October 27, 2017Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga SpringsWe are delighted to be performing and teaching at Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY. This festival will run from the 4th to the 18th of June of 2018. We will be performing a brand new work written for the Euclid Quartet by Robert Paterson. In addition we will be performing the String Quartet No. 2 by David del Tredici, works by MMF student composers and selections from Wynton Marsalis ' "At The Octoroon Balls " as featured in our latest CD release "American Quartets." We are thrilled to be joining a wonderful roster of faculty artists, performers and teachers at this exciting new festival. Applications are now being accepted!
Celebrating its 18th anniversary season, the EUCLID QUARTET enjoys one of the most highly regarded reputations of any chamber ensemble of its generation, with its members’ constituting a multinational mix representing four continents: violinist Jameson Cooper (Great Britain), violinist Brendan Shea (United States), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela), cellist Jacqueline Choi (South Korea). Captivating audiences and critics ranging from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms to radio and television broadcasts, the quartet consistently performs to enthusiastic acclaim throughout the country.
Formed in Ohio in 1998, the Euclid Quartet takes its name from the famous Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, home to a wealth of renowned artistic and cultural institutions. Within three years, the ensemble was awarded the String Quartet Fellowship of the Aspen Music Festival, where it was invited to return for the subsequent summer’s concert season. The quartet was also invited to study with the Emerson String Quartet at the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop.
Highlights of the Euclid Quartet’s career include significant global recognition as the first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Prior to its Japanese laurels, the quartet also won awards in numerous United States competitions, including the Hugo Kauder International Competition for String Quartets, The Carmel Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. In 2009, the Euclid Quartet was awarded the esteemed “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Euclid is a frequent guest ensemble at American and Canadian music festivals, among them those of Aspen, Great Lakes, Kent/Blossom and Orford, while expanded programs have included collaborations with internationally renowned artists, including James Dunham, Gregory Fulkerson, Warren Jones, Paul Katz, Joseph Silverstein and Alexander Toradze.
In 2007, the Euclid Quartet was appointed to the prestigious string quartet residency at Indiana University South Bend, where its members teach private lessons and coach chamber music. Passionately devoted to presenting the highest quality chamber music to young audiences, these seasoned teaching artists have performed for thousands and thousands of students and young adults, in part through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and collaborations with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association.
Active in the recording studio, the Euclid Quartet issued, most recently, a pair of CDs, comprising the six string quartets of Béla Bartók on Artek Recordings. The American Record Guide raved about these discs, “rarely has a group found such meaning and vision.” Their debut CD, on Centaur records, features the first four quartets of Hugo Kauder, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria who fled to the United States in the 1940s. He defied the atonal trend of his generation with his uniquely harmonic, contrapuntal style.
"An elegant mix of passion, ferocity and feathery delicacy"Stephen BrookesWashington Post
"The performances are sweeping and detailed, with all of the fierce intensity the music suggests ... the Euclid has triumphed ... Performances of rare commitment and passion."Gramophone
"Rarely has a group found such meaning and vision"American Record Guide
"The Euclid Quartet has demonstrated that it is pure gold in these spectacular performances."allmusic.com
"Their concert performance at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall had wonderful intensity, insight and communicative strength."Ara GuzelimianSenior Director & Artistic Advisor, Carnegie Hall
"The Euclids played their hearts out for the full house attending their concert at the Flagler Museum ... This foursome reminded me not just of the Emerson but the Tokyo String Quartet, and it might be that they deserve to rank in that august company. The Grieg quartet, in any case, received a brilliant reading, and was met by a well-deserved standing ovation. We were, after all, in the presence of great artistry."Palm Beach Arts Paper
"The quartet played through the Adagio with pathos and the Allegretto with restless vigor, arriving at the end with a gleeful certainty."South Bend Tribune
"The Euclid Quartet has a refined warm, rich tone, precise ensemble, and spot-on intonation. They play with great expression, and the subtle use of gestures [is] always included at the perfect moment and with impeccable good taste."MusicWebInternational.comreview of their début CD, named "CD of the Month"
"The impressiveness of the Euclid Quartet extended to all the styles it performed on Saturday night, when it made its Pittsburgh début ... [Their] emotional and timbral richness ... brought to mind the old-world approach of the Guarneri Quartet ... The Euclid performance was devoted, expert and exhilarating."Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Remarkable assurance and sophistication ... virtuosic command of sonority."BerkshireFineArts.com
"Groups selected for this prestigious series [Williamstown Chamber Concerts] uniformly represent the best of the current crop of touring ensembles. The Euclid is no exception ... passion and deep insight ... they'll make their mark as a major ensemble in years to come; they're that good."The Advocate Weekly (Berkshires region)
"The Euclid Quartet performed with romantic élan and a beautiful, lush tone that sounded orchestral at times."Palm Beach Daily News
"The Euclid Quartet rises above mere technical excellence, and performs with openness and joy. They are an energetic group with great focus and personal drive; their performances are impassioned, musical and communicative."James Dunhamformer violist of the Cleveland Quartet
“Fervent involvement in the scores.”Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star
"Debussy likewise must be executed well, as many Friends patrons nearly have the war horse memorized. The Euclid's sparkling energy was evident in the opening section, and the ensemble kept the energy through the ravishing third movement, into the fast-moving finale."John CutlerJournal Star
“Groups selected for this prestigious series [Williamstown Chamber Concerts] uniformly represent the best of the current crop of touring ensembles. The Euclid is no exception...passion and deep insight...they’ll make their mark as a major ensemble in years to come; they’re that good.”The Advocate Weekly
"The Euclid Quartet played the work [Mozart K. 589] with elegance and grace fit for a king."W. Gerald CochranClassical Voice of North Carolina
“The Euclid Quartet played the phrases fearlessly, with great surges of energy.”Stephen RodgersChamber Music Magazine
Thursday, October 25, 2018 Fall Concert Series at the Ruthmere Museum Ruthmere Museum Elkhart, IN
The Euclid Quartet brings a vibrant sense of humor and electric energy to a broad range of educational activities for virtually any age group. These seasoned teaching artists have performed for thousands and thousands of students and young adults, in part through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and collaborations with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. Whatever the setting, the members enjoy working with presenters and communities to arrange in-school performances, masterclasses, or a host of other educational activities.
Teachers and administrators consistently praise their in-school performances with great enthusiasm:
"In 30 years of teaching, this is the best assembly I've ever seen!"
[school teacher, Mishawaka, Indiana]
"Their well thought-out, well planned, well executed performance was amazing!!! I still cannot get over how each level of student took away from that performance what related to them."
[music teacher, Storm Lake, Iowa]
The Quartet offers a broad range of educational activities covering students at all levels of age and experience: from “informances” for young students who haven't held an instrument yet, to detailed workshops about building and refining advanced techniques, and everywhere in between. Contact us for a complete list of activities.
SYMPHONIES OF STRING INSTRUMENTS
We’re excited to offer this unique experience for young string players! "Symphonies of String Instruments", commissioned by the Euclid Quartet from composer James Leatherbarrow, is a chance for student string orchestras to perform along-side the Quartet. This incredibly engaging and highly accessible work is written for string quartet plus a modular combination of one, two, or three different levels of student orchestra. Three inner movements are designed to feature each of the three different orchestras one at a time with the Quartet, while the outer movements bring all the forces together.
JAMESON COOPER, originally from Sheffield, England, began playing the violin at age 6. At 13 he joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and later became concertmaster of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra. He studied at The Royal Northern College of Music, where he earned a Graduate of Music Degree with Honors and a Professional Performance Diploma. Mr. Cooper first came to the U.S. as a participant in the Aspen Music Festival. Since then, he has studied with Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, and Roland and Almita Vamos. He earned Masters Degrees in Violin and Conducting from Kent State University, where he later served as Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at the University's Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. Recipient of numerous prizes, he has performed as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and Europe. In the 2001-02 season, Jameson played in the Audubon Quartet in its Beethoven Quartet cycle series.
In addition to his recordings with the Euclid Quartet, Mr. Cooper has recorded a disc of new music for violin, to be released this season. Jameson has given masterclasses at many colleges and universities, including Oberlin College Conservatory, Virginia Tech and Skidmore College, and is a former faculty member of the Lyceum Music School of Oldham, England and Morningside College.
Violinist BRENDAN SHEA, is an award-winning chamber musician and soloist. He has performed throughout Europe, North America and Asia. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with many of the world's leading ensembles and musicians, including Colin Carr, Eighth Blackbird, among many others. He is a founding member of the Wasmuth (now Verona) Quartet and the Shea-Kim duo. His notable awards include top prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, as well as first prize at the Coleman and Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competitions. As a teacher, Brendan serves on the faculty of the Mahanaim School in Huntington, New York, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a visiting professor for the spring of 2017. In the fall of 2016, he became the second violinist of the Euclid Quartet and a member of the faculty of Indiana University South Bend, teaching violin.
Violist LUIS ENRIQUE VARGAS, has been a member of the Euclid Quartet since 2001 and teaches viola and chamber music at IU South Bend.
Born in Venezuela and brought up in a family of musicians, he was first introduced to the music world at age 14 when he became a member of the internationally renowned El Sistema of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra. As a member of El Sistema, he was an active educator throughout Venezuela, and an active performer and chamber musician. He pursued studies at the Vicente Emilio Sojo and the Simon Bolivar Conservatories of Music in Venezuela.
He moved to North America in 1997 where he pursued a Chamber Music Diploma at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada instructed by the Penderecki String Quartet. He resides in the United States since the fall of that year. While in the United States he got a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Miami University of Ohio and a Performer’s Certificate from Northern Illinois University where he studied with Richard Young, violist of the Vermeer Quartet.
Throughout his career, Vargas has studied with many internationally known musicians. Among them are Jose Manuel Roman, Gerard Causee, Li-Kuo Chang, James Dunham, Michael Tree, Earl Carlyss, and the Penderecki, Emerson string quartets.
He is currently a member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy® Awards organization), as well as an adjudicator for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and a member of the board of directors of the Hugo Kauder Society and advisor for their international music competition. He is, also, an adjudicator for the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition to be held at the MTNA National conference in Chicago, Ill. Other teaching positions have included the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival in Germany and the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado.
With the Euclid Quartet he was awarded the Bronze Medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan in 2005, the Grand Prize at the Hugo Kauder International Music Competition at Yale University in 2004, and second place at the Chamber Music Yellow Spring Competition in Ohio in 2003. Performances with the Euclid Quartet include venues such as Izumi Hall In Osaka, Japan, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival.
He was a member of the Cuarteto America (1995-1999), and performed extensively throughout Venezuela and in Luxembourg, Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Canada and the United States. With the Cuarteto America he attended international music festivals, and attended the International Music Symposium "Strings of the Future" in Ottawa, Canada in 1997.
With the orchestras of El Sistema, namely the Lara Symphony and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, he performed in multiple tours to Brazil, Curaçao, Spain and France over a span of 9 years. With the Simon Bolivar Orchestra he recorded "Latino-American Lollipops" a compilation of Latino-American masterpieces under Dorian Label.
With the Euclid Quartet he recorded the entire Bela Bartok string quartet series under Artek Label in two discs released in 2010 and 2013. He also recorded the string quartets of the Viennese composer Hugo Kauder under Centaur Records.
JACQUELINE CHOI, applauded as “an emerging star” by The Boston Globe, is a pioneering cellist, chamber musician and teacher around the globe. Dr. Choi has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Boston, Brockton and Allentown symphony orchestras, New England Philharmonic and Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, while her recent solo performances have brought her to New York City’s Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall, Musée du Louvre, Jerusalem Music Center, Mozarteum Brasileiro and Seoul Arts Center. In December 2016, she will appear in her New York City debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. A lover of chamber music, Dr. Choi appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, toured internationally as a member of the Kumho Soloists and performed at numerous festivals, including Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn Festival, The Banff Centre, The Perlman Music Program and Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, collaborating with Itzhak Perlman, Krzysztof Penderecki, John Adams, John Harbison and Stephen Coxe. Dr. Choi was awarded first prize at numerous competitions, among them the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition (2012) and the Edwin H. & Leigh W. Schadt String Competition (2010). Having completed her Bachelor’s degree at the New England Conservatory and Master’s degree at The Juilliard School, she earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2015 at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. She is currently serving on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend as Lecturer in Music and cellist of the Euclid Quartet, its Resident String Quartet.