Curtis Institute of Music string sextet
Natalie Helm and Cheeko Matsusaka
Ricardo José Rivera and Carmenchú Domínguez
Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky
Doug Wright and Hermitage Artist Retreat Guest
Established teaching and performing artists Benjamin Beilman, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; and Oliver Herbert, cello join forces with three emerging artists from the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA. Three of their students will be joining them for this event, showcasing their work as performers, mentors and instructors.
Benjamin Beilman has won international praise both for his passionate performances and deep rich tone which the Washington Post called "mightily impressive." The New York Times has praised his "handsome technique, burnished sound, and quiet confidence," and the Strad described his playing as "pure poetry."
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, the founding violist of the Dover Quartet, performed with the Grammy-nominated string quartet until 2022. She has appeared as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra.
Oliver Herbert is quickly building a reputation as an artist with a distinct voice and individual style, admired by audiences for his communicative and connective performances. The recipient of a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Oliver has been praised by San Francisco Classical Voice for his "expansive tone, virtuosity, and musical instincts."