Voxare String Quartet. Photo by Greg Kessler

Voxare String Quartet at Maverick Concert Hall, July 14

by Editor


Sunday  |  July 14  |  4 pm

“Kindred Spirits”

Britten: Simple Symphony (Version for string quartet)
Ned Rorem: String Quartet No. 4 (1994)
(In honor of the composer’s 90th birthday)
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 3 in E Flat Minor, Op. 30

With a repertoire spanning five centuries, Voxare is not afraid to break down the boundaries of classical music; they have made and performed their own transcriptions of popular and rock music and often perform in alternative concert venues, presenting innovative concerts focused on unique and accessible presentations of contemporary chamber music while assimilating classical standards and popular music. Voxare can be found on the soundtracks of several films shown at festivals such as Sundance and Tribeca.

As one of the most acclaimed and innovative young string quartets in the United States, The New York Times declared “The gifted Voxare String Quartet,” plays “with such penetrating tone and lucid textures,” and has on numerous occasions chosen Voxare as its Classical Pick of the Week.


Voxare was accepted to study quartet repertoire with Robert Mann, founder of the Juilliard String Quartet, at the inaugural prestigious Mann Quartet Institute. Voxare has studied quartet literature with current members of the Juilliard String Quartet through its select String Quartet Seminar, and has also studied with members of the Kronos Quartet through Carnegie Hall.

Voxare String Quartet

L to R: Erik Peterson, Adrian Daurov, Emily Ondrecek-​​Peterson, Galina Zhadanova. Photo by Greg Kessler.

A native of Chicago, violinist Emily Ondracek-​​Peterson started playing the violin at the age of five, and began giving public concerts soon thereafter. At sixteen, Ms. Ondracek gave her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since that time, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe, and at festivals such as Aspen, Italy’s Festival de Due Mondi, and the Cleveland Orchestra’s Blossom Summer Music festival, where she was awarded the Joseph Gingold Prize for Most Outstanding Instrumentalist.  Ms. Ondracek received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Masao Kawasaki. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University.

A native of Russia, violinist Galina Zhdanova began studying the violin at the age of five. At the age of fifteen she won the First Prize at the International Violin Competition in Tokyo, Japan. Since then she has participated in numerous music festivals and concerts all around the world. In 2004 Ms. Zhdanova was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Bayreuth Festival Youth Symphony Orchestra under conductors Peter Gulke and Joseph Schwab. A graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where she studied with a renowned violinist Mikhail Gantvarg, she has also studied with Daniel and Todd Phillips (of the Orion Quartet) and Grigory Kalinovsky. Ms. Zhdanova is a versatile musician, at home in worlds of classical, contemporary, and popular music. Ms. Zhdanova has played with Josh Groban, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Sarah Brightman, David Byrne (Talking Heads), and The Trans-​​Siberian Orchestra.

Violist Erik Peterson started playing viola at age ten in his native Chicago. As an orchestral musician, Mr. Peterson has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Milwaukee and New World Symphonies. He has participated in the music festivals of Sarasota, Blossom, Aspen, and Grant Park, as well as the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi in Italy and the Encore School for Strings, where he was awarded the Kay H. Logan Award for chamber music performance. Mr. Peterson has performed on WFMT in Chicago, and has been the subject of a feature on National Public Radio. Mark Nowakowski’s Viola Concerto, Storm Bells, was written for and premiered by Mr. Peterson. Mr. Peterson received his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory, and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Cleveland Institute of music, where he was the teaching assistant to Stanley Konopka.

Cellist Adrian Daurov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Anatoly Nikitin. From an early age Mr. Daurov began to perform as a soloist and chamber musician on the main concert stages of St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as in Europe and the U.S. He made his debut with the orchestra in 1997 with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Daurov was awarded First prizes at the international music competitions in Dobrich (Bulgaria) in 1996, Groningen (the Netherlands) in 2001, and the LISMA Foundation Competition (New York) in 2006. Mr. Daurov is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with David Soyer of Guarneri Quartet and Andre Emelianoff.

Featured photo by Greg Kessler.


Saturday, July 20, 11 am
Young People’s Concert: Ilya Yakushev, piano

Admission is free for all young people under 16. These wonderful concerts, long a Maverick tradition, are designed for enjoyment by school-​​age children. Adults pay $5 each.

Sunday, July 21, 4 pm
Jupiter String Quartet with Ilya Yakushev, piano

Music of Haydn, Brahms, and Britten, and Frank Bridge’s Piano Quintet in D Minor (1905)

Maverick Concerts
120 Maverick Rd.
Woodstock, NY 12498 – 2503


Maverick Hall, photo by Dion Ogust


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