The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

February 15, 2013

Cleveland student ensemble to perform at St. Peter’s


ASHTABULA —  The St. Peter's Episcopal Church Fine Arts Concert Series' will feature the Telos String Quartet, a student ensemble from the Cleveland Institute of Music, on March 10 at 2 p.m. at the church.

The performance is free and open to the public with a reception following where the audience may meet the quartet and enjoy punch and cookies. The concert program includes works by Barber, Debussy and Mendelssohn with popular music encores. S

The Telos Quartet (Patrick Yim and Kurt Munstedt, violins; Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, viola; Samuel Ericsson, cello) has performed throughout the Cleveland area since its inception in 2010 at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

 As participants in the Intensive Quartet Seminar at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the quartet has worked closely with Peter Salaff and members of the Cavani Quartet.  The quartet has also been mentored by Professor Tim Frederiksen of the Royal Danish Academy of Music.  In 2012, the Telos Quartet earned first prize at the Darius Milhaud Performance Prize Competition at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The quartet has performed in masterclasses for members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, Concord, Takács and Miró Quartets. The quartet’s repertoire includes works by Barber, Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Mozart, Schubert, and Shostakovich. Aside from playing in traditional performance spaces, the quartet has also dedicated itself to performing for the community at such venues as the American Cancer Society Joseph S. & Jeannette M. Silber Hope Lodge, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, University Hospital’s Seidman Cancer Center, Judson Manor and the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland.

Violinist Patrick Yim has performed as soloist with the Honolulu Symphony and the Hawaii Youth Symphony.  In Cleveland, he has performed with members of The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music faculty. He has studied and performed abroad at festivals in China and the Czech Republic.  He was a prizewinner at the Beijing International Music Academy and Festival Concerto Competition. In Beijing, he also studied and performed with noted violinist and pedagogue Kathleen Winkler. He has performed in masterclasses for Endre Granat, Sally Thomas, and Chai Liang. He has served asi nstructor of violin at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp.  Yim earned a bachelor of music in violin performance with academic honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of David Updegraff.  He is a graduate student at the Cleveland Institute of Music .

Kurt Munstedt started playing the violin at age 5 and is a senior at the Cleveland Institute of Music, pursuing degrees in both violin performance and audio recording. He has performed concerti with the Parkway Chamber Orchestra and the Reading Symphony. In 2007, he won first place in the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association senior division. As a fellow at the 2012 Foulger Festival, he collaborated with pianist Max Levinson, performing Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 2

Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, originally from Hong Kong, has just finished her bachelor of music at the Cleveland Institute of Music under the guidance of Jeffrey Irvine. She graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. Wong participated as principal violist at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Nationaal Jeugd Orkest in the Netherlands and Spoleto Festival USA.

She performed with the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Scotia Festival of Music, and Yellow Barn School of Music. She holds principal positions of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Breckenridge Music Festival, and she is also acting principal of the Akron Symphony Orchestra. She made her solo concerto debut at Severance Hall in the fall of 2012. Wong has performed solo, chamber, and orchestral music throughout the globe at other such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kennedy Center, Tokyo Opera City, Suntory Hall, National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, and the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall.

Sam Ericsson, a native or East Orleans, began studying cello with his mother, Elizabeth Schultze, while concurrently enrolled in the string orchestra program at Wellfleet Elementary School. He continued his studies under Savely Schuster, and later with Dr. Melissa Kraut at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ericsson holds a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music , where he graduated in 2011 with academic honors. Ericsson has played in numerous master classes for artists such as Alban Gerhardt, Alisa Weilerstein, David Requiro, Timothy Eddy, Richard Aaron, and Joel Krosnick. He was the winner of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition in 2008. He’s pursuing his master of music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Cleveland Orchestra principal cello Mark Kosower.

Donations to the St. Peter’s series are payable to St. Peter's Fine Arts Concert Series at P.O. Box 357, Ashtabula 44005. The remainder of the spring 2013 concerts on Sundays include: April 7, Salzedo Harp Duo; May 19, the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio.