Who We Are // Inara Morgenstern, Principal Accompanist



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Inara Morgenstern has taken an active role in the San Francisco Bay Area classical music scene for more than three decades, in both teaching and performing roles. In addition to teaching piano, musicianship, and accompaniment to students at San Francisco State University (SFSU,) she teaches piano to adults in a private studio. Her philosophy is to provide a fun, supportive learning environment that lets students gain skills to express themselves through music.

Inara is well known for her solo and duo performances. In her solo piano performances, she has championed compositions by the Russian composer Nikolai Medtner as well as American composers such as Amy Beach, Charles Griffes, Leo Ornstein, and David Del Tredici.

Along with performing many duo performances with Dr. Baker, Inara has long partnered with SFSU colleague Victoria Neve on frequent programs of duo piano music by a wide range of classical and modern composers. In recent years, they have performed several 20th century landmark works for two pianos, among them: Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka and Rite of Spring, George Crumb's Makrokosmos III (Music For a Summer Evening) for two amplified pianos and percussion, Béla Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, arranged for two pianos and percussion.

Inara is renowned for her facility in accompaniment, and is in constant demand for vocal and instrumental programs. She frequently is heard in recitals at the University of California in Santa Cruz and at SFSU and is the principal accompanist for Masterworks Chorale. Recently, Inara has played for the Summer Sings programs for Schola Cantorum and was accompanist for the master classes of Dr. Paul Gemignani ("Mr. Broadway") within the Summer Arts Program at Cal State University, Fresno.

Inara volunteers her musical offerings at Congregation Beth Israel-Judea in San Francisco where her husband David was the cantorial soloist for many years.