Who are we?

At tonebase, we have a firm belief that knowledge is meant to be shared. The passing down of information from one generation to the next is the only way a culture can continue to develop and grow.

Nowhere is this more true than in music. Without a great teacher, students at every skill level cannot progress sufficiently. That is why it is crucial for all students to have access to the best instructors possible through every stage of their musical development.

Making knowledge accessible

Unfortunately, for too long, the knowledge of the world's greatest musicians has been accessible to only a select few - those with the necessary talent and funds to attend the most elite universities and conservatories.

At tonebase, our mission is to change that standard by democratizing high-level music education around the world. By combining music, passion, and technology, we aim to build the go-to resource for anyone learning an instrument anywhere.

Meet the team

The people of tonebase

We're a passionate group of musicians, creators, and coffee fans looking for awesome people to help us redefine online music education. If you're interested in joining us on this journey, take a look at our current open positions!
Igor Lichtmann - Co-founder at tonebase
Igor LicHTmann
Igor does content strategy and artist relations at tonebase. When not lifting and exploring California's craft beer scene (which goes together quite well) Igor's a retired death metal player turned classical guitarist.
Chris Garwood - Co-founder at tonebase
Chris Garwood
Chris is CMO and a Co-Founder at tonebase. When he’s not playing guitar or working with the tonebase marketing team, he enjoys being active outdoors. Hiking, skiing, camping, running… you name it!
Abhi Nayar - Co-founder at tonebase
Abhi Nayar
Abhi is a Board Member and Co-Founder at tonebase. You can find him in a hoodie, with his headphones turned on to country music and socked feet resting in some (incredibly comfortable) Nike sandals.
Ben Laude - Head of Piano at tonebase
Ben Laude
Head of Piano
Ben is the Head of Piano at tonebase. When he’s not making movies with pianists, he’s trying to be one himself. In his leisure time, he enjoys experimenting with low forms of humor, long speculative conversations about the fate of human society, and watching the NBA.
Sean Mulholland - Head of Production at tonebase
Sean Mulholland
Head of Production
As Head of Production, Sean handles video production and editing. He started learning about camera equipment because he wanted to take better pictures of his dogs. Now he oversees hundreds of hours of content creation every month, none of which is dog related.
Patrick Finazzo - FullStack Engineer at tonebase
Patrick Finazzo
Patrick is the Chief Technology Officer at tonebase. When he isn't coding or planning new software projects, he immerses himself in creating EDM club bangers and embarking on odysseys through unexplored sonic realms with his synthesizer. He is also an avid classical guitarist and cellist.
Rodrigo Pontes = Front-End Developer At tonebase
Martin Zimny
Guitar Lead & Head of Live/Community
Martin is the Guitar Lead and Head of Live/ Community at tonebase. Being a professionally trained classical guitarist and sound & video engineer, his whole world revolves around music. The only time he hits the "stop record" button is for good food, preferably Japanese!
Liz Dollmeyer - Product Designer at tonebase
Customer Success & LIVE Host
Ashley is Head of Customer Success at tonebase; she also hosts for tonebase Live! As a music professional she works as a guitarist, composer, and educator. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Musical Arts at The University of Southern California. Outside of music, Ashley enjoys playing video games, working with animals, and exploring new places.
Phil Engle - Video Editor and Producer at tonebase
Philip Engle
Philip specializes in post-production/ cinematography. Philip’s editing work is represented in social media, feature films and music videos. His focus is in social media marketing and campaign strategy development.
Erin Young - Head of Guitar at tonebase
Daniel Kurganov
Production & Live Host
Daniel is a violinist, producer and writer. His most recent project has been a recording of the complete violin sonatas of J. Brahms on historical instruments (Hänssler Classic). In addition to performing internationally, Daniel runs a YouTube channel dedicated to violin pedagogy and preserving the great violinistic traditions. Other interests include photography, chess, and nature worship.
Jenny Xu - Legal & Partnerships At tonebase
Ryan Alexander
Marketing Manager
Ryan is the Marketing Manager at tonebase. He's based in Ashland, Oregon where he graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in Marketing and a minor in music. When not helping out on the marketing team, Ryan enjoys running competitively and studying classical guitar.
Phil Engle - Video Editor and Producer at tonebase
Daniel Lelchuk
Cello Lead
Daniel is Lead of Cello Content at tonebase. Before coming to tonebase, he was a full-time orchestral cellist, and still regularly plays many chamber music concerts at festivals worldwide. He loves working with the incredible tonebase family -- both artists and fellow team members. When he is not producing content for tonebase cello or playing concerts, he is probably out riding his road bike remote in the mountains!
Phil Engle - Video Editor and Producer at tonebase
Christian Kim
Violin Lead
Christian is Lead of Violin Content at tonebase. After 6 years as Professor for Violin and Viola in Seoul and touring across Asia and Europe as soloist and chamber musician, he joined the team, because he believes in the mission of tonebase: democratizing the knowledge of the world’s greatest musicians. 
He worked as TV host and cinematographer and has a passion for photography.
Jerry Feng - Head Of Marketing At tonebase
“Chris B." is your friendly neighborhood copywriter. He helps put together tonebase’s email and web promotions. When not wordsmithing, he enjoys TED talks, live comedy, Yankees baseball, or even playing a little piano when the inspiration strikes
Trevor Bumgarner -  Content Delivery Manager At tonebase
Trevor Bumgarner
Head of Post-Production
Trevor is the Content Delivery Manager at tonebase. His passion is managing delivery content. Despite an extensive and expensive career in music, he spends most of his time listening to people talk on podcasts.
Ethan Chilton - Peripheral Content Lead at tonebase
Ethan Chilton
Peripheral Content Lead
A native of California’s Central Valley, Ethan is a Los Angeles-based musician and composer, primarily of jazz music, with a passion for improving access to high quality music education. While his life’s purpose is to make danceable, genre-busting music, he divides his time between developing peripheral content for tonebase, studying astrophysics, and figuring out what would happen to all of tonebase’s content were it to fall inside a black hole.
Rodrigo Pontes = Front-End Developer At tonebase
Dominic Cheli
Piano Live Director
Dominic is the Live Director of tonebase piano! While performing and streaming to the tonebase community are his favorite activities, he also loves to be grilling steak on a fire, or training for Ironman Triathlons!
Rodrigo Pontes = Front-End Developer At tonebase
Noah Hester
Piano Content Manager
Noah is an AMAZING team member and has been working so hard he hasn't had time to write a bio, so this is the placeholder in the meantime ;)
Phil Engle - Video Editor and Producer at tonebase
Christian Cruz
Guitar Content Manager
Christian Cruz is an LA native composer and guitarist. He reviews videos, engraves scores and musical examples for the tonebase guitar platform. Otherwise he spends his time drinking music, cooking beer and writing food.
Spencer Lanoue - Head Of Growth At tonebase
Marek Orszulik
Guitar Enrichment Creator
Marek is Guitar Enrichment Creator at tonebase. Currently based in Edmonton, AB, he is an active guitarist and teacher with a particular affinity for contemporary music. When not absorbed in all things guitar, he likes to escape to the Rocky Mountains, or sit down with a good book and a cup of tea.

Join our Team

Love education, music, creativity, or impact? Interested in joining a fast-paced, high-growth seed-stage startup?

We'd love to have you join our team. tonebase is based in Los Angeles, and works with contractors, videographers, artists and designers + developers around the world.

If you think you'd be a good fit we'd love to hear from you, even if a relevant positioned isn't listed below. Shoot us an email anytime at team@tonebase.co.

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We are located in Los Angeles, CA. If you want to get in touch with us please email us at team@tonebase.co.

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