Violins – Virtually!

A woman playing a violin, a man looks to the side with a serious expression

The National Arts Club is partnering with the Sphinx Organization to present a series of classical concerts featuring outstanding young Black and Latino musicians – and you can delight in these violin and viola concerts right from home:

Violinist Karla Donehew-Perez & Violaist Paul Laraia perform on Thursday, December 17th at 3PM.

(Listen to a clip of them on NPR’s “From the Top” here)

Both musicians are members of the Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet, and have performed all over the US and globally. Born in Puerto Rico, Donehew-Perez began playing the violin at age three. As a soloist she has performed with the Berkeley Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Chamber Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Karla also spent two years as a fellow at the New World Symphony, where she was often concertmaster or principal second violin.

Paul Laraia is a First Prize winner of the 13th Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the 14th Sphinx Competition, and has been soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Filarmónica de Bogatá, New Jersey Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Violinist Patricia Quintero Garcia’s concert is on Thursday, January 14th at 3PM.

Patricia graduated in 2007 with a degree in Music Violin Performance from The Superior Institute of Arts, University in Havana, Cuba, has a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a Performers Diploma in Solo Performance, and a Performers Diploma in Chamber Music from the Jacobs School of Music. She’s performed as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana and the Philharmonic orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela, and has been a Concertmaster at the Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra in Cuba, and Chamber Orchestra of Havana for six years. She joined the Vera Quartet in the Spring of 2016, and recently toured as part of the Sphinx Virtuosi.

Violist Jordan Bak performs on Thursday, January 28th at 3PM.

“‘A star in the making,’ (Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is an outstanding artist of passion, energy, and authenticity in the recital and chamber music arenas. A Sphinx MPower Artist Grant Recipient and a top laureate of the 2020 Sphinx Competition, Bak is also a winner and Audience Prize recipient of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Sanders Tel Aviv Museum Prize, and the 2019 John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition. In addition to his growing solo career, Jordan Bak is a member of the celebrated New York Classical Players.”

The Sphinx Organization is a national social justice organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.