2016 Concert Season
Thomas Pandolfi — Solo Piano
January 10, 2016 — 4 PM
The young American pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his amazing technique. His orchestral appearances often feature not only the beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, but also the equally brilliant ones by Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. Additionally, in the "Pops" genre, Thomas is considered a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin.
Western Wind Sextet
January 24, 2016 — 4 PM
Since 1969, the internationally acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind has devoted itself to the special beauty and variety of a cappella music. The Ensemble’s repertoire reveals its diverse background – from Renaissance motets to Fifties rock ’n’ roll, from medieval carols to Duke Ellington, from complex works by avant-garde composers to the simplest folk melodies.
William Hagen — violin
January 31, 2016 — 4 PM
A native of Utah , William began violin lessons at the age of four, studying with Natalie Reed and Deborah Moench.  At the age of ten, William entered the studio of renowned master teacher Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles .   After studying for two years with virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School, William returned in 2012 to study with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music. In the summer of 2013, William took part in the prestigious David Finckel/Wu Han Chamber Music Workshop at the Aspen Music Festival and appeared in a chamber concert at the Aspen Music Festival. William plays on an Andrea Guarneri, Cremona , c. 1675.
Eroica Trio
February 14, 2016 — 4 PM
The most sought-after trio in the world, the Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio thrills audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. Whether playing the great standards of the piano trio repertoire or daring contemporary works, the three young women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. The New York Times writes, “They play chamber music for the concert hall. There is an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce”. The Trio won the prestigious Naumburg Award.
Badke String Quartet
February 28, 2016 — 4 PM
The Badke Quartet, formed in 2002, is widely recognized as one of Britain ’s finest string quartets. The Quartet has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances. The Badke Quartet regularly perform at concert halls and festivals in the UK and abroad since September 2014, the Badkes are Quartet-in-Residence at Royal Holloway University in London . The Quartet play on a fine set of instruments. Charlotte performs on the 1685 ‘Gagliano’ Stradivarius; Emma, a Peter Guarnerius violin from 1672; Jon plays a Giovanni Grancino viola from 1692; and Jonathan is performing on a fine Italian cello from Venice.
Axiom Brass Quintet
March 13, 2016 — 4 PM
Winners of the Passau International Competition for Brass Instruments (2012), the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2012), the International Brass Chamber Music Competition (2008), and the Fischoff Educator Award (2010), Axiom Brass is a Chicago-based quintet dedicated to enriching the lives of its audiences, as well as to educating future musicians and appreciators of great music. Axiom’s broadly appealing repertoire includes traditional brass quintets, string quartet transcriptions, early music, and unique arrangements of American and Latin jazz.  The ensemble’s commitment to new music has led to several world premieres and ongoing commissioning projects. Axiom Brass is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Rush Hour Concerts' “Back of the Yards” program in Chicago, and they perform exclusively on Mutec Mutes and S. E. Shires Trumpets and Trombones.
2015 Concert Season
Ashu — Saxophone & Piano
January 04, 2015 — 4 PM
Ashu has repeatedly defied conventions by winning major international competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists. “It’s really an incredible instrument. It can play with such emotional intensity, sing like a voice, and effortlessly project in the largest of halls. It’s capable of a lot of really beautiful tones.”
Classical Jam — Violin, Viola, Flute, Precussio
January 25, 2015 — 4 PM
Classical Jam is committed to presenting engaging, lively and high-caliber performances. Classical Jam presents wide-ranging repertoire including traditional classical works, exciting improvisations, and CJ originals.
Alexander String Quartet — 2 Violins, Viola, Cello
February 01, 2015 — 4 PM
The Alexander String Quartet has performed on five continents, securing standing among the world's premiere ensembles for over three decades. They were the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Prize. The New York Times described their playing as, "vibrant, probing, assured."
Michael Brown — Piano
February 08, 2015 — 4 PM
The New York Times has declared Michael Brown “a young piano visionary,” praising him for “a magnificent performance” and a “powerful technique and a vivid imagination.” He is First Prize Winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. As winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Mr. Brown performed with the Juilliard Orchestra under New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, and he performed a recital at Alice Tully Hall as winner of Juilliard’s 2012 William Petschek Piano Recital Award.
Parker Quartet
February 22, 2015 — 4 PM
Formed in 2002, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The New York Times hailed the quartet as “something extraordinary,” with the Boston Globe acclaiming their “pinpoint precision and spectacular sense of urgency.”
Project Trio — Flute, Cello, Bass
March 08, 2015 — 4 PM
Project Trio is a passionate, high-energy chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY. Blending their classical training with a wide-ranging adventurous taste in musical styles. Project Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages, offering a musical experience that defines a new level of entertainment!
De Coda — Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Piano
March 22, 2015 — 4 PM
DeCoda is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs and passionate advocates of the arts based in New York City. DeCoda creates performances with partners around the world. Impromptu Concerts has chosen to present clarinet,oboe, bassoon, horn and piano .
2014 Concert Season
Prima Trio — Clarinet, Violin and Piano
January 05, 2014 — 4 PM
The Prima Trio triumphed at the 2007 Frischoff Chamber Music Competition, winning the coveted Grand Prize as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior Division. The Palm Beach News described the trio as, "a virtuosic tour de force…a whirlwind of joy."
Shen / Berkovsky Piano Duo
January 19, 2014 — 4 PM
Pianist Jiayin Shen and Michael Berkovsky have been collaborating since 2004 playing 4 hands piano repertoire at both large and private venues throughout the US and Canada. The duo will play concerts in China during the summer of 2013.
Alexander String Quartet — 2 Violins, Viola, Cello
February 02, 2014 — 4 PM
The Alexander String Quartet has performed on five continents, securing standing among the world's premiere ensembles for over three decades. They were the first American quartet to win the London International String Quartet Prize. The New York Times described their playing as, "vibrant, probing, assured."
Trio Solisti — Violin, Cello, Piano
February 16, 2014 — 4 PM
Praise abounds for this exciting piano trio that celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011-12. Notable critic, Terry Teachout of The Wall St. Journal, proclaimed Trio Solisti the successor of the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind.
Cavatina Duo — Flute and Guitar
March 02, 2014 — 4 PM
The New Yorker Magazine noted the great potential of the union of flute and guitar and named Cavatina Duo the best of its kind. The review noted Cavatina’s style, sympathy and technical aplomb, asserting that it is doubtful their sophisticated and artistic playing could be surpassed.
Gabriel Cabezas — Cello
March 16, 2014 — 4 PM
This year's Rising Star took top honors in the senior division of the 15th Sphinx Competition in 2012 as well as the Audience Choice Award. As soloist he has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the New World Symphony among others. His debut with the Cleveland Orchestra was described as, "remarkably poised and elegant."
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
March 30, 2014 — 4 PM
Russia is popularly know for two things - its rockets and its violins. The CHAMBER ORCHESTRA KREMLIN is renowned for the latter, but their music will take you soaring as if somehow there is a connection to the former. The New York Times states, " . . . warm, full-blooded and virtuosic playing with colorfully shaped, gleaming phrases."
2013 Concert Season
The Harlem String Quartet
January 13, 2013 — 4 PM
Praised for its panache by the New York Times and currently the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program, this acclaimed group is comprised of seasoned soloists who have performed in major venues throughout the country.
The Poulenc Trio
January 27, 2013 — 4 PM
Performing on oboe, bassoon and piano, the trio has been met with great critical acclaim. Being praised by the New York Times for its “elegant renditions” and by the Washington Post for its “near effortless lightness and grace“. They are the most active performing piano-wind group in the world.
Frederick Moyer
February 10, 2013 — 4 PM
Back in Key West by popular demand, this accomplished solo pianist has performed in the finest concert halls in forty-one countries. His enthusiasm, exacting artistry and delightful commentary make him a favorite among audiences who are thus brought into the heart of the musical experience.
Jonah Kim
February 24, 2013 — 4 PM
This cello virtuoso who began his studies at Juilliard and developed his passion for chamber music at Curtis, has performed with chamber orchestras and given recitals nationwide and has been highly praised by critics. The Washington Post’s Joseph McLellan said he “sounded like the next Yo Yo Ma”.
Randall Goosby
March 03, 2013 — 4 PM
This year’s Rising Star, is a 16 year old violinist who has been given a magnificent Maggini violin (c1590) from the Stradivari Society of Chicago as a loan. He has already appeared with major orchestras across the United States and has made two solo appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.
Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
March 17, 2013 — 4 PM
This year’s With Love, Florence large string ensemble is dedicated to transforming lives through the richness and beauty of classical music. Its performances are provocative, poetic and reflect its passion for bringing music to new audiences in America and across the world.