Adopting a daring approach to music entertainment, the Boston String Quartet is a high-energy ensemble with an unconventional emphasis on rhythm and beats. Since its formation in 2004, the Quartet has been a creative leader in fusing contemporary music with classical tradition, and the Boston Globe credits them with continually "exploring different ways of sparking musical interest." The members of the Quartet specialize in retelling modern music with original arrangements of rock, jazz, and world music, and have redefined the twenty-first century classical musician with a complete approach to artistry through composition/arrangement, storytelling, theatrics, and performing.
In addition to its solo work as an ensemble, the Quartet has demonstrated its longstanding commitment to music education through the establishment of mentoring relationships with dozens of secondary schools and colleges throughout the country. To this end, the Quartet has developed three highly sought-after outreach programs and residencies; The Xibus Tour, The Ethno-Urban Orchestra, and The Xibus World Orchestra, through which the ensemble teaches contemporary music techniques and improvisation to music strudents around the country. Collaborative public performances featuring the Quartet and the student musicians feature compositions and arrangements commissioned for the unique combination of string quartet and orchestra.
To date, the Boston String Quartet has released five albums; most recently “WorldSong” a new release from Groove Records. Boston String Quartet Recordings may be purchased world-wide from Naxos.
Violinist, Christopher Vuk
Chris received his B.M. Suma Cum Laude on scholarship from Berklee College of Music. He is also an alumnus of the University of Northern Iowa and Longy School of Music. Described by the Boston Ballet as an “Electrifying violinist,” Christopher made his New York debut at Weil Recital, Carnegie Hall, and has performed with distinguished artists such as Gloria Estefan, Bill Cosby, and Jennifer Holliday as well as a special appearance with Sesame Street. “Vuk explore[s] different ways of sparking musical interest,” says Boston Globe, in doing so, he has played for varied audiences including Queen Rainia of Jordan, Queen Noor, Mitt Romney, and First Lady, Laura Bush. Christopher is a member of the Red Bull Artsehcro, which performed the world premiere of Raul Yanez’s “Concerto for Turntable” in Issac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall.
He has toured with internationally acclaimed recording artist/composer Tim Janis, and EMI recording artists Giorgia Fumanti and Ryland Angel, and is also a founding member of the International Musician’s Assembly and the Roads to You Tour in collaboration with concert pianist, Zade Dirani Christopher is the founder/music director of the Boston String Quartet, a contemporary classical ensemble. Christopher has collaborated on several albums for former Scorpions member Robin McAuley, Jamey Haddad, Dave Fiuczynski, Noel, Nelson Navaratte, Jean Hilbert, the Boston String Quartet, and his own solo album. Christopher currently records with MMC Recordings. He is the recipient of the Certificate of Congressional Commendation. Christopher is currently the Director of School of Groove.
Violinist, Angel Valchinov
Angel is at the forefront of the violin world. He performs with orchestras in the US and Europe, and serves as a concertmaster of several orchestras in the Boston area. Mr. Valchinov has been invited to be on the faculty of Bismarck State College and University of Mary (North Dakota), and to be conductor of Bismarck Youth Symphony. Bulgarian National TV has made a documentary about him, and he has also been featured on a number of television stations across the US. In addition, Dr. Valchinov is the Director of Operations of the annual International Music Competition at Boston University. His teachers include Aaron Rosand, Naoko Tanaka (The Juilliard School), and Yuri Mazurkevitch (long-time pupil of David Oistrakh).
In May of 2008, Mr. Valchinov performed all six of H. W. Ernst’s Polyphonic Etudes - a rare feat. In March of 2009 he performed the Dvorak Concerto at Jordan Hall in Boston, with the Boston Civic Symphony, earning praise from the conductor, “His Dvorak Concerto is incredibly beautiful, one of a kind”.
Violist, Chen Lin
Born in Taiwan, Chen Lin has gained versatile reputation playing diverse stylesof music, from Classical, Jazz, Tango, to Contemporary. Ms. Lin appears as soloist, chamber and orchestra musician at numerous venues, including recent performances in Taiwan, Japan and the USA.
Ms. Lin has won awards at several competitions. She received the First Prize at Taipei Music Competition in 2003, the Fourth Prize at Taiwan Music Competition in 2004 and the Second Prize at Taipei Municipal University of Education’s Concerto Competition. A winner of the American String Teachers Association State-Level Competition (for Massachusetts State, 2006), Ms. Lin also won the Viola Prize at Boston University’s Bach Competition in 2008. Joining the Boston String Quartet in 2005, Ms. Lin is frequently invited to play in numerous chamber music concerts in Boston area and has collaborated with Peter Zazofsky (first violinist of the Muir Quartet) and Marc Johnson (former cellist of the Vermeer Quartet).
As an orchestra musician, Ms. Lin received engagements with Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has been Principal Violist of Neponset Philharmonic Orchestra and of Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra. A founding violist of the Boston Chamber Orchestra, with the group, Ms. Lin was invited by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, to premiere and record Marcel Tyberg’s String Sextet at Mary Scaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo in 2009.
Ms. Lin is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree in Viola Performance at Boston University, where she is a full scholarship student under the tutorledge of Professor Michelle LaCourse, Chair of the String Department. She serves as Teaching Assistant of the String Department and of Professor LaCourse, and as String Chamber Music Assistant. Ms. Lin received her Bachelor’s degree in Music and Education from Taipei Municipal University of Education (Taiwan), and Master’s degree as a full scholarship student from The Boston Conservatory. Her previous teachers include Lee-Weng Wang, Teizo Yoshinaga and Roger Tapping
Cellist, Kett-Chuan Lee
Cellist Kett Chuan Lee was the youngest member of the National Symphony Orchestra (MNSO) and Radio Television Orchestra (RTM) in Malaysia where he worked for three years before coming to the United States in 2003. Kett Chuan was a grant recipient of the Yayasan Seni Berdaftar (YSB) – a non-profit organization in Malaysia, which sponsored him between the years 2004-2009. During his time in Kuala Lumpur, he has recorded numerous pop album, TV commercial music and live shows; toured with orchestras to perform at famous concert halls in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines; and recorded solo and chamber music recital for Radio Television Hong Kong in 2006 with Rhonda Rider, and Jay Liu. He was invited to join the jury for Malakoff’s Malaysian Youth Orchestra Foundation (MYOF) competition, Duxbury Music Festival in Massachusetts USA, and I-Melody school’s concerto competition; as well as press interviews for the New Straits Times, Oriental Daily, 988 FM and 104.3 MYFM.
He holds performance diplomas from The Boston Conservatory and Longy School of Music, where he studied with Rhonda Rider and Mihail Jojatu. During his school years, he has won numerous time of honors chamber music competition. Kett is the cellist of nationally acclaimed Boston String quartet (BSQ); he tours with the BSQ to prominent venues for concerts, and dozen of schools for education outreach program and string workshop. In addition to his commitment as a chamber musician, he is also an adjunct faculty at Dean College; as a soloist, he performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with Sharon Community Chamber Orchestra, Waltham Philharmonic and Boccherini Cello Concerto in B flat major with the Stow Festive Orchestra in 2015; other international solo appearance includes Muramatsu Hall in Osaka Japan, Shin-han arts hall in Seoul South Korea, Jaya One auditorium and No Black Tie in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
Kett is the principal cellist of Symphony Nova, Waltham Philharmonic, and Stow Festive Orchestra; he also performs regularly with the Atlantic Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic, New Bedford Symphony, Boston Philharmonic and Cape Ann Symphony; broadway cellist of The Company Theater, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage, Vokes Theater, Ocean State Theater Company, and many others. As a versatile cellist, he has collaborated with DJ Premier and Video Game Orchestra (Final Fantasy 13-3 Lightning Returns) in the Fraser studio of WGBH; Warner Brothers Lord of the Ring online video game music (with Boston String Quartet); indie albums: Richard Salter’s Pop Symphony, Saul Conrad, Apaar Bangla, Muziko Monda; as a contemporary music enthusiast, he premiered Yiguo Yan’s chamber opera in Brandeis University, Pozzi Escot’s work with the Boston Modern Arts Ensemble, Arash Waters’ quarter tone and electronic music in New England Conservatory and Boston University. He has done a lot of session works for Berklee students in Mix One studio and Futura studio. Kett’s performance has been on air with WCAC-TV, FCA-TV and Stow-TV in the US.
Music festivals he attended such as *Castleton Festival (accepted but did not attend), Festival Del Sole (1st chair), National Orchestral Institute (1st chair), Garth Newel Music Center, Canton International Summer Music Academy (International student representative), Asia Orchestra Week and Asian Youth Orchestra (1st chair). He has performed in masterclasses for Bernard Greenhouse, Lawrence Lesser, Paul Katz, Stephen Geber, Andre Diaz, Andrew Mark, Marc Johnson, Valérie Aimard, Brian Manker, Yumi Kendall and David Ying. Currently, Kett Chuan is granted extraordinary visa (O-1) to pursue his career in the United States.