Bottensini Ensemble

Lawrence Bradley, clarinet; Chris Burns, double bass; Karen Evans, soprano; and Isabella Jie, piano

Lawrence Bradley, originally from Canterbury, England, studied clarinet and saxophone performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  As a soloist and orchestral musician he performed extensively in Europe, including tours of Switzerland and Belgium.

Before moving to the USA he was a member of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra which performed in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.  Since making his home in Tacoma he has played with many ensembles in the area and has been a live guest soloist on Classic King FM representing the Tacoma Concert Band.

He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Puget Sound and a Master's in Curriculum and Administration from Gonzaga University.  His teaching positions have included Kent Education Authority and Surrey Education Authority in England, and coaching positions with the Surrey, Singapore, and Tacoma Youth Orchestras.  He has been a clarinet instructor for the University of Puget Sound Community Music Department and a general music teacher for Bethel School District.  He is currently an instrumental music teacher for University Place School District and was named the district's "Teacher of the Year" in 2001. When not involved with music he enjoys beekeeping and can also often be found at Fort Nisqually where he is a volunteer re-enactor.

Chris Burns is principal bassist of Symphony Tacoma. In addition to soloing with Symphony Tacoma, Chris has been a featured soloist on the Second City Chamber Music Series, University of Puget Sound’s Jacobsen Series, and on the University of Washington’s Barry Lieberman and Friends Recital Series. Chris is an active freelance musician in the Northwest, performing regularly with the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Northwest Sinfonietta. Chris received his Bachelors of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universität für Musik in Vienna, Austria. In addition to his performing career, Chris is also the orchestra director at Narrows View Intermediate School in the University Place School District.

Karen Early Evans, soprano, sings with the Seattle Opera, and has been a soloist with the Tacoma Symphony, the Puget Sound Concert Opera, and the Northwest Sinfonietta. She was chosen as the audience favorite in both the Eleanor Lieber and the Bella Voce competitions. She has also performed the role of the first lady with the Bellevue Opera in their production of the Magic Flute. Karen currently resides in Tacoma with her husband Paul and her two daughters.

Indonesian pianist and teacher, Isabella Jie, started learning piano at the age of three. When she was five, she participated in her first public piano concert and has been active in performing and competing, winning numerous Indonesian piano competitions since then. At age 14, she moved by herself to Canada to study with Leon Karan and attend high school at Columbia International College. She won first prizes at the Kiwanis Piano Competitions, was invited to perform at the Living Arts Center in Missisauga, Ontario, and graduated high school with top academic honors. 

University of Toronto was her home for the next four years, where she studied with Dr. Midori Koga. She graduated in 2010 with her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance with the most meritorious award and the Alexander Kinghorn scholarship for Gifted Students.

Isabella completed her Master of Music and Performer's Diploma degrees at Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University where she studied under a full academic scholarship and an Associate Assistantship. Her teachers were the world-renowned, Chopin International Competition prizewinner, Professor Edward Auer, and Shigeoka Neriki, a pupil of György Sebok.

During her study at Indiana University, she worked as a piano instructor for the Indiana University Young Pianist Program with Dr. Karen Taylor and taught piano courses for both music and non-music majors. She also regularly performed in chamber groups, specializing in collaboration with woodwind instruments.

Isabella completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota in 2017, where she studied with Alexander Braginsky. She was a Gronyea fellow and held the position of Teaching Assistant for piano courses at the university. Her DMA dissertation connects her extensive studies of western music with her Indonesian heritage and passion for teaching: "Debussy and Gamelan: An Introduction to Gamelan Music for Piano Students".

During her time in Minneapolis, she won the 18th Annual Masters Concerto and Aria Competition by Kenwood Symphony Orchestra (KSO), Marvin O. Mechelke Piano Competition, and was a two-time prize winner at the Schubert Club Piano Competition. She has performed at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN, and collaborated with the KSO to perform Chopin's Piano Concerto no. 1. She also maintained a full private teaching studio in Minneapolis-St.Paul area.

Isabella moved to Washington State at the beginning of 2018, and has opened a teaching studio serving Gig Harbor and Tacoma. She has served as adjudicator for the BBC-ORMTA Piano Competition in Brampton, Canada, and for the WMEA Piano Solo and Ensemble Contests in Washington State (Tacoma and Renton).

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