Beloved Charleston-based violinist and conductor Yuriy Bekker will bring violist William Goodwin, 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. He performs on the 1638 Franz Degen Andrea Guarneri violin, generously on loan to him from an anonymous patron.
William Goodwin is a native of Seattle, Washington. As an accomplished violinist and violist, he has performed and led master classes throughout the US, Europe, Taiwan, and South America. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, in Philadelphia, PA. Until recently, he led the viola section of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, NI, where he was featured as soloist on several BBC broadcast performances.
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.