By Keely Laughlin for The Island Connection
Beloved Charleston-based violinist and conductor Yuriy Bekker will bring violist Michael Klotz, cellist Jason Calloway and pianist Andrew Armstrong together to form a powerhouse quartet. The four musicians will perform an exquisite chamber music concert Feb. 21 at the Church of Our Saviour on Betsy Kerrison Parkway.
The concert is sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts & Cultural Events Council.
Bekker has led the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster since 2007 and was named its principal pops conductor in 2016. He served as the orchestra’s acting artistic director from 2010 through 2014 and as director of the chamber orchestra in 2014 and 2015, playing a major role in the orchestra’s successful resurgence. He has performed worldwide as a celebrated guest concertmaster, avid chamber musician and soloist.
Klotz has established an international reputation as a performer and pedagogue of the viola. He made his solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic at the age of
17 and has since appeared as soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra principal worldwide. He joined the Amernet String Quartet in 2002 and has toured and recorded commercially with the ensemble throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Romania, Colombia, Belgium and Spain.
Calloway has performed to acclaim throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East as a soloist and chamber musician. He also plays with the Amernet String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami and was previously a member of the award-winning Biava Quartet, formerly in residence at the Juilliard School.
Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, Armstrong has delighted audiences across Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and Warsaw’s National Philharmonic.