Amernet String Quartet
The Amernet String Quartet (Misha Vitenson and Franz Felkl, violins, Michael Klotz, viola, and Jason Calloway, cello) has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University School of Music in Miami. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.” Strad Magazine described the Amernet as “…a group of exceptional technical ability.” The Amernet’s performance schedule has taken the quartet across the Americas and to Asia, Europe, and the Middle East and they have collaborated with many of today’s most prominent artists and ensembles including the Tokyo and Ying quartets as well as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Robert deMaine, Roberto Diaz, Alexander Fiterstein, Gary Hoffman, Anthony McGill, Sherrill Milnes, and Michael Tree.
Internationally, the quartet has appeared at major festivals around the world, including Cervantino, San Miguel de Allende, Aviv (Israel), and Colima (Mexico), while the Nürnberger Nachrichten commented that their playing was “fascinating, with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance, and homogeneity of ensemble.” The Amernet’s U.S. engagements have included the Kennedy Center, the Tilles Center, Caramoor, the Great Lakes Festival, Newport, Friends of Chamber Music in Arizona and in Syracuse, LPR in New York City, Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Music on the Edge in Pittsburgh, the University of Maine – Collins Center, and Market Square Concerts. READ MORE
In concerto, recital and chamber music performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia, violinist, Robert Davidovici, is acclaimed on five continents as a virtuoso who combines spectacular technique, wide-ranging repertoire and magnificent artistry with an exciting, compelling stage presence. His multifaceted career has included being Concertmaster of such orchestras as the Osaka Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, The Residentie Orchestra (The Hague), Cincinnati Symphony, as well as the Grand Teton Music Festival, Chautauqua, and Colorado Music Festival Orchestras.
Born in Romania, Robert Davidovici began his studies with a student of David Oistrakh and then went on to study with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School. Robert Davidovici is the recipient of several distinguished First Prize honors, among them, the Naumburg Competition and the Carnegie Hall International American Music Violin Competition.
He has also collaborated in concert with such esteemed artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, Cho Liang-Lin and Emanuel Ax, among others. Carnegie Hall has featured Robert Davidovici as part of their “American Music Masters” series and he was the subject of a television special on WGBH Boston. READ MORE
Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today’s most formidable pianists, Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike. His daring approach to tone and form, marked him as a maverick in the musical world, a distinction he welcomes: the very strength of his artistry challenges, provokes, intrigues.
Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Gekic presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations, always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm. As a recording artist, Kemal Gekic has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original views of the music. His outstanding Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (Naxos) won “The Rosette” of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his recording of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes (JVC) is generally considered to be the best recording of a set in history.
Born in Croatia, Kemal Gekic got his early training from Professor Lorenza Baturina. He graduated from the Art Academy of Novi Sad and was immediately given a faculty appointment by the piano department which he eventually directed until 1999. Since 1999, he has been Artist-in-Residence at the Florida International University School of Music. READ MORE