Arneis Quartet

Arneis QuartetBoston-based Arneis Quartet performs an eclectic range of programs from the standard to comtemporary, including commisions of new works and interdisciplinary collaborations in New England and throughout the country. This prizewinning quartet has performed internationally in Canada, Italy, and China. They bring their energetic approach and programming to traditional concert venues as well as salon style concerts and community outreach.
With “a conviction that commands attention” (Fanfare), the Arneis Quartet performs an eclectic range of programs from the standard to contemporary, including commissions of new works and interdisciplinary collaborations in New England and throughout the world. Playfully named after the Arneis grape—a varietal that is difficult to grow, but which yields an exquisite white wine—the Boston-based Arneis Quartet has brought their energetic approach and programming to traditional concert venues as well as salon style concerts and community outreach since 2009. Winners of the 2010 John Lad Prize and silver medal at the 2012 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, the Quartet has received fellowships at the Aspen Center for Advanced String Quartet Studies and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music; other festivals attended include the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, the Deer Valley Emerging Quartets and Composers Program, and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency. Committed to new music, they have received a grant from Meet the Composer, performed at the Beijing Modern Music Festival and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The Quartet has been featured at the Modulus Festival in Vancouver and Lively Arts Series at Stanford University. A recording of the chamber music of composer John H. Wallace, called “Arneis Quartet and Friends”, was released in 2016 on Centaur Records. Since 2014, the Quartet has received critical acclaim for their ongoing Poetry and Music Series, performing musical works inspired by poetry and song with singers Tony Arnold, Charles Blandy, David Kravitz, and Krista River. They have performed all or portions of the series at Boston University, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Swarthmore College, and have commissioned new works to further the genre. The Quartet continues to perform in presentations with author M.T.
Anderson, having performed at the Brookline (MA), Providence (RI), and Middlebury (VT) Public Libraries. Additionally, during the 2016-2017 season, the Quartet will be collaborating with composers for the acclaimed Word Song series and presenting concerts for the Classical at the Cabot series in Beverly, MA, as well as the Framingham Public Library, Wellesley College, and Boston University. Committed to community outreach and music education, the Quartet has worked with music students at the Boston Arts Academy, Perkins School for the Blind, and the Boston Public Schools. Outside of their Boston home, the Quartet has taught master classes and served as a residency quartet at Point Counterpoint, Swarthmore College and Lyceum Music Festival. Additionally, they have brought musical outreach to communities in California, Michigan, Ohio, and Reggio Emilia, Italy. The Quartet members are on the faculties of Boston University, St. Anselm College, and the Chestnut Hill School, and are the resident chamber music coaches for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. All alumni of Boston University, the Arneis Quartet has coached with members of the Muir, St. Lawrence, Brentano, Emerson and Juilliard quartets as well as Bayla Keyes, Earl Carlyss, Mary Ruth (UV) Ray, James Dunham, Sylvia Rosenberg, Henk Guittart, Alasdair Tait, Roger Tapping, Leonard Matczynski, Joan Tower and Donald Weilerstein. Arneis Quartet has performed with guest artists including the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Marc Johnson, Pamela Dellal, Peter Zazofsky, Ursula Holliger, Jessica Zhou, Kevin Loucks, Michelle LaCourse and Gabriel Kahane.
HEATHER BRAUN
Based in Boston, violinist Heather Braun performs as first violinist of the prize-winning Arneis Quartet and as co-concertmaster and soloist with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music, and was a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow in 2010-11. She was appointed to the Boston University School of Music faculty in 2014 and the St. Anselm College faculty in 2016. Other recent performing highlights include the Frederick Collection recital series, Rockport (MA) Chamber Music Festival, East-West Virtuosi, and the Manchester (VT) Music Festival. Ms. Braun has performed as a soloist with various orchestras in Boston, Milwaukee, Washington DC, and Manchester, VT. Dr. Braun received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Mikhail Kopelman, and completed her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at Boston University, studying with Peter Zazofsky. While studying at BU, she was twice given the String Department Award and received the Zulalian Foundation Award in 2010. She has collaborated in concert with the Ying Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Robert Levin, and members of the BU School of Music faculty. Dr. Braun has coached chamber music and violin at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Manchester Music Festival, and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. She additionally serves as a violin and viola faculty member for the Brookline Public Schools Arneis QuartetExtension Program, and coaches chamber music for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.
ROSE DRUCKER
Rose Drucker is a versatile freelance violinist performing throughout New England with groups including Emmanuel Music, Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Boston Philharmonic, where she serves as principal second violin. An avid chamber musician and founding member of the Arneis Quartet she has appeared in Stanford’s Lively Arts Series, Music on Main in Vancouver, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Arneis has performed in Boston and New York and at summer festivals in Aspen, The Banff Centre in Canada, Stanford University, and Deer Valley, UT and as the Fellowship Quartet at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.
They were inaugural winners of the John Lad prize, awarded by the St. Lawrence String Quartet at Stanford University. With Emmanuel Music she has appeared as concertmaster and soloist and performed in the Chamber Music and Solo Bach series. In 2005-2006 she was a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow. Ms. Drucker has performed with members of the Vermeer and Muir Quartets and studied with Peter Zazofsky and Mark Rush. Prominent chamber coaches include members of the Muir, St. Lawrence, Brentano, Emerson, and Juilliard quartets. She holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Arizona.
DANIEL DONA
Daniel Doña has distinguished himself as an active performer and pedagogue. Daniel serves on the viola faculty of Boston University alongside his duties as Assistant Chair of the String Department, Coordinator of String Chamber Music, and Lecturer of String Pedagogy and String Literature. He has also taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute String Quartet Workshop and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. Dr. Doña is a member of the prizewinning Arneis Quartet. Performance highlights include appearances at the Beijing Modern Music Festival, Music on Main (Vancouver) and Stanford University’s Lively Arts series as well as broadcasts on CBC Radio 2, WGBH and WCLV. Dr. Doña also performs regularly with the Orchestra of Emmanuel Music and other ensembles in the Boston area. He has presented guest masterclasses at the University of Connecticut, Swarthmore College, Northwestern University Music Academy and Miami University. Daniel pursues interdisciplinary projects with a passion.
In 2014 he received a Humanities Enhancement Project Award from the Boston University Center for the Humanities to curate a concert series exploring relationships between poetry and music. As a member of the Banff Festival Quartet he performed in collaboration with dancers, presenting Hans van Manen’s Grosse Fuge and a world premiere of Heather Myers’s Dedications. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered works by Aaron Travers and Orianna Webb. Dr. Doña received his AB in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where he was awarded the inaugural David Fulton Award for excellence in instrumental performance. He received his MM in Viola Performance from the University of Oklahoma where he studied with Matthew Dane (viola) and Felicia Moye (violin). At Boston University he studied with Michelle LaCourse, Steven Ansell and Ed Gazouleas. He received his PD and DMA from BU and was a two-time recipient of the String Department Award.
Agnes Kim
Cellist Agnes Kim, described as a “hair-raising performer” in The Boston Musical Intelligencer after her performance with the award-winning Arneis Quartet, has actively performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. She currently serves as a principal cellist in Haffner Sinfonietta and Hwaum Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and plays for Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a founding member of Trio Eca and Haffner Chamber Players. Her performance as member of Korea-based Trio Sol was broadcasted national widely on MBC in Korea. She has appeared in performances at Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall (Boston), Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (New York), Rolston Hall (Banff, Canda), Heritage Hall (Vancouver, Canada), Teatro Valli (Reggio Emilia, Italy), Stanford University, Smith College, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China). Ms. Kim was winner of the Artist International Audition and a recipient of John Lad Prize, Aldo Pariot Scholarship, Eric Von Baeyer Scholarship, and prizes from International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition and Ibla Arneis QuartetGrand Prize. She has collaborated with Marc Johnson, Peter Zazofsky, Michelle LaCourse, and Ursula Holliger. Ms. Kim received Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University where she was a student of Leslie Parnas. Born in Pennsylvania, USA, and raised in Busan, Korea, she was trained at Busan High School of Arts and holds degrees from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and New England Conservatory where she studied with Steven Kates and Yeesun Kim. She participated in Aspen Music Festival, Chamber Residency and Master Classes at Banff Center, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, Emerging Quartet and Composers Program at Deer Valley Festival, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, Juilliard Quartet Seminar and Encore School for Strings. Her coaches include Muir Quartet, Mark Steinberg, Donald Weilerstein, Bayla Keyes, Roger Tapping, Henk Guittart, James Dunham, Eugene Drucker, Sylvia Rosenberg, Daniel Avshalomov, Leonard Matczynski, and Joan Tower.

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