violinist, conductor, composer, pedagogue
Mr. Fankuchen's "flamboyant" performance "created the illusion that Eugene Ysaye had been born in Argentina, possibly in a bed next to Jean Sibelius."
--- The San Francisco Examiner
Violinist, conductor, and composer Jory Fankuchen has built a reputation as an engaging performer of many genres, as well as a passionate pedagogue. His many ensembles include the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra where he was recently named Principal Conductor, the Magik Magik Orchestra, Squid Inc, the Musical Art Quintet, the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco, and he appears as a regular guest with the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Jory has appeared as soloist with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, at the Tanglewood Music Center, and has the distinction of performing on Jascha Heifetz's Guarneri del Gesu violin at the Legion of Honor. Recently, he premiered his Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra with the PACO orchestra. In addition to being the Principal Conductor of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Jory appears as a regular guest conductor with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and is music director of the Civic Strings orchestra. Chamber music has always been the driving force behind Jory's passion for music. He has performed in concert with artists such as Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, Joel Krosnick, Bonnie Hampton, Mark Sokol, and Ian Swensen. As first violinist of the Kailas String Quartet, he performed throughout North America, winning first prize in the Chamber Music International Competition, and silver at the National Fischoff Competition. Jory serves on the faculty of the the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Young Chamber Musicians, and has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell University. He holds a B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory, and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Ian Swensen and Lucy Chapman, respectively.