With an emphasis on the classical/romantic and contemporary literature, the Hugo Wolf Quartet selected composer Hugo Wolf as its namesake because the composer was on the cusp between romanticism and modernism, with an inquisitive artistic mindset that remained open to the past and future alike.
The Austrian string quartet performed Schumann's Quartet Op. 41 no. 3, Respighi's Il Tramonto, Wolf's Italian Serenade, and selections from The Italian Songbook.
Their performance featured mezzo soprano Olivia Vote. Ms. Vote recently completed a two-year engagement in Switzerland and is currently working with the Santa Fe Opera to workshop the upcoming premiere of The (R)evolution of Steven Jobs (by Martin Bates) in San Francisco. She is singing the role of Jobs' wife, Laurene Powell.
Biographies & headshots:
Sebastian Gürtler, Violin
Régis Bringolf, Violin
Thomas Selditz, Viola
Florian Berner, Violoncello
"Grand personalities interact unsentimentally, considerately and with heart all at once, creating an emotional eddy that is difficult to explain.”
The above qualities, together with a passionate will for expression and an unceasing artistic curiosity, are the trademarks of this quartet. For 20 years already, the Hugo Wolf Quartet has been a fixture on the international chamber music scene and has fascinated audiences around the globe.
Lauded for her “theatrical magnetism ”and “ striking expressiveness ,” American mezzo-soprano, Olivia Vote is a “voice to pay attention to...”
An eager and passionate fan of modern music. Olivia has premiered a number of new roles and works. With the 21st Century Consort at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., she peformed Colors passing though us, a chamber work written specifically for her by composer and friend David Froom. While at Opernhaus Zurich she created the role of Mary Hawkins in Frank Schwemmer's Die Schatzinsel and at AVA she sang the world premiere of Margaret Garwood’s The Scarlet Letter as Hester Prynne.
In competition most recently Ms. Vote was a grand finalist in the Francesco Vinas Competition in Barcelona this past winter. She has won second place in the Loren L. Zachary Society, Alfredo Silipigni International Vocal Competition, and Gerda Lisner Foundation International Competition. She is a grant winner from the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, has been a New England and Mid Atlantic regional finalist and study grant recipient in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, and most recently was awarded a Sullivan Foundation Development Grant. Other accolades include winning the Opera Idol competition at the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Phyllis Curtin Career Award upon graduating with a M.M. from Yale University.