The Villanova Chamber Music Series presents the Pyxis Piano Quartet
Sunday, March 21, 3pm
The Pyxis Piano Quartet was founded in 2009 to perform chamber music of the highest caliber. Having forged outstanding individual careers as recitalists, soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral players, the musicians of Pyxis have joined together to offer exciting programs which include works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as standard and adventurous works for piano quartet. The group takes its name from the Pyxis constellation, also known as the Mariner’s Compass, and has as its symbol the compass rose. The points of the compass rose mark the directions of the four winds and represent the new artistic directions the group will travel together while drawing upon the individual backgrounds and experiences of its musicians.
Amy Leonard, viola, has studied viola, piano, and voice, with viola performance degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. As well as having a teaching career, she is an active recitalist and chamber musician and performs with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Philly Pops, Princeton Symphony, Relache, Brandywine Baroque, and Tempesta di Mare.
Meredith Amado, violin, has been heard as a soloist, orchestra player, and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. The former Associate Concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony, she has also played in The Saint Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Ms. Amado is currently on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music.
Jie Jin, cello, has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, and New World Symphony, as well as at festivals world-wide. Lauded in her native China, she appeared in Isaac Stern’s Oscar-winning documentary From Mao to Mozart. Ms. Jin received her Bachelor’s degree in cello performance from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and her Master’s from Rice University. She is currently principal cello of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and section cello of the Delaware Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and Harrisburg Symphony.
Hiroko Yamazaki, piano, has performed throughout the United States and abroad as both a soloist and a collaborator. In 2009, she was featured in the Delaware Symphony Champagne Chamber Series. Ms. Yamazaki graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano degree from the University of Maryland. She teaches and coaches both locally and also at the Aspen Music School and Festival.
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