The Old School House Arts Centre resumes it Music on Sunday series this weekend with a performance by the renowned Vancouver Cello Quartet Jan. 21.
Known for providing classical and more, the quartet, formed in 2012, is comprised of four dedicated professionals who perform original works and arrangements specifically for cellos.
Since their acclaimed debut, the Quartet has won the hearts of music lovers through their performances of staples of the classical music repertoire as well as contemporary and popular works, all of which showcase the possibilities of the instrument they love.
The mission of the Vancouver Cello Quartet is to create an eclectic mix of repertoire for every concert, shaping the program according to each venue’s interests while maintaining its commitment to musical diversity.
The Vancouver Cello quartet is made up of Lee Duckles, formerly the principal cellist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, along with Kevin Park, Christian Markos and Luke Wook-Young Kim.
Park began his musical training in Seoul, South Korea, and in 2002 was given a full scholarship to pursue his performance degree at the University of North Texas.
Duckles received his early training in the San Francisco Bay area and a degree in performance from the University of Illinois. An active soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in festivals internationally and, for the past 35 summers, has been the principal cellist of the Cabrillo Music Festival of Contemporary Music in California. He is currently the Co-Director of the Vancouver Chamber Players and President of the Vancouver Cello Club.
Markos is a Romanian-Canadian cellist who earned his B.Mus in Music Performance from the Music Academy in Bucharest, Romania. For the 2012-2013 concert season, Cristian joined the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Cellist. As an accomplished symphony and chamber musician, he has performed on stages in Romania, France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Italy, United States, and Canada.
Originally from South Korea, Kim has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 2015. He completed his undergraduate studies at UBC, where he received the Catherine-Cooke Topping Memorial Medal for musical excellence. Then, he finished his Master of Music degree as a full scholarship student at UCLA. Kim has appeared in various concert series and has performed as a soloist with various orchestras.
Sunday’s concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at TOSH, 122 Fern Rd. W. in Qualicum Beach. Admission is $18; for tickets call 250-752-6133. For more info, visit online at www.theoldschoolhouse.org.
— NEWS staff and Ron Hadley submission