Pasha Sabouri, violin
He has also won first prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, as well as being National Finalist for Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Division, The Texas Young Artist Competition, and the Coeur D’Alene competition. He has attended such festivals as IMS Prussia Cove, International Holland Music Sessions, International Sommer Akademie (Semmering, Austria), Aurora Chamber Music Festival (Sweden) Aspen Music festival, London Master Classes taught by Gyorgy Pauk (Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London), Strings! featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Sound Encounters, and the Blanche Bryden Institute at the Sunflower Music Festival.
Dr. Sabouri has also performed in such orchestras as the Pittsburgh Opera, Wheeling Symphony, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Austin Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Aspen Chamber Symphony. He has also participated in master classes for such artists as: Itzhak Perlman, Anne Akiko Meyers, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Cho-Liang Lin, Robert McDuffie Roland and Almita Vamos, Sylvia Rosenberg, Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenazy and Ida Kavafian.
Dr. Sabouri has served as Adjunct Strings Professor at Concordia College as well as Violin faculty and Artistic Director at Concordia College Music Academy in Austin, Texas. Prior to this position, he was appointed Lecturer Violin Professor at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Dr. Sabouri also served as Brian Lewis’s teaching assistant at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Doctorate and Masters degree. Dr.Sabouri received his Bachelors degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has also been faculty at the Austin Chamber Music Center and the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program. Pasha’s principal teachers included Brian Lewis, Naoko Tanaka, Dr. Won-Bin Yim, and Martha Gronemeier. He performs on a Cuyper Violin made in 1793.
Anne Epperson, Collaborative Piano
Pianist Anne Epperson enjoys a distinguished career as a performer, recording artist, teacher and clinician. She made her debut at age twelve with the New Orleans Philharmonic under Alexander Hilsberg. After studies at Louisiana State University and the Juilliard School, she entered graduate school at the University of Southern California and was appointed staff pianist for the master classes of Jascha Heifetz. This auspicious beginning led to a successful career as a collaborative partner. Ms. Epperson has appeared in concert with distinguished artists throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Korea. Critics have praised her collaborative artistry: New York Times “..an excellent partner…technical ability and musicality admirably displayed…”; Seattle Times “….extraordinarily sensitive and well-realized work…..a gifted accompanist…”; Los Angeles Times “…eloquent support..”; Cleveland Plain Dealer “…Epperson is a chamber music pianist with few peers….” From 1980-89 she toured the U.S. as pianist with the Canterbury Trio, under the auspices of Columbia Artists Management, Inc. She has recorded for Vanguard, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Centaur, Koch International and Claves and has produced and edited recordings for Nonesuch and Azica.
Her career as an educator is equally impressive. In the fall of 2008 she inaugurated the new Collaborative Piano Department at The University of Texas at Austin’s Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music. From 2004-2008 she was Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Music, where she created and developed a new graduate degree program. She was Professor of Music and Director of Collaborative Arts at the University of California – Santa Barbara from 2001 – 2004 and from 1985 – 2001 she was head of the Collaborative Piano Department (a department and degree program that she created) at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Previous faculty positions include teaching appointments at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
She has been juror for many prestigious competitions, including the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation competitions, the Fischoff Chamber Music competitions, the Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, the Plowman Chamber Music competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Corpus Christi International Young Artists Competition and the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. Ms. Epperson has been a panelist, lecturer, performer and master class presenter for the Music Teachers National Association, National Conference on Piano Pedagogy, the Colorado Music Teachers Association, the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association, the Indiana Music Teachers Association, the South Carolina Music Teachers Association and the Vocal Arts Resource Network in Ohio. In the spring of 2005, she presented a week-long series of masterclasses in Seoul, Korea. She is active as a consultant and advisor in the development of collaborative piano programs nationally and internationally. Anne Epperson was on the faculty of the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara from 1992-2006, teaching, performing and administering the collaborative piano program she designed. Since the summer of 2007, she has been a member of the artist faculty at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in Colorado Springs and in the summer of 2013, she was invited as guest faculty to coordinate and teach the collaborative piano program at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She has been a guest performer and coach at the Sarasota Music Festival, the International Festival – Institute at Round Top, the Garth Newel Summer Festival, the Taos Chamber Music Festival, the Scotia Festival, Chamber Music Northwest and the Meadowmount School for Strings, among others.
John Pellegrino, bass
Peter Bay, conductor
Maestro Bay has appeared with seventy-five different orchestras including the National, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Syracuse, Tucson, Virginia, West Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, Jacksonville, Richmond, Sarasota, Alabama, Arkansas, Canton, Eugene, Fort Worth, Springfield, Chattanooga, Bochum (Germany), Carinthian (Austria), Lithuanian National, and Ecuador National Symphonies, the Minnesota and Algarve (Portugal) Orchestras, the Louisiana, Buffalo, Rhode Island, Tulsa, Fort Wayne, Reno and Las Vegas Philharmonics, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman (Argento’s Postcard from Morocco) and Aspen (Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe) Opera Theaters, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Summer music festival appearances have included Aspen (CO), Music in the Mountains (CO), Grant Park and Ravinia (IL), Round Top (TX), OK Mozart (OK) and Skaneateles (NY).
Peter is the primary conductor for the ASO’s performances with Ballet Austin. He made his Austin Opera debut in January 2002 with André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and conducted La Traviata in November 2002, Turandot in November 2003, and The Marriage of Figaro in April 2005.
Other positions held by Mr. Bay have included Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival (CO), Britt Festival Orchestra (OR), and four different conducting posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra with pianist Anton Nel have released a critically acclaimed CD of Edward Burlingame Hill’s music on the Bridge label. Gramophone magazine states “The performances advocate brilliantly for Hill. Bay and his Austin players are crisp and warm in the symphony, and they collaborate with pinpoint vitality with pianist Anton Nel.” With the Richmond Symphony he recorded the US premiere performance of Britten’s The Sword in the Stone for Opus One Records. Voices, featuring the percussion ensemble NEXUS and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is available on the Nexus label.
A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Bay is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute of Music. In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was also the first prize winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition and a prize winner of the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra in New York. In July 2012 he appeared in Solo Symphony, a choreographic work created for him by Allison Orr of Forklift Danceworks. He is the conductor of Hanan Townshend’s score to the motion picture The Vessel scheduled for release in 2015.
Peter is married to soprano Mela Dailey and they have a son Colin.
Hal Grossman, violin
Mr. Grossman has served as Concertmaster of the Estranach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg, the lllinois, Boise, Lansing and SaginawBay symphonies. He has been featured at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Evian (France), Orfeo (Italy), Aspen, Lancaster, Breckenridge, Fontana, Great Lakes, Manitou, and Garth Newel music festivals. As First Violinist of the Oxford String Quartet, he performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded several new works for string quartet.
Mr. Grossman holds music performance degrees from the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. His primary studies were with Paul Makanowitzky and Sylvia Rosenberg and, in master class, with Isaac Stern, Alexander Schneider, and Charles Treger. Mr. Grossman is Associate Professor of Violin at The University of Oklahoma and on the violin faculty at the Aria International Summer Academy. He was formerly on the violin faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Miami University. Mr. Grossman’s students can be found in every major music conservatory in the nation including Curtis, Juilliard, New England, and San Francisco.
A founding member of the Attacca Quartet, she has been a part of a wide array of festivals including the Spoleto Festival in Italy, Music@Menlo, the Pacific Music Festival Tokyo String Quartet Program, the Emerson String Quartet seminar, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Banff Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sitka Chamber Music Festival, the Highlands/Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Music Academy of the West. She was also the recipient of the Henrietta and Albert J. Ziegle Jr. Scholarship, which provided the tuition for her studies at Juilliard. Growing up in Buffalo Ms. Schroeder began her violin studies with Karen Campbell and Thomas Halpin. She currently plays on a violin made in 2012 by Nathan Slobodkin
When she is not touring with the quartet, Ms. Tokunaga enjoys her career as an educator. She has been on faculty at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Ear Training Division since 2008 and currently serves as a violin instructor at the Fordham University, while maintaining a private violin studio in Manhattan.
Ms. Tokunaga holds an Artist Diploma, a Masters and a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School. She plays on Stefano Scarampella violin from 1900.
Suzanne was born and raised in Wisconsin, and began playing viola in the fourth grade. Her mother paid $10 a year for Suzanne’s lessons in the public school music program. Suzanne was awarded the Strelow Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, which paid her full four-year tuition. She graduated with distinction. After graduation, Suzanne studied for a year at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where she studied with Matthias Maurer, the principal violist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. She returned to the United States and enrolled at the Yale University School of Music, where she studied under Jesse Levine and Kazu Isomura of the Tokyo Quartet. At Yale she earned a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma, and was awarded the Elizabeth Battel Stoeckl Award for excellence in Chamber Music.
Suzanne has had an active orchestral and chamber orchestra career in the United States and Europe. In addition to her current positions in Houston, she was the principal violist of Mercury Baroque, the principal violist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, acting assistant principal violist of the Charlotte Symphony and. She has played with the Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Granada Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, and the New Haven Symphony. She has recorded with Ahmad Jamal and the Assai Quartet. She has also performed seasonally in many festivals, including the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Peninsula Music Festival, Music on the Hill in Rhode Island, the Madison Chamber Music Festival, the Colorado Music Festival, where she played with Lynn Harrell, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, where she played with Michael Tree and Elmar Oliveira.
Apart from performing, Nathan is the Founding Director of Musicambia, a New York based initiative establishing a network of music conservatories within prisons and jails in the United States. Musicambia currently runs a music conservatory at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York and is developing a school in South Carolina as well as programs overseas.
Schram is a prizewinner of the 2007 Primrose International Viola competition, the 2006 Corpus Christi Concerto Competition and a First Prize winner of the 2008 ASTA National Solo Competition. He studied at Indiana University with Alan de Veritch and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain with Diemut Poppen and Yuval Gotlibovich. As an Ensemble ACJW Fellow he was documented by radio journalist Jeff Lunden for a 2-year, four-part series for NPR’s Weekend Edition.
He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, as well as a founding member of A Far Cry. In 2010, he founded the acclaimed Boston Cello Quartet with three of his colleagues from the BSO cello section. As an arranger, he wrote numerous pieces for cello ensembles, which led to three consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards. Commissions include Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and A Far Cry. In 2013 he launched Opus Cello, his online sheet music publishing company. He serves as Artistic Director of the Boston Cello Society since its creation in 2015.
He holds a First Prize of Cello with highest honors from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique of Paris, as well as a Master of Music Diploma and a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston. His main teachers were Philippe Muller, Laurence Lesser and Bernard Greenhouse.
He teaches privately and is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the Tanglewood Music Center.
Mary Frances DiBartolo
Dr. Mary Frances DiBartolo is assistant principal cellist of the Arizona Opera Orchestra, section cellist of the West Valley Symphony, and Instructor of Cello, Chamber Music, and Cello Ensemble at Paradise Valley Community College. DiBartolo is an avid recitalist and chamber musician, continuo player, recording studio artist, and regular contracted musician with the Phoenix and Tucson Symphonies, and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. DiBartolo is also a highly sought after private studio teacher, conference presenter, adjudicator, and clinician.
DiBartolo has performed in many notable national and international festivals including the Spoleto Italy/USA Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Mainly Mozart Festival, Animas Festival, Red Rocks Festival, Arizona Opera Wagner Ring Cycle Festival, and the Lancaster USA Festival. DiBartolo’s orchestral career spans thirty-five years. DiBartolo was an inaugural Fellow of Michael Tilson Thomas’s renowned New World Symphony, and has performed with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, the Cincinnati Ballet & Chamber Orchestras, Seattle’s Northwest Chamber & Ballet Orchestras, and the Tucson Ballet Orchestra. Her vast symphonic experience includes performances with the orchestras of Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson, Fort Wayne, Dayton, Naples, Las Vegas, West Virginia, Phoenix, Tucson, Omaha, Lincoln, Charleston, and Columbus. DiBartolo has held several American Federation of Musician orchestra positions, won through national auditions.
A faculty artist at the Orfeo and Schlern International Music Festivals/Italy, and at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in the Berkshires, DiBartolo taught, performed, and coached chamber music. Recognized as an outstanding performer, DiBartolo was formerly cellist with the Arion Consort (resident ensemble at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and quarter-finalists in the Concert Artist Guild Competition), an ensemble that championed music from the Renaissance to newly commissioned works. DiBartolo also performed as cellist with the St. Alban String Quartet for five years, a quartet specializing in the music of the Second Viennese School, evidenced by favorable reviews in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Barcelona’s El Noticiero following tours of Germany, Spain, and Italy.
DiBartolo is an in-demand educator, and from 1993-2010, was on faculty at Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ) as Senior Lecturer of Cello and Chamber Music, and Coordinator of Chamber and Event Music for the School of Music. DiBartolo is a frequent presenter at conferences, and seasoned adjudicator, clinician, and sectionals coach. She has presented at the National ASTA Conferences and AMEA, and is a featured clinician at the ASTA Tucson Cello Congress, and the ASTA Cellobration in Phoenix. Throughout DiBartolo’s Arizona career, she has been affiliated with the Phoenix greater-metropolitan area youth symphonies, the Arizona Regionals/All-State Orchestra auditions, the Phoenix Youth Symphony and ASTA Solo Competitions, and the Arizona Musicfest Young Musicians Instrumentalist Competition (solo and chamber music).
DiBartolo is a frequently requested continuo player, and has collaborated with the St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church Choir and Chamber Orchestra, the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Chorale & Paradise Singers, the Scottsdale Choral Artists, the Phoenix Bach Choir, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary/Athenaeum of Ohio Orchestras, the St. James Church Concert Series of Seattle, and the First Plymouth Congregational Church Abendmusik Series, Lincoln, NE.
Adept at many styles and genres, DiBartolo can be heard on New Age Artist Chris Spheeris’ CD “Dancing with the Muse,” trumpeter and vocalist Chuck Curry’s CD “Late Bloom,” and can be seen performing in the John Tesh/PBS “One World” video filmed, in part, in Monument Valley, Utah.
Dr. DiBartolo holds degrees from the University of Arizona (DMA), The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music: CCM (MM), and, following studies at Northwestern University, the University of Iowa (BM).
Jan was first prize winner of several youth competitions in the categories of violin solo, viola solo and string quartet and in 2005 he was awarded the Marie-Luise Imbusch foundation prize. A prestigious scholarship of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) enabled him to study in Boston. An avid chamber musician, Jan has collaborated with musicians such as Claudio Bohorquéz, Adrian Brendel, Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartet), Markus Groh and Daishin Kashimoto (Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic); concerts of his have been broadcasted on both TV (Phoenix TV) and Radio (NDR, Deutschlandradio Kultur).
Mr. Gerchikov received his Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory while studying with Lucy Chapman as well as Miriam Fried, and graduated from NEC’s Professional String Quartet Studies program, during which he continued his violin studies with Miriam Fried, and Donald Weilerstein. Mr. Gerchikov plays on a Petrus Guarneri violin on loan from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Since then, she has won numerous international awards including the First Prize and Orchestra Award at the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition in 2010, 2nd Laureate at the 2011 Isang Yun International Music Competition, First Grand Prize at the Alice Schoenfeld International String Competition, and the Dorothy DeLay Award at Aspen Music Festival.
Jinjoo has concertized throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe, performing as a soloist with such prestigious orchestras as The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Argentina) among many others. She has been privileged to perform with renowned artists Kent Nagano, Peter Oundjian, Michael Stern, Yoel Levi, James Gaffigan, Robert McDuffie, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Paul Neubauer, Roger Tapping and Anton Nel. She has appeared in international venues and festivals including Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall, the Herkulessaal of Munich, Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, Seoul Arts Center, Aspen Music Festival, Schwetzingen SWR Festipiele, Festival de Lanaudière, Cleveland Chamberfest, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Seoul Spring Chamber Music Festival, and Tongyeong International Music Festival.
Recent and upcoming engagements include her Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium concerto debut with the New York String Orchestra in addition to appearances with the Greensboro, Grand Junction, North Carolina, Indianapolis, Vermont, Phoenix, KBS (Korea) and Orquestra Sinfônica de Minas Gerais (Brazil) symphonies. Jinjoo’s recitals at Bard College, Brattleboro Music Center, Dame Myra Hess, Indiana University, Mercyhurst University, La Jolla Music Society, Linton Chamber Music, Chamber Music International, Rockefeller University and the Mainly Mozart Festival in Miami will culminate in a Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium recital debut in June 2016.
Jinjoo’s biggest passion is arts education and audience engagement. As a result, she is the founder of a new chamber music program for high school and college students in Cleveland, Ohio named the Encore Chamber Music Institute. The institute will have its inaugural season in the summer of 2016. Starting with the 2015-16 school year, Jinjoo has also accepted a part-time appointment at Oberlin Conservatory teaching violin and coaching chamber music. Another project of hers on the opposite side of the globe is Classical Revolution Korea, where musicians travel all across Korea to give free concerts and meet audiences in cafés. The programs in 2015 include performances in Seoul and Jeju Island. Recently, she also started writing a column in the performing arts magazine, Auditorium, titled “The Art of Practice.”
Born in Seoul, Korea, Jinjoo moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the age of 14 to study at
the Cleveland Institute of Music as a Young Artist Program student. Within a few years of arriving in the United States, she had won most of the local competitions for both high school and collegiate level students, including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition and the Cleveland Institute of Music’s collegiate level concerto competition. One of the jurors at the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra competition was the legendary oboist John Mack, who later became very closely tied to Jinjoo’s musical development. At age 16, she was awarded the Gold Medal at the Stulberg International String Competition. Additionally Jinjoo served as concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and later, the New York String Orchestra Seminar. The New York Times described her concertmaster solos as “rich and open…finely polished, (and) focused.”
A passionate advocate for community outreach and education, Jinjoo has performed at over 100 venues, giving master classes, presenting showcases, and delivering lecture recitals. Her ties to the Cleveland community are especially apparent as she performs often for local organizations such as the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, the Beachwood Arts Council, the Cleveland Clinic, the Women’s Committee at CIM, Arts Renaissance Tremont, the Tuesday Musical Association of Akron, CityMusic Cleveland, and more.
Jinjoo finished her Bachelor of Music degree both at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Paul Kantor, who has been her mentor since 2001. She also received her Master of Music and Professional Studies from CIM, having studied with Jaime Laredo. She has coached with the Cavani String Quartet, Peter Salaff, Gilbert Kalish, Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, David Finckel, Wu Han, and Mark Steinberg, and participated in masterclasses given by the Takács Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, Samuel Rhodes and Zakhar Bron, with whom she worked at Kronberg Academy’s Masterclasses Program. Jinjoo has spent the summers at the Aspen Music Festival, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Music@Menlo and the Chamber Music Residency Program at The Banff Centre with her pianist Daniel H.S. Kim as Duo Istas. Duo Istas regularly tours in North America with intensely creative programs that features seldom played works and contemporary repertoire.
Additionally, he has presented master classes at the Starling-Delay Symposium, Indiana University, the Eastman School, the University of Southern California and the New World Symphony, among others. His students consistently win major awards at important violin competitions including the Indianapolis, Montreal, Stulberg, Buenos Aires, Klein and Fischoff.
For the past 37 years he has been on the Artist/Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival & School where he has been concertmaster of both the Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Symphony. He has performed as soloist with numerous symphony orchestras as well as serving as concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Great Lakes Festival Orchestra. Kantor was a member of The New York and Lenox string quartets, the Berkshire Chamber Players and the National Musical Arts Chamber Ensemble in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Kantor has performed the world premieres of Dan Welcher’s Violin Concerto, (subsequently recorded with Larry Rachleff and Symphony II) as well as John Corigliano’s “Red Violin Caprices”. His recordings can be found on the labels of Equilibrium, CRI, Delos and Mark Records. In 2014 he was honored with the Artist Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association.
He is married to pianist Virginia Weckstrom.
CHARACTERIZED BY ITS YOUTH, BRILLIANT PLAYING, AND SOULFUL INTERPRETATIONS, THE ARIEL QUARTET HAS QUICKLY EARNED A GLOWING INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION.
The Quartet was formed in Israel sixteen years ago when its members were young students and have been playing together ever since. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts – a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young.
The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 season features their debut at Carnegie Hall, as well as a major collaborative project with the clarinetist David Krakauer. Highlights of the Quartet’s 2014-15 season included a groundbreaking Beethoven cycle performed at New York’s SubCulture that featured a midnight performance of the Grosse Fuge; a performance featuring music by three generations of Israeli composers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; performances resulting from the Cleveland Quartet Award in Kansas City, Austin, and Buffalo; and a tour of South America. The Ariel also collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss in a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War One.
The Ariel Quartet performs widely in Israel, Europe, and North America, including two record-setting Beethoven cycles last season, performed before all the members of the quartet turned thirty. The Ariel continues to astonish with its performances of complete works by memory and has remained committed to performing extensively in Israel. In addition, the Ariel has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss; violist Roger Tapping; cellist Paul Katz; and the American and Jerusalem String Quartets. The Quartet toured with the cellist Alisa Weilerstein during the 2013-14 season, and performs regularly with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. Additionally, the Ariel was quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and for the Perlman Music Program, and was the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival.
Formerly the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program, the Ariel has won a number of international prizes including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Prize at the international competition “Franz Schubert And The Music Of Modernity” in Graz, Austria, in 2003, when the Quartet’s members were remarkably young. After they won the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók, as well as the overall Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2007, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power” and called their performance of Beethoven’s Op. 132 “the pinnacle of the competition.”
The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, and spent a formative year in Basel, Switzerland, studying with Walter Levin, the founding first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet. The Quartet has received substantial scholarship support for the members’ studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grant from The A. N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.
In addition to her extensive performance experience with the Ariel Quartet, Ms. Kazovsky has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yad Harif Chamber Orchestra, and was a prizewinner at the “Kol Ha Musica” (Israel Broadcasting Authority) Young Artists Competition. Having received her Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory while studying with Miriam Fried, Ms.Kazovsky graduated from NEC’s Professional String Quartet Studies program, during which she continued her violin studies with Donald Weilerstein. Ms. Kazovsky currently plays on a 1780 Gagliano violin, on loan from Yehuda Zisapel.
Ms. Even-Tov was the yearly recipient of scholarships from both the Veron Foundation (since 1993) and the American-Israel Cultural Foundation (since 1997). Previous teachers have included Uzi Weisel, Hillel Zori, the late Michael Homizer, and Zvi Plesser. Having previously studied with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Ms. Even-Tov graduated from NEC’s Professional String Quartet Studies program, during which she continued her cello studies with Laurence Lesser. Ms. Even-Tov plays on a 1743 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini Cello on loan from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Concert tours as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., South America, Europe, Asia, and Canada. N.Y. solo debut in 1976. Former member, Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; current member, New York Philomusica; concertmistress, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. Recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Columbia Records, Music Masters. Faculty, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, since 1981; College-Conservatory of Music, U. of Cincinnati, 1987-91; Aspen Music School, since 1987; visiting professor, New England Conservatory, 2000-01.
Degrees and Studies
Diploma, Postgraduate Diploma, The Juilliard School; studies with Dorothy DeLay.
The Juilliard School
Faculty since 2001; Pre-College since 1984.