DEDICATED TO PRESERVING A HISTORICAL LANDMARK DESIGNED BY RENOWNED ARCHITECT, JULIA MORGAN
The 62nd Annual Fine Arts Awards recognizes excellence in Classical Music.
To be announced in mid February, 2023.
Mark Kovacs is a well-known and respected teacher of violin and viola in San Luis Obispo County. He has spent twenty-five years as a classroom teacher. In 2016 he founded the Central Coast String Academy.
Most recently, Mr. Kovacs recorded with Andrea Bocelli the “Amore” video for PBS. He is currently the Associate Conductor of the San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra, as well as its First Chair Violin.
Clifton Swanson has enjoyed being a part of San Luis Obispo’s music scene since arriving in 1967 to teach in the music department at Cal Poly.
In 1971 he was involved in the formation of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, and was soon invited to conduct the San Luis Obispo Symphony. In 1984, he became chair of the Cal Poly Music Department, retired from conducting the SLO Symphony to become a member of the bass section, and continued as music director of the Mozart Festival until his retirement from Cal Poly in 2004.
He has been involved from the outset in the conception and design of the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center, and served for nine years as a member of the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center board of directors. He completed two terms as president, and continues his involvement as an Honorary Board Member.
Clifton is married to Jane Swanson, recently retired performer and current teacher of the French horn. They have two children; Erika Norris, M.D., who won the Monday Club Competition as a pianist in 1984, and Christopher Swanson, who graduated with a degree in violin performance from Indiana University and currently performs and teaches violin in Portland, Oregon.