The Kontras Quartet, one of the most vibrant string ensembles to emerge from Chicago’s classical music scene, brings their exceptional artistry to Hendersonville in what should be one of most exciting performances of the Hendersonville Chamber Music 2014 season.
Hailing from four different continents, the musicians — Dmitri Pogorelov and Francois Henkins, violins; Ai Ishida, viola and Jean Hatmaker, cello —have diverse backgrounds and exceptional training that contribute to their brilliant, versatile performances. The quartet has performed in Chicago’s Symphony Center and, as part of its professional development, has participated in master classes with ensembles such as the Emerson String Quartet and Vermeer Quartet. Young and exciting, the quartet recently completed their highly coveted Chamber Music America — Western Piedmont Symphony’s quartet-in-residence grant for which they competed with many well-established string quartets throughout the United States.
Their program will include string quartets from Beethoven, Stravinski and Ginastera, works that show off their solid musicianship and brilliant performance technique. Other concerts in the 2014 Hendersonville Chamber Music Series include the Rawlins Piano Trio on April 6 and Carolina Brass on April 27.
All Hendersonville Chamber Music performances are presented on Sunday afternoons at 3 PM at the First Congregational Church, Fifth Avenue and White Pine in Hendersonville. Individual tickets at $20 will be available at the door on the day of performance. More information on Facebook and hendersonvillechambermusic.org. Hendersonville Chamber Music is funded in part by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, which is administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County.