The Kreitzer Ensemble

Plato said "Music is moral law". I'm Jacalyn Kreitzer, and after a 25 year career performing as mezzo soprano soloist with some of the world's finest symphonies and opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, I was thrilled to meet, and become fast friends with, Nancy Nagano, cellist, and Kiyomi Kato, pianist, and the Kreitzer Ensemble was born. Nancy is  currently Conductor of the San Luis Obispo youth orchestra, and holds first chair in the San Luis Obispo Symphony.  Kiyomi is in demand in concert in Japan and the U.S., and Nancy and Kiyomi have been friends for some 30 years meeting and studying together at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany.

NANCY NAGANO               CELLO
Nancy Nagano, cellist,  finished her musical studies in cello performance at the Miskhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. She has played with the Freiburger Theater Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Orchestra, Kobe Chamber Orchestra, and the New Japan Philharmonic. She has also performed solo and chamber music throughout Europe and Japan. For eight years she taught and conducted at the Tokushima Bunri University, where she made her conducting debut (as an alternate for Kent Nagano). This brought her to become the musical director of the Kochi Symphony Orchestra in Japan. Her performances have included Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet with the City Ballet of Tokyo, Opera exerpts from Carmen, La Traviata, La Boheme and several major piano concertos with well- known artists in Japan. In 2001, she performed in Carnegie Hall with Jacalyn Kreitzer and Susan Azaret-Davies. She has been the director of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony since 2000.  She performs regularly in the Beethoven’s Buddies Quartet along with Kathleen Lenski, Paul Severtson and Michael Nowak.  At present she is principle cellist of the San Luis Obispo Symphony and owns Elite Travel Services of Morro Bay, CA.

KIYOMI KATO                  PIANO
Kiyomi Kato, pianist, met Nancy in Freiburg, Germany, where she and Nancy Nagano were students at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik, recording in Radio Germany.  Ms. Kato earned her bachelor degree in piano performance at the University of fine Arts in Kyoto, studying with Mr. Ryoichi Suzuki and Ms. Minako Kasahara,, and a graduate degree (Aufbau Studium) in chamber music performance at the Hochschule.    Kyomi dedicates herself to playing ensemble music, having studied with the Beauz Arts Trio, Trio de Trieste, Helmut Barth, and performing throughout Europe, Japan, and California, with Holgar Schroeder, and Saiko Azuma, and with her piano trio “Trio Capriccio”, including violinist Tammy Tsai and cellist Kihae DeFazio.  Ms. Kato is in demand as an accompanist and chamber ensemble pianist, and has a very active and successful piano studio.

Jacalyn Kreitzer, mezzo-soprano, With a "voice of molten gold" (San Francisco Examiner) American Mezzo-Soprano JACALYN KREITZER began her professional career singing Schoenberg's difficult "String Quartet #2 in F# minor" in an orchestral transcription with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Simon Rattle conducting.  She was then engaged with the Metropolitan Opera, recording Rossweisse in  "Die Walkure" on Deutsche Grammaphon, James Levine conducting.

Ms. KREITZER has sung with some of the world's great houses and symphonies, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theatre du Chatelet, Theatre del Liceu, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Geneva, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony etc., under Zubin Mehta, Loren Maazel, Hugh Wolff, Jeffrey Tate, Valery Gerghiev, David Zinman, Christopher Hogwood, Mark Elder,  James Conlin, Luciano Berio, Edo de Waart and Hermann Michael.

At Carnegie Hall, MS. KREITZER sang "Brangane" in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE with Loren Maazel conducting the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has performed several times with Prague Radio Symphony, James DePriest and  Tamas Vasary conducting, singing in Verdi's Requiem, the Bach Magnificat, and the Mozart Requiem, and several Mahler works. She sang the role of the “Mother” in  Menotti's "The Consul" on the Chandos label, recorded during performance in Spoleto, Italy.  Recently, Jackie premiered “E.O. 9066” with Kent Nagano conducting for the SLO Youth Orchestra’s 40th anniversary benefit. She lives on the California coast with her husband, celebrated artist David Kreitzer, and two children, Anatol and Frederica,  and is currently on the music faculty of Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California,  producing and directing their opera workshop, vocal performance class, taking care of 25 vocal majors and minors, and  helped produce smaster classes featuring Marilyn Horne, Jubilant Sykes, and Frederica von Stade in conjunction with Cal Poly Arts.  She was selected to be featured in “Who’s Who” in America and is a frequent panelist for the Opera America symposium held annually nation-wide.