The Madison String Quartet, praised for its energetic performances and inventive programming, is bringing a new side of classical music to the New York metropolitan area. Drawing on the international experience of its members, the Quartet ?has carved a niche out for themselves by exploring Hispanic literature from both sides of the Atlantic?. (Paul Somers, Classical New Jersey) The Quartet is
involved in blurring the line between performer and audience, creating a comfortable performance atmosphere for masterworks from past and present. The Madison String Quartet is essential listening.
The Quartet?s 2004 recording, Life is a Dream, was received with rave reviews, and displays the eclectic programming that has become its hallmark. It includes the world premiere of pieces by award-winning composers Miguel del Aguila and Dave Rimelis, as well as quartets by Silvestre Revueltas and Peter Schickele.
Highlights of recent seasons include a 2006 performance at Carnegie Hall of Imitación Serial para Cuerdas by Venezuelan composer Modesta Bor, as well as engagements with several chamber series, including the Friends of Music in Westchester, Mozart and Friends in Princeton, and the Rhinebeck Chamber Series. In Rhinebeck, the Quartet gave ?a mesmerizing performance of Schubert?s ?Death and the Maiden,? a quartet the house listened to like a story heretofore untold?. (Kitty Montgomery, Kingston Daily Freeman) Other appearances in the metropolitan area include the Lile Hall series in Summit, Mozart and Friends in Princeton, and the Pennsylvania Consort. MSQ is equally at home on the concert stage and in less formal settings, bringing performances to churches and libraries throughout the area.
Violinist Evelyn Estava has earned recognition as one of the top performing artists in her native Venezuela. She has made many guest soloist appearances with
orchestras in North and South America, including the Mexico State Symphony, the Jupiter Symphony and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. This season she will perform as soloist with the Plainfield (NJ) Symphony, the Essex Summer Orchestra, and the Baroque Orchetra of North Jersey. Ms. Estava became a member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at age 15, and later won the associate concertmaster position of the Filarmónica Nacional de Venezuela, where she was also the first violinist of that orchestra?s string sextet. Ms. Estava completed her musical studies at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory in Caracas, where she was a student of José Francisco Del Castillo. She has studied chamber music with Josef Gingold, Philip Setzer, Lawrence Dutton and Arnold Steinhardt, and performed for six years at the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, where she was a full scholarship student and assistant of Margaret Pardee. She has also played in Master Classes for Augustin Dumay, Olivier Charlier, Ruggiero Ricci, Eugene Fodor and Henryk Szeryng. Ms. Estava performs regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony,
the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Westfield Symphony. She currently serves as concertmaster of the Plainfield Symphony. As a winner of Artists International
Special Presentation Award, she made her New York debut recital in 2005, at Weill Recital Hall.
With a tone described as ?both bold and graceful? by The Washington Post, violist Michael Avagliano has received acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States and Europe. Mr. Avagliano has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He currently serves as concertmaster of the Baroque Orchestra of North Jersey and the Metropolitan Orchestra, as well as principal second violin for the Plainfield Symphony. He has appeared as soloist with the New Sussex Symphony, the Plainfield Symphony, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and the New Jersey Youth Symphony, as well as in numerous solo recital engagements. Also an active freelance musician, Mr. Avagliano frequently performs with several orchestras in the region, including the Harrisburg Symphony, the Westfield Symphony, and the Princeton Pro Musica. He has also served as concertmaster for many orchestras and summer festivals, including the Garden State Philharmonic, the Plainfield Symphony, and the National Orchestral Institute. Praised for his versatility as a musician, Mr. Avagliano covers a wide variety of musical genres, having worked with artists ranging from Jaime Laredo and Seiji Ozawa to the Moody Blues and Ray Charles. Mr. Avagliano received a Bachelor?s degree from Indiana University in 1995, studying under Mimi Zweig and Yuval Yaron. He completed a Master?s degree at Rutgers University studying under Arnold Steinhardt. Also an accomplished violist, he has performed at the Killington Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center and with the Singapore Symphony in that capacity.
Violinist Gabriela Rengel began her musical studies at the Federico Villena Music School in her native Venezuela. As a young violinist she became principal second violinist of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Aragua, one of the satellite orchestras of ?El Sistema?. In Venezuela, she had the opportunity to participate in master classes with Joseph Silverstein, Margaret Pardee, Ronny Rogoff, and the Bachakademie Stuttgart.
As a young solo artist, she has performed with the Queens Philharmonia, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Aragua, and the Queens College Symphony. She has also performed extensively as a chamber musician, working with such artists as Daniel Phillips and David Jolley. Ms. Rengel has participated in many summer festivals and concert series, including the Killington and Norfolk music festivals, the Sommerakademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Crested Butte Music Festival.
Ms. Rengel received her bachelor?s and master?s degree in violin performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music. She has been a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra since 2005, and has also recently performed a series of duo recitals with pianist Ejona Gjermeni.
began her musical studies with her mother, also a cellist, in Newport News, VA. She attended the New School of Music and graduated from Temple University where she studied with Orlando Cole. She received her Master?s degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University as a student of Paul Tobias. Ms. Hieser has been a member of the Gabriel Piano Quartet for 11 years and has been heard with that ensemble on Maryland Public Radio as well as in concert in venues throughout the Northeast. She is a member of the Colonial and Westfield symphonies, and maintains a private studio as an affiliate artist at Drew University. When not performing with the Quartet, she enjoys playing Appalachian fiddle.