8800 W Bluemound Rd
The Philomusica String Quartet - resident at the Wisconsin Lutheran College - continues to delight their loyal, growing audience with jewels of the string quartet repertoire, and win the praise of critics. True to their name, (philo – love of + musica – music) violinists Jeanyi Kim and Alexander Mandl, violist Nathan Hackett and cellist Adrien Zitoun formed in 2008 in order to create an outlet for sharing and expressing their love of chamber music. Each member brings a wealth of experience as versatile performer and educator to the group.
"The players were at their best as individuals and as an ensemble in the biggest, most densely written portions of the piece, playing with precision, vigor and engaging musical direction." Elaine Schmidt, Journal Sentinel, 2015
In addition to their renown Milwaukee concert series, their growing reputation has brought them to performances at institutions such as Yale University, Roosevelt University, UW-Parkside and UW-Milwaukee, Lakeland College, Nicolet College, Oconomowoc Arts Center, and the Searle Pickett Chamber Music Series, among others. Along with pianist Daniel Del Pino, the quartet has performed also for live broadcasts (WFMT, Chicago) and as part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, IL. The Philomusicians have recently collaborated with highly esteemed artists such as Mathieu Dufour (Principal Flute, Berlin Philharmonic), Susan Babini (Principal Cello, Milwaukee Symphony), and Winston Choi (Head of Piano, Roosevelt University.) The Philomusica Quartet is featured in High Autumn, works by James Grant - a CD release with clarinetist William Helmers. The Philomusica Quartet has also held is residencies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
"They bring cohesion, intelligence, and sensitivity…and they decide what sound is right for what music." Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2009