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 for the Kiawah audience.
Yuriy 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 2010-2014 and Director of Chamber Orchestra from 2014-2015, playing a major role in the orchestra’s successful resurgence. He has performed worldwide as a celebrated guest concertmaster, avid chamber musician, and soloist.
Michael Klotz has established an international reputation as a performer and pedagogue of the viola. Michael made his solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic at the age of 17 and has since then 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 U.S., Canada, Mexico, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Romania, Colombia, Belgium, and Spain.
Cellist Jason Calloway has performed to acclaim throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East as soloist and chamber musician. Jason also plays with Amernet String Quartet, the Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami, and he was previously a member of the Naumburg award-winning Biava Quartet, formerly in residence at the Juilliard School.
Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, pianist Andrew 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.