About Dolci

Dolci is the after-careers musical dessert of Ted Rust and Viva Knight. The duo performs music for oboe and piano, with particular focus on music composed during their own lives. They give public recitals at The First Unitarian Chapel and other Bay Area venues. In 2012 they commissioned Filled With Moonlight by Philip Freihofner, which they performed at the annual conference of the International Double Reed Society.
Photos on this page are by Marc-Olivier LeBlanc.



Viva Knight, when she was six and living in rural Arkansas, heard a piano on the radio and declared that she must play one. Her grandmother bought her a piano and lessons, the family’s only luxury. Viva studied piano with Stefan Bardas at the University of North Texas, Marina Young at Rutgers University and Betty Oberacker in Santa Barbara. She produced several television series including Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. She has given solo piano recitals in New York and Southampton, New York and Assisi, Italy, and recorded Baby Aboard, a CD of short classical works for expectant mothers.
Ted Rust sang with his parents from early childhood and learned to play several instruments by ear. On entering fifth grade, he was told that the only vacant chair in the school orchestra would be for an oboe, so he learned to play it. In his teens, he studied with Louis Speyer of the Boston Symphony. While pursuing his career as a city and port planning consultant, Ted studied further with Eleanor and Raymond Dusté and Bert Lucarelli, taught woodwinds and chamber music at The Crowden School, and played in the Berkeley Bach Cantata Group, the Kensington Symphony and the quintet Quorum Ventorum. For the last twenty years before retiring he published the newsletter Music for the Love of It.

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Web page updated January 2, 2017
© 2014, 2015, 2017 by Edgar Rust
These photos may be published provided credit is given to the photographer, Studio Marc-Olivier LeBlanc and to the source, dolciduo.us. High resolution JPEG files are available on request.