2019 Tour Musicians
Established in January 2019, the Amani Quintet was developed as part of the University of Iowa Chamber Music Program under the direction of Elizabeth Oakes. With individuals hailing from Romania, Syria and the United States, Amani Quintet has established its ensemble at the University of Iowa, pursuing opportunities both as learners and performers. As participants of the Chamber Music Program, the Amani Quintet has worked with multiple University of Iowa professors as well as Grammy winning JACK Quartet and the Brentano Quartet. Combing unique backgrounds of musical education, the Amani Quintet brings a diverse knowledge and radiant enthusiasm to their ensemble. In addition to their passion to music, members of the Amani quintet are professional students pursuing degrees in Academia, Math, Biochemical Engineering, Dentistry and Doctorate of Audiology.
The Fantasie Trio
The Fantasie Trio was established in August of 2017 under the University of Iowa's Chamber Music Residency Program and since then has had the opportunity to directly work with a number of renowned artists, including the JACK Quartet, Chiara Quartet, and Emanuel Ax. Violinist Guowei Qi (B.S. Biochemistry, B.S. Mathematics, B.A. Computer Science) has attended the Madeline Island Chamber Music, Zenith Chamber Music Festival, and Idyllwild Arts summer music programs, as well as was selected as concertmaster of the 2016 Iowa All-State Orchestra. Cellist Bennet Huang (B.M. Cello Performance) has earned the top prizes at competitions such as the US Open, VOCE, and USIMC, and has performed in masterclasses with Jennifer Culp, Ben Hong, Rhonda Rider, and Steven Doane. Pianist Chun-Ya Pien (B.M. Piano Performance) hasreceived the Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship and the Ogilvie Stark Scholarship at Iowa, was the State Winner of the 2018 MTNA Iowa Young Artist Competition, and has participated in several competitions and performed in Taiwan, the U.S, and Europe.
Wild Prairie Winds
The Wild Prairie Winds is a professional wind quintet consisting of active teachers and performers living in Iowa City. Named after the Iowa state flower, the group seeks out music that celebrates the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Upper Midwest. Their current program is themed on pastoral works by American composers Eric Ewazen and David Crowe. Both compositions are highly programmatic with vivid imagery of tumultuous white-water rapids, glassy frozen lakes, a small county fair, and even a rambunctious barnyard! Their hope is to connect to their audience through music that is new but with fun and relatable themes.