The idea for the Lyons Chamber Players started years ago when I was playing principal horn with the Zagreb Philharmonic in Croatia. During that time I was asked to play some concerts and radio broadcasts with, i Solisti di Zagreb. This group used 13 strings and had an international reputation. It was led from the concertmaster chair by Tanko Ninic.
After returning to the U.S., from Zagreb, I moved to Los Angeles. There, I married a violinist who got her advanced training from a Russian husband and wife team. They produced many Tchaikovsky competition winners and concertmasters of major orchestras. I had told her for a number of years about the quality of i Solisti
With 13 players, the Lyons Chamber Players needed an intermediate sized venue with the right acoustics. This was proving difficult to find. It was also proving difficult. to find a convenient rehearsal time that worked for a group of busy free lancers. As it turned out, my friend, Neil Argo, got us our first job.