Join us for an intimate evening of chamber music performed by a team of international chamber musicians! Violinist Ambroise Aubrun, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel, pianist Robert Koenig, and violist Jonathan Moerschel have performed in halls across the globe. Experience the thrill of sitting just a few feet away from performers, as the genre was first set out to be. The musicians are all professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara and maintain active performing careers that span the world. Special thanks to Todd Mason for opening his home for this performance.
About the Musicians:
Ambroise Aubrun, violin
Since his recital debut at age 14, Dr. Aubrun has been invited to numerous festivals such as “Le Cercle musical” (Cannes, France), the “Festival de Loudun”, the “Dilijan Chamber Music Series” (Los Angeles and Yerevan, Armenia), the “Incontri in terra di Sienna” (Italy), Sonnet and Sonatas, "Le Salon de Musiques", and Pacific Serenades (Los Angeles). Highlights of Dr. Aubrun’s 2017-18 season include debuts at the Cambrai Festival as the "revelation of the year", concerts in Los Angeles and Paris and the release of his first album with the Hortus Label. Dr. Aubrun teaches Violin and Chamber music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as well as at UC Santa Barbara. He has performed alongside such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, David Bismuth, Guillaume Sutre, Scott St. John, Martin Chalifour, Fred Sherry, Clive Greensmith, Rohan de Saram, Carrie Dennis as well as the Borroméo and Ebène string quartets.
Jennifer Kloetzel, cello
A graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Scholar, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. A founding member of the Cypress String Quartet, Ms. Kloetzel has toured the world and performed at outstanding venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, the Chautauqua Institute and the Ravinia Festival, the Lobkowicz Palaces in both Vienna and Prague, as well as prominent colleges and conservatories nationwide. Ms. Kloetzel has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and her performances have been broadcast on radio stations from coast to coast. Ms. Kloetzel has recorded 16 CDs with the CSQ, most recently the entire cycle of Beethoven Quartets on the Avie label. In September 2016 Ms. Kloetzel was appointed to the faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Robert Koenig, piano
Pianist Robert Koenig has established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, The Louvre Museum in Paris, and Royal Festival Hall in London. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, Augustin Hadelich, Zuill Bailey, Sara Sant'Ambrogio, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, Aaron Rosand, The Miro String Quartet, and The St. Lawrence String Quartet. In the fall of 2007, he assumed the position as Professor and Head of The Collaborative Piano Program at The University of California Santa Barbara.
Jonathan Moerschel, viola
Jonathan Moerschel was born in Boston, Massachusetts into a musical family. He is the violist of the renowned Calder Quartet, which enjoys a diverse career, playing both the traditional quartet literature as well as partnering with innovative modern composers. The quartet, a recipient of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has recently premiered new works by John Luther Adams, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Daniel Bjarnason, Aaron Jay Kernis, and David Lang. They have had recent performances at Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and at the Salzburg Festival. Moerschel is a Lecturer of Viola and Chamber Music at the University of California Santa Barbara.