March 21, 2011

Grant renews Vega String Quartet residency

The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta (ECMSA) has received a grant from the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation supporting the appointment of Vega String Quartet as Emory's string quartet in residence for another five years. 

The grant comes at the end of the Vega Quartet's original five-year residency. In September 2006, the Vega Quartet became Emory's first ever full-time quartet-in-residence.

"Having these four world-class musicians at Emory in a true year-round residency has allowed us to fulfill Emory's stated goal of integrating the arts, at the highest professional level, into the life of the entire University and the greater Atlanta community, and to touch thousands of lives with excellence and passion," says music professor and ECMSA Director William Ransom.

The quartet members have taught throughout the University, working extensively with student musicians while maintaining a local and global performance schedule.

Among its missions, the Katz Foundation supports access to music and performance.

Domenic Salerni joins Vega String Quartet

ECMSA welcomes Domenic Salerni as the newly appointed first violin with the quartet.

Laureate of the 2009 Sion-Valais International Violin Competition and a winner of the Cleveland Institute's Concerto Competition, Salerni is currently finishing Yale's Master of Music program with Hyo Kang, where he has served as concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia and of New Music New Haven. 

Salerni has performed with the chamber ensemble Sejong on tour in the United States and Korea and has performed alongside such artists as Gil Shaham, Orli Shaham, Paul Schoenfield and Jan Opalach.

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