pictured above, from left to right: Jupiter Chamber Players, J. S. Bach, I. Andriasov, A. Zemlinsky, J. Haydn.J. S. Bach Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537, transcribed for string quartet by David ChengFranz Josef Haydn String Quartet in A major, Op. 20, No. 6Iosif Andriasov String Quartet in D major, Op. 1Alexander Zemlinsky String Quartet in A major, No. 1, Op. 4In 1997, two veteran freelancers, violinist Michael Jones and Juilliard-trained violist Steve Levintow, recruited BBC Orchestra violinist Andrew Davies and cellist Paul Hale of the Oakland Symphony to found the Jupiter Chamber Players. The group had the good fortune to connect with Marvin Sanders, director of Live Oak Concerts at the Berkeley Art Center, just as the Center’s previous ensemble-in-residence, the Cypress Quartet, left to launch their international career. The Art Center remained the Jupiter’s “home” venue for 10 years. Paul Rhodes replaced Hale in 2000, bringing his years of experience in numerous orchestras and as soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival. Two years later, Davies left to pursue other projects, and San Francisco Symphony member Victor Romasevich took over as first violinist. Romasevich brought deep fascination with Russian chamber music, including masterworks by such composers as Sergei Taneyev, Georgy Catoire, and Iosif Andriasov (with whom Romasevich studied violin and viola) – all links in a tradition going back to Tchaikovsky through the Moscow Conservatory. The Jupiter Chamber Players take pleasure in introducing wider audiences to the work of these composers, while continuing also to present more familiar Russian and European repertoire. For information about composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov, please visit www.andriasovstore.com. www.iosifandriasov.net Â© Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova) For recordings/videos of Iosif Andriasov’s music, please go to YouTube and search for ‘Iosif Andriasov’.