Although we know these composers for the art that they created, back in their day they had to hold down “regular” jobs like the rest of us. Come discover who amongst them was an insurance agent, organic chemist, plumber, graphic designer, and priest, and enjoy a pre-concert talk given by Dr. Abigail Fine.
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 57
Piano Quintet in C Minor
Guest Artist: Anthea Kreston, violin
Violinist Anthea Kreston sometimes just needs to pinch herself. How did she get so lucky? Currently first violinist of Delgani Quartet, she was the first American violinist to play in a major European string quartet, Germany’s Artemis Quartet, and she travelled the world, performing on some of the most legendary stages, from Carnegie Hall to Wigmore, from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to Seoul. She was a Professor at the Universität der Kunste Berlin, where Clara Schumann and Schoenberg taught; a Master Teacher at the Queen Elizabeth Chapel in Brussels; and enjoys returning to teach at the Curtis Institute of Music, her alma mater. She loves to write, penning a classical music blog for the London-based Slipped Disk, one of the top five most read music blogs internationally …
… and has an awesome husband and two funny and generous daughters.
Her recent release on Warner Classics received both the Echo Award (Europe’s Grammy Award) and the Diaspason D’Or, France’s highest award from music critics. She has hosted her own podcast from the Boulez Hall in the heart of Berlin, and has played in the Berlin Philharmonic as well as concertmaster of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Her teachers include Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, the Emerson Quartet, and Isaac Stern. But most of all, she loves being with her family, growing tomatoes, and petting bunnies.
The San Diego Reader said of her “…Anthea is a soloist of the Heifetz- Shaham-Vengerov caliber, whose musical instincts could make even a mere bagatelle thrill the soul and stir the senses to a frenzy.”
Guest Artist: Victoria Wolff, cello
Victoria Wolff began her cello studies at age eight in Los Angeles, California. In high-school she attended Interlochen Arts Academy and went on to get her Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and her Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. Victoria taught privately in Austin for almost 20 years, with University of Texas String Project, as a chamber music coach and directed her own cello ensemble, The Wolff Tones. She performed regularly with the Austin Symphony as well as many groups both classical and non-classical. She held a position as adjunct professor at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, from 2007 until the birth of her son in 2014. She has enjoyed performing in Corvallis with The Chintimini Chamber Music Festival for many years and finally in 2017 has moved back to be with family here in Oregon. Victoria is married with two children and is fully appreciating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.