The Pacifica Quartet, known nationally and internationally for its daring repertory choices and its high spirited performance style, will present the third concert in the 2015-2016 season of Neskowin Chamber Music on Sunday, January 10th at 3 p.m. at Camp Winema.
The quartet started winning competitions soon after its founding in 1994: the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant—the second chamber music ensemble to be so honored. Members have appeared on the cover of Gramophone magazine (one of “the five new quartets you should know about”). In 2009, the quartet was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America. They play both contemporary music and more classical works by Brahms, Mozart, and Beethoven in over 90 concerts a year.
Members, who are faculty members of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the University of Chicago, are:
Masumi Per Rostad, violist, began his music studies at the age of three at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City. He received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Julliard School. He is an artistic planner and founder of DoCha, in collaboration with University of Illinois community members to experiment with new ways to present chamber music.
Sibbi Bernhardsson began playing violin at the age of five in his native Iceland. In addition to his appearances with Pacifica, he has performed at festivals in Edinburgh, Ravinia, and Iceland. He has also been on television, including the Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and the MTV Music Awards with rock artist Bjork. He conducts master classes in Iceland and the U.S.
Simi Ganatra, violinist, is a native of Los Angeles. She a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she was concert master of the orchestra. Described by critics as an “excellent and unique violinist,” she has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall. Her awards include the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Concert Artist’s Guild Competition, and the Union League of Chicago Competition.
Brandon Vamos, cellist, has performed both solo and chamber music recitals in the U.S. and abroad with such orchestras as the Taipei City Symphony, the Suwon Symphony in Seoul, the Samara Symphony in Russia, and the New Philharmonia Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. He was awarded a Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree.
Season tickets are on sale for $110 each. Individual tickets are $25.
Call 503-965-6499 for more information.
All concerts take place at Camp Winema. Three miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101.