January 9, 2007,
The celebrated Claremont Trio is one of the most exciting young groups performing today. Their repertoire gives chamber music an imaginative breath of fresh air. The Washington Post proclaimed the threesome "plays with astonishing facility and ensemble precision," and The New York Times agrees that these ladies "play with an uncommon ferocity." Sisters Emily Bruskin (violin) and Julia Bruskin (cello) met pianist Donna Kwong at the Juilliard School where they began a musical voyage that has taken them to prestigious venues like the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and tours of the US, and overseas to Serbia, Bosnia, and Slovenia as part of a cultural exchange co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department and Carnegie Hall. These poised musicians have garnered many honors including winning the 2001 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Kalichstein Laredo Robinson International Trio Award, and the Wolf Trap Foundation's Debut Artist Award.
"The Claremont Trio achieved this blend of technical brilliance and subtlety with the ease of far more veteran ensembles than the, three young women still relatively fresh out of Juilliard." – The Palm Beach Daily News
" Positively Spellbinding" –The Palm Beach Daily News
Rossetti String Quartet
January 23, 2007,
The Rossetti String Quartet is renowned for its highly sophisticated sound and extensive range of colors. The Washington Post remarked the ensemble's "tone has sensual finish, and its phrasing practically palpitate with ardor and mystery." The Quartet's compelling stage presence and fresh, innovative style has earned the group a devoted following throughout the United States. Numerous national appearances include the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress. The Rossetti String Quartet has performed for international audiences in England, France, Germany, Holland, Mexico and the Netherlands. Popular guests on the music festival circuit, the Quartet's festival appearances include Brevard, Caramoor, Mainly Mozart (Mexico), Saint Riquier (France), Vail Valley and Ventura Chamber Music. The Quartet was named Quartet in Residence by the Carlsen Center in Kansas, they have preformed live on National Public Radio's Performance Today from Washington, D.C, and in 2001 and 2002 they were Quartet in Residence at the Ventura Chamber Music Festival in California. Thomas Diener (Viola), Henry Gronnier (Violin), Timothy Fain (Violin), and Eric Gaenslen (Cello) complete the Rossetti Quartet whose rich and colorful performances are ethereally connected to the ensembles namesake, the 19th Century Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Rossetti "invested a compelling level of depth and insight into their playing...they have a focused, natural tone and precise balance" – The Palm Beach Post
February 6th, 2007,
One of the world's most versatile pianists, Bosnian-born Pedja Muzijevic has been widely praised for his interpretations of the standard literature and for his imaginative programming. He has toured extensively as soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist throughout eastern and western Europe, Great Britain, Canada, the United States, South America, and Asia. He makes his Carnegie Hall debut January 2007, playing the Mozart Concerto K. 503 with the Oberlin Orchestra and Robert Spano. Mr. Muzijevic's many recitals include Casals Hall and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, The Frick Collection in New York, National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Center, as well as many festival engagements around the world. Pedja Muzijevic has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Shinsei Nihon Orchestra in Tokyo, Orquesta Sinfonica in Montevideo, Zagreb Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, among others. Mr. Muzijevic made his New York recital debut in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall as a recipient of the Juilliard School's coveted William Petschek Award. His many honors include top prize in the Busoni International Piano Competition and a finalist diploma in the Naumburg International Piano Competition. as well as special prizes of the Chopin Society, Warsaw.
"his performance was among the best I've heard" - Ken Keaton, Music Reviewer Palm Beach Daily News
February 20, 2007,
Janice Martin is a violinist known for virtuosic technique, richly resonant tone, and a passionately expressive approach. Her technique with a beautiful 1708 "Burstein-Bagshawe" Stradivarius violin has won widespread acclaim from fans and critics around the world, including The New York Times and Washington Post, who described Janice Martin's playing as "brilliant" and "splendid" where "perfection was never in question". As a concerto soloist she has appeared with prestigious orchestras including The Milwaukee Symphony, The Pilsen Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, The European Union Chamber Orchestra, La Fundacion Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Santo Domingo, The New York Symphonic Ensemble (2000-2003 Japan tours), The Victoria Symphony and many others. This "stunning talent," (The Miami Herald) has performed extensively around the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia. A graduate of Juilliard as well as Indiana University School of Music. She has won many major violin competitions, and in 1999 she was honored as a recipient violinist of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. Other honors include, The Career Award Grant from the Commission on the Arts and Sciences of the National Endowment for the Arts, winning the Washington International Competition and The Lena Na International Competition.
"She plays the 1708 Burstein-Bagshawe Stradivarius, with a dark and creamy tone and a huge emotional and technical range." –The Palm Beach Daily News
Georgia Guitar Quartet
March 6 , 2007,
The Georgia Guitar Quartet has emerged as an exciting new voice in today's chamber music scene. These four men from the American South deliver a high-energy blend of breathtaking virtuosity and imaginative programming while taking an adventurous approach to classical music. Kyle Dawkins, Brian Smith, Philip Snyder, and Jason Solomon perform a vibrant concert program that leaves audiences with something to remember. The ensemble maintains an active national concert schedule, performing in a variety of venues that range from concert halls to popular music clubs. In 2001, the Quartet was invited by Christopher Parkening to perform as the guest artists at his Twenty-Seventh Annual masterclass in Bozeman, Montana. A review of their Piccolo Spoleto Festival performance in Charleston, South Carolina, described the concert as "a dazzling display of technical prowess, versatile programming, and audience rapport."
"the Quartet let loose with a high-spirited and musically adventurous program" -the Palm Beach Daily News