Between January and March 2017, the following musicians performed at the Flagler Museum. Concert programs have been included for each performance.

 2017 Music Series was sponsored by:

Dover Quartet

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January 10, 2017
7:30 p.m.

The Dover Quartet was formed in 2008 at the Curtis Institute of Music and continued their studies as Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music from 2011-13. The Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world.  In 2013-14, the Quartet was the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music and is now faculty Quartet-in-Residence at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music.

“...the young American string quartet of the moment,”
- The New Yorker

“[the Quartet] is already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble.”
- The Strad

Flagler Museum Concert Reviews:

"Dover Quartet nearly flawless in Flagler Museum Music Series opening"
- Marcio Bezerra, Palm Beach Daily News

"Dover Quartet opens Flagler season in brilliant fashion"
- Rex Hearn, Palm Beach ArtsPaper

Telegraph Quartet

Telegraph String Quartet

January 24, 2017
7:30 p.m.

The Telegraph Quartet was formed in 2013 with a passionate commitment to the standard chamber music repertoire as well as contemporary and non-standard repertoire alike. The Telegraph Quartet won the prestigious Grand Prize in the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and has gone on to perform in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions in the United States, Germany, Italy and France.

The Telegraph Quartet was greatly honored by being the only American quartet of the fifteen invited from around the world to perform in Paris in a showcase for young quartets at the 2016 Biennale de quatuors à cordes (Biennial String Quartet Festival and Symposium).

The Telegraph Quartet is based in the San Francisco area, and members of the Quartet hold teaching positions at various music institutions including San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Chamber Music Program and Young Chamber Musicians in San Francisco’s South Bay.

“Just the right kind of upbeat delivery to draw the audience into the entire program...No pace seemed too rapid for them...they could manage a breakneck tempo without compromising the clarity of the individual lines.”
- The San Francisco Examiner

“The group effortlessly shifted between the movement’s many moods...unflaggingly outgoing, committed and creative.”
- San Francisco Classical Voice

Flagler Museum Concert Reviews:

"...a charming reading by the Telegraph Quartet, which impressed thanks to a beautiful sound and precise balance."
- Marcio Bezerra, Palm Beach Daily News

Jolente De Maeyer & Nikolaas Kende

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February 7, 2017
7:30 p.m.

Before this musical duo formed in 2002, Jolente De Maeyer and Nikolaas Kende were both successful solo artists. DeMaeyer began playing the violin at the age of four, and she later studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal College of Music London, Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule Berlin and the Queen Elisabeth Chapel Waterloo.  Kende, who was born into a family of musicians, started playing the piano at the age of five. He studied in Amsterdam, Munich and in Antwerp, where in 2015 he was appointed professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.

Both De Maeyer and Kende played for the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Orchestra Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Brussels Philharmonic and Waco Symphony Orchestra. Together they have performed in all the important Belgian concert halls and many other countries including Spain, Germany, and America.

"One could almost imagine a young Brahms at the keyboard doing precisely the same thing: more intent on communicating his piece more than dazzling listeners with his performance"
- Waco Tribune

"This was poetry in which each note was placed with care and every phrase played with musicality."

Trio Céleste

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February 21, 2017
7:30 p.m.

Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (The Orange County Register) “exuberant and technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette) and “one of the best young chamber groups around today” (Philip Setzer, Emerson String Quartet), Trio Céleste has quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles in the country.

Winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles, Trio Céleste is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine where they recently presented the complete piano trio works of Ludwig van Beethoven and the Triple Concerto with the UC Irvine Symphony Orchestra and the Capistrano Conductor’s Institute Orchestra. In 2013, the ensemble along with violist Michelle Gasworth, were selected from over five hundred applicants to be Artists-in-Residence at the Grand Canyon National Park where the group concertized and presented master classes throughout the South Rim.

“...brilliant, brimming over with thematic fullness, lyric joy, and development ...“
- Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music

“Trio Céleste prevail victoriously over some very beautiful music.”
- Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music

Flagler Museum Concert Reviews:

"Trio Céleste breathes life into classical works in Flagler performance."
- Kevin Wilt, Palm Beach Daily News

St. Petersburg Piano Quartet

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March 7, 2017
7:30 p.m.

The St. Petersburg Piano Quartet is one of the world’s most esteemed chamber ensembles. Their rise to fame has included a Grammy nomination, “Best Record” honors in both Stereo Review and Gramophone, an opening night performance at Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, a five-year residency at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and hundreds of concerts on many of North America, Europe and Asia’s most prestigious series and festivals.

Flagler Museum Concert Reviews:

"St. Petersburg Piano Quartet shows maturity in Flagler concert"
- Marcio Bezerra, Palm Beach Daily News

"St. Petersburg Piano Quartet ends Flagler season with assured Mozart, Brahms"
- Dennis Rooney, Palm Beach ArtsPaper