The Samara Piano Quartet was formed in the Summer of 2017 and has performed at Keene State, Dartmouth and Marlboro Colleges, Highland Center for the Arts VT, the Keiser Concert Series and in the Music on Madison series in NYC. The Quartet are resident artists for Ashuelot Concerts, a non-profit based in Keene, New Hampshire who’s mission is to find new ears for classical music and to use live classical music perforamnces as a powerful force to inspire learning & achievement in schools. They regularly perform in this series in Keene and have visited 14 public schools with special performances designed to inspire the next generation, performing to over 3000 school children so far. Future plans include two concerts at the new where they will also be offering a masterclass and lecture. The Quartet takes its name from the winged seeds produced by the abundant maple trees surrounding their rehearsal studio in Keene, New Hampshire.
Louisa Stonehill - Violin British-American violinist, Louisa Stonehill has performed in Germany, Austria, Spain, throughout Eastern-Europe, Canada, Mexico, UK and across the USA. Her performances are recognized for being "open-hearted and superbly characterized,” (Glasgow Herald) and Gramophone magazine branded her a "passionately committed advocate.”. A committed chamber-musician, Louisa is most often seen alongside pianist Nicholas Burns as part of the Steinberg Duo. Together, they have recorded four albums for Nimbus Alliance and Lyrita. Gonzalo Martin Rodriguez - Viola Gonzalo has performed in some of the most reputed concert halls of Europe, including Gewandhaus Leipzig, Musikverein Wien and Sendesaal Bremen. He has performed as a soloist with the Bilbao Symphonic Orchestra, the Deusto Chamber Orchestra, and in the “EIO” youth orchestra’s Venezuela and Brussels tours. He is a top prizewinner in the 2017 International Anton Rubinstein Competition for Viola, the Concurso Jovenes musicos de Euskadi, as well as a two-time winner of the Ensemblewettbewerb HMT Leipzig. Gonzalo has participated in chamber music festivals and fellowships throughout Europe and the United States, including “Lenk musiksommer,” “Presjovem,” the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar, the “Harmos Festival” concerts, and the 2017 and 2018 Ravinia’s Steans’ Music Institute. Paul Cohen - Cello Paul Cohen, cello, studied cello with Fritz Magg and Janos Starker at Indiana University and began his professional career with the Atlanta Chamber Players in 1982 before joining the Apple Hill Chamber Players in New Hampshire in 1986.After moving to Los Angeles in 1996, Mr. Cohen performed with ensembles such as Camerata Pacifica, Pacific Serenades, and the Dunsmuir Quartet. He became a founding member of the New Hollywood String Quartet and appeared with them at numerous festivals including the Sedona Music Festival, Vermont Music Festival, Ventura Chamber Music Festival, and the 20th Century Festival in Santa Fe. He has also appeared on over 150 film scores, including Academy Award and Golden Globe winning scores by John Williams, Michael Nyman, and James Horner. Nicholas Burns - Piano British Pianist Nicholas Burns has performed in USA, Canada, Spain, Germany and all around the UK. His performances have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 (UK) and Radio Maribou (Germany), and he has recorded four critically acclaimed albums for Nimbus & Lyrita. He is most often heard alongside violinist Louisa Stonehill as part of the Steinberg Duo. He attended the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in 2010 and spent each January in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada from 2012-2014.