Amernet String Quartet

Amernet String Quartet Robert Xavier Rodriguez The Kiss by Gustav Klimt

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 8:00 pm
Venue: JO 2.604
Ticket: $15
Season: 2016-17

Recognized as one of today’s world-class string ensembles, the Amernet Quartet will perform String Quartet in D Minor, Op.34 by Antonín Dvořák and two compositions by UT Dallas Chair of Art & Aesthetic Studies, Robert Xavier Rodríguez:  Meta 4 and Above All, Women: Four Images of Gustav Klimt for string quartet (world premiere). 

Misha Vitenson, Violin
Franz Felkl, Violin
Michael Klotz, Viola
Jason Calloway, Cello

Bios:

Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by The New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets.  Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami, their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.” Their playing is “fascinating, with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance and homogeneity of ensemble.” (Nürnberger Nachrichten).

The Amernet’s performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. They have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles.  The Amernet won the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Amernet actively advocates for neglected works of the past and aims to enliven the concert experience through its innovative programming. The Amernet String Quartet’s current season includes tours throughout Europe and Latin America as well as the premieres of several new works and return engagements throughout the US and Israel.

Robert Xavier Rodríguez is "one of the major American composers of his generation" (Texas Monthly).  His music has been described as "romantically dramatic" (Washington Post), "richly lyrical" (Musical America) and "glowing with a physical animation and delicate balance of moods that combine seductively with his all-encompassing sense of humor" (Los Angeles Times). 

Rodríguez's works have been performed by conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Antal Dorati, Eduardo Mata, James DePriest, Sir Raymond Leppard, Keith Lockhart, Andrew Litton and Leonard Slatkin and by such organizations as the New York City Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Vienna Schauspielhaus, Israel Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and the Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Boston and Chicago Symphonies. 

He has studied with Jacob Druckman, Elliot Carter and Nadia Boulanger, and he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Goddard Lieberson Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix Lili Boulangerand the Prix de Composition Prince Pierre de Monaco. Rodríguez has served as Composer-in-Residence with the San Antonio Symphony and the Dallas Symphony.  Seventeen CDs featuring his music have been recorded (1999 Grammy nomination), and his music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer. He is a University Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he holds an Endowed Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies and is Director of the Musica Nova ensemble.

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