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Jupiter Chamber Players

(images above, from the left: Jupiter Chamber Players, Iosif Andriasov, Arshak Andriasov)String Quartet in F-sharp minor, Op. 23 by Georgy Catoire; Piece for String Quartet, Op. 7 by Arshak Andriasov; ‘Spring for String Quartet, Op. 32 and String Quartet in D major, Op. 1 by Iosif Andriasov; String Quartet in F major, Op. 22 by Tchaikovsky.In 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 Quartet which later became the Jupiter Chamber Players. The quartet 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 Quartet’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 Moscow Conservatory. The Jupiter Chamber Players take pleasure in introducing wider audiences to the work of these composers, while continuing to present more familiar Russian and European repertoire.For more information on Arshak Andriasov, please visit www.arshakandriasov.webs.comFor more information on Iosif Andriasov, please visit © Marta Andriasova-Kudryashova

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