Ertan Torgul, Violin; Jennifer Kloetzel, Cello; Aileen Chanco, Piano
ERTAN TORGUL, violin “Superb!” – SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS Balancing a tremendously busy career of recital engagements, a full calendar of chamber music concerts, and Guest Concertmaster appearances, Mr. Torgul is a well-rounded and much sought-after musician. As a soloist and Guest Concertmaster, he has performed with numerous orchestras around the country including Indianapolis, Sacramento, Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas Opera, Shreveport, and San Antonio among many others. His solo repertoire includes more than twenty concertos and his most recent performance of The QUAD Concerto as a member of SOLI Chamber Ensemble has earned him rave reviews. Before deciding to leave his post in 2012, Mr. Torgul served as Associate and Acting Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony for sixteen seasons. His chamber music and recital performances have taken him to some of the world’s most prestigious locations where he has collaborated with renowned individuals and groups such as Jean Yves Thibaudet, Michael Tilson Thomas, Philippe Quint, Miami String Quartet, Fry Street Quartet, and many others. Mr. Torgul is the violinist and Managing/Artistic Director of SOLI Chamber Ensemble. The Ensemble performs concerts and residencies around the country and is the recipient of the 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for its innovative programming. Mr. Torgul is also a founding member of the critically acclaimed SUONO Duo, as well as “Quinteto Quilombo” a Tango Quintet specializing in “Tango Nuevo”. Ertan plays on a 1690 Grancino violin on loan from a true gentleman of the arts.
JENNIFER KLOETZEL, cello “Impressively passionate” – STRAD Magazine 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 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 is noted for her elegant playing and her vibrant tone. She has recorded over 20 CDs and has played numerous recitals, including for San Francisco Performances and WQXR in New York. Strad Magazine hailed, “Cellist Jennifer Kloetzel is impressively passionate…” In September 2016 Ms. Kloetzel was named adjunct professor of cello and chamber music at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
AILEEN CHANCO, piano “Intense virtuosity” – MUSIC-WEB International Soloist and chamber musician Aileen Chanco is widely recognized for her intense virtuosity and sensitivity. “Steeped in expressiveness!” – Mercury News. As founder and Artistic Co-Director of Music at the Mission, Chanco introduced “Chamber Music Outside the Box,” with exciting classical programming and collaborative performances at Old Mission San Jose in Fremont. When Chanco made her debut with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of thirteen, she caught the attention of conductor Kent Nagano who chose her to solo with him during an engagement with the Boston Pops. After the success of this East Coast debut, Chanco was named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts and presented with a medal at the White House by the President, followed by her debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. After studying with Herbert Stessin at The Juilliard School where she received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music, Chanco appeared as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Chanco’s discography includes a recording on the Con Brio Recordings label, “Images of Three Centuries” which was hailed by MUSIC-WEB INTERNATIONAL critic Adam Binks as a recording that “displays her intense virtuosity that is one of her specialties.”