Monticello String Quartet

Wed, Sep 6 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL

Monticello String Quartet

Wed, Sep 6 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL


The Monticello String Quartet consists of violin professor Wanchi Huang, viola professor Diane Phoenix-Neal, and cello professor Carl Donakowski. Collectively, the three have performed worldwide as soloists, chamber music and orchestral musicians. The group members actively work with students in community and university events. The string trio will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Wanchi Huang has given highly acclaimed recitals and collaborated with internationally renowned performing artists in chamber music performances throughout the United States, including at the Kennedy Center. Her CD of the Eugène Ysaÿe’s Six Solo Sonatas was released under the Centaur Label in 2012. Huang earned a B.M. from the Curtis Institute of Music, an M.M. from The Juilliard School, and a D.M. from Indiana University. She currently teaches a full violin studio in JMU’s School of Music.

Violist Diane Phoenix-Neal performs nationally and internationally as a collaborative chamber musician and soloist, most recently in France, Poland and Brazil. Her sound is described as “rich and sumptuous” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) with “an admirable combination of precision and fire” (The New York Times). Phoenix-Neal is principal violist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, and received her training from The Juilliard School, the UNC School of the Arts, and UNC Greensboro.

Carl Donakowski was a prize winner in the 1989 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. His recital performances have aired on WQRS Detroit, WQXR New York and Sudwestfunk Radio Baden-Baden. As a member of the West End Chamber Ensemble, he participated in the National Endowment for the Arts/Chamber Music America Rural Residency Chamber Music Initiative. His major teachers were Timothy Eddy, Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman and Christoph Henkel.


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