Madeline Island Chamber Music is pleased to announce our line-up of professional ensembles that will each spend a week in residence coaching and teaching our student musicians in 2018. The ensembles are:
Arianna String Quartet. Formed in 1992, the Arianna String Quartet garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and being named Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. The ASQ has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. They have collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians, including members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Cleveland, and Juilliard Quartets, and their live performances have been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” The Arianna String Quartet is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, where they present their own series of concerts.
Borromeo String Quartet. The Borromeo String Quartet have been the faculty ensemble-in-residence at the New England Conservatory of Music for 22 years, and work extensively with the Library of Congress and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2008, the Borromeo Quartet became the first string quartet in the world to perform on stage using Macbook Pro laptops instead of traditional paper sheet music. This was done so that they could read from full 4-part scores, instead of their individual parts. In addition, the laptops allow the ensemble to rehearse and perform from the composer’s original handwritten manuscripts. Often, these manuscripts are projected onto a large screen for the audience to follow along and see, first hand, the musical process hard at work.
Brooklyn Rider. Brooklyn Rider brings innovation to the string quartet, offering eclectic repertoire, groundbreaking collaborations, and a genre-busting approach to their performances. Brooklyn Rider commissions and performs works by contemporary composers such as Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, and Elvis Costello; collaborates with choreographers like Brian Brooks and dancers like former New York City Ballet prima ballerina Wendy Whelan; and collaborates with musicians like banjoist Béla Fleck, jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, and Irish fiddle master Martin Hayes. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.”
Jupiter String Quartet. The Jupiter String Quartet is connected both to the core string quartet repertoire, having presented the complete Beethoven string quartets at the Aspen Music Festival; and to new music, demonstrated through a series of commissioned works. As Artists in Residence at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, they are also committed to the future development of young artists. The Jupiters have been fortunate to receive several recent chamber music honors, including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competion, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Fun fact: the quartet includes two sisters and one husband/brother-in-law.
Prairie Winds. This celebrated woodwind quintet, dedicated to music education, has performed at a number of acclaimed music festivals, including Ravinia, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Chamber Music America’s Education and Residency Institute, and the Britt Festival in Oregon, where the group served as quintet-in-residence for four years. The members of the quintet pursue active musical careers outside the group, as teachers, touring artists, or members of world-renowned performing ensembles. The Prairie Winds teamed with Albany Records to release Gale Force, a critically acclaimed recording of 20th-century wind quintet music by North American composers and Turbulent Winds, a disc of eastern European works that has received widespread critical acclaim.
In addition to these professional artists, our faculty will include 12 additional musicians from top conservatories, major orchestras, and chamber ensembles.
Applications are currently being accepted from students for summer 2018.