The Spektral Quartet is pleased to announce our newest member, violinist Clara Lyon. A musician of exceptional ability, Ms. Lyon arrives in Chicago for the start of our 2014/15 season having just completed a fellowship with Ensemble ACJW, a competitive two-year program in joint partnership between Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute, and the New York Department of Education.
Ms. Lyon received her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance at the Juilliard School as the student of New York Philharmonic concertmaster, Glenn Dicterow, and went on to complete both masters and doctorate degrees at SUNY Stony Brook University with teachers Soovin Kim, Philip Setzer, Pamela Frank, and Philippe Graffin. Chamber music has always been central to Clara’s artistic life, and she has worked closely with members of the Emerson, Guarneri, and Juilliard quartets. She is currently co-director of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival’s “Together in Music” program, a new community-rooted initiative that will foster musical conversation and dialogue in the town of Blue Hill, Maine.
While Clara’s list of achievements is a long and impressive one, it is her nuanced vision while playing classical repertoire, her kindred new music aesthetics, and her drive to explore new modes of performance and audience interaction that compelled us to invite her to join the ensemble. These elastic talents allow Spektral Quartet to propel forward our mission of playing traditional and contemporary repertoire in equal measure, retain our rotating 1st and 2nd violin structure, and preserve all of our contracted dates with only minor changes in repertoire. Ms. Lyon makes her debut with the quartet for the October 25th concert at Constellation.
We wish only the most fulfilling and inspired future for our departing violinist, Aurelien Fort Pederzoli. A founding member of Spektral Quartet, Aurelien has chosen to pursue a teaching career and seek out new opportunities in performance. A quartet is one of the most intimate of relationships, musical or otherwise, so we are happy to say we part as friends.