Our History And Mission
Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra was established in 1965 to provide classical music of a high caliber to the communities of the San Francisco Peninsula. Originally under the direction of John Mortarotti, it was one of numerous art groups funded under the auspices of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.
Over time, as funding cuts occurred, many of the groups either disbanded or became separate entities. In 2011 Master Sinfonia became a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and is performing in the communities of Los Altos, Portola Valley and Menlo Park.
Under the skillful baton and innovative music direction of Maestro David Ramadanoff, the orchestra has become a well-established ensemble dedicated to presenting quality concerts and showcasing locally-based soloists of international stature to San Francisco Peninsula audiences at affordable prices in convenient, congenial locations.
Unlike a full symphony orchestra, which may number more than 100 musicians, Master Sinfonia has about 36 musicians and is the size of chamber orchestra for which early composers often wrote. A large strings section, plus woodwinds and brass, is augmented with other instruments when needed. Each member of the orchestra can be considered a soloist who is crucial to the quality of the entire ensemble.
Throughout every concert season, Mr. Ramadanoff and his talented musicians provide skillful, professional quality performances covering a wide range of composers, from the 17th century right through to the 20th century. Audiences are able to experience many familiar pieces, as well as hear lesser known or rarely played compositions of the masters in music.
During each concert, Mr. Ramadanoff provides a stimulating and interesting overview of every piece of music, just before it is performed. He gives the audience valuable insights into the life of the composer and helps audience members maximize their listening pleasure. Thus, the combination of Mr. Ramadanoff’s high musical standards, innovative programming, talented musicians and concert lectures provides Master Sinfonia audiences with a truly memorable experience.