october, 2017

11oct12:15 pm- 1:00 pmMilton String Quartet12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural CenterPrograms:Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Milton String Quartet
Maïthéna Girault, Violin
Roman Fraser, Violin
Evan Robinson, Viola
Joshua Morris, Cello

Divertimento in F major, K. 138 (12′)
I.  Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

String Quartet No.4 in E minor, Op. 44 No.2 (24′)
I.   Allegro assai appassionato
II.  Allegro di molto
III. Andante
IV. Presto agitato
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Winners of the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize and Senior String Division Gold Medal, the Milton String Quartet is an ensemble based in Montreal, Quebec. The quartet was formed in 2015 at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and is currently working under the tutelage of Professor André J. Roy. The ensemble was the 2017 Fellowship String Quartet at ENCORE Chamber Music in Cleveland, OH, and was named winner of the 2016 McGill University Chamber Music Competition, earning an exchange in May 2017 with the Mozarteum Universität in Salzburg, Austria. The quartet has enjoyed a wide variety of musical engagements in and around the city of Montreal, including recurring engagements at the Lakeshore Chamber Music Society and at the Atwater Library Lunchtime Concert Series. In May 2016, the quartet performed in Place-des-Arts Cinquieme Salle as part of the Opera America Conference. In addition to their Midwestern United States tour, the Milton String Quartet’s fall season includes debut performances in Ontario and New Brunswick. As part of the Fischoff Grand Prize, the quartet will attend the Emilia Romagna Music Festival in Italy in summer 2018.

Maïthéna Girault began playing the violin at the age of 6. Two years later, she was admitted to the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal where she spent 10 years. In September 2014, she entered the Schulich School of Music. Recipient of the 2016-2017 Lloyd-Carr Harris Scholarship, Maïthéna possesses a Licentiate in Music diploma from McGill University and is now completing a Graduate Diploma in Performance. Her violin is generously lent to her by Prof. Andrew Wan, a copy of his personal 1744 Michel’Angelo Bergonzi.

Roman Fraser was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1995 and moved to Canada in 1999. He began violin lessons in 2000 and was admitted to the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in 2005. In 2015, he entered McGill University to study with Axel Strauss and Felicia Moye. Roman has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Montréal, I Musici de Montréal and l’Orchestre de la Nouvelle Génération. Roman also devotes much time to composition and film photography.

Evan Robinson is currently working on completing a Master of Music in Viola Performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. He completed a Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2016. During his studies in Indiana, Evan performed as principal of IU’s Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras. In 2013, Evan performed twice in Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. In November of 2016, Evan joined the Milton String Quartet.

Cellist Joshua Morris received his Master’s degree and is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Cello Performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory. In 2016, Morris was named winner of the Schulich School of Music’s Golden Violin Competition, and the Jeunesses Musicales’ Peter Mendell Award.  As a composer, Morris’s Suite for Solo Violin was performed on Oberlin Conservatory’s 2015 Dannenberg Honors Recital. He is a native of Saint Albans, Vermont.


(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST


Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60605

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