The Monticello String Quartet

The Monticello String Quartet
with guest violinist James Wyn Hart

Wednesday, October 19 @ 8 p.m., Recital Hall

The Monticello String Quartet, James Madison University’s quartet–in–residence, joins forces with guest violinist James Wyn Hart for a program featuring Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Major. Formed in 2009, the Monticello String Quartet includes faculty members Wanchi Huang, violin; Max Rabinovitsj, violin; Amadi Azikiwe, viola; and Carl Donakowski, cello. Collectively, the four have performed worldwide as soloists, chamber music and orchestral musicians. The ensemble has performed several times throughout Virginia and is actively involved in coaching student chamber music groups.

Wanchi Huang (violin) has given highly acclaimed recitals and collaborated with internationally renowned performing artists in chamber music performances throughout the U.S., including in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Minnesota, California, Virginia and at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington D.C. Her performances have been aired numerous times on WFLN, the classical radio station in Philadelphia, as well as on WQXR in New York City. She has presented numerous master classes, as well as served as an adjudicator in string competitions domestically and internationally. She was honored to be invited as an adjudicator to the 60th Hong Kong Music School Festival in 2008. Since 2008, she has been the guest performing/teaching artist for Bay View Music Festival in the summers. She taught full–time for a year at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan before accepting her current teaching position at the James Madison University School of Music in 1998, where she is currently an associate professor of violin.

Max Rabinovitsj (violin) debuted as a solo recitalist in New York City at Alice Tully Hall, in Lincoln Center, and performed the Bach Double concerto in Carnegie Hall with Isaac Stern. As a conductor, he became well known for his interpretations of the classical repertoire and his work with Youth Orchestras. He conducted great artists such as Rostropovich, Jaime Laredo, Gil Shaham, Viktoria Mullova, Maria Joao Pires, Davide Gueringas, Roger Pascal, Pierre Amoyal and many others. As a soloist, Max has played under James Levine, Leon Fleisher, Max Rudolf, Thomas Mayer, Walter Susskind, Vladimir Goldschman, Jerzy Semkov, Lukas Foss, Claudio Scimone, Eleazar De Carvalho, Michel Tabachnik and Philippe Bender.

Amadi Azikiwe (viola) has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has appeared in a recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, on the “Discovery” recital series in La Jolla, at the International Viola Congress and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since then, he has performed throughout Israel, Canada, South America, Central America, India, Japan, Hong Kong and throughout the Caribbean.

Carl Donakowski (cello) 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 chamber musician, he has been a member of the North Shore Pro Musica, the Fontana Chamber Music Society and the Orpheus Piano Trio. 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. He previously served on the faculties of Central Michigan University School of Music and Alma College. During the summer, he teaches and performs at the Bay View Music Festival (Michigan) as a member of the Westbrook String Quartet.

James Wyn Hart (violin) attended Juilliard Pre–College, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and served as Principal Second of the orchestra, Oberlin Conservatory, where he served as Concertmaster of the orchestra, and the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Aaron Rosand and was awarded the Freidburg chamber music prize. Since 1991, Hart has been a member of the Colorado Symphony. This performance marks the 33rd year that Hart has known Max Rabinovitsj, beginning his studies with Max as a 13 year old child and spending many summers in Portugal and France under Rabinovitsj’s tutelage.

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