October 20, 2017 (Fri)
Noah Bendix-Balgley violin
Shanshan Yao violin
Teng Li viola
Nathan Vickery cello
The Rosamunde String Quartet was founded in 2015 so that its members could pursue their passion for the string quartet repertoire. Made up of young stars from three of the world's greatest orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, they take time away from their international careers to create music together. Each member is an accomplished soloist and musician, and brings their unique voice to the ensemble. By uniting their experiences, they create a distinctive sound and unanimity of expression.
The quartet is made up of two Chinese and two American musicians. Violinist Shanshan Yao (New York Philharmonic), and violist Teng Li (Principal Violist, Toronto Symphony), share a similar musical heritage. Each studied in the major Chinese conservatories in Beijing and Shanghai before coming to the United States to continue their musical studies at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Shanshan Yao studied under the renowned violinist Aaron Rosand, while Teng Li was a pupil of Michael Tree, the violist of the Guarneri Quartet. At the age of only 21, Ms. Li was named Principal Viola of the Toronto Symphony. Ms. Yao continued her studies at the Juilliard School in New York before joining ﬁrst the Pittsburgh Symphony, and then in 2013 the New York Philharmonic. Violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley (1st Concertmaster, Berlin Philharmonic) studied at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with Professor Mauricio Fuks, then continued his studies in Munich, Germany before he became Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he became the ﬁrst American to be named 1st Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. Cellist Nathan Vickery also spent time studying at Indiana University before earning his bachelor's degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Peter Wiley, cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio and Guarneri String Quartet. He joined the New York Philharmonic in 2013, as its youngest member.
The musicians of the Rosamunde String Quartet believe their different backgrounds and educational inﬂuences enrich their collaboration. They strive for music making that is informed, vibrant, and exciting. Above all, they hugely enjoy sharing their love of chamber music with each other and with audiences.
Cellist, Peter Wiley enjoys a prolific career as a performer and teacher. He is a member of the piano quartet, Opus One, a group he co-founded in 1998 with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian and violist Steven Tenenbom. Mr. Wiley attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of David Soyer. He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1974. The following year he was appointed Principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for eight years. From 1987 through 1998, Mr. Wiley was cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2001 he succeeded his mentor, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. The quartet retired from the concert stage in 2009. He has been awarded an Avery Fischer Career Grant, nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 with the Beaux Arts Trio and in 2009 with the Guarneri Quartet. Mr. Wiley participates at leading festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Nothwest, OK Mozart, Santa Fe, Bravo! and Bidgehampton. He continues his long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, dating back to 1971. Mr. Wiley teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music and Bard College Conservatory of Music.