The orchestra of Helix Charter High School and the Hausmann Quartet come together for one amazing evening of wonderful classical music, coffee, and dessert.
About the Hausmann Quartet:
Hailed as “Excellent” by U-T San Diego and “an accomplished young foursome with a luscious sound and an experimental bent” (Repeat Performances), the Hausmann Quartet was formed in the summer of 2004 at Lyricafest in New Jersey, and has since become known for its powerful, dynamic performances and commitment to community engagement. Now in its 11th season, the quartet has established itself an integral part of the cultural life of Southern California as faculty Artists-in-Residence at San Diego State University and Ensemble-in-Residence at Mainly Mozart.
The Hausmann Quartet has won prizes at the Beverly Hills Auditions, Rotenburg International Chamber Music Competition and the Morrison International Fellowship award as well as being one of only two American quartets chosen to participate in both the Beijing International Quartet Competition and the Banff International Quartet Competition. They enjoy a busy and varied performance schedule of concerts throughout North America and Asia, with recent appearances including Art of Élan, Berkeley Chamber Performances, Noe Valley Chamber Music, Taiwan National University, Mainly Mozart’s Evolution, Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center, San Francisco Performances, Morrison Series at San Francisco State, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center, Colours of Music in Barrie, Ontario and Sound of Autumn Series in Shijiazhuang, China.
With a deep belief in community engagement, the Hausmann Quartet has presented a variety of creative educational outreach programs throughout the United States and developed a strong presence in Southern California, beginning in 2010 with their appointment as the fellowship quartet at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest and the Joseph Fisch and Joyce Axelrod Quartet-in-Residence at SDSU. Most recently they have launched and directed a series of programs in the San Diego area with support from the Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and ACMP, including the Chamber Music Institute (an immersive chamber music training program for young musicians), the Living Room Concerts and annual Seminar (a coaching and masterclass series for adult amateur chamber musicians) and participatory jam sessions in senior centers and homeless shelters in collaboration with the San Diego Rescue Mission, Resounding Joy and Mainly Mozart. They have partnered with organizations such as Chamber Music Connection, Oakland School for the Arts, La Jolla Music Society, Rockport Music in Massachusetts, International Music Foundation in Chicago, Tuesday Musical Association, and Lyrica Chamber Music in New Jersey, to bring musical programming to populations of all ages. Past activities have included community residencies in Ohio, North Carolina, and Massachusetts, a children’s concert series in Chicago’s inner-city, and Mountain Lakes NJ, as well as a residency at Stanford University’s Educational Program for Gifted Youth Summer Institute. In 2012 the quartet founded the Hausmann Chamber Music Program (HCMP), a semester program and summer festival for students of all ages to learn chamber music, attend performances, and participate in workshops given by the quartet and guest artists. The Hausmann Quartet has become a vibrant member of the San Diego arts community with a dedication to enlivening and enriching the city’s cultural landscape.
In addition to the standard quartet literature the Hausmann Quartet enthusiastically champions lesser known gems from composers of the past and present. In 2008 they were awarded the John Ireland Prize at the Rutenberg International Chamber Music Competition for their performance of a John Ireland quartet. As dedicated advocates for new music, the Hausmann Quartet has worked with composers including Garrett Shatzer, Vartan Aghababian, Gabriela Lena Frank, John Corigliano, Joe Waters, Liam Wade and Laura Koplewitz. In addition, they have mentored student composers at the San Francisco School for the Arts, Longy Preparatory School, Kent State University, San Francisco State University, Ohio State University, and San Diego State University. As part of their residency at San Diego State University the quartet has created a quarterly concert series, Converge, which celebrates the intersection of chamber music and scholarly thought across disciplines. Recent collaborations included Professor of Poetry Sandra Alcosser, Iota Eta Pi comedy troupe and Professor of Russian and European Studies Veronica Shapovalov.
The quartet has also received acclaim at major music festivals including Mainly Mozart, La Jolla SummerFest, Music@Menlo, Aspen Music Festival, Music Mountain, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Norfolk Festival. They have been featured on live broadcasts at radio stations and programs such as Performance Today, Aspen Public Radio, WFMT Chicago, WRCJ Detroit, WOSU Columbus, KZSU Stanford, and CBC Radio 2.
For works beyond the quartet realm the Hausmann Quartet has been fortunate to collaborate with a variety of artists including the Alexander String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Cecilia String Quartet, pianists James Tocco, Jeremy Denk, and Victor Rosenbaum, violinists Ani Kavafian and Laura Bossert, violists Toby Appel, Paul Neubauer, Cynthia Phelps, and Rivka Golani, cellists Terry King, Gary Hoffman, and Paul Katz and clarinetist Jose Franche-Ballester. Recent collaborations have included performances with pianists Anne-Marie McDermott, Stephen Prutsman, Lydia Artymiw, David Kaplan, Grace Fong, violinist Lin He, and cellist Angela Lee.
The members of the Hausmann Quartet have trained through courses and degree programs at institutions including the Longy School of Music, McGill University, San Francisco Conservatory, Kent State University, Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School, Queens College, San Francisco State University, and San Diego State University. They are grateful to list among their many important mentors members of the Alexander, Miami, Alban Berg, Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo, Cleveland, Orion, Takacs, American, Ying, St. Lawrence, Borromeo, Schoenberg, and Artis Quartets.
The members of the Hausmann Quartet are violinists Isaac Allen and Bram Goldstein, violist Angela Choong and cellist Alex Greenbaum. The quartet is named after Robert Hausmann, the eminent 19th century German cellist and founding member of the Joachim Quartet.