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At a Glance

The Indianapolis Quartet

The University of Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Quartet, an elite ensemble of widely acclaimed musicians whose global reputations and history of performance successes have established the Quartet as a quintessential example of musical excellence in the Midwest. Founded in 2016 through a collaboration between esteemed University faculty and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Quartet has since performed to capacity crowds and continued the tradition of artistic and culture significance at the University of Indianapolis. The Quartet performs in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center, an award-winning performance space, art gallery and working classroom that hosts a number of performances a year to an established and evolving arts and culture community.

The talents of the individual Quartet members are impressive in their own right, and collectively the group is destined to showcase to the world the dynamic and innovative musical heritage that exists in Indianapolis and the Midwest. The ensemble has several scheduled performances for 2017-2018 and will continue expand its scope to regional, national and international audiences. The members have performed with some of the top concert orchestras in the world, and future collaborations will allow the Quartet to expand its repertoire to new audiences through its unique musical language and emotional performance styles.

Upcoming Concerts

The Indianapolis Quartet

Monday, October 2, 7:30 p.m.
Zachary De Pue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello; with guest clarinetist Todd Palmer

The Indianapolis Quartet returns, welcoming new second violinist Joana Genova who joins the UIndy faculty. The concert features major works associated with Vienna, from the Classical procedures in Beethoven’s G-Major Quartet, Op. 18, No. 2, to the lyrical intensity of Johannes Brahms in his A-minor Quartet, Op. 51, No. 2. Three-time Grammy-nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer joins the Quartet for Mozart’s eloquent 1789 masterpiece, the Quintet for clarinet and strings, K. 581.

The Indianapolis Quartet: “Firsts”

Monday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violins; Michael Isaac Strauss, viola; Austin Huntington, cello
The Indianapolis Quartet celebrates first-published works in the genre, from Beethoven to Shostakovich. Beethoven’s F-Major Quartet, Op. 18, No. 1, features an impassioned slow movement; the First Quartet of Dmitri Shostakovich recalls bright moods. The evening concludes with the 1893 String Quartet of Claude Debussy.

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The members of the Indianapolis Quartet include:

Visiting Instructor of Chamber Music Initiatives

Joana Genova has an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher, and soloist. She began playing the violin at the age of six in her native Bulgaria, made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra and is a prizewinner of the National Competition in Bulgaria. Ms. Genova received her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in The Netherlands. Her teachers included Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert, and Prof. Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Ms. Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Since 2000, Ms. Genova has lived in the US where she is the principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra and former concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra and a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. From 2001 until 2016 she was on the faculty of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF) and the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy in Vermont and served as Education Director of the MMF from 2011 to 2016, organizing numerous outreach programs and family concerts. She is currently on the faculty of Williams College and has taught at Smith College and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Ms. Genova is a member of the Williams Chamber Players and Taconic Chamber Players and is a frequent guest at various festivals and concert series. She has concertized extensively on the East Coast as well as Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai String Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo Robinson Trio, Trio Solisti, members of the Lark Quartet, Toby Appel, Andres Cardenes, Nathaniel Rosen, Danwen Jiang, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Tom Landschoot, Sophie Shao, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, David Deveau, Michael Brown, Adam Neiman and David Krakauer among others. Ms. Genova has performed as soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan, Rockaway and Danbury Symphonies, Berkshire Symphony, Yonkers Philharmonic and Manchester Festival Orchestra.

Known for his virtuosic, high-energy performances, violinist Zachary De Pue successfully balances his roles as Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, fiddler, community leader, and mentor with passion and dedication. A rising star among both classical and crossover music fans, he became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed in 2007. De Pue is a founding member of Time for Three, ISO’s first-ever ensemble-in-residence. He graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. De Pue’s violin was made by Ferdinand Gagliano of Naples, Italy, in 1757.

Violist Michael Isaac Strauss performs around the world as a solo, chamber, and symphonic musician. His love for the intimate concert setting has led to performances on concert series, live-radio broadcasts, and festival appearances across Europe, North America, and Asia. A former member of the distinguished Fine Arts Quartet, Strauss made several European and domestic tours with them, as well as a critically acclaimed recording of Mozart’s complete viola quintets on Lyrinx. His solo work is featured on several other CDs—the first recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Sonata, David Finko’s Viola Concerto (re-released in 2015), Stamitz’s works for solo viola with orchestra (Centaur), and the Suzuki Viola School CDs, Volumes 8 and 9. Additional chamber music recordings with the Philadelphia-based Orchestra 2001 include pieces by living composers. In 2016, he released Wordless Verses—trio works inspired by poetry for oboe, viola, and piano—distributed by Naxos. Strauss was principal violist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 20 years and has served on the faculty of several prominent schools including Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and Swarthmore College. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and performs on a 1704 viola attributed to Matteo Albani of Bolzano, Italy.

Cellist Austin Huntington made his solo orchestral debut at the age of ten and at twenty he was appointed principal cello of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians in a major American orchestra. Huntington is the recipient of numerous awards on both the national and international levels. He placed first in the 2012 Irving M. Klein International Strings Competition and the 2009 MTNA National Sting Competition, in addition to winning second place and the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Schadt National String Competition. He has collaborated with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Robert deMaine, Cynthia Phelps, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Krzysztof Urbanski, and Augustin Hadelich. Huntington performs on a Venetian cello made by Carlo Tononi circa 1725, on loan from the Colburn Foundation.