Forming Friendships While Playing Music

Violist Grace Takeda (Norfolk ’17) learned more than simply how to play outstanding chamber music at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She also made lifelong friendships.

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Michiko Theurer: Attending Norfolk as an Individual Fellow

Michiko Theurer (Norfolk ’17) was one of eight individual string Fellows chosen to attend the Norfolk Festival’s Chamber Music Session. She discusses her experience.

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How Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Helped Us Win an Award

The Rolston String Quartet (Norfolk ’16) credits attending the Norfolk Festival’s Chamber Music Session with helping them win the 2016 Banff International String Quartet competition. Cellist Jonathan Lo explains why.

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Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) On How The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Informed Her Life

It’s been over a decade since Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Chamber Music Session, and she’s still close to the quintet she played with that summer. Not bad for a group that was randomly formed by the Eastman School of Music faculty when they were freshman. They called themselves Destino Winds. […]

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Pianist Ilya Poletaev On The Art Of Listening

By Janet Reynolds Pianist Ilya Poletaev is a musical triple threat, as at home on the piano keyboard as he is on that of the organ or harpsichord. He’s also a master of many musical tasks and styles. While many musicians focus on orchestral careers or perhaps that of a soloist, Poletaev literally has his […]

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Violinist Jennifer Frautschi

By Janet Reynolds This summer may mark violinist Jennifer Frautschi’s first visit to Norfolk, but it’s also is a reunion with her long-time friend, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Director Melvin Chen.“I’ve known Melvin since he was a teen from the Aspen Music Festival,” she says. “I started attending when I was 12, and Melvin and his […]

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Violinist Harumi Rhodes’ First Visit to Norfolk

By Janet Reynolds This summer may mark violinist Harumi Rhodes’ first visit to Norfolk, but in another way it’s a return to her past. She and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Director Melvin Chen are close friends, who have played together in chamber music ensembles before. The music Rhodes will be performing is a return to […]

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Joshua Gindele on Dvořák, Norfolk
and Yes … Tennis

By Janet Reynolds The Miró Quartet is a Norfolk alumni group, having been at the Festival in the summers of 1996 and 1998. Since then, the Quartet, which is the quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin, has won numerous awards, including being chosen as the first ensemble to win the coveted Avery Fisher Career […]

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Chris Brubeck and Triple Play

By Janet Reynolds Editor’s Note: Every summer Norfolk Chamber Music Festival opens its doors and grounds to the community for an afternoon of  free events. Want to introduce your children to live music in a family-friendly setting? This is the way to do it. The Open House, which is on Sunday, July 16 beginning at […]

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Tara Helen O’Connor On Why the Flute and Why She Loves Norfolk

By Janet Reynolds For flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, her upcoming performance on Friday, July 14, at the Norfolk Festival is a homecoming.  She was a Fellow in 1989, at the beginning of her career, an experience she calls “life changing.” “The faculty was incredibly generous with their time and expertise,” she says. “We worked really […]

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