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Jasper String Quartet with Maria Brea, soprano

Sunday, April 23, 4:00PM

Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ

About the Artists

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2021, the Jasper String Quartet is recognized as one of the leading American string quartets on the performance stage today. A recipient of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling,” (The Strad) and described by Gramophone as “flawless in ensemble and intonation, expressively assured and beautifully balanced.” The New York Times named their album Unbound as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017.

Based in Philadelphia, the Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet-in-Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians and Featured Artist-in-Residence at Swarthmore College for the 2020-22 academic years. In addition, the Quartet is the Founder and Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts. The Jasper Quartet is committed to celebrating the diverse array of compositional voices writing for string quartet on every program.

Current activities 

In the 2021-22 season, the Jasper Quartet continues their sixth season as Artistic Directors of Jasper Chamber Concerts. Jasper Chamber Concerts is dedicated to encouraging curiosity, community, and inclusivity through world-class chamber music performances.

Recent and upcoming commissions include works by Patrick Castillo, Reinaldo Moya, and Ingrid Arauco, as well as 4 Seasons | 4 Composers, a work bringing the brilliant muse of the seasons to the string quartet genre and comprising new works by Lera Auerbach, Christopher Theofanidis, Akira Nishimura, and Joan Tower.

In February 2021, the Quartet released their latest album recorded with the Jupiter String Quartet of music by Osvaldo Golijov, Felix Mendelssohn, and Dan Visconti to great critical acclaim. The Whole Note called the album a “simply thrilling performance — vibrant, pulsating and dynamic”.

Formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the Jasper Quartet launched their professional career in 2006 as Rice University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. In 2008, the Quartet continued its training with the Tokyo String Quartet as Yale University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. In 2008, they won the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions.

The Jasper String Quartet is named after Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada and is comprised of Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello; J Freivogel, violin; Karen Kim, violin; Andrew Gonzalez, viola.

For more information, please visit www.jasperquartet.com. The Quartet is represented by Artist Manager Marianne LaCrosse of CTM Classics (marianne@ctmclassics.com).

 

Maria Brea, soprano, is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. Praised for “very classy Venezuelan soprano” by The arts desk and “versatile soprano” by Tampa Bay and “luxiourious soprano”. Maria sang Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with The Barn Opera and was praised for “with a voice that mixes brilliance and richness” Maria makes her debut at The Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall with the Cecilia Chorus of New York singing the Soprano Solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana under the baton of Maestro Mark Shapiro.

Ms. Brea most recently won the Metropolitan Opera District of Philadelphia 2022. Later this season, you can catch Maria singing Gilda in Rigoletto in Pittsburgh under the baton of Maestra Maria Sensi Sellner at Resonance works. This summer 2022 Maria covers the role of Margaret Herschel in Southern Crossings by Syrian award winner composer Zaid Jabri. 

Ms. Brea’s other awards and honors include the Mae Zenke Orvis Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music where she received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance and a Kovner Fellow at the Juilliard School of Music where she received her Master’s. Maria was a proud recipient of a Novick Career Advancement Grant. Maria’s current teachers, mentors and coaches include Manny Pérez, Martina Arroyo, Pablo Zinger, Arlene Shrut, Colby Charnin, Javier Arrebola, Isabel Arraiza and Rachelle Jonck. Brea’s father, a music teacher and Cuatro player, taught her Venezuelan folk music from an early age. Maria is a co-founder of the instagram platform Latina Women in Opera and a Spanish Diction expert at DictionBuddy.com