Vera QuartetJanuary 17 @ 7:30 pm
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January 17 @ 7:30 pm
The Vera Quartet appears by special arrangement with Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.
Curtis Institute of Music • Philadelphia, PA
The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts, on average, 4% of applicants each year, and a tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians.
Winners of the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, the Vera Quartet has been named the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music for 2018–2020. The quartet also received Grand Prizes at recent Plowman and Yellow Springs chamber music competitions, top prizes from the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and the St. Lawrence award from the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition.
With members from Spain, Cuba, and the USA, the ensemble shares a deep commitment to exploring and programming the music of their roots, in juxtaposition with the great masterworks of the string quartet repertoire.
Since its formation in 2015, the Vera Quartet has established itself as one of the most exciting groups of its generation. They held residency at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Germany; embarked on tours of South Korea and Spain; served as Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the Jacobs School of Music under the mentorship of the Pacifica Quartet; collaborated with IU New Music Ensemble, performing with world-renowned pipa player Wu Man as part of the China Remixed Festival; partnered with the IU Latin American Music Center to assist in bringing the music of Latin American composers to a larger audience; took part in both the Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar and the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City; was selected by NPR’s Performance Today to spend a week as one of the show’s Young Artists in Residence. The Vera Quartet has also taken part in the Chamber Music Residency program at the Banff Centre in Canada and attended the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival. In addition to working with the Pacifica Quartet, the Vera Quartet has also been coached by members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Brentano, St. Lawrence, Tokyo, American, Mendelssohn, and London-Haydn quartets, as well as Atar Arad, Mauricio Fuks, and Peter Stumpf.
PEDRO RODRIGUEZ VIOLIN
JUSTIN GOLDSMITH CELLO
INÉS PICADO MOLARES VIOLA
REBECCA ANDERSON VIOLIN