Rainier Arts Center presents the Chamber Music Series

April 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rainier Arts Center
3515 S Alaska St
Seattle, WA 98118
Rainier Arts Center

The 2016 Chamber Music Series kicks off with Sarah Pizzichemi and Willie Braun of the Skyros Quartet!

SEEDArts and Rainier Arts Center will launch the new quarterly Chamber Music Series with a concert featuring Sarah Pizzichemi, violin and William Braun, cello. The two accomplished musicians are both founding members of the Skyros Quartet, which is building a fabulous reputation through its inspired and virtuosic performances throughout the Puget Sound region. The concert will include Isabella Leonarda’s “Sonata Duodecima, Op. 15,” Schulhoff’s “Duo for Violin and Cello,” Ravel’s “Duo for Violin and Cello,” and “The Stirling Castle Set,” by Alastair Fraser and Natalie Haas.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.

To learn more about the Skyros Quartet, you can click here to visit their website.

photo_sarahpizzichemiSarah Pizzichemi: Dr. Sarah Pizzichemi has distinguished herself as a versatile artist with international performances as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Sarah’s touring in the United States and Canada have included performances at the Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas, and Benaroya Hall in Seattle Washington. Abroad, she has performed at the Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Casalmaggiore, Italy, Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China, and Zhejiang University City College in Hangzhou, China. Recent collaborators in performance include world-class musicians such as the Miró Quartet, the Chiara String Quartet, and Marcy Stonikas. Sarah is a founding member and 1st violinist of the Skyros Quartet. Skyros recently released Introspective Odyssey, the debut album for the quartet with Parma Recording’s Navona Label, to great acclaim. Gaplegate Classical-Modern Review exclaimed: “To hear all three of these works so well done is a rare treat. The Skyros Quartet makes more of the music than some others have done. They take to each piece with a ravishing, articulate, sonically appealing approach that has passion more than sentiment, fully coherent phrasing and a sort of introspective reading that is true to the album’s title.” Sarah also serves as concertmaster of the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, and was a member of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra 1st violin section.

photo_williebraunWilliam Braun: A founding member of the Skyros Quartet, Willie Braun is an active performer and teacher in the Seattle area. As a member of the quartet, he has performed across the US, Canada, and China. In 2013, Willie was part of a UNL delegation to Hangzhou and Xi’an, China, performing daily with the Skyros Quartet during the two week trip. With the Skyros Quartet, Willie has also appeared at the Aspen Music Festival and School (Aspen, Colorado), UNL Chamber Music Institute (Lincoln, Nebraska), Sir Wilfrid Laurier University QuartetFest (Waterloo, Ontario), the Meadowlark Music Festival (Lincoln, Nebraska), the Blanche Bryden Institute (Topeka, Kansas), and the Emerging Quartets and Composers Program at the Deer Valley Music Festival (Park City, Utah). Willie completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Chamber Music Performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His doctoral document, “The History of the Cello Endpin and Its Effect on Technique and Repertoire,” is the first publication in over twenty years dedicated to this specific topic. At UNL, Skyros was the first graduate quartet-in-residence at the Glenn Korff School of Music. Willie also holds a Master’s of Music in Chamber Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s of Music in Cello Performance from Arizona State University. He has studied under the direction of Gregory Beaver, Joshua Gindele, Thomas Landschoot, and the Miro and Chiara String Quartets.