Elan Quintet

Chamber Music.
For all audiences
Duration: 1h 30´ aprox.

Elan Quintet comes from the meeting of five musicians Palau Les Arts, Valencia.
Reponsabilidad aware of the cultural ambassadors whose meaning transcends words have been deeply involved in bringing to light compositions that history had left forgotten.
Therefore also they devote special attention to educational work guiding young generations of musicians to persevere in the work curiously allowing intercultural communication.
Elan Quintet, whose members have five different nationalities, reflecting the wealth of variety, and its wide repertoire ranging from classicism to romanticism and also includes contemporary works, some reminiscent of tango and flamenco.
The wide spectrum of sounds that gives them the formation of string quintet and his desire to explore the chamber music repertoire has led them to rediscover masterpieces such as Arensky and Dvorak. Also they have been especially dedicated to exploring and rediscovering George Onslow’s quintets.
The requirement that requires chamber music string quintet formation increasingly unites them in their recent history and has led to such hits as like being invited to interpret the integral of quintets of the composer.
This whole have started the recording with the Naxos label and his first volume will be published in September.



Matthew Baker: double bass
Benjamin Scherer, violin
Dimitri Tsirin, cello
Julia Hu, viola
Lelia Lancovici, violin

Production: Elan Quintet
Distribution: Clap´s Sound


Julia Hu

Taiwanese American violist, Julia Chu-Ying Hu, is currently the permanent member of Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia) since 2006.Ms.Hu started her music education since the age 5 with violin, piano and erhu. She received her bachelor degree in violin and piano in Taiwan Soo-Chow University, master degree in viola and professional studies of Orchestra Program in Manhattan School of Music in New York with awards and full scholarships, her orchestra diploma from Hochschule Musik und Theater im Zűrich, Switzerland, also she is currently the candidate of Doctor of Music Arts in City University of New York. As an active chamber music player and soloist, Ms.Hu is the regular artist of New York Viola Society, New York Formosa Music Society, and Nuance Chamber Ensemble with this group she has been concertized in the North America and Asia since 2004 including releasing 2 recordings. In 2001, Ms.Hu was the winner of Young Artist International Competition, she gave her debut recital in Carnegie Hall in New York City with high acclaimed critics. Since 2004 until present, Ms.Hu participates the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra and chamber orchestra as a regular member and viola principal in 2005 under the direction and collaborations of Maestro James Levine,Valery Gergiev,Charles Dutoit and many other conductors and soloists. Since 2005, Ms.Hu becomes the permanent substitute member of Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.Ms.Hu is also the recipient of Moe Fellowship of Austrian-American Cultural Institution, Sarasota Music Festival Fellowship, Musicorda distinguished string player fellowship, Kent/Blossom Music Festival Award, and scholarships from the government of Taipei City. Ms.Hu has been studied with the associate viola principal ofNew York Philharmonic, Irene Breslaw, the principal of Tonhalle-Orchester, Michel Rouilly, former viola
principal of New York Philharmonic, Leonard Davis, Karen Ritcher, and the viola principal of Cleveland Orchestra, Robert Vernon.Ms.Hu currently also gives recitals and master classesreguarly in Taiwan,Spain, andUnited States.

Lelia Lancovici

A native of Bucharest, Lelia Iancovici began playing the violin at age seven. She has received awards including first prizes at the “Concorso Internazionale di Musica Isola di Capri” (Italy), the “W. A. Mozart Interpretation Festival” (Romania), and the “Contest for W. A. Mozart Violin and Piano Sonata Interpretation” (Romania). In 1996, she moved to the United States where she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied with Sherban Lupu, and her Master of Music and Performance Diploma degree from Boston University, where she studied with Peter Zazofsky. She has performed in masterclasses for Sergiu Luca, Ana Chumachenco, Adelina Oprean, Yfrah Neaman and Pamela Frank. In 2001, she participated in the Kent/Blossom Festival where she
received the Joseph Gingold Award and studied with William Preucil and Anton Nel. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center for the 2002 season.
Lelia joined the Verbier Festival Orchestra in 2003 and she is a member of the Verbier Chamber Orchestra since 2005. In 2010, she participated in Salzburger Festspiele, Angelika Prokopp-Sommerakademie der Wiener Philharmoniker and for one year she was playing as substitute with Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper (Wiener Philharmoniker).

She is a member of the Orquestra de Valencia “Reina Sofia” since 2006.

Matthew Baker

Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, USA, Matthew Baker began his professional double bass career at the age of 13 as section, and later principal, bass of the Sioux City Symphony. Matthew has played with many world-class orchestras, such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, and BBC Philharmonic, and currently holds a position in opera orchestra of Valencia (Spain), Palau de les Arts, founded by Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. Matt has also performed as soloist with the Sioux City Symphony as well as the chamber ensembles Moonwinds, Ensemble La Seu and Koutet. He is a founding member of the Elan Quintet, a chamber music ensemble recently signed by Naxos to record the cycle of British/French composer George Onslow.
As a world and jazz musician, he has recorded 12 discs including recordings with celtic legends such as Catriona McKay, Chris Stout, and Mairi McInnes, as well with as his own jazz ensembles JPMB and Duo Baker/Zambelli. Matt has also shared the stage with jazz greats such as Bob Mintzer, Clark Terry, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ryan Kisor, Dave Samuels, Victor Mendoza, and Jorge Pardo, among others.

Benjamin Scherer

Benjamin Scherer Quesada was born in 1979 in Königstein/Taunus, Germany, and has lived in Spain, France and Holland. He studied violin at the “Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia” (Madrid) in the class of Prof. Zakhar Bron. He then continued his studies in Holland with Prof. Herman Krebbers and completed the “masters degree” at the “Conservatorium van Amsterdam” as a student of Prof. Ilya Grubert. In addition, he has specialized in historical performance practice with Prof. Patrick Bismuth (baroque violin) at the “Conservatoire Régional de Paris à Rayonnement”.

The German-Spanish violinist has dedicated himself with great devotion to chamber music and is a founding member of several chamber music groups with whom he has performed in Europe and USA.
He has received first prizes in the competitions “Primer Palau” (1999), “Paper de Música” (2000) and obtained the prize “Premio Musical Interpretation INAEM” (2012). In France, Germany, Holland and Spain, he has appeared as soloist and guest concertmaster, performed in Festivals such as “Chaise-Dieu” ,”Rheingau Music Festival” and collaborated in numerous CD recordings.
Benjamin Scherer Quesada obtained the Diploma of the Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, was second concertmaster of the “Nederlands Kamerorkest” and plays with renowned orchestras such as the “Bayerische Staatsoper”, “La Chambre Philharmonique” as well as with leading baroque ensembles like “Les Arts Florissants” and “Al Ayre Español”. Since 2012 he is a member of the “Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana”.

Dimitri Tsirin

Prize winner of several important international cello competitions (Rostropovich in Paris, Leonard Rose in Washington, Tchaikovsky in Moscow) Dmitri Tsirin studied with professor N. Shahkovskaya and N. Gutman and took lessons from D. Shafran and M. Rostropovich. As a soloist he has played with the North Dutch Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Berlin Rudfunk Orchestra amongst others. Dmitri has offered numerous of masterclasses in Russia, Israel, Denmark, and Spain. He has participated at prestigious chamber music festivals (Kuhmo, Esbjerg) playing with great musicians like Michail Lidsky, Ernst Kovacic, Christian Altenburger, Boris Berezovsky and Marianna Shirinian. On the recommendation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitri received a J.B. Guadanini cello from the Russian State collection.