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Baker Peeples, Violin

San Francisco native Baker Peeples was fated to play violin; he first kicked inside his mother's womb at a concert featuring San Francisco Ballet Orchestra concertmaster Roy Malan playing the music of Fritz Kreisler. He grew up in a musical household, attending his father's rehearsals at the Lamplighters Music Theatre as a child. At seven, he began to learn violin from Roy Oakley, then a member of the Lamplighters orchestra. At fourteen, he began lessons with (surprise!) Roy Malan. In high school, he was a member of the Oakland Youth Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, with whom he toured Russia, Lithuania, and Ireland in 2001.

Mr. Peeples continued his studies with Roy Malan at UC Santa Cruz, receiving his Bachelor of Music degree in 2005. He was first violinist of the UCSC Resident String Quartet for four years and recipient of the Ernest and Jean Krestchmer Music Scholarship. After graduation, he moved to the cornfields of DeKalb, Illinois, to study with Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Vermeer Quartet at Northern Illinois University. Through him, Mr. Peeples was invited to attend the Zeist International Music Days, a chamber music festival in the Netherlands, where he participated in public masterclasses by members of the Vermeer and Jerusalem quartets. He was also a member of the NIU Graduate String Quartet for one year. He received his Master of Music degree in 2007.

Mr. Peeples is an active freelance musician, having appeared with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Modesto Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Santa Cruz County Symphony, as well as Lamplighters Music Theatre and Pocket Opera.

Mr. Peeples also works at the Music Center of San Francisco, the largest vendor of sheet music in the Bay Area. He is an avid cook of exotic cuisine, and a diehard Giants fan.