Chamber Music
Arianna String Quartet Arianna String Quartet - The Arianna String Quartet, formed in 1992, have quickly established themselves as one of America's finest chamber ensembles. In 1994 they captured the Grand Prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel National Competitions. Highlights of recent seasons include successful debuts at Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Tokyo's Suntory Hall, as well as concerts in twenty of the contiguous United States. The Arianna String Quartet have been featured in concerts at the Spoleto, Banff, Norfolk, and Strings in the Mountains festivals. They have been heard in live nationally broadcast performances in Osaka, Japan and on Canada's CBC radio, several times as part of Chicago's prestigious Dame Myra Hess Series, and on National Public Radio's ‘Performance Today' program. In 1993 they were invited by Isaac Stern to perform in his first-ever Carnegie Hall masterclasses, and in 1995 they were Ensemble-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center. The quartet is in residence at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, where the members do extensive outreach and coaching. The Quartet also returns two or three times a season for brief residencies at Eastern Michigan University.


The Avalon String Quartet - The Avalon String Quartet tours widely in both North America and Europe. Formed at the 1995 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival the Quartet has gone on to win numerous prestigious awards including top prize at the 2000 Music Competition of the ARD in Munich, the 1999 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the 1998 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Recent concerts include a 2003 debut at Wigmore Hall as well as concerts in France and Germany. Beginning in January 2004 the Quartet is in residence at the South Bend campus of Indiana University. Previously the ensemble has served as Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Juilliard and other leading schools where it worked closely with the Juilliard, Emerson and Vermeer string quartets.


Bach Aria Group Bach Aria Group - The Bach Aria Group holds the unique distinction of being the only musical organizations in the world whose sole charter is to promote the performance and study of the music of Bach. Founded in 1946 by musicologist William Scheide, the Bach Aria Group was created to help combat the lack of awareness and appreciation of Bach' s marvelous cantata literature. Scheide formed a 9-member ensemble, and the Group began to fulfill its mission by touring and developing Bach audiences throughout the world. The group was led by flutist Samuel Baron from 1980 until his death in 1997, and is now operating as a musicians' collective by its current members, which include two members of the Orion String Quartet. The Bach Aria Group led the Bach Aria Festival and Institute from 1981 to 1996, where talented musicians and students receive coaching from Group members and perform in concert with the Bach Aria Group. The Group is one of the longest running chamber music organization in the United States.


Bergonzi String Quartet Bergonzi String Quartet - The Bergonzi String Quartet, named for the illustrious violin maker Carlo Bergonzi, celebrates its 11th anniversary as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Miami. Recognized as one of Florida’s cultural gems, the Quartet has also held the same position with Festival Miami and a visiting quartet at the prestigious Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. The Quartet regularly tours North America and has begun a series of recordings of the Mendelssohn chamber works for strings. It celebrated Ned Rorem's 80th birthday with concerts in Miami and New York with the composer in attendance in November 2003.


dacapo.jpg (15328 bytes) Da Capo Chamber Players - Since its founding in 1970, the Naumburg-Award winning Da Capo Chamber Players has established itself as one of the foremost chamber ensembles in the United States. Hailed for its "agile, hair-raising" performances (The New York Times, 2005), Da Capo has long been a leader in contemporary music, pointing with pride to nearly 100 works written especially for the ensemble. Da Capo has recently scored several major triumphs in Russia, performing at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory's "Moscow Forum," the Moscow Autumn Festival, St. Petersburg’s "Sound Ways" Festival, and the Belarussian "Musical Autumn" in Minsk. The ensemble’s New York concert series, presented annually since the group's founding, has included gala concerts honoring major composers and groundbreaking programs that stretch the definition of chamber music. Recent and upcoming highlights include critically-acclaimed performances of the music of George Perle and Arnold Schoenberg, music of George Crumb and Joan Tower (a unique collaboration with mime artist Yass Hakoshima), and CD recordings of music by composers Chinary Ung, Brian Fennelly, and Judith Shatin. Da Capo Chamber Players consists of Meighan Stoops, clarinet; Patricia Spencer, flute; Andre Emelianoff, cello; David Bowlin, violin; and Blair McMillen, piano.


Emperor String Quartet Emperor String Quartet - In 1995, the Emperor Quartet became the first British group to win the Premier Grand Prix at the prestigious Evian International String Quartet Competition. The following season saw debuts in New York, Paris and Vienna and at the Monte Carlo, Montpelier, Flanders and Bath festivals as well as return visits to the Edinburgh and Cheltenham festivals. The Quartet aims to explore the full range of the quartet repertoire and plays an active role in the promotion of new music. The Emperor participated in the Haydn and Beethoven cycles at the Edinburgh and City of London festivals, and have programmed works by Xenakis, Kurtag and Boucourechliev. They have performed at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival several times. A tour of the United States in March 2003 introduced them to audiences in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and San Diego.  They continue to record fro the Bis label and were nominated for a 2002 Grammy for their CD devoted to the music of Sir William Walton.


Raphael.jpg (78249 bytes) Raphael Trio - In November of 1975, the newly-formed Raphael Trio made "a most auspicious debut" (The New York Times) at Carnegie Hall as winners of the Concert Artists Guild Award. They have since been presented regularly in the leading concert halls of the United States and Europe, appearing in London, Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, Washington DC, San Francisco, Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, Boston and New York. In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, they performed the complete Beethoven trios in cycles in Washington DC (Phillips Collection), Vermont (Marlboro College), and in gala appearances in New York at the Kosciusko Foundation. These performances were broadcast by WNYC and Performance Today, NPR’s live broadcast concert series. In addition to their commitment to presenting the standard repertoire as well as the lesser-known works by the great composers, the Raphael Trio maintain an active role in commissioning, performing and recording works written for them by contemporary composers. The 2003-04 season included their being named Artists-in-Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and their annual cycle (this season Brahms) at the Phillips Collection.


Southern Cross Soloists Southern Cross Soloists - A unique and exciting chamber group, the Southern Cross Soloists Cross is based in Brisbane, Australia, where key members of the group are principal players of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble consists of a traditional wind quartet of oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon, but is rounded out with piano and soprano. Its programs reflect the immense variety possible by combining winds, keyboard and voice – works by Bach, Schubert and Berlioz share space with Gershwin, Kern, Porter and Gilbert & Sullivan. The group made its most recent tour of the United States in October 2003 featuring concerts in Missouri, Arkansas and Texas, including the University of Arkansas.

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