Vera Quartet

The Vera Quartet shares the uniquely democratic dynamic of a string quartet with diverse audiences within and beyond the concert hall.

Winners of the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, the Vera Quartet is currently the String Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. The quartet 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.

Formed in 2015, the quartet has held residency at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Festival, McGill International String Quartet Academy, and the Banff Centre, and has embarked on tours of Spain and South Korea. In April

2017, they were selected as Young Artist in Residence at NPR’s Performance Today.

Highlights of this season include residencies at the San Juan Music Academy in San Juan, Argentina, at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong in the spring of 2019.

The quartet has worked with the Pacifica Quartet as the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Jacobs School of Music. They have been mentored by members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Brentano, Orion, and Tokyo quartets, as well as Atar Arad, Mauricio Fuks, and Peter Stumpf. The ensemble firmly believes in the power of chamber music to transform people, and to ultimately contribute towards a just, egalitarian, and inclusive society.

Pedro Rodríguez Rodríguez

Violin

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.

Rebecca Anderson

Violin

Violinist Becky Anderson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who strives to bring intimate and direct musical experiences to a wide variety of audiences. Ms. Anderson’s recent performances range from solo appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra to collaborative projects with Questlove and Ben Folds.

 

An arts advocate and educator, Ms. Anderson has worked with diverse audiences on multiple continents. As a member of Ensemble Connect from 2016-18, she gave interactive performances throughout the New York City public school system, and at community venues including NYC correctional facilities. Ms. Anderson was one of twenty individuals selected to be a part of the 2010 Americans for the Arts National Arts Policy Roundtable at Sundance, an arts advocacy summit whose members included actress Kerry Washington. Ms. Anderson also was a part of the 2012 Americans for the Arts “Arts Advocacy Day” in Washington D.C, culminating in a performance with Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center. Ms. Anderson has performed on the nationally-broadcast radio show “From the Top,” and she was one of three musicians invited to a workshop with Michael Tilson Thomas that was filmed for the documentary series “Masterclass,” airing on HBO in 2010.

 

Ms. Anderson is teaching for the studio of Ronald Copes at The Juilliard School during the 2018-19 season. She was Lead Faculty for the Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard program in Switzerland in 2018, and also served as faculty member for the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Through Ensemble Connect, Ms. Anderson worked for two years with the public high school students at Brooklyn High School of the Arts, and also led workshops and coachings with students at Skidmore College and Wheaton College.

 

Ms. Anderson’s passion for chamber music has led to festival appearances with Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Savannah Music Festival, and Music From Angel Fire. She has performed on concerts presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, as well as appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Library of Congress.

 

Ms. Anderson’s solo appearances have taken her across the country as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Olympia Symphony, and Columbia Symphony orchestras. She was a first prize winner at the 2013 American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. Other awards include the bronze medal and Bach Award at the Stulberg International String Competition, as well as the youngARTS Gold Award, which led to being named a Presidential Scholar in both the Arts and Academics.

 

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Anderson is an alumna of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW).

Inés Picado Molares

Viola

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.

Justin Goldsmith

Cello

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.