The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is pleased to present its Spring Institute Final Concert featuring the Meráki Quartet and the Jennings Quartet.
The Meráki Quartet is composed of four undergraduate students from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. They include violinists Sofia Matthews and Jun Yong Liu, violist Lia Stallmann, and cellist Isabelle Nichols. The quartet recently had the honor of playing contemporary works at a presentation for businessman, and philanthropist Gordon Getty, and recently took home the Bronze Prize in the 2019 Fischoff Competition, the world's largest and most prestigious chamber music competition.
The Jennings Quartet was formed in Fall 2020 at the recommendation of the McDuffie Center faculty. The ensemble has performed in various events in the central Georgia area, including a recital series at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Ga. The Jennings Quartet was invited to perform alongside the Cavani Quartet in a performance of the Shostakovich Octet; they also participated in an educational program for music students in Macon, Georgia, with hopes of inspiring more young musicians to pursue classical music. Coached by Annie Fullard of the Cavani Quartet and Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, the Jennings consists of violinists Anna Black and Virgil Moore, violist Carlos Walker, and cellist Luis Parra Elkhouri.