MINIFEST: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival In Residence





MINIFEST: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival In Residence

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  • $35 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $25 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • Paul Watkins, artistic director
  • Altius Quartet
  • Stephanie Gonley, violin
  • Michael Gurevich, violin
  • Scott Dickinson, viola
  • Adrian Brendel, cello
  • Ian Brown, piano

Event Details

The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival returns to KCH for its MiniFest residency. KCH is pleased to collaborate with this festival of international stature.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Bennett Optometry and in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Check out all three different MINIFEST programs!


String Quartet No. 1 in C minor Johannes Brahms
Altius Quartet
Besides Loren Loiacono
Altius Quartet
Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84 Edward Elgar
Stephanie Gonley, violin; Michael Gurevich, violin; Scott Dickinson, viola;
Adrian Brendel, cello; Ian Brown, piano

Altius Quartet

Joshua Ulrich, violin
Andrew Giordano, violin
Andrew Krimm, viola
Zachary Reaves, cello

Hailed as "rich" and "captivating" by the renowned music blog, "I Care If You Listen," the Altius Quartet is quickly garnering an international reputation and enrapturing the hearts of audiences everywhere.

Altius was the silver medalist at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, IN, and were first prize recipients at both the 2014 Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Austin, TX, and the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, MO. Altius has just competed at the Seventh Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition as one of eight string quartets selected worldwide. Read more.

Formed in 2011 at Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, Altius holds the position as Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they are mentored by the Takács Quartet. The quartet has an active performance schedule including engagements at music festivals, series, and universities throughout the United States. Highlights of the 2015-16 season include: performances at Music at Kohl Mansion in San Francisco and California State University in Fullerton, residencies at the Fayetteville Chamber Music Festival, the Western Slope Concert Series, and participation in the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival as Shouse Artists.

During their tenure at Southern Methodist University, Altius Quartet served as Ensemble-in-Residence working closely with Matt Albert, Emanuel Borok, and Andres Diaz. In addition, Altius has worked with and been guided by many of the foremost artists in chamber music including the Emerson String Quartet, Miro Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, Håkan Rosengren, and James Dunham.

Altius Quartet is deeply committed to outreach, often performing concerts and teaching master classes in public schools and alternative performing venues including: jazz clubs, bars, and cafes. In July 2013, the quartet commenced an educational residency with the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony where they perform for and mentor young artists in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. In addition, the quartet served as the 2014 fellowship quartet at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, CO, where they had the opportunity to coach several young string quartets.

Founding member and violinist Andrew Giordano received his Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Kathleen Winkler, Federico Agostini, and Koichiro Harada. Giordano continued his studies at the Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, where he completed a Masters of Music with Emanuel Borok. Violinist Joshua Ulrich joined the quartet in the spring of 2014. Ulrich received his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is currently a doctoral candidate from the same institution. During his tenure at the University of Cincinnati, he studied with Won-Bin Yim, Dorothy Delay, and Henry Meyer. Violist Andrew Krimm is a founding member of the quartet. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder where he studied with Erika Eckert and Geraldine Walther and received his Performer Diploma from Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts where he studied with Ellen Rose. Cellist Zachary Reaves is a founding member and received his Bachelor of Music and Performer Diploma from Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of Arts where he studied with Andres Diaz and Christopher Adkins.

In their spare time, members of the Altius Quartet enjoy watching the NFL and NBA, playing fantasy football, hiking the Colorado Mountains, spending time with their dogs, and are always striving to sharpen their witty, and at times borderline inappropriate sense of humor. See less.

Stephanie Gonley

Stephanie Gonley has a wide-ranging career as concerto soloist, soloist/director of chamber orchestras, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with many of the leading orchestras in the UK, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Manchester Camerata, The Hallé, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Read more.

Stephanie Gonley is the leader of the English Chamber Orchestra and appears with them regularly as director and soloist. She was the leader of the Vellinger Quartet for some time, and she still enjoys performing a wide range of chamber music with such ensembles as the Nash Ensemble and the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble.

As Director/Soloist, Stephanie Gonley has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Oriol Ensemble Berlin, the Vancouver Symphony, the Academy Of St. Martin in the Fields, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Lancashire Sinfonietta and Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra.

Her concerto performances abroad have been with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Hannover Radio Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Noord Nederlands Orkest, RTE National Symphony Orchestra. Regina Symphony (Canada), Norrköping Symphony, Royal Flanders Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Regensburg Phiharmonic, and the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Her recordings include the Dvorák Romance with the ECO and Sir Charles Mackerras for EMI, the Sibelius Violin Concerto for BMG/Conifer with conductor Adrian Leaper and a CD of baroque repertoire which she directed.

Stephanie Gonley is currently Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she also studied with David Takeno. She continued her studies with Dorothy DeLay (Juilliard) and Ilan Gronich (Hochschule, Berlin).

Amongst other awards, she was a winner of the prestigious Shell-LSO National Scholarship.See less.

Michael Gurevich

Dutch violinist and violist Michael Gurevich is the 2nd violinist of the London Haydn Quartet. As a chamber musician he has appeared at, amongst others, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Louvre, Melbourne Recital Center and at the Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier Festivals, collaborating with the Florestan Trio, the Nash Ensemble, the London Bridge Ensemble, the Navarra and Heath quartets amongst many others. Radio broadcasts have included regular appearances on BBC Radio 3 as well as SWR2 in Germany, ABC Classic FM in Australia, CBC Radio in Canada and many others. With the London Haydn Quartet he has recorded, on the Hyperion label, critically acclaimed discs of Haydn’s op. 20 and op. 33 quartets, and with the Rhodes Piano Trio on Champs Hill Records, a disc of Schumann’s piano trios.

Michael is assistant concertmaster of the Oxford Philomusica and has appeared as a guest leader and section principal with various major UK orchestras.

Passionate about teaching, Michael is a tutor at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and has given chamber music masterclasses at the Juilliard School, Oxford University, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Nothern College of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and at the Domaine Forget in Canada.

Scott Dickinson

Born in Glasgow, Scott Dickinson (viola) studied at the Music School of Douglas Academy and then in Manchester, London and Salzburg, where he won the Mozarteum Concerto Competition.

He has appeared with Yuri Bashmet, Steven Isserlis, the Gould Piano Trio, Brodsky, Chilingirian, Elias, Navarra and Royal Quartets, and the Hebrides, Nash, Razumovsky and Red Note Ensembles. As a guest principal viola he has played with groups as diverse as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the CBSO, LPO, Philharmonia, Swedish Radio Symphony, SCO and the John Wilson Orchestras. He has also performed with the World Orchestra for Peace. For five years he was a member of the Leopold String Trio, appearing worldwide including at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Carnegie Hall New York, Cité de la Musique Paris, King’s Place Sydney, regularly at the Wigmore Hall, London, on BBC Radio and on acclaimed CDs for Hyperion.

In 2002 Scott returned to Scotland to become principal viola of the BBC SSO, with whom he also regularly appears as soloist, collaborating with conductors including Martyn Brabbins, Edward Gardner, Donald Runnicles, Stephan Solyom, John Wilson and on a highly praised CD of “Jubilus” by Jonathan Harvey conducted by Ilan Volkov.

Scott has taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School and, currently, at the RCS. He regularly plays flute, viola and harp trios with his wife, flautist Susan Frank, and the harpist Lucy Wakeford. He lives outside Glasgow with Sue and their two sons, Ben and Jamie.

Adrian Brendel

Born in London in 1976, Adrian Brendel studied at Winchester College, Cambridge University and with Frans Helmerson at the Cologne music conservatoire. Recent appearances include concerts in Calgary, Napa Valley and in the UAE. In Europe, he has performed in Antwerp and across Germany, Switzerland and the UK. He has given performances of the complete Bach cello suites at Lancaster University and The Sage Gateshead, joined Alfred Brendel for evenings of poetry and music at the Wimbledon Music Festival and Kings Place in London, and collaborated with many other artists including Kit Armstrong, Andrej Bielow, Aleksander Madzar and the Jerusalem String Quartet. His piano trio with Till Fellner and Lisa Batiashvili is much in demand throughout Europe and he recently returned to Calgary as part of the jury for the Honens International Piano Competition. Other performances include concerts with Imogen Cooper and Henning Kraggerud in London and Antwer, with Kit Armstrong across Germany, with the NDR Symphony Orchestra, performing works by York Höller and Bernd Zimmerman, and in Taipei for the Yun-Hsiang International Music Festival. He returned to Düsseldorf for recitals with Kit Armstrong, as well as giving solo recitals in Salzburg, Bensheim and Cambridge. Adrian Brendel is co-founder of 'Music at Plush', a summer music festival held every year in Dorset, South-West England.

Ian Brown

Ian Brownʼs career embraces chamber music, solo playing and conducting. As concerto soloist he has played with many of Britainʼs leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras, the London Sinfonietta and Mozart Players. He also appeared as soloist at the Proms in Messaienʼs Oiseaux Exotiques. He is the pianist of the Nash Ensemble and during this long association has recorded a large repertoire of chamber music. He is also in demand as a duo player, having worked with many string players and singers. In recent years he has worked as a conductor with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has conducted in Poland and the Czech Republic and at the Israel and Prague festivals. He regularly visits the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra as soloist and conductor and recently had a series of five concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra and toured with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis as soloists.