The Aeolus string quartet will perform at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Sunday, August 14 at 4 pm in the Main Theater. Tickets are $21 and $16 for Maryland Hall members and students and can be purchased by visiting www.marylandhall.org. Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor.
Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. They were the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, and they currently make their home in New York City. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Dallas Morning News). Austin-American Statesman writes, “The Aeolus Quartet is a powerful and thoughtful group of young musicians who are plotting an ascending course…this vibrant group shows great promise.”
The Aeolus Quartet were Grand Prizewinners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were awarded First Prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and a Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England. The 16th Annual Austin Critics’ Table named the Aeolus Quartet their 2010-2011 “Best Ensemble.” The Aeolus Quartet has released two critically acclaimed albums of classical and contemporary works through the Longhorn/Naxos label.
The Quartet has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, Renwick Gallery, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.
Maryland Hall is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Additional support comes from sponsors including: The Helena Foundation, AT&T, Comcast, Wells Fargo, RPH Architecture, M&T Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, Towne Transport, Manis Canning & Associates, Annapolis Hyundai, BB&T, Black Turtle Services, Kure, RBC Wealth Management, The RC Group, Double Tree Annapolis, Maryland Eye Associates and Ziger/Snead.
For more information or to order tickets, contact the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640 or visit www.marylandhall.org. Box office hours are Monday – Friday from noon – 5 pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis.