as a chamber musician and has performed in the US, Israel, and all over Europe. She was a prize winner at many competitions, including the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, and holds degrees from the Amsterdam Conservatory and Northern Illinois University.


Violinist Jennifer Caine was a first prize winner of the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Competition and recipient of several awards and grants including the Royal College of Music's Isolde Menges Prize for solo Bach. She has concertized throughout the U.S. and Europe in venues including the Phillips Collection, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Glinka Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jennifer is the violinist of the Volta Piano Trio (formerly Icicle Creek Piano Trio), with whom she has performed extensively throughout the Northwest and abroad, been heard on national radio stations, and recorded two discs on the Con Brio label to critical acclaim. She was assistant director and resident violinist at the Icicle Creek Music Center from 2007-2010. Jennifer regularly appears on several Northwest chamber music series, and performs frequently with the Seattle Symphony. She is a graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in Music and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and holds Masters Degrees from the Royal College of Music (London) and Oxford University.


Violist Laura Renz is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestra, and also performs regularly with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. Before moving to Seattle, Ms. Renz has held positions in the San Antonio Symphony, the Austin Symphony, and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Renz is an avid chamber musician, participating in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, a residency in Lake Wales, FL, and the Focus Festival as a member of the Vaux String Quartet. She has also performed at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and with Simple Measures, among other groups. Ms. Renz participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. She is a graduate, summa cum laude, of the University of Michigan, and the Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Rhodes.


Juilliard graduate and Fulbright Fellow Rajan Krishnaswami has toured nationally and internationally as recitalist and soloist with orchestra. He has also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, and Seattle Opera. Chamber music being his first love, in 2005 he founded Simple Measures, an innovative Chamber Music Series in the Puget Sound, WA area. His CD of new music for cello and piano, American Interweave, on the Ambassador label with his long time duo collaborator Mark Salman, includes two works that he commissioned. Equally devoted to the arts of teaching and performing, he is well established as an important learning resource for serious cellists, both student and professional. He has been on the cello faculty of the University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts. Mr. Krishnaswami plays on a magnificent and historically important cello by J.B. Guadagnini, the ex-Davidoff, made in 1780.

Contact Sean Osborn at feanor33@comcast.net for booking.