VERA

QUARTET

VERA

QUARTET

VERA

QUARTET

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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 quickly established itself as one of the most exciting groups of its generation. In early 2016 they held residency at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Germany, and since then have also embarked on tours of South Korea and Spain. While serving as Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the Jacobs School of Music from 2016 to 2018 under the mentorship of the Pacifica Quartet, the Vera Quartet collaborated with IU New Music Ensemble, performing with world-renowned pipa player Wu Man as part of the China Remixed Festival. The quartet also partnered with the IU Latin American Music Center to assist in their mission of bringing the music of Latin American composers to a larger audience. The Vera Quartet was involved in outreach projects in the Bloomington area and beyond; they have recorded pieces for the album “Bloomingsongs” produced by the Jacobs School of Music’s Musical Beginnings and have partnered with Bloomington’s Musical Arts Youth Organization to teach and coach chamber music to members of their youth orchestra.

 

In 2017, the quartet took part in both the Robert Mann String Quartet Seminar and the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City, and was also one of five artists selected by NPR’s Performance Today to spend a week as the show’s Young Artist in Residence. The Vera Quartet has also taken part in the Chamber Music Residency program at the Banff Centre in Canada, and this past summer attended the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival, where they worked closely with Augusta Read Thomas and gave the Aspen premiere of her piece for string quartet and percussion quartet, Selene. This summer, the quartet will attend the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the McGill International String Quartet Academy.

 

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.

 

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Pedro Rodriguez was born in A Coruña, Spain, where he began his musical studies at the age of four. He studied with Jesús Llaneza and Deborah Hamburger before receiving his Künstlerisches Diplom from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich with Ingolf Turban. He then moved to Barcelona to study at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with Raquel Castro. Pedro also holds a Performers Diploma in Solo Performance, a Performers Diploma in Chamber Music and an Artist Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music where he worked with Mauricio Fuks. He has participated in masterclasses and festivals around the world with renowned musicians such as Vadim Repin, Rainer Schmidt, Milan Vitek, Yuval Gotlibovich, Mauricio Fuks, Ana Chumachenco and Koichiro Harada.

 

Throughout his studies, Mr. Rodriguez has received the support of prestigious institutions, such as the Diputación de A Coruña, Juventudes Musicales de Madrid, the Jacobs School of Music and the La Caixa Foundation.

 

A prizewinner in several competitions, Pedro has been awarded Second Prize at the “Villa de Llanes” Competition in Llanes in 2005, First Prize and Special Price to the Best String Player at the “Intercentros Melómano” National competition in Madrid in 2006, and Audience Prize at the “Forum Musikae” Competition in Madrid 2012. As a soloist he has performed with the Orquesta Chamartín at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Real Filharmonía de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela and Ferrol, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, and Orquesta Gaos in A Coruña.

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Patricia was born in Havana, Cuba, and started playing the violin at the age of eight. She graduated in 2007 with a degree in Music Violin Performance from The Superior Institute of Arts, University in Havana, Cuba. Since then, she has performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana and the Philharmonic orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela. Patricia, an avid orchestral musician worked as a Concertmaster at the Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra in Cuba, and Chamber Orchestra of Havana for six years and performed in the principal venues in Cuba.

 

She has played in orchestras conducted by renowned conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Francesco Belli, as well as, in Master classes with Paul Kantor, Guidon Kremer, Nicholas Kitchen, and Nadja Salerno.

 

She founded the Havana String Quartet, and as a first violin she collaborated with artists such as Leo Brouwer, E. Gismonti, Edin Karamazov, and Borromeo Quartet.

 

Patricia also holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a Performers Diploma in Solo Performance, and a Performers Diploma in Chamber Music from the Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Professor Mauricio Fuks. She joined the Vera Quartet in the Spring of 2016

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Born in A Coruña, Spain, Inés graduated from the Higher Conservatory of Music of Oviedo in 2010. From 2008 to 2011 she studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid with professors Diemut Poppen, Nils Mönkemeyer, Heime Müller and Marta Gulyas. In 2013 she received a Master of Arts in Music Performance from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, under Prof. Yuval Gotlibovich. Afterwards she obtained a Performers Diploma in Solo Performance, an Artist Diploma and a Performers Diploma in Chamber Music from the IU Jacobs School of Music, where she worked with Prof. Mauricio Fuks and Prof. Atar Arad. She is a founding member of the Vera Quartet, the Graduate Quartet in Residence of the Jacobs School for 2016-2018.

 

She has participated in masterclasses with renowned musicians, such as Gerard Caussé, Günter Pichler, Valentin Erben, Hariolf Schlichtig, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Neubauer, Raquel Castro, Nobuko Imai, Roberto Diaz, Wolfram Christ or Yizhak Schotten.
Inés has received scholarships from A.I.E. (Spanish Performers Society), Provincial Government of La Coruña, Albéniz Foundation, Pedro Barrié de la Maza Foundation, Fulbright Scholarship, the Jacobs School of Music and the La Caixa Foundation, among others.

 

In 2010 and 2011, she received the awards to the most outstanding viola student and string quartet of the Reina Sofía School of Music. Inés won the first prize and the special prize to the best string player at the Intercentros competition (Madrid, 2009) and first prize at the Menorca-Fidah Competition (2011).

 

In 2012 she was hired by the Orchestra Mozart to perform in Vienna’s Musikverein under the baton of Claudio Abbado, and to make a recording for Deutsche Grammophon.
Between 2015 and 2017 she was a member of IU New Music Ensemble under the direction of Prof. David Dzubay.

 

As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras such as the Galicia Symphony Orchestra (Festival Mozart, A Coruña, 2008 and 2012), the Orquesta Gaos and the Menorca Chamber Orchestra (2011). She has recently performed the Schnittke viola concerto with the IU Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Paul Nadler.

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Cellist Justin Goldsmith was born and raised in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. He began violin lessons at the age of 4 and cello lessons at the age of 9. After studying with cellists Julie Diesslin August, Peter Seidenberg, Julia Lichten, and David Geber, Justin began his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music under Felix Wang. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in cello performance, he continued his studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he received a Master’s Degree under Peter Stumpf. Having recently graduated with a Performer Diploma in Chamber Music, Justin will be attending the Curtis Institute of Music this fall with the Vera Quartet where they will serve as Quartet-in-Residence.

 

While at Vanderbilt, Justin was principal cello from 2008 to 2011 and received the Jean Keller Heard Prize for Excellence in String Playing. His string quartet was selected by the string faculty to represent the Blair School in Aix-en-provence, France in the summer of 2011.

 

Since arriving at Indiana University in 2013, Justin has served as principal cello in three of the school’s five orchestras and has performed alongside Joshua Bell, Joseph Swensen, Atar Arad, and Peter Stumpf. In 2016, the Vera Quartet was selected for a week-long residency at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Germany and went on their first international tour in Seoul, South Korea.

 

Justin has performed in master classes with many world-renowned pedagogues including Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Steven Doane, Mark Kosower, and Steven Isserlis. He has played in numerous festival orchestras across the globe, working with conductors such as Naoto Otomo, Michael Gilbert, Scott Yoo, Matthias Bamert, Stéphane Denève, and François-Xavier Roth. He currently plays on a 2014 Jason Viseltear from New York.

Calendar

2018

December 1st

Private Concert • The Quadrangle, Haverford, PA

December 6th

Delaware Valley Music Club Concert • Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA

December 8th

Curtis Recital • 8PM Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA

2019

January 19th

2019 Chamber Music America Ensemble Showcase  • Majestic Ballroom, The Westin New York at Times Square

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January 22nd

Private Concert • Dunwoody Village, Newtown Square, PA

January 23rd

Curtis Residency Recital  • Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA

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February 2nd

Ode to Napoleon  • Gould Rehearsal Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA

Peter Serkin, Piano

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February 5th

Private Concert  • Beaumont At Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr, PA

February 7th

Brandywine River Museum • 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA

February 8th

Private Concert • New York NY

February 16th

Music in the Galleries  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA

February 17th

Recital at Manhattanville College  • West Room, Reid Hall, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY

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February 22nd

Private Concert • Philadelphia PA

February 26th

Private Concert • Foulkeways at Gwynedd, Gwynedd, PA

March 23rd

Portrait of Augusta Read Thomas • Gould Rehearsal Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA

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March 31st

A Silver Touch • Gould Rehearsal Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA

Meng-Chieh Liu, piano

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April 2nd

Curtis Residency Recital  • Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA

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April 13th

American Music Festival • First Presbyterian Church, 1604 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

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April 14th

Chamber Music Wilmington • UNCW Beckwith Recital Hall, 5270 Randall Drive, Wilmington, NC

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April 22nd - May 5th

Intimacy of Creativity Festival • School of Humanities and Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, HONG KONG

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May 26th - June 7th

Festival San Juan • San Juan, Argentina

2018

November 17th

Astral Circle • Philadelphia, PA

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November 13th

Private Concert  • Granite Farms Estates, Media, PA

October 28th

Private Event  • The Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

October 9th

2018 Astral Winners Concert  • Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

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August 12th - 25th

McGill International String Quartet Academy • Pollack Concert Hall, 555 Sherbrooke St, Montreal, Canada

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July 1st - August 12th

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival • Ellen Battell Stoeckel Estate, 20 Litchfield Road, Norfolk, CT

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April 22nd

Schneider Concerts • The New School’s Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York NY

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April 6th

AIEnRUTa Clásicos • Centro Cultural Fundación Caja Badajoz, Mérida, Spain

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April 5th

AIEnRUTa Clásicos • Auditorio Residencia Universitaria Fundación CB, Badajoz, Spain

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April 4th

AIEnRUTa Clásicos • Auditorio Municipal SOCA, Albacete, Spain

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April 2nd

AIEnRUTa Clásicos • Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Madrid, Spain

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April 1st

AIEnRUTa Clásicos • Casa de Cultura, Campo de Criptana, Spain

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March 8th

IU New Music Ensemble • Auer Hall, Bloomington IN

David Dzubay, Conductor

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February 16th

Classics by Candlelight • Evansville IN

 

January 27th

Parlor Concert Series • Wylie House Museum, Bloomington IN

 

January 25th

IU Latin American Music Center • Auer Hall, Bloomington IN

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January 6th

Chamber Music America Conference Ensemble Showcase • The Westin New York, Times Square, NYC

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2017

December 8th

Lily Hall, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis IN

November 30th

IU New Music Ensemble • Auer Hall, Bloomington IN

David Dzubay, Conductor

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November 18th

Parlor Concert Series • Wylie House Museum, Bloomington IN

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September 16th

Parlor Concert • Wylie House Museum, Bloomington IN

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August 18th

Aspen Music Festival • Harris Concert Hall, Aspen CO

Advanced Quartet Studies Recital

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August 14th

Aspen Music Festival • Scanlan Hall, Bucksbaum Campus, Aspen CO

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August 12th

Aspen Music Festival • Aspen Community Church, Aspen CO

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August 10th

Aspen Music Festival • Christ Episcopal Church, Aspen CO

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August 7th

Aspen Music Festival • Harris Concert Hall, Aspen CO

Augusta Read Thomas: Selene (Moon Chariot Rituals)

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August 5th

Classical Concert Series • Carbondale Branch Library, Carbondale CO

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July 27th

Aspen Music Festival • Basalt Regional Library, Basalt CO

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July 9th - August 20th

Aspen Festival Center for Advanced Quartet Studies  •  Aspen, CO

May 15th - 19th

Juilliard String Quartet Seminar  •  The Juilliard School, NY

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May 1st - 4th

M-Prize Competition  •  Ann Arbor, MI

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April 23rd

Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition  •  Yellow Springs, OH

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April 18th - 21st

NPR  Performance Today Young Artist in Residency  •  Saint Paul, MN

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April 6th - 9th

Plowman Chamber Music Competition •  Columbia, MO

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March 31st

China Remixed  •  7:30 PM Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington, IN

Wu Man, pipa

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January 4th - 8th

2017 Robert Mann String Quartet Institute •  Mannhattan School of Music, NY

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