Garden Concert Series: Colorado Cello Quartet




Garden Concert Series: Colorado Cello Quartet


Cellists David Requiro, Meta Weiss, Alice Yoo, and Matthew Zalkind make up the newly formed Colorado Cello Quartet. The four cellists are based in Denver and Boulder and are all seasoned soloists, chamber musicians, and educators. The CCQ will perform works by composers spanning hundreds of years of writing/arranging for the unique and versatile cello ensemble. CCQ is passionate about championing new works and expanding the cello quartet literature, and this will be evident in this virtuosic, exciting upcoming program.

Featured Musicians

David Requiro

First Prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, David Requiro (pronounced re-KEER-oh) has emerged as one of today’s finest American cellists. After winning First Prize in both the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions, he also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó. A native of Oakland, California, Mr. Requiro began cello studies at age six and his teachers have included Milly Rosner, Bonnie Hampton, Mark Churchill, Michel Strauss, and Richard Aaron. A native of Oakland, California, Mr. Requiro began cello studies at age six and his teachers have included Milly Rosner, Bonnie Hampton, Mark Churchill, Michel Strauss, and Richard Aaron.

Meta Weiss

American cellist Meta Weiss (pronounced MAY-ta) made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland, and has established herself as one of the leading cellists of her generation. Weiss began the cello at age four and has studied with Joel Krosnick, Darrett Adkins, Norman Fischer, Irene Sharp, Joan Jeanrenaud, and Michael Reynolds. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Weiss completed both her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at The Juilliard School as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow and a SYLFF Fellow. Weiss was appointed as Senior Instructor and Chamber Music Coordinator at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019. Weiss performs on a Gioffredo Cappa cello, c. 1690, generously provided for her by an anonymous supporter.

Alice Yoo

Cellist Alice Yoo has been warmly hailed for her sensitive musicianship, expressive nuance, and passionate commitment to teaching. Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Denver Chamber Music Festival, she and cellist Matthew Zalkind have created a new chamber music festival in Denver, Colorado that features the world’s most sought-after chamber musicians in world-class chamber music summer concerts all around the city of Denver. Passionate for new music, Alice has worked closely with the esteemed composers Sophia Gubaidulina, Jennifer Hidgon, György Kurtág, and John Harbison. Alice currently resides in Denver, Colorado with her fiance, cellist Matthew Zalkind, and plays on a cello made in 2018 by Ryan Soltis.

Matthew Zalkind

Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by The New York Times, American cellist Matthew Zalkind has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. With his partner Alice Yoo, Mr. Zalkind is the Co-Artistic Director of the brand-new Denver Chamber Music Festival, a destination for world class chamber music in Colorado. More information can be found at Mr. Zalkind is a dedicated teacher, and serves as the cello professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. His students have established themselves on national and international concert stages. A Salt Lake City native, Mr. Zalkind plays on a rare Italian cello made by Florentine Maker Luigi Piatellini in 1760.

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