Join the faculty-artists of George Washington University’s Summer Piano & Chamber Music Institute for an evening of chamber music, with works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Douglas Boyce, Chair of the Music Department at GW.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Violin Sonata No.8 in G Major Op. 30, No. 3
Douglas Boyce (b.1970)
102nd & Amsterdam
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op.57
Praised by Strad Magazine for their "high-octane" performance, the Aeolus Quartet is among the finest young string quartets performing today. Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson, formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and has performed across the globe to great acclaim.
The Aeolus Quartet are Grand Prizewinners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were awarded first prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a silver medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and a bronze medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England. The Quartet was also the recipient of the 2012 John Lad Prize awarded by the St. Lawrence String Quartet in recognition of its “high level of musicianship ... the passion, the dedication, and the great generosity of spirit they have demonstrated.” The Aeolus Quartet has released two critically acclaimed albums of classical and contemporary works through the Longhorn/Naxos label.
The Quartet's 2012/2013 season includes multiple performances on the Smithsonian Institute’s rare instrument collection, extended residencies with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit and Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, and concerts at the Austin Chamber Music Festival. Additionally they have been welcomed on to the 2013/2014 Live! On Stage Artist Roster.
Dedicated to bringing music into the community, the Aeolus Quartet designed and performed a program for elementary school students in the Cleveland Public School system in April 2009; the significant impact of this program has led to its becoming an ongoing project in the school system. Working in collaboration with the University of Texas through the Rural Chamber Music Outreach Initiative, the Quartet has presented educational programs and performances in communities throughout the state of Texas.
The Aeolus Quartet has studied extensively with the Miro, Juilliard, Takacs, Artemis, and Cavani Quartets. The Quartet's other mentors include artists such as Peter Salaff, William Preucil, Donald Weilerstein, James Dunham, Roger Tapping, Heime Muller, and Itzhak Perlman. The members of the Quartet hold degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Texas, where they served as the first Graduate String Quartet in Residence. The Aeolus Quartet is currently the Graduate Fellowship String Quartet at the University of Maryland, where they are pursuing doctoral degrees.
The Quartet is named for the Greek god Aeolus, the keeper of the four winds, known for welcoming Odysseus and his crew with music during their journey back to Ithaca in Homer's Odyssey.
Known for her deep musical and emotional commitment to a wide range of repertoire, Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute performs regularly for audiences in the U.S. and Europe. Her ability to communicate the essential substance of a work has led critics to describe her as possessing “razor-sharp intelligence and wit” (The Washington Post) and as “elegant and engaging” (The Wall Street Journal). In 2006, she was honored as a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.
In late 2010, Labor Records released Jokubaviciute's Alban Berg Tribute recording comprising of Berg's piano sonata and previously unknown or unrecorded works written in tribute to Berg by Giacinto Scelsi, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Ross Lee Finney, Jacob Gilboa, and Hans Erich Apostel. London's Sunday Times called it a “very interestingly devised debut disc,” and The New York Times lauded it and described Jokubaviciute as "an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament, and persuasive insight" and as "an authoritative and compelling guide throughout this fascinating disc."
In the wake of this enthusiastic critical reception, Jokubaviciute has performed the Berg sonata in a number of different programs and contexts throughout the U.S. and Europe over the last seasons. Ieva was invited by Festival Pianos aux Jacobins in Toulouse to give her French recital debut in September 2011.
With a reputation for presenting masterful and insightful programs, Jokubaviciute regularly gives recitals in major American and European cities, for the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, at Caspary Hall in New York, in Vilnius, Lithuania, and at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C., where she performed a program in conjunction with an exhibition on the 19th century American painter James McNeil Whistler. The Washington Post called her a “splendid colorist” and described her performance as “magical tone-painting.”
Jokubaviciute made her Chicago Symphony debut at the Ravinia Festival in June of 2005 under the baton of James Conlon and her orchestral debut in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, performing Mozart's K. 488 under the baton of Ligia Amadio the following season. She has also performed concerti with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Gratz University Orchestra, and the Lithuanian National Symphony.
Jokubaviciute's chamber music endeavors have brought her to major stages around the world such as Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, London's Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, and on national tours with Musicians from Marlboro. Jokubaviciute has appeared as a guest artist in chamber music performances on National Public Radio's Performance Today, with musicians from the New York Philharmonic at Merkin Hall, and with Boston Symphony musicians at Tanglewood.
For five years, Jokubaviciute served on the faculty of the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival as a Collaborative Pianist. She has earned degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and from Mannes College of Music, where her principal teachers were Seymour Lipkin and Richard Goode.