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Presented by the Happy Valley Cultural Center under the Artistic Direction of renowned harpist Heidi Lehwalder.

Chamber On The Mountain honors the traditional
while celebrating the innovative and the intermingling of nascent talent with venerated masters.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCE

Zorá String Quartet

Zora String Quartet
Photo by Matt Dine

Zorá String Quartet
Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin
Hsuan-Hao Hsu, violin
Pablo Muñoz Salido, viola
Zizai Ning, cello

Sunday, May 6, 2018
3:00 pm / Logan House

(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023

Detailed map and directions

 

Program
String Quartet No. 66 in G Major, Op. 77/1, H. 3/81 - Joseph Haydn
kenopsiac - Andrew Hsu
String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51 - Johannes Brahms

 

Meet the Artists!
Reception will follow the performance.

 

General Admission $25.00

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BIOGRAPHY

Zorá String Quartet

Zora String Quartet
Photo by Matt Dine
 

Zorá String Quartet
Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin
Hsuan-Hao Hsu, violin
Pablo Muñoz Salido, viola
Zizai Ning, cello

First Prize, 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions
First Prize, 2015 Coleman National Chamber Music Competition
Gold Medal, 2015 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition
Sander Buchman Debut Prize
Friends of Music Concerts Prize (NY)
Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series Prize (AZ)
Paramount Theater Prize (VT)


THE NEW YORK TIMES:

"From the first phrase, played with rich sound and wistful beauty, I knew this would be an eloquent and probing performance. The Zorá played with melting sound and affecting impetuosity. In Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 9, an intense, fitful, brooding work, it was charming how these young musicians from Thailand, South Korea, China and Spain so strongly conveyed the very particular character of the hints of klezmer in the music."

OREGON ARTS WATCH:
"They play like well-seasoned pros tuned into one another for years, but with so much exuberant passion they practically fall out of their seats. They are the future of chamber music. These musicians deserve all the prizes they continue to win. They are definitely on the rise with a bright future."
 

The Zorá String Quartet leapt to national attention in 2015, after capturing the Grand Prize and Gold Medal of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and First Prizes in the Coleman National Chamber Music and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The quartet has toured extensively ever since and last season, in addition to being named the Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, it was presented in New York and Washington, DC debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series followed by performances throughout the U.S. at Chamber Music Wilmington, the Lied Center of Kansas, the Paramount Theatre, Rockefeller University, Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series, University of Florida Performing Arts, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Chamber Music International.

The 2017-2018 season’s featured performances include engagements in Paris, Salzburg, Berlin and Munich as part of Curtis on Tour, in which it premieres a work by Andrew Hsu which was commissioned by the Curtis Institute of Music and written especially for the Zorá String Quartet, as well as Curtis on Tour performances in which it collaborates with artists including clarinetist David Shifrin. The Quartet also debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, and the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and performs at Bravo! Vail, the Verbier Academy, the Evergreen Library and Museum, Chamber On The Mountain and Bryn Mawr College, as well as numerous educational programs at schools. The quartet’s performance at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society will feature the ensemble playing quartets as well the Brahms String Sextet with cellist Peter Wiley and violist Roberto Diaz.

 

 

Selected to participate in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Encounters program, concluding with a performance at Alice Tully Hall, the Zorá String Quartet has also appeared at Chamber Music Northwest, Oregon Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. It participated in chamber music residencies at the Banff Centre, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and at the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies of the Aspen Music Festival, where it worked intensively with Earl Carlyss, the Takács Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, and the American String Quartet.

Selected as the string quartet in residence to perform and study manuscripts at the Beethoven-Haus in Germany, the Zorás have also been champions of new works, having collaborated with Pulitzer-Prize-winning American composer Caroline Shaw and the NOTUS Contemporary Ensemble.

The Zorá String Quartet aspires to educate individual students, serve as mentors for collegiate-level string players, and initiate outreach projects to introduce new audiences to chamber music. It worked with the non-profit organization Reimagining Opera for Kids and has performed at the Wylie House Museum, Waldron Arts Center, and the Art Museum of IU Bloomington to better bridge the gap with the local community.

The Quartet’s members earned prestigious Chamber Music Performer’s Diplomas from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of the Pacifica Quartet and Atar Arad. The name “Zorá” was chosen by Bulgarian professor Kevork Mardirossian; it means “sunrise” in Bulgarian.

The Zorá String Quartet is Represented by Young Concert Artists, Inc.

 


Upcoming Performances

2018 - 2019 Series:
 

Ji, Pianist
Ji
Photo by Dario Acosta

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Ji, Pianist

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Ji is the pianist in the famous Android commercial that aired during the 2016 Grammy Awards. We are so excited he is coming back to perform for Chamber On The Mountain!

Watch Video of Ji-Yong Kim's Android Commercial

Watch his phenomenal performance in the commercial that aired during the 2016 Grammy Awards Show. WATCH VIDEO

Amerigo Trio
Glenn Dicterow, Violin
Photo by Chris Lee

Bernadene Blaha, Pianist
Bernadene Blaha, Pianist
Photo by Karen Knauer

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Amerigo Trio
and Bernadene Blaha, Pianist

Glenn Dicterow, Violinist
Karen Dreyfus,
Violist
Inbal Segev,
Cellist

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist
Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist
Photo by Christian Steiner

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Narek Arutyunian, Clarinetist

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Zlatomir Fung, Cellist
Zlatomir Fung, Cellist
Photo by Matt Dine

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Zlatomir Fung, Cellist

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Busch Trio
Busch Trio
Photo by Blake Ezra

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Busch Trio

Omri Epstein, piano
Mathieu van Bellen, violin
Ori Epstein, cello 

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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2019 - 2020 Series:

 

Anderson & Roe, Piano Duo
Anderson & Roe, Piano Duo
Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Sunday, September, 2019
(Specific Sunday in September to be announced soon)

Anderson & Roe, Piano Duo

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe 

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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Arianna String Quartet
Arianna String Quartet

Michele Levin, Pianist
Michele Levin, Pianist

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Arianna String Quartet
and Michele Levin, Pianist

3:00 pm, Logan House
(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023
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NEWS

Heidi Lehwalder, Artistic Director for Chamber On The Mountain,
Receives the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's (first-ever) 2018 Distinguished Alum Award

Heidi Lehwalder

Former SYSO musician Heidi Lehwalder is an internationally renowned harpist who has performed and taught around the globe. In recognition of Lehwalder's remarkable career and her ongoing dedication to coaching young musicians, SYSO is thrilled to present her with their first-ever Distinguished Alum Award at The Power of Music Benefit Luncheon, April 22, 2018.

Heidi Lehwalder's career highlights include:

  • First recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize (now the Avery Fisher Career Grant)
  • Only harpist to ever tour with the famed Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont
  • Served as Professor of Harp at the School of Music at the University of Washington
  • Appeared on Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts on CBS at age 14
  • Performed as guest artist with more than 65 orchestras including: New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, and, of course, Seattle Symphony where she has appeared 55 times 

Met Opera’s New Concertmaster: The Canadian Violinist Nikki Chooi

Nikki Chooi

The Metropolitan Opera announced Thursday that its next concertmaster would be the young Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi,
who performed for Chamber On The Mountain on May 1, 2016. Mr. Chooi, 27, who was offered a one-year contract beginning next month,
will join the Met’s other concertmaster, David Chan.
Read the Article that appeared in the New York Times, July 6, 2016

Congratulations Nikki!

The Real Star of the 2016 Grammys was Ji-Yong Kim, the Pianist from That Android Commercial

Watch Video of Ji-Yong Kim's Android Commercial

Ji, Pianist, performed for Chamber On The Mountain on Sunday, May 17, 2015.
Wonderful News!!
Ji will be back to perform for us again on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3 pm.
Purchase your Advance Reservations now!

Watch his phenomenal performance in a commercial that aired during the 2016 Grammy Awards Show.
WATCH VIDEO

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