Amaranth Quartet is committed to presenting music of all eras with equal enthusiasm and artistry. Comprised of violinists Emily Botel and Abigail Shiman, violist Julie Michael, and cellist Helen Newby, the group was founded in 2014. Rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area, Amaranth performs frequently on a variety of concert series and festivals including the Presidio Sessions, San Carlos Eclectic Music Festival, Bay Area Modern Music Festival, Old First Concerts, and the Kronos Festival. They have appeared at prominent Bay Area venues such as Herbst Theater, SFJAZZ, the Fillmore, Freight and Salvage, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Amaranth has toured throughout North America and has been featured as quartet in residence at the Banff Centre, New Music on the Point, and Lake Tahoe Music Festival, where they performed as soloists with the festival orchestra. The quartet has worked with a number of established and emerging composers including Sahba Aminikia, Ashley Fure, Tania León, Christian Wolff, Alyssa Weinberg, and Ryan Brown. Amaranth has performed alongside Ursula Oppens and JACK Quartet.
The 2017-2018 season features the US premiere of Ashley Fure’s Anima for augmented string quartet as well as a recital on the Kronos Festival and a premiere on the Signal Flow Festival at Mills College.
Amaranth is passionate about mentoring young chamber music groups. They have coached at Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Camp and at schools throughout the Bay Area. In 2018 Amaranth will conduct an educational performance residency in Lake Tahoe and launch their inaugural string quartet camp in San Francisco.
Formed at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, members of the quartet also hold degrees from Bard College, Cleveland Institute of Music, McGill University, Oberlin Conservatory, and the University of Michigan. Amaranth Quartet has had the privilege of working with the Kronos, JACK, Mirò, Cypress, Ives, Concord, and St. Lawrence String Quartets.
“The trio allowed silences to stretch and breathe, both drawing out tension and heightening the contrast between their playing and the ambient noise in the hall. Amidst the strange clamor of these pieces, silence became unusually charged.”
– Cleveland Classical
Chartreuse string trio is violinist Myra Hinrichs (Chicago), violist Carrie Frey (New York City), and cellist Helen Newby (San Francisco). The tricoastal trio pools the strengths of their cities of residence, commissioning new works from composers across the globe and collaborating with fellow performers on "Chartreuse +/-" projects. The trio has toured extensively in the U.S. Northeast, the Midwest, and California, as well as in Norway.
Uniquely committed to repeat performances and developing the string trio repertoire through adventurous commissions, Chartreuse has premiered works by Kurt Isaacson, Peter Swendsen, Katherine Young, Marek Poliks, Bethany Younge, Leah Asher, David Bird, Tyler Futrell, Daniel Tacke, Kristina Warren, and Aaron Holloway-Nahum, among others. Cleveland Classical described the trio in concert as “a maelstrom almost tactile in its grittiness.”
Equally devoted to education, the trio has given performances and workshops for students of all ages at institutions including SUNY Fredonia, Oberlin College's Winter Term Chamber Music Intensive, the Norges Musikkhøgskole in Oslo, Toneheim Folkehøgskole, Tromsø University, middle schools in Philadelphia and Cleveland, and Kendal at Oberlin.