In the brief two years since its inception, the Cameleon Quartet has already garnered international attention through tours and participation in competitions and festivals in Europe. Recipients of the Bela Bartok and Ignaz Pleyel Awards at the 17th International Summer Academy Vienna-Prague-Budapest, the ensemble is a member of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now. Finalists in the Third International Haydn Competition in Vienna, the quartet was awarded special mention for their performance of the competition’s commissioned work.
Their formation was inspired by members of the Alban Berg Quartet, was well as Artis Quartet violinist Johannes Meissl, who has been tutoring the group since its establishment in 2006. They have also participated in chamber music master classes led by distinguished musicians highly-regarded throughout Europe: Anner Bylsma (of the period-instrument ensemble L’Archibudelli), Giuliano Carmignola, Hatto Beyerle, Erich Hörbarth (Mosaïque String Quartet, Concentus Musicus Vienna), Milan Skampa (Smetana Quartet), Ferenz Rados, Josef Kluson (Prazak Quartet), and Wolfgang Klos (Vienna String Trio).
They have performed in Austria, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and Switzerland, with concerts broadcast by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation They have performed as guest artists with Hagai Shaham, Josef Niederhammer, Eszter Haffner and the Artist Quartet.
They have performed in important European venues such as the Vienna Hofburg, Vienna Zonzerthaus, Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademica, Musiksommer Leipzig International, Goslar-Harz Music Festival, Kalkalpen Festival the Wienklang Festival, Their debut CD will be released in 2008 on the recording label of the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts.
The Hausmann String Quartet was formed four years ago at New Jersey’s LyricaFest music festival, making its debut with the Lyrica Boston Chamber Music Players in a performance of the Mendelssohn Octet.
Frequently invited for return engagements on the Lyrica Boston Chamber Music series, they completed Lyrica Boston’s Young Artist Residency program and quickly garnered additional accolades, named the 2006 Norfolk Festival Quartet Fellows in Residence, and quartet in residence at the 2007 Blossom Music Festival. The Quartet has worked closely with members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, and Keller quartets, and they are now teaching assistants to the Miami String Quartet at Kent State University.
As advocates for new music and community engagement, the Hausmann Quartet has worked closely with composers, and also established a residency at the Wilson School in Mountain Lakes, NJ, bringing creative musical programs to children with special needs. The Quartet has also worked with the International Music Foundation in presenting a children’s concert series in the Chicago area.
The quartet has been mentored by members of groups such as the St. Lawrence, Juilliard, Ying, Orion, Emerson, Tokyo, Vermeer and Takacs quartets.
Individually, they have collaborated with such legendary artists as Kim Kashkashian, Paul Katz, Joseph Silverstein, Ronald Thomas, Charles Castleman, Joseph Robinson, Steven Ansell, Victor Rosenbaum, Laura Bossert and Terry King.
Fresh from winning three of chamber music’s most prestigious prizes — the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Silver Medal at the 2008 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and the Grand Prize at the 2008 Coleman competition — the Jasper String Quartet is currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice University. They will continue their studies at Yale University in the Fall, studying with the Tokyo String Quartet.
Formed at Oberlin Conservatory in 2003, their early awards included the Oberlin-Smithsonian fellowship, the Presser Music Award and the Kauffman Chamber Music Prize. Performance highlights included appearances at the Kennedy Center, Paul Hall, Aspen’s Harris Hall, the Vigeland Museum (Oslo, Norway), the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music and Santa Fe Pro Musica Series. They are dedicated to presenting contemporary music and standard repertoire to a broad audience and have collaborated with pianists, vocalists, dancers, and visual artists.
The Jaspers attended the Aspen Music Festival’s Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. As representatives of the 9th Banff International Quartet Competition, they embarked on “guerilla chamber music,” performing concerts in unusual settings around Alberta.
They have studied with members of today’s premiere quartets including the Axelrod, Brentano, Cleveland, Concord, Emerson, Juilliard, Miro, Pacifica, St. Lawrence, Takacs, Tokyo and Vermeer Quartets. Darrett Adkins and Gregory Fulkerson were their primary coaches in Oberlin; at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music they study with James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith. The Jasper Quartet is named for Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.
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