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2018 Tour Musicians

Albion 5Albion 5

Luciana Hontila, violin
Alyssa Adamec, viola
Ghyas Zeidieh, cello
Will Yager, bass
Anthony Capparelli, piano

Established in January 2018,  the members of Albion 5  have accumulated recognition from the University of Iowa and the Iowa City area. Bringing expertise from around the world, this graduate ensemble has immersed itself into the University of Iowa’s String Quartet Residency Program, receiving masterclasses and coachings from faculty at the University of Iowa School of Music, members of the Elias Quartet and Spektral Quartet, as well as Emanuel Ax. In addition to contributing to the School of Music, Albion 5 has contributed to the music scene in Iowa City, performing throughout the area.

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Arcus TrioArcus Trio

Luciana Hontila, violin
Alyssa Adamec, viola
Ghyas Zeidieh, cello

The Arcus Trio was established in Fall 2017 as part of the University of Iowa Chamber Music Program under the direction of Elizabeth Oakes. The name “Arcus” was deemed appropriate for the extensive universal knowledge from its members. With participants hailing from Romania, Syria, and the United States, the Arcus Trio has established its ensemble at the University of Iowa pursuing opportunities as learners and performers. As participants of the Chamber Music Program, the Arcus Trio has worked with violist Nancy Buck, the Chiara Quartet, and Grammy nominated JACK Quartet. In addition, Arcus Trio has worked with several departments within the University of Iowa, including the University of Iowa Center for Advancement, The University of Iowa Libraries, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ArtShare as well as the Iowa City Area.

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Mire QuartetMire Quartet

Ashley Chong, violin
Rachel Gibbons, cello
Joanna Held, viola
Maia Hove, violin

Formed in August of 2016, the Mìre Quartet has been very active with the University of Iowa string chamber music program. The Mìre has been coached by the Lark, JACK, Ying, Ariana, Chiara, Elias, and Cecilia String Quartets, and participated in masterclasses with members of the Chiara Quartet. The members of the Mìre Quartet include first violinist Maia Hove (B.A. Music, B.S. Biomedical Engineering), second violinist Ashley Chong (B.A. International Studies), violist Joanna Held (B.A. Music, B.S. Math), and cellist Rachel Gibbons (B.M. Cello Performance and Music Education). Outside of the quartet members have been active participants in numerous festivals and have won many accolades. Cellist Rachel Gibbons was 2014’s SEISO Young Artist Competition winner and attended music camps at Western Illinois University for three years. Violist Joanna Held has participated in the Idyllwild Arts Summer music festival in southern California, the Stringwood Chamber Festival in Minnesota, the Sound Encounters Suzuki Summer camp in Kansas, and Music For All’s Orchestra America in Indiana. Violinist Ashley Chong was the concertmaster of the Westmount Youth Orchestra in Montreal for two years and performed with the orchestra in the Maison Symphonique de Montreal as part of the Festival of Youth Orchestras in Quebec. Violinist Maia Hove was the violinist of Iowa State University’s 3.H. Piano Trio, the second violinist of the Woodland String Quartet and served as the assistant concertmaster during her studies at Iowa State University.  In 2016, Ms. Hove won the Iowa State University Concerto Competition and was given the opportunity to perform Sarasate’s Ziguenerweisen with the Iowa State Symphony Orchestra.

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Wild Prairie WindsWild Prairie Winds

Based in downtown Iowa City, the Wild Prairie Winds are a quintet of dedicated young musicians from all around the globe. Named after the Iowa state flower, the Wild Prairie Winds seek out music that celebrates the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Upper Midwest, as well as performing standards and hidden gems of the wind quintet repertoire. Their current program centers around a transcription of Dvořák’s American quartet, written in 1893 in the Czech immigrant community of Spillville, IA. The Wild Prairie Winds are dedicated to taking their performances outside of traditional concert venues and sharing their music with a wide range of audience.

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Joseph Stiefel, pianoJoseph Stiefel

Joseph Stiefel began taking informal piano lessons at age 6 in his rural hometown of Victor, IA, population 881. He continued making music out of love and enjoyment until he met Réne Lecuona, professor of piano at the University of Iowa's summer piano camp. Studying privately with Lecuona during his final two years of high school and subsequently entering her studio as an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa sparked what can only be described as a musical explosion in his life akin to the Big Bang. In his sophomore year, he commenced additional instruction in piano with Uriel Tsachor and chamber music with Elizabeth Oakes while continuing his studies with Lecuona. He will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Music with honors in piano performance and a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics, and he will begin pursuing a Master's degree in piano performance in the fall.

During Joseph's time at Iowa, he has played in various chamber music formations including many duos, a piano trio, and two piano quintets. Highlights of his chamber music experience include playing in public masterclasses for the Cavani and Chiara Quartets as part of the University of Iowa Chamber Music Residency Program. A highlight of his solo career was performing six solo recitals across the Netherlands as part of the International Holland Music Sessions in August 2017. Awards he has received include first prize in the Iowa MNTA piano competition Young Artist Division, the Iowa City Music Study Club Scholarship, and the National Merit Academic Scholarship. Hoping to teach more later in life, Joseph teaches a small studio of piano students and has served as a music theory tutor for the University of Iowa.

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