The Primavera Leadership
We are first and foremost friends with a shared vision.
A mutual dedication to accessible, excellent music education and personal guidance is at the core of everything we do. As professional, working musicians, we bring decades of experience to our Primavera Artists.
Founder and Executive DIrector Rachel Segal
A native Philadelphian, violinist Rachel Segal has enjoyed an exciting and varied career both at home and abroad. As a performer, her career highlights include more than a decade as a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and posts in Europe with the Tampere Filharmonia in Finland and as Concertmaster of the Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa in Lisbon, Portugal. She is the Concertmaster of the Central City Opera and began her career as Concertmaster of the South Bend Symphony in Indiana.
Rachel began her violin studies at age three in the Suzuki Method. As a teen she participated in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians, the Settlement Music School, and The New York String Orchestra Seminar. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Michigan in the studio of Paul Kantor and her Master of Music degree from The Yale School of Music in the studio of Sidney Harth. Other teachers include Jerome Wigler and Barbara Govatos of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
A champion of new music, Ms. Segal has premiered many new works of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, and has collaborated with dancers for performances of traditional works reimagined as ballet. Ms. Segal is a member of the Fairmount String Quartet and the Media Lunas Argentine Tango Quintet, and performs regularly with the Philly Pops, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and as a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She also appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at their 2017 Gala.
Rachel has performed with some of the world’s most famous popular artists, including Peter Gabriel, Earth Wind and Fire, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Jr., DeVotchKa, Amanda Palmer, Otis Taylor, and Ben Folds. Rachel was a lead violinist for the Orquesta Tipica Natural Tango and performed frequently with the Extasis Tango Quartet in Denver.
In addition to performing, Ms. Segal is the Associate Director of the Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra and has held teaching positions at Regis University and Luzerne Music Center. She lives in Fishtown with her two beagles, Abby and Sam.
Associate Director Kenny Bean
Kenny Bean began seriously studying music as a high school student when he attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. He matriculated to Oberlin Conservatory where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, following which he completed a Master of Music Education from Jackson State University.
As a trumpeter, Kenny has enjoyed a thriving freelance career, playing with such ensembles as Mannheim Steamroller, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra. He can be heard on recordings with Symphony in C, the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra, and hip-hop artist Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra.
Following a desire to pass on the gift of music, Kenny has worked with a number of music education organizations, including Play on, Philly! and Settlement Music School, both of which serve Philadelphia youth. He has also taught at summer festivals, such as Kinhaven Music School and Luzerne Music Center.
In recent years, Kenny has been most fortunate to engage his passion for conducting. He has held the position of Music Director/Conductor of the Junior String Philharmonic of the Lehigh Valley since 2011. He also serves as the Associate Conductor of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and Conductor for the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra. Kenny currently lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, Molly Bidlack.
Operations Director Daniel Turkos
Bassist Daniel Turkos is a freelance musician and teaching artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He maintains a busy performing career in various orchestral settings including historically informed early music ensembles as well as playing bluegrass, tango, jazz and rock. He performs regularly with The American Bach Soloists, Tempesta di Mare, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philly Pops, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Oscuro Quintet, the Joe Hillman Band and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, most recently on a national tour with saxophonist Branford Marsalis.
Dan's summer activities include historical performance at The American Bach Soloist Academy, Amherst Early Music Festival and The Vivaldi Project Institute for Early Music, performing at the Colorado Music Festival, Music at Penn’s Woods and Catania International Music Festivals and studying at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and The American School of Double Bass.
Devoted to the education of young musicians, Dan is currently a teaching artist for the El Sistema program Play On, Philly!, faculty member at The Westtown School and also maintains a private teaching studio. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in Jazz Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a Graduate Professional Diploma from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. His primary teachers include Robert Black, Rob Nairn, Peter Paulsen, and Paul Rostock and he has participated in numerous master classes with classical, jazz and early music artists.