Jolán Friedhoff recently relocated to Davis after serving as assistant concertmaster of the Saar State Opera Orchestra (Germany) for twenty years. She also served as concertmaster of the Sinfonietta Saarbrucken for five seasons.
Prior to joining the Saar State Opera Orchestra, she was a member of the first violin sections of the Rhine Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Hungarica. During her tenure at the Saar State Opera she was a founding member of the Piano Trio Pastorale and initiated an American Composers Chamber Music Series with that ensemble.
Since her return to California, she has performed as assistant concertmaster and concertmaster for a number of orchestras in the region, including the Sacramento Philharmonic, the Modesto Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, and the Bear Valley Music Festival.
In addition to UC Davis, she teaches privately and at the Sacramento School of Music. Previously she had a private violin studio in Germany and taught in the University of Texas renowned String Project. Concurrent with her studies in Texas, she held the position of principal second violin with the Austin Symphony and assistant concertmaster with the San Angelo Symphony.
Friedhoff holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Indiana and a Master’s from the University of Texas. During her studies she had fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Festival; the Blossom Festival; and the Yale Summer School of Music. Her violin teachers included Franco Gulli and Stephen Clapp. She studied chamber music extensively with renowned coaches that included Rafael Hillyer, Joseph Silverstein, the Tokyo String Quartet, members of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Symphony, as well as Georges and Eva Janzer of the Grumiaux Trio and Michael Kuttner of the Budapest String Quartet.