The Wasmuth Quartet | Transformations

Works by living composers and those ahead of their time including two premieres by NYU Abu Dhabi composers.

Jonathan Ong violin
Dorothy Ro violin
Abigail Rojansky viola
Warren Hagerty cello

Hailed by critics as “thoughtful, impressive musicians”
-Cleveland Classical

The Wasmuth Quartet Biography

The Wasmuth Quartet – has won numerous accolades and awards, and is quickly establishing themselves as one of the exciting young quartets on the music scene today. Within months of their formation, they received 1st prize at the Kuttner String Quartet Competition and won the Silver Medal in the senior division of the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. They went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2014 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the First Place and Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. In May 2014, the Verona Quartet won the Bronze Medal at the 8th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Osaka, Japan, where critics lauded their “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America).

The Quartet has been visiting artists at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Indiana University String Academy as well as the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. Recent appearances include the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on National Public Radio, “The Weekly Special” on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the Candlelight Concert Society in Baltimore, MD, and the “Music in the Loft” concert series in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building. The upcoming season includes artist residencies at the Abu Dhabi Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, California, as well as concerts in New York, Washington, D.C., Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

In addition to their performance commitments, the Quartet members are strong proponents of community engagement and education. They have an ongoing residency in the city of Danville, Illinois, where they have developed a concert series and work with developing young musicians on performance and practice skills. Since their residency commenced, many Danville schools have seen their music class enrollment increase in size to almost double the average in the State of Illinois.

The Quartet is currently the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where they are mentored by the Pacifica Quartet, as well as Alexander Kerr, Atar Arad and Eric Kim. The Quartet has also worked with Peter Salaff, Jerry Horner, Jorja Fleezanis, Paul Kantor and members of the Brentano, Cleveland, Cavani, American, Tokyo and London Haydn Quartets.

This program is presented by Chamber Music Abu Dhabi and the NYU Abu Dhabi Music Program.

Chamber Music Abu Dhabi’s mission is to build a vibrant classical music scene in Abu Dhabi. Their concerts feature some of the world’s most exciting young performers in innovative programs and in intimate settings.