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Our mission is to bring together Knoxville’s exceptional musicians with dedicated audience members to create inspirational chamber music experiences.

Meet the May 18th Artists

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Devan Jaquez

Devan Jaquez is currently the Principal Flutist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. While in Los Angeles, Devan Jaquez worked as a freelance musician playing in local orchestras premiering works by Esa-Pekka Salonen and William Kraft among others. Devan has appeared in recital with revered oboe soloist and orchestral musician Ramón Ortega Quero, while he was principal oboist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, for the Colburn Chamber Music Society 2018-2019 season. Devan was also selected to play in the 2020 Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. He has played in the American Institute of Music, Graz Orchestra in Graz, Austria; the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) in Breckenridge, Colorado; and was the 3rd Prize winner of the 2018 San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition. He won the UCLA All-Star Concerto competition and appeared as a soloist with the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra in their 2015-2016 season. Devan was the 2nd Prize winner of the Sphinx Orchestral Partners Auditions (SOPA) Excerpt Competition in 2021 and had the opportunity to play in Classical Tahoe’s 10th Anniversary orchestral festival and was a part of their inaugural academy fellowship.

 

Jorge Variego

Jorge Variego was born in Rosario, Argentina. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and is Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Technology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is the composition program director at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Jorge has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created and performed a great deal of works for clarinet and electronics in the US, Europe and South America. He participated in many international music festivals such as MATA, SEAMUS, EMS, Sonoimagenes, Holland Festival, Festival de Jazz de Vigo, Via Stellae, ICMC and Big Ears. His music can be heard in the Parma, Albany Records, CMMAS, Centaur and Naxos libraries.

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Hillary Herndon

Violist Hillary Herndon has earned a national reputation for her brilliant playing, insightful teaching and creative programming. She has been heard on NPR and PBS and has collaborated with some of the world’s foremost musicians, including Carol Wincenc, James VanDemark and Itzhak Perlman, who described Hillary as “having it all… a gifted teacher and an excellent musician.”

Ms. Herndon teaches at The University of Tennessee, Montecito Music Festival and the Viola Intensive Workshops.  She has recently been elected to serve on the American Viola Society Executive Board and has published teaching articles in the American String Teacher Association Journal and the Journal of the American Viola Society.  Ms. Herndon’s 2-CD set of recordings by women composers, La Viola, is on the MSR Classics label.   Ms. Herndon holds degrees from Eastman and Juilliard.

Matthew Wilkinson

Mathew Wilkinson, cellist and conductor, has been the Director of the Maryville High School Orchestra since 2010. Prior to that position he worked for the Knox County Schools, first in the “Strings in the Schools” program and then as the Orchestra Director at Karns Middle and High Schools. As an educator, Mr. Wilkinson has served as conductor for the East Tennessee Junior Clinics, the Knox County Honors Orchestra, Maryville College Orchestra and was the founding conductor of the Scruffy City Orchestra in Knoxville, TN. Mr. Wilkinson serves as principal cellist with the Symphony of the Mountains and has performed with the Knoxville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Oak Ridge Symphony, Bryan Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Corvalis Symphony, and the Oregon Mozart Players. He has attended numerous summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra and the Meadowmount School of Music. 

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Bernadette Lo

Dr. Lo has extensive knowledge in both vocal and instrumental music. She has served as studio pianist for renowned artists such as Martina Arroyo, Cynthia Haymon and Carol Vaness, and has also worked closely with academic opera institutions such as Illinois Opera Theater and University of Tennessee Opera Theatre. In addition, Dr. Lo has been engaged by professional organizations such as Sugar Creek Opera, Opera Illinois, El Paso Opera and most recently, Knoxville Opera. And since 2008, she has served as an official collaborative artist for the Orpheus Nation Vocal Competition in Murfreesboro, TN.

Trillium Trio

Trillium, a piano trio now in its ninth year, has engaged audiences with its expressive and passionate interpretations of the heart of the piano trio literature. Adding “friends,” they also offer quartets and quintets and collaborations with vocal artists. They enjoy performing both in concert halls and homes, the original context for “chamber” music. They have played for enthusiastic audiences from Maryland to North Dakota, Virginia, and North Carolina, in addition to numerous performances in Blount, Knox, and Anderson counties. As individuals, they have performing throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and even India. They often feature living American composers and enjoy including work- shops with residencies. They have garnered high praise for their passionate commitment to live music that engages and uplifts audiences.  

Soyeon Rachel Seo - violin

Alicia Randisi Hooker - cello

Robert Bonham - piano 

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