Verona Quartet with Sarah Kapustin and Jeannette Koekkoek - Summer Music 2017

  • July 11, 2017
  • Simon Music Library
  • Auer Hall, 200 S. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-855-9846
  • 8:00 PM
  • General admission $10, students w/ID $5, free w/purchase of Summer Music 2017 pass

Summer Music 2017

Guest Chamber Music Recital

Verona Quartet*
Jonathan Ong, violin
Dorothy Ro, violin
Abigail Rojansky, viola
Warren Hagerty, cello

Sarah Kapustin*, guest violin
Jeannette Koekkoek*, guest piano

*Summer String Academy Faculty

Repertoire
Ravel: String Quartet in F Major (1903)
Currier: Etude – Interactions (2017)
Currier: Lullaby – Pulsing (2017)
Chausson: Concerto for violin, piano, and 
       string quartet, Op. 21 (1892)


About the Artists

Verona Quartet (alumni guest ensemble)

Hailed by The New York Times as an "outstanding ensemble of young musicians", the Verona Quartet is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and in just three years, has earned a stellar reputation for delivering a “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America) every time they take the stage. Musical Americarecently selected the group as “New Artists of the Month” for May 2016, further setting the Verona Quartet apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music.

The Verona Quartet has a busy 2016-17 season with nearly fifty performances spread across fifteen States and Canada. Select highlights include: In New York, the Quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall (CAG Presents series) and the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at Long Island University; Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall (NY); California concerts at La Jolla SummerFest, Pepperdine University Center for the Arts, and Chico Performances at CalState/Chico; Purdue Convocations (IN); Market Square Concerts (PA); and in Illinois at Rockford Coronado Concerts and the Dame Myra Hess Series (simulcast live on WFMT radio).

Also in 2016-17, the Verona Quartet enjoys its second year as Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School, where they work closely with members of the Juilliard String Quartet and also teach as Lisa Arnhold Fellows. Among numerous performances on behalf of Juilliard, the Quartet completes their residency with a May 2017 concert at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

The Verona Quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall (London, UK), Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), the National Theatre (Abu Dhabi, UAE), the Melbourne Recital Hall (Melbourne, Australia), Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC). They have also appeared on National Public Radio, The Weekly Special on PBS, and Abu Dhabi Classical FM.

At the 2015 CAG Competition, the Verona Quartet was also awarded the BMI Commissioning Prize, resulting in a brand new work by American composer Michael Gilbertson being premiered at the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut in February 2017. In addition, the group has recently garnered top prizes at numerous prestigious competitions worldwide: abroad at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (née London International String Quartet Competition), the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the 8th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition; and in the US at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Chesapeake Chamber Music Competitions; and the M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition.

In summer 2016, the Quartet joined the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy as Quartet-in-Residence. Previously, the ensemble has served as visiting artists and teachers at several leading international institutions for music education, including the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn, Germany), Oberlin Conservatory of Music, New York University – Abu Dhabi, and the Summer String Academy at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. In April 2015, they were quartet-in-residence at the Abu Dhabi Chamber Music Festival which featured a multi-venue concert tour and collaborations with composers at New York University-Abu Dhabi and local Emirati poets at Khalifa University.

The Verona Quartet members are strong proponents of community engagement and education. From 2013-2015, the quartet established a relationship with the city of Danville, Illinois, where they curated a concert series and gave outreach performances and master classes across elementary, middle and high schools in the city, resulting in an increase in public school music class enrollment to almost double the average of the State of Illinois.

The Verona Quartet’s members hail from the USA, Canada and Singapore, and hold degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and Eastman School of Music. Originally founded as the Wasmuth Quartet in 2013, they were the inaugural Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at Indiana University, where they were mentored chiefly by the Pacifica Quartet, as well as Alexander Kerr, Atar Arad and Eric Kim. The Quartet has collaborated with celebrated artists such as David Shifrin, Cho-Liang Lin, Burt Hara, Atar Arad, Orion Weiss, Pedja Muzijevic, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, and has worked with members of the Alban Berg, American, Brentano, Cavani, Cleveland, Emerson, Fine Arts, Guarneri, Tokyo, Vermeer and London Haydn Quartets.


Sarah Kapustin (guest violin)

Sarah Kapustin’s musical activities have taken her across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia in performances as both soloist and chamber musician. Born in 1981 in Milwaukee, WI, she has performed with such orchestras as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Vogtland Philharmonie in Germany. Ms. Kapustin has received prizes and honors in numerous competitions, including 1st prize of the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen. She has appeared in such prestigious concert venues as New York's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Mexico City’s Sala Nezahualcoyotl. A devoted and passionate chamber musician, Ms. Kapustin has appeared at various international festivals. She was formerly a member of the Atlas Trio and the Dubinsky Quartet, prizewinner at the Fischoff and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions. She has performed duo recitals with pianist Jeannette Koekkoek; in April 2010 the duo released the complete recordings of the ten Beethoven Sonatas for the Olive Music label which has received international praise. Ms. Kapustin received a Masters degree in violin performance at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann in May 2005. She previously received a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University as a pupil of Mauricio Fuks, and formerly studied with Mimi Zweig and James Przygocki at the String Academy of Wisconsin. Since 2008 Ms. Kapustin resides in the Hague, the Netherlands, where she is 1st violinist of the Rubens Quartet, and since 2011 she is a professor of violin and chamber music at the ArtEZ Conservatorium in Zwolle, the Netherlands. She also performs and tours regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Kapustin plays on the ”Nico Richter and Hetta Rester” G.B. Rogeri, Brescia, ca. 1690, on loan to her from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds in Amsterdam.


Jeannette Koekkoek (guest piano)

Jeannette Koekkoek graduated in 1988 as a student of Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She continued her studies in the United States with Aube Tzerko and Menahem Pressler. She was a prize winner at renowned competitions and now performs as a soloist, accompanist and in ensembles in Europe, US and Asia. She teaches at the Indiana University String Academy in Bloomington.

Jeannette Koekkoek founded of the Netherlands Piano Quartet, the Sagee Piano Trio, the Trompenberg Ensemble, and the Koekkoek-Schatborn Duo. Ms. Koekkoek has also appeared as featured artist with the Fine Arts Quartet, the Florida Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, and as recital partner with Ronald Hoogeveen, Janine Jansen, Catherina Bevacqua, Jill Feldman, Howard Klug, and Jaap van Zweden.

As a soloist, Jeannette Koekkoek has performed in Holland, Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, Pakistan, China, and throughout the United States, playing, among others, concertos by Mozart, Saint-Saens, and Rachmaninoff. As a solo recitalist, she has appeared in the Netherlands, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Kurhaus in Scheveningen, and in Aspen, Colorado, USA., as well as regularly on the Dutch Radio Network.

Included among her many awards are the Laureate Tromp International Music Competition, The International Piano Competition in Zaragoza, Spain (with special mention for her interpretation of Spanish repertoire) and the Friends of the Concertgebouw and Concertgebouw Award.

Early in her career she devoted her energies to the development of young talented pianists and violinists, founding her own private studio in Amsterdam. She also worked with acclaimed violin pedagogue Coosje Wijzenbeek, coaching and partnering young artists on tour in Holland, Germany, England, Pakistan, Turkey, China, and the United States. Subsequent pedagogical experiences include those at the Amsterdam Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, The New World School of the Arts, and the Indiana University Summer String Academy, in association with Mimi Zweig, Menahem Pressler, Gabriel Chodos, and Carol Cole.Currently based in Tuscany, Italy, fluent in English, German, Italian, French, as well as her native Dutch, Jeannette Koekkoek has established the Tuscan Chamber Music Academy, where she teaches master classes in piano and chamber music.

Verona Quartet with Sarah Kapustin and Jeannette Koekkoek - Summer Music 2017
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