With a love of tackling the string quartet canon and as fierce a passion for discovering newly composed works, Amaranth Quartet was founded in 2013 and proudly calls the Bay Area home. Members Emily Botel, Abigail Shiman, Julie Michael, and Helen Newby strive to present classical music to divergent audiences in a variety of locales. Exciting projects this season include a residency in New Hampshire at Avaloch Farm with L.A. based composer Kenji Oh and appearances on concert series such as The Presidio Sessions, Old First Concerts, and the Shenson Faculty Series. Amaranth Quartet firmly believes in the importance of community engagement. They are actively involved in and committed to outreach at grade schools across the United States.

Commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet is essential to the quartet's mission; Amaranth has performed and recorded works by emerging and established composers including Nick Benavides, Ryan Brown, James Craft, Brian Fitzsousa, Lucas Floyd, Dylan Mattingly, Riley Nicholson and Adam Strawbridge.  This season, Amaranth Quartet will workshop, premiere and record new works written by Haley Shaw, Jodie Rottle, Stephanie Neumann  and Kenji Oh. 


Beyond bringing the established string quartet repertoire to life, Amaranth Quartet is committed to working with a diverse group of Bay Area artists. Collaborators include Amie Cota, Kendra McKinley, Diana Gameros, Madeline Tasquin, and Nahuel Bronzini. Amaranth Quartet has performed at the historic Fillmore West as part of the venue’s first all-female lineup, and has also appeared at Freight and Salvage, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the late Viracocha. Amaranth has been a featured guest artist on several Bay Area radio programs including KPOO, KPFA and KALX.

CHARTREUSE 

Chartreuse is violinist Myra Hinrichs (Chicago), violist Carrie Frey (New York City), and cellist Helen Newby (San Francisco). The tricoastal trio aims to take advantage of the distance by pooling the strengths of their chosen cities, commissioning new works from composers across the U.S. and in Norway and collaborating with fellow performers in each of their musical residences on "Chartreuse +/-" projects. The trio has toured extensively in the U.S. Northeast, the Midwest, and California, as well as in Norway. 

Uniquely devoted 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, David Bird, Tyler Futrell, and Aaron Holloway-Nahum, among others.  Cleveland Classical described the trio’s performance of Isaacson’s work as “a maelstrom almost tactile in its grittiness.”  Their 2017/18 season will feature new works by Leah Asher, Matthew Ricketts, Joan Arnau Pamies, and Daniel Tacke. 

Helen, Myra, and Carrie are devoted educators in each of their cities of residence. As a trio they have 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, and Kendal at Oberlin. 

The trio has been invited for four consecutive years to develop new repertoire in residencies at Avaloch Farm Music Festival. This season, they will be featured artists on Ensemble Mise-en's annual new music festival in New York City.