The mission of the Festival is to present classical music of the highest standard and to promote the careers of emerging artists through performance opportunities at affordable prices.
This weekend on Saturday the 10th, the festival brings two magnificently talented quartets—the Jupiter and Jasper Quartet—joined together for a dynamic concert in a combined performance.
Jasper String Quartet
J Freivogel, violin
Sae Chonabayashi, violin
Sam Quintal, viola
Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello
Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and as “powerful” (The New York Times). Based in Philadelphia, the Jaspers are the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. From 2015-2017 the Quartet premiered their commission of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Third Quartet across the world, including at Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. After winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Jaspers went on to win first prize at numerous competitions—the 2008 Coleman Competition, the 2008 Chamber Music Yellow Springs, as well as the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music competitions, as well as many others.
Formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the Quartet became Ensemble-in-Residence 2010-12. They originally studied at Rice University as the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence and later trained with the Tokyo String Quartet as Yale University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. In 2012, they were awarded a Chamber Music America grant through its Residency Partnership Program for work in Philadelphia schools and have brought well over 100 outreach programs into schools. They have performed throughout the United States and abroad. Currently, they record exclusively for Sono Luminus and have released three highly acclaimed albums – Beethoven Op. 131, The Kernis Project: Schubert, and The Kernis Project: Beethoven.
Jupiter String Quartet
Nelson Lee, violin
Megan Freivogel, violin
Liz Freivogel, viola
Daniel McDonough, cello
The Jupiter String Quartet is a dynamic and democratic ensemble that has developed into one of the world’s most sought-after chamber groups. Over its 14-year history, the Jupiter has won first prize in multiple competitions including Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Graduates of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College, the Quartet continues to gather acclaim through membership in Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, as well as receiving an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008.
In addition to their performing career, the Jupiters are the String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. The Quartet has recorded works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Shostakovich and Britten for Marquis Records. As part of a recording for iTunes in conjunction with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Deutsche Grammophon, the Quartet performed American works by Barber, Seeger and Gershwin. Most recently, they collaborated on a collection of works by Ravel (Ravel: Intimate Masterpieces) on the Oberlin College label. Two upcoming recordings are in the works on the Azica label this season.
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