Music Faculty Concert

Date & Time:
Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 12 p.m.
Chapel: Main, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Saint Mary's College music faculty members Lino Rivera (piano), Sharon Lee Kim (piano), and Liana Berube (violin) will be performing in this one hour concert. All are welcome. Reservations, social distancing, and face masks are required due to Covid. Your name will be on the list at the door for entrance. Be prepared to show proof of full vaccination for all guests 5 years and older.

This concert will be livestreamed (link below) and recorded. The on-demand recording link will be posted on this webpage approximately one week after the performance.

UPDATE: Sarah Fiene will be unable to perform due to an injury.






Liana Bérubé, violinist

The artistry of violinist Liana Bérubé is inextricably intertwined with self-knowledge and self-compassion. Her openly expressive aesthetic, described as  “searching mastery” (Charleston Gazette-Mail), has been heard in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She is co-founder and violinist of the Delphi Trio. Concerto performances include appearances with Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, Bear Valley Music Festival Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She has been heard on NPR, CBC, VH1, WFMT Chicago, and Dutch Radio 4, and has collaborated with artists such as Anthony Marwood, Elizabeth Blumenstock, the Alexander String Quartet, Tanya Tomkins, Eric Zivian, and Jennifer Frautschi. Concert appearances include Chamber Music Concerts Ashland, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Orlando Festival, Artist Series of Sarasota, Kronos Festival, Morrison Artist Series, Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society, Valley of the Moon Music Festival, the Moab Music Festival, the Verbier Festival, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, among others. 

Liana has a passion for unusual and challenging projects that has led her in many strange and nontraditional directions. She is concertmaster of the Magik*Magik Orchestra in San Francisco, with whom she frequently records and appears live. She has recorded on two GRAMMY-nominated albums, has played in concert with Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Sting, Death Cab for Cutie, Chicago, and others, and performed at the 2015 TED conference. She was concertmaster for the premiere screening of the reconstruction of Abel Gance’s 1927 landmark film, Napoleon, which drew international audiences from the film community, and she is often part of the band for Pop Up Magazine, a live podcast show. 

Liana strongly believes in listening to deeper currents, intuition, subconscious, and instinct, with the goal of following the innate knowledge of one’s personal truth. 

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Liana Bérubé studied at the University of Toronto and in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Master’s degree program. Her principal teachers have included David Zafer, Lise Elson, Axel Strauss, and Annalee Patipatanakoon, and she has been mentored and substantially influenced by Mark Sokol and Henk Guittart. She is concertmaster of the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. When not playing the violin or thinking about art in general, Liana is an enthusiastic cook who loves food and annoying her two sassy cats.

Sharon Lee Kim, pianist

Sharon Lee Kim actively performs as solo and chamber pianist, vocal coach, music director, choral and vocal accompanist, and piano instructor.  Professor Kim joined the Saint Mary’s College Music Faculty in the fall of 2008.  As an adjunct Associate Professor her roles have included: Assistant Director and Accompanist of the internationally award-winning Saint Mary’s College Glee and Chamber Singers, Lecturer in piano (Beginning/ Intermediate and Keyboard Harmony), Vocal Coach, Chamber Music, and music history.  Aside from her roles at the college, Sharon is the pianist of Ensemble Ari, co-founding member of Duo Camaraderie together with flutist Laura Scarlata, a collegiate staff pianist at the San Francisco Conservatory, and freelances as a solo, vocal, and chamber pianist. She also maintains a thriving private studio teaching piano and vocal coaching singers.  Sharon is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), and a member of the MTAC Contra Costa County branch and is often an adjudicator or judge at county and regional piano competitions. 

Sharon graduated with honors in music from UC Berkeley and continued her studies at the New England Conservatory where she received her Master’s degree with honors and distinction in performance in Collaborative Piano. She then furthered her studies at the conservatory to receive her Graduate Diploma. Ms.Kim’s teachers have included Irma Vallecillo, Kayo Iwama, John Greer, Barbara Shearer, and Margret Elson. During past summers, Sharon attended the Music Academy of the West, SongFest Professional Program, and Mendocino Music Festival’s Emerging Artists Program. She has participated in master classes with Mitsuko Shirai, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, Pierre Vallet, Thomas Quasthoff, Warren Jones, Jonathan Feldman, Craig Smith, John Harbison, Myung-Hwa Chung, Heidi Melton, Tyler Nelson, Rhoslyn Jones, Nick Pham, among others.  Sharon is a frequent recitalist and has performed and recorded throughout the nation and internationally with various colleges, companies, and organizations including the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Voci Women’s Ensemble, Musae Vocal Ensemble, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Children’s Chorus, MassTheatrica, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, Bay Area Vocal Academy, New England Conservatory, Wellesley College, Boston College, and San Francisco Conservatory. Her most recent performances include collaborations with brass and string players from the SF symphony, ballet, and opera, Oakland East Bay Symphony, among others. She has also recently collaborated with opera singers near and far, including singers from the Metropolitan opera, SF opera, Canada, Korea, and even SMC’s president Plumb’s son, Baritone, Sean Michael Plumb last fall! 

Lino Rivera, pianist

Born in the Philippines, Lino Rivera has performed as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and accompanist on three continents. He makes it his mission to advocate and premiere contemporary works; to explore and meet the artistic, creative, and technical challenges of piano transcriptions; and to discover and perform less known solo piano repertoire throughout the ages. Lino is a celebrated performer for Composers, Inc. an organization based in San Francisco that is dedicated to promoting works by contemporary American composers.

Lino is a professor of music at the Performing Arts Department at Saint Mary's College of California. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Santo Tomas, a Master of Music from the University of Hawaii, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland. Lino maintains active concert engagements.

Lino has collaborated with music historian Robert Greenberg on a concert lecture series premiered at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California.In this five-part series, Dr. Greenberg lectures on Beethoven’s piano sonatas while Lino performs musical examples, culminating in a solo recital given by Lino including Beethoven’s Op.10, no.2; Op.57 (the “Appassionata”), and Op. 106 (the “Hammerklavier”).  

Lino’s recent concerto performances with orchestras are: Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with the California Youth Symphony Orchestra (2009); Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, with the California State University Sacramento Symphony Orchestra (2010); Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, (2012) and, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, (2015) both with the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra at the Dean Lesher Center for the Performing Arts in Walnut Creek, California.

As an active chamber musician, he performed a series of four concerts (Autumn 2017) with Swiss violinist and conductor Jan Dobrzelewski, a program of French sonatas (Debussy, Ravel, Franck), and works of contemporary composers in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Also during the year 2017, he prepared a solo program that consists solely of the genre of variations chosen from various periods of musical styles, from the Baroque to the Contemporary. In the summer of 2018, he performed this program at the Samsø International Piano Festival in Toftebjerg, Denmark.

In the spring of 2020, he collaborated with Robert Greenberg on a series of lecture-concerts sponsored by Humanities West, SF. 

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Tara Sundy
Performing Arts Coordinator & Events Manager
(925) 631-4670

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