THE SOLERA QUARTET
Acclaimed by critics as “top-notch, intense, stylish, and with an abundance of flare and talent” and “one of the foremost young string quartets,” the Solera Quartet has quickly gained a reputation for their fiery musical expression, poetic sensibility, entrepreneurial acumen, and exceptional dedication to social initiatives. Formed in 2015, the New York City-based Quartet is the winner of the 2017 Pro Musicis International Award. In this history-making win, the Solera Quartet is the first and only American chamber ensemble invited to join Pro Musicis’ illustrious roster. The 2018-19 season includes the Quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut as well as significant debuts in Boston and Chicago.
Deeply committed to utilizing music as an agent for social change, the Solera Quartet is passionate about sharing music within the prison system. In collaboration with the non-profit organization Project: Music Heals Us, the Soleras’ Prison Residency Project brings interactive, thoughtfully-conceived chamber music concerts into incarcerated communities across the United States. In recognition of this work, the Solera Quartet is the 2018 recipient of the Guarneri String Quartet Residency, funded by the Chamber-Music America Residency Partnership Program.
The word solera describes a craft method of producing wine and spirits, in which new and old vintages are layered in one barrel to achieve a uniquely complex and ever-evolving blend. Similarly, the Solera Quartet is founded on a deep respect for the rich string quartet tradition alongside an intrepid desire to add new layers to that tradition through its fresh interpretations and innovative approach to the concert experience.
Violinist Miki-Sophia Cloud enjoys a rich musical life as a chamber musician, orchestra-leader, educator and artistic director. Recently chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Sun-Law Vuillaume Fellowship, Miki-Sophia is driven and inspired by music’s ability to connect people more deeply to one another and to themselves.
Since 2009, Miki-Sophia has been a core member of the self-conducted chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, where her work as one of its concertmasters, soloists, and 17 artistic directors has been hailed by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker and garnered a 2014 GRAMMY nomination. Acclaimed for her thoughtful and innovative approach to the concert experience, Miki-Sophia’s programming has been described as “ingeniously crafted” by The Boston Globe.
Miki-Sophia is a member of the New York-based Solera Quartet, winners of the 2017 Pro Musicis International Award and 2018 Guarneri Quartet Residency from Chamber Music America. In addition to their concert schedule, the Soleras are passionate about sharing music with incarcerated communities, and have performed dozens of concerts in prisons and jails across the country.
An alumna of Harvard College, Yale School of Music, Vienna Academy of Music, and New England Conservatory, Miki-Sophia joined the faculty of Dartmouth College in 2016, where she mentors a vibrant studio of bright and inquisitive violinists.
Miki-Sophia is honored to play an 1855 violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, graciously on loan to her through the Tarisio Trust: Eric Sun-Karen Law Vuillaume Fellowship.
Hailed by the New York Times for his “muscularity and shimmering lyricism”, “insightful musicianship”, and “sumptuous elegance”, cellist Andrew Janss’ performances have been enjoyed across five continents in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Sydney Opera House, and the Louvre.
Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, and Richard Goode, as well as chart-topping performers such as Lana Del Rey, Mary J. Blige, Florence + the Machine, Erykah Badu, and The Roots.
Mr. Janss was previously the founding cellist of the Escher Quartet, with whom he was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of Chamber Music Society Two.
He has served as Guest Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and tours with the band Break of Reality, recently to Eastern and Central Asia, Haiti, and Brazil.
Praised by critics for her “astounding virtuosic gifts” (Boston Herald) and “achingly pure sound” (The Toronto Star), concert violinist Tricia Park enjoys a diverse and eclectic career as soloist, chamber musician, concert master, educator, and festival curator.
Tricia is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was selected as one of “Korea’s World Leaders of Tomorrow” by the Korean Daily Central newspaper. Since appearing in her first orchestral engagement at age 13 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, she has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa; the Montreal, Dallas, Cincinnati, Seattle, Honolulu, Nevada, and Lincoln Symphonies; and the Calgary, Buffalo, and Westchester and Naples Philharmonics. She has also given recitals throughout the United States and abroad, including a highly acclaimed performance at the Ravinia Rising Stars series. As First Violinist of the Maia Quartet from 2005-2011, she performed at Lincoln Center and the 92nd Street Y in New York and Beijing’s Forbidden City Hall and was on faculty at the University of Iowa.
Other career highlights include Tricia’s recital debut at the Kennedy Center, appearances at the Lincoln Center Festival in Bright Sheng’s The Silver River, her Korean debut performance with the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Orchestra and collaborations with composer Tan Dun, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Timothy Eddy and Steven Tenenbom. An appearance with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra at Jordan Hall garnered a glowing review from the Boston Herald that stated, “If you see the name Tricia Park in any future programs, buy a ticket.”
Recent season highlights include a performance of Lalo Symphonie Espagnole with the South Bend Symphony; a recital at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble Peripherie; a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with the Notre Dame Symphony; a collaborative performance with violist Daniel Avshalomov; and a recording of works by Per Bloland on the TZADIK label with the ECCE Ensemble. Tricia is also the founding member of the Solera Quartet, the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame.
Tricia maintains an ongoing interest in new music and non-classical styles. She has performed with jazz musicians Matt Ulery and Zach Brock, has appeared with the rock band, Another Dead Clown and performs duo violin recitals with fiddler-violinist, Taylor Morris.
Passionate about arts education and community development, Tricia is the co-founder and artistic director of MusicIC, a summer chamber music festival that takes place in downtown Iowa City. MusicIC presents free concerts and events focus on music for small ensembles inspired by works of literature, both prose and poetry.
Tricia received her Bachelor and Master of Music from the Juilliard School where she studied with Dorothy DeLay. She is a recipient of the Starling-DeLay Teaching Fellowship at the Juilliard School. She has studied and performed chamber music with Felix Galimir, Pinchas Zukerman, Cho-Liang Lin, Michael Tree, Gary Hoffman, Paul Neubauer, Robert McDonald, and members of the American, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Orion String Quartets as well as the new music group, Eighth Blackbird. Other former teachers include Cho-Liang Lin, Donald Weilerstein, Hyo Kang and Piotr Milewski.
Currently, Tricia is full-time Violin Faculty and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame. Get to know more about Tricia at www.triciapark.com
Pianist Dominic Cheli was the first prize winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition. In July 2017, he released his debut CD of the music of Clementi on the Naxos label, and recently recorded his second Naxos album of the music of Liszt and Schubert. His rapidly advancing career has included notable concerts such as his performance of Prokofiev’s Third Piano concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Colburn Orchestra at Walt Disney Hall and his Carnegie Hall recital debut this past spring. Born in St. Louis, Dominic currently resides in Los Angeles.