The Abeo Quartet
Friday, March 24, 2023 – 7:30 P.M.
@ Memorial Chapel, Albright College
The Abeo Quartet, Formed at the Juilliard School in 2018, the Abeo Quartet is taking the chamber music world by storm, garnering recent awards at the Yellow Strings Chamber Music Competition, the Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has performed on stages across the country and is sure to delight our audience with their passionate performance of works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Dinuk Wijeratne.
Rebecca Benjamin, violin
Njioma Grevious, violin
James Kang, viola
Brian Gadbow, cello
Beethoven: Op. 18, No. 5, in A Major
Dinuk Wijeratne: The Disappearance of Lisa Gherardini
Brahms, Op. 51, No. 1, in C minor
The Abeo Quartet, formed at Juilliard in 2018, is winner of a First Prize and the Audience Favorite Prize in the 2022 Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles, Silver Medals in the 2022 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition and the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and was also a finalist in the 2021 Young Concert Artists International Competition. The quartet was invited to compete in the 2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Abeo, which welcomed new members violinist Rebecca Benjamin and cellist Brian Gadbow in the spring of 2021, is honored to be the inaugural Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware under the mentorship of the Calidore String Quartet.
The quartet has been featured in the Schneider Concert Series, Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center’s Reach Festival with pianist Joseph Kalichstein, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s masterclass series, and on WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces. Abeo was also featured in Norway’s Vertavo Festival, performing seven Haydn string quartets and was in residence at the Glenstone Museum. Abeo has participated in the Montreal International String Quartet Academy, studying with members of Quatuor Ebene, and the Alban Berg, Takács and Artemis String Quartets. In 2021, the Abeo Quartet attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, coached by the Brentano, Emerson and Miró quartets.
The quartet chose the name Abeo / ah – bey – oh / – an expression of joy in a Nigerian dialect – to reflect their love for playing chamber music and sharing it with others.
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