Monday, February 10, 2020

Keller Quartet | 2nd Prize | Chamber Music | 6th Edition | ENKOR Int'l Music Competition

The Keller String Quartet is a scholarship ensemble in the Chamber Music Program at the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. The quartet is made possible by the generosity of sponsors Drs. Bruce and Cynthia Keller, and is coached by Hawaii Symphony violinist Dr. Helen Liu. The quartet members are all students of the Punahou Academy, and perform in the Punahou Symphony and Hawaii Youth Symphony. 17-year-old 1st violinist Erin Nishi began playing violin at age 3, and currently studies with Hawaii Symphony concertmaster Ignace Jang. She has been concertmaster of Hawaii Youth Symphony I, Hawaii All State Orchestra, and Punahou Symphony, and has soloed with the Kamuela Philharmonic, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival Orchestra, Hawaii Youth Symphony II, and Maui Chamber Orchestra. She has been the winner of the Music Teachers National Association Senior String competition in Hawaii for the past 3 years. 17-year-old 2nd violinist Leilani Ikeda, also a student of Ignace Jang, has been studying violin for 10 years. She is the 2019 Hawaii Music Teachers Association Violin Young Artist and Punahou Concerto Competition winner, a 2017 Morning Music Club scholarship winner, and was concertmaster of Hawaii Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra. Leilani is also a lead teaching assistant for the Punahou Japanese language immersion program, and enjoys Tahitian dance. 16-year-old Sewon Park began studying viola in 7th grade with Punahou Symphony conductor Craig Young, and became principal violist of Hawaii Youth Symphony I three years later. She is also an editor of the school yearbook and competes on the varsity girls’ air riflery team. 16-year-old cellist Mira Hu began studying cello at age 7, currently with Hawaii Symphony cellist Nancy Masaki. She has been principal cellist of Hawaii Youth Symphony I, Hawaii All State Orchestra, and the Punahou Symphony, and has won awards at the Osaka International Competition, Music Teachers National Association, Hawaii Music Teachers Association, and Morning Music Club. Mira has played in Carnegie Hall as a winner of the American Protégé Competition, and will perform with the Kamuela Philharmonic as a winner of their 2019 concerto competition.

String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 I. Allegro vivace assai (Felix Mendelssohn, 7:43)

A New Satiesfaction (Gymnopedie No. 1) (Erik Satie/Stephan Koncz, 5:12)