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The Juilliard String Quartet presents its annual seminar from May 17-21, 2010 open to young string quartets from around the world. This year, six young American-based ensembles have been selected and will receive intensive coaching with members of the Juilliard String Quartet (JSQ). Each student ensemble works with two members of the Juilliard String Quartet and has two coaching sessions a day on string quartet repertoire. Rehearsal time also is built in. During the week, the quartets get to interact with each other and ‘talk shop'. This year, new 1st violinist in the Juilliard String Quartet, Nick Eanet, participates in his first seminar alongside longtime JSQ members, violinist Ronald Copes, violist Samuel Rhodes, and cellist Joel Krosnick. The Aeolus, Calliope, Franklin, and Voxare String Quartets have been selected to take part in this year's seminar; the Arneis and the Attacca are returning quartets to the seminar.
During the week, the quartets will be coached on specific works, and this year's repertoire includes: Bartok's String Quartets No. 2 and No. 5; Barber's String Quartet, Op. 11; Beethoven's String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 "Serioso" and String Quartet Op. 18, No. 6; Brahms' String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1; Haydn's String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1; Ravel's String Quartet in F; and Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 3. At the end of the week, best performances are selected from this repertoire for the two free concerts on Friday, May 21 at 3:30 PM and 7:30 PM in Juilliard's Paul Hall (155 West 65th Street). No tickets are required for this FREE concert. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.
This year's Quartets have formed at various colleges and conservatories, including Juilliard (Attacca), the Cleveland Institute of Music (Aeolus and Calliope) and Boston University (Arneis). Among the quartets are winners of the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition (Aeolus and Attacca), and semi-finalists in the Banff International String Quartet Competition (Attacca). The Aeolus is currently quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Arneis has been quartet-in-residence at the Banff Centre.
Members of the Franklin String Quartet hold degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Rice with majors ranging from government to biochemistry, as well as music, and they bring these varied backgrounds to their performances. The Voxare Quartet likes to stretch the classical music boundaries, and the ensemble has made and performed their own transcriptions of popular and rock music; they often perform in alternative concert venues, presenting innovative concerts of contemporary chamber music while assimilating classical standards and popular music. The Voxare Quartet has performed on soundtracks of films presented at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals.
The Aeolus Quartet (Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violins; Gregory Luce, viola; Alan Richardson, cello) is among the finest young quartets playing today. Formed in 2006 at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the tutelage of Peter Salaff, William Preucil, and the Cavani Quartet, the Aeolus Quartet is currently graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin. The ensemble is named for the Greek god, Aeolus, the keeper of the four winds; he is known for welcoming Odysseus and his crew with music during their journey back to Ithaca in Homer's Odyssey. Their activities there include extensive teaching and performing responsibilities, educational outreach to communities through UT's Rural Chamber Music Outreach Initiative, and intensive study with the Miró Quartet. They are recent winners of the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California, where they received the Coleman-Barstow Prize for Strings. Their 2010-2011 season includes performances in New York City, Dallas, Houston, Reading, and other cities across the United States, including a tour promoting the works of American composers made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Summer 2010 sees the quartet in residence at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. In addition, the Aeolus Quartet performs at the Perlman Music Program in Shelter Island, New York, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Festival in Stanford, California, and the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas.
The Arneis Quartet (Heather Braun and Rose Drucker, violinists; violist Daniel Doña, and cellist Agnes Kim) was formed in 2007 at Boston University under the tutelage of the Muir String Quartet. The ensemble's namesake is the Arneis grape, which is an Italian varietal. Arneis (literally: little rascal, in Piedmontese) is so-called because it is regarded as a somewhat difficult variety to grow, but with care and patience, it can produce an exquisite wine, just as fastidious rehearsal of chamber music can yield great performances. The quartet has been in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada and is a returning quartet to the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. The Arneis Quartet serves as the core of the Arneis Ensemble, broadening its repertoire to include pieces for various combinations of strings, winds, piano and voice. The ensemble has coached with members of the Gryphon Trio and the Muir, Emerson, Brentano, Takacs, St. Lawrence, Juilliard, and Schoenberg quartets. The Arneis Quartet will be premiering David Wheelock's String Quartet No. 5 in the 2010-2011 season. The members of the ensemble are committed to outreach and education and are on the faculties of Boston University, the Dana Hall School of Music, Wellesley Public Schools, and the Chestnut Hill School. The quartet will be returning to the Banff Centre, as well as attending the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar and the Emerging Quartets and Composers Program in Park City, Utah.
The Attacca Quartet won the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 60th Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, and they were one of ten quartets chosen to compete in the semi-finals of the 9th Banff International String Quartet Competition. Comprised of violinists Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga, violist Luke Fleming, and cellist Andrew Yee, the Attaca Quartet was formed at Juilliard in 2003 and gave its debut recital in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. The Attaca Quartet is passionately devoted to connecting more fully with audiences, and has engaged in extensive community outreach projects throughout the United States.
The Calliope Quartet (Tim Kantor and Sophia Bellingrath, violins; Cynthia Black, violist; Schuyler Slack, cello) was formed in August 2009 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, from where all members hold degrees. The Calliope Quartet studies in CIM's Intensive Quartet Seminar under Peter Salaff and the Cavani String Quartet. It has performed in master classes for Robert Mann, Jessica Thompson, and the Biava String Quartet, and has received additional coachings from Paul Kantor and Robert Vernon. In addition to its work in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Calliope Quartet will spend the summer participating in a residency at the Banff Centre, as well as in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar.
The Franklin String Quartet was formed in New York in 2009. The ensemble strives to bring versatility, innovation, and intelligence to its performances. Its members include violinists Alex Fortes and Caroline Shaw, violist Jennifer Chang, and cellist Elizabeth Lara. The Franklin Quartet draws its name from Benjamin Franklin, who was not only a Founding Father, statesman, and diplomat, but also a scientist, inventor, violinist, and composer. Members of the quartet hold degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Rice with majors ranging from government to biochemistry, as well as music, and they bring these varied backgrounds to their performances. The Franklin Quartet is committed to engaging ever-wider audiences and are eager to present the works of contemporary composers. Franklin String Quartet members have been coached by members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Guarneri, Mendelssohn, Muir, St. Lawrence, and Takács quartets, among others. They have performed at festivals including Kneisel Hall, Prussia Cove, Sarasota, and Taos, and have been heard at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie's Weill Hall, MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and on National Public Radio. The Quartet's members are pursuing graduate studies at Juilliard, Mannes, and Princeton.
The NYC-based Voxare String Quartet formed in 2008 and has since received critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to details, and passionate performances. Recently making its debut at Carnegie's Weill Hall, the Voxare Quartet is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in NYC, where the quartet has been quartet-in-residence for two summers. Voxare has been featured live on NPR's Soundcheck and beginning in 2010, Voxare will curate the East-West New York concert series performing residency at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other venues throughout the city. Individually, Voxare members, Emily Ondracek-Peterson and Galina Zhdanova (violins), Erik Peterson (viola), and Adrian Daurov (cello) have performed as soloists with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and orchestrally with the Cleveland Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. The four musicians have amassed a number of prizes at international competitions. Voxare takes responsibility in presenting and encouraging interest in contemporary music and often works with leading composers, such as Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Ned Rorem and David Del Tredici. Voxare is not afraid to break down the boundaries of classical music; they have made and performed their own transcriptions of popular and rock music and often perform in alternative concert venues, presenting innovative concerts focusing on unique and accessible presentations of contemporary chamber music while assimilating classical standards and popular music. They can be heard on soundtracks of several films shown at festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca.