by Nicolette Cheauré
One of the most prominent news sources for all aspects of classical music, The Violin Channel is no stranger to delivering important and engaging content. Whether it’s audition announcements, concert broadcasts, competition coverage, guest artist masterclasses, album releases, or interviews and obituaries, The VC is happy to supply.
They have even more to share with eager audiences as of late — a new ten-part concert series, The Vanguard Concerts, co-produced by the VC founder Geoffrey John Davies, performing arts executive Charles Letourneau, and the Alphadyne Foundation. With many performing seasons taking a backseat as a result of safety precautions amid the pandemic, these stellar artists can safely come together and do what they love most — create beautiful music to share with listeners around the world. As a bonus, the series was designed to help those whose careers have been disrupted, and provide for the artists to freely use their recordings as promotional material while being supported financially.
The series opened last Thursday with the stellar duo of violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Alessio Bax performing works by Wieniawski, Schubert, and J.S. Bach. Each week highlights a new artist, promising a variety of musical styles, ensembles, and repertoire.
One of these remarkable ensembles is the Dover Quartet — violinists Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, and cellist Camden Shaw — making their Vanguard debut on March 4 with a program to be announced closer to the concert time. Prizewinners at the Banff and Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competitions, the foursome have returned to the Curtis Institute of Music as the Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence. The combination of the group’s high level of ensemble cohesion and commitment to pulling meaning out of the music, as well as their individual technical capabilities, promises to fuse into a beautiful showcase of chamber music and be an enjoyable performance.
The remaining lineup includes violinist Charles Yang with Peter Dugan, violinist Kevin Zhu with Rohan de Silva, violinist Nathan Meltzer, cellist Sophia Bacelar with Noreen Polera and Jamaii Melvin, violinist Tessa Lark with Frank Vignola, the Junction Trio, violist Jordan Bak, and violinist Philippe Quint with Jun Cho. Airing every Thursday on the Violin Channel’s Facebook Page and Youtube channel.