Ogunquit Performing Arts presents its 26th Chamber Music Festival with a 2-concert series by Boston Chamber Music, on Friday June 3 and Friday June 10. The series will be a celebration of the music of Brahms and Dvořák, played by a piano quartet on the first evening and a string sextet on the second.
The players are selected and led by international cellist Bruck Coppock, who every year puts together a special ensemble for the Ogunquit concerts, unique to OPA.
On Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm, the Piano Quartet will play:
DVOŘÁK Piano Quartet in Eb, Opus 87
BRAHMS Piano Quartet in g minor, Op 25
The Quartet will consist of the following players:
Matthew Vera, violinist, is known for his versatility as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Matthew also enjoys a freelance career in the Boston area. His primary teachers include: James Buswell, Lucy Chapman, Mark Rush, Stephen Moeckel, Dennis Bourret, and David Rife. Matthew has been a member of the Boston Philharmonic’s first violin section since 2010.
Jason Fisher, viola, is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music. A Carnegie Hall Fellow and a Peabody Singapore Fellow, he has toured Europe, Asia, Kazakhstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic and has given concerts at Vienna Musikverein, Singapore Esplanade, The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. Jason has performed with Pink Martini, Jake Shimabukuro, Itzakh Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa, and with members of the Florestan Trio, and the Æolus, Brentano, Cleveland, Emerson, Mendelssohn, and St. Lawrence String Quartets.
Bruce Coppock has enjoyed a career as a cellist, teacher and arts executive for over 40 years. He was cellist, co-founder and executive director of the Boston Chamber Music Society; principal cellist of the Handel & Haydn Society; cellist of the Boston Musica Viva. He was Chair of the Music Division of the Boston Conservatory and subsequently chair of both the chamber music and orchestral studies departments at New England Conservatory. Since returning to the Boston area in 2016, he has re-joined the faculty of the Longy School of Music, is Chair of the Chamber Music Department at the Rivers School Conservatory and is a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.
Randall Hodgkinson, pianist, has achieved recognition as a winner of the International American Music Competition for pianists sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. He has appeared frequently as soloist and chamber music artist in festivals throughout the United States, and as a featured soloist with major orchestras including those of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Buffalo, the American Symphony, the Orchestra of Illinois, and abroad in Italy and Iceland. He is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. Randall Hodgkinson has recordings on New World, Albany labels.