Montréal 2017

AEOLUS

STRING QUARTET

UNITED STATES

Nick Tavani , violin
Rachel Shapiro , violin
Greg Luce , viola
Alan Richardson , cello

Praised by Strad Magazine for their “high-octane” performance, the Aeolus Quartet are Grand Prize winners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition. Having also been awarded First Prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Music Competition and a Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, the quartet is currently pursuing Doctoral studies as the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Maryland. Formed in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Quartet’s upcoming highlights include a two-week tour of China and a summer residency at the Austin Chamber Music Center.

http://www.aeolusquartet.com/

IRIS

STRING QUARTET

GERMANY

Catherina Lendle , violin
Verena Giovanazzi , violin
Robert Woodward , viola
Alexandre Foster , cello

Winner of the 1st Prize at the 2009 Basel Orchester Gesellschaft Competition and of the 2009 Concours Villa Musica, the Iris Quartet was formed in 2005 at the University of Freiburg where they studied with Walter Levin, Sebastian Hamann, Oliver Wille and Latica Hinda-Rosenberg. They have performed at prestigious concert series and festivals throughout Europe and Asia such as the Beethoven String Quartet cycle at the “Società del Quartetto di Milano” in Italy, the Villa Musica Foundation of Rheinland Pfalz, Germany, Les Muséiques, in Basel, Switzerland and the “Pacific Music Festival” in Japan where they studied and performed with the Tokyo String Quartet. The Iris Quartet plans to release their first CD in the fall 2011 with works of Brahms and Kurtág.

HAUSMANN

STRING QUARTET

UNITED STATES

Isaac Allen , violin
Bram Goldstein , violin
Angela Choong , viola
Yuan Zhang , cello

Winner of the John Ireland prize at the 2008 Rutenburg International Chamber Music competition, the Hausmann Quartet was formed in 2004 at LyricaFest in New Jersey. The quartet made its debut on the Lyrica Boston Chamber Music series and was soon named Lyrica Boston's Young Artists in Residence. In 2006, they were named Norfolk Festival's Quartet Fellows in Residence and in 2007, quartet in residence at the Blossom Music Festival. The Hausmann Quartet recently completed a residency at Kent State University with the Miami String Quartet. They currently holds the Morrison Fellowship Award in residency at the International Center for the Arts of San Francisco State University.

http://www.hausmannquartet.com

RUSQUARTET

STRING QUARTET

RUSSIA

Anna Snezhina , violin
Anna Yanchishina , violin
Maria Teplyakova , viola
Alexander Dulov , cello

First prize winner of the 2008 Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition (Moscow) and of the 2006 Shostakovich Competition in Rheinsberg, Germany the Rusquartet was formed in 2001 under the supervision of Galina Soboleva. Its members have all graduated from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where they studied chamber music with Professor Dmitri Shebalin of the Borodin String Quartet. In 2008, the Chamber Music Association of the International Union of Musicians awarded the quartet the Gaydamovich grant for their achievements. The RUSQUARTET is part of the official selection of the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

http://www.rusquartet.com

DUCHOW

STRING QUARTET

CANADA

Yolanda Bruno , violin
Kenny Wong , violin
Scott Chancey , viola
Eli Weinberger , cello

Formed in 2009 at the Schulich School of Music by Professor André J. Roy, the Duchow String Quartet has quickly establishing itself as one of the most exciting string quartets in Canada. Invited to perform at the Lakeshore Chamber Music Society and the St. James United Church Music Series, the quartet has participated in the first edition of McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA) where they have worked with Gerhard Schulz, Philip de Groote, Volker Jacobsen and Peter Schumayer. Devoted to chamber music outreach and involved in the Montreal community, the quartet has performed on benefit concerts for many organizations. The quartet takes its name from the Canadian composer Marvin Duchow.

PERSINGER

STRING QUARTET

UNITED STATES

Ryan Meehan , violin
Stephen Tavani , violin
Arianna Smith , viola
Allan Steele , cello

Winner of the Barbara Shields Byrum Bronze of the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Persinger String Quartet was formed in 2010 at the Colburn School of Music where their principal teachers and coaches are Arnold Steinhardt , Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard and Robert Lipsett. The Persinger Quartet made its live radio broadcast debut on “Sundays Live from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art” and has since quickly gained national attention. The Persinger Quartet’s members have performed as chamber musicians at the Perlman Music Program, Aspen, Summit, Banff and Sarasota Music Festivals. The quartet has also studied with professor Andre J. Roy and with members of the Tokyo, Cleveland, Takacs, and St. Lawrence Quartets.

FUTURA

STRING QUARTET

CANADA - UNITED STATES

Jeffrey Dyrda , violin
Audrey Wright , violin
Samuel Gold , viola
Andrew Larson , cello

Founded in 2010 at Boston’s New England Conservatory, the Futura String Quartet was recognized early on as a very promising, unique young ensemble. Their first performance at Boston’s prestigious Jordan Hall was met with great enthusiasm by the audience and critics who noted the "musicians affinity for each other’s instrumental style and a deep unanimity regarding musical approach". The summer of 2011 will see the quartet performing at the Banff, Kneisel Hall,Taos and Verbier Festivals as well as at the 2nd edition of the McGill International String Quartet Academy. The Futura Quartet is currently studying with Mai Motobuchi of the Borromeo Quartet.