Anthony Green, Providence Composer: “Chance”
W. A. Mozart: Viola Quintet in D major, K. 593 (with Jesse Holstein, viola)
Pavel Haas: String Quartet No. 2 “From the Monkey Mountains” Op. 7
Elise Kuder, violin
Colleen Jennings, violin
Mike Kelley, viola
Rupert Thompson, cello
with Jesse Holstein, viola
Since its founding in 2007, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire – including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and Ravel – as well as for world premieres and commissioned pieces. As resident musicians at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Quartet is featured in the summer concert series held every Tuesday night at the Center in Nelson, N.H. These concerts attract hundreds of visitors and have become a mainstay of the Monadnock area summer music offerings.
Education is an integral part of the Quartet’s mission. For three months in the summer, the Quartet comprises the core faculty for five separate 10-day summer workshops held at Apple Hill and attended by 300 participants. During the regular concert season, the Quartet conducts mini-residencies in embassies, communities, schools, and universities from the Monadnock region to major U.S. cities and around the world as part of Apple Hill’s Playing for Peace program.
As 21st-century musicians, members of the Quartet are deeply committed to the performance of new works. Recent premieres include “Traces” by Syrian composer Kareem Roustom, commissioned by Apple Hill, Dartmouth College, and Arizona State University, featuring Israeli pianist Sally Pinkas, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and the Apple Hill String Quartet; Crossroads by John Harbison, co-commissioned by Apple Hill and 15 music organizations throughout the U.S., featuring soprano Kendra Colton, oboist Peggy Pearson, string bassist Susan Hagen, and the Apple Hill String Quartet; and Quartet No. 1 by Daniel Sedgwick, commissioned by Apple Hill. The Quartet’s project, “Around the World with Playing for Peace,” features the rich multicultural repertoire of countries visited through the Playing for Peace program. Featured composers have included Victor Ullman and Erwin Schulhoff, both of whom perished in Nazi concentration camps (as did Pavel Haas); Turkish composer Ekrem Zeki Ün; Armenian composers Alan Hovhaness and A. Zohrabian; Syrian composer Kareem Roustom; and American composers Roger Sessions, John Harbison, Tom Oboe Lee, Meredith Monk, Lawrence Siegel, and Charles Ives.
Jesse Holstein, violinist & violist, was a founding member of the Providence String Quartet and has been a resident musician since 2001. Prior to studying with Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin and James Buswell at the New England Conservatory, he worked with Philipp Naegele in Northampton, MA. Aside from being an active recitalist and chamber musician, he has served as Concertmaster of the New Bedford Symphony since 2003. Each summer Jesse teaches and performs at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, and is on the faculty at the Greenwood Music Camp, where he studied as a teenager. In 2009, Jesse was a Violin Professeur at L’Ecole de Musique, Dessaix Baptiste in Jacmel, Haiti. In 2012, an interview with Jesse was published in Strings Magazine about his teaching philosophy. He is on the faculty at Brown University, where he teaches chamber music.
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