The Aeolus String Quartet presents the second concert in the 22nd season of Neskowin Chamber Music on Sunday, November 15 at 3 p.m. at Camp Winema.
The quartet is named for the Greek god, Aeolus, who governed the four winds. “The idea of a single spirit uniting four individual forces serves as our inspiration in pursing our art,” notes the group on its website.
Praised by critics for their “high octane” performances and “smoothly meshed technique,” the young players of Aeolus have performed both in the United States and overseas, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, Renwick Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. They have won countless awards, including the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman International Chamber Ensemble, and the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England.
Their repertoire includes both classical and contemporary music. They are currently Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Julliard School.
The members are:
Nicholas Tavani, first violinist, debuted at Gaston Hall in Washington, D. C. at the age of eight. As a chamber musician, recitalist, and concerto soloist, he has performed all over the U.S. and overseas. A passionate advocate of new music, he has premiered and recorded several works by living composers.
Rachel Kitagawa Shapiro, violinist, has been a member of Aeolus since its inception in 2006. She has won numerous awards and performed with the Reading, Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra. She is pursuing a Master of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.
Gregory Luce, violist, is currently a doctoral fellowship student at the University of Maryland at College Park. He has performed with the Akron and Mansfield Symphonies, the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and as the associate principal violist of the Erie Philharmonic.
Alan Richardson, cellist, is a founding member of Aeolus. At age 16, he performed as principal cellist of the Virginia All State Orchestra. He also served as principal cellist of the Richmond Symphonic Youth Orchestra. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, he is currently a student in the Masters of Music program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Season tickets are now on sale at $110 each. Call 503-965-6499 or write Neskowin Chamber Music, P.O. Box 1044, Pacific City, Oregon 97135.
For more information, consult the website: www.neskowinchambermusic.org.
All concerts take place at Camp Winema, three miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101.