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, Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and currently holds a full time position in the Orquesta de Communidad de Valencia de Palau de les Arts, founded by Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. As a soloist and with his chamber, jazz, celtic, and theatre ensembles, he has performed throughout the world with critical acclaim from concerts in publications such as The Times, Independent, and Guardian (London), The Sunday Herald and The Scotsman(Glasgow), Irish Times (Dublin), Chamber Music Magazine (United States), WAZ (Münster), ABC (Spain) and Las Provincias (Valencia). As a celtic and jazz musician, he has recorded 11 discs including recordings with celtic legends such as Catriona McKay, Chris Stout, Mairi McInnes, and Fionan de Barra as well with as his own ensembles JPMB and Duo Baker/Zambelli. Matt has also shared the stage with jazz greats such as Bob Mintzer, Clark Terry, Terri Lyne Carrington, Abe Rabade, Mike Mossman, Victor Mendoza, and Steve Brown, among others.
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.
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”.
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 theVerbier 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.
Salvador Bolón began his studies at Musikene (Spain) with Asier Polo and Maria Casado where he obtained the highest possible marks in cello studies as well as studies in chamber music and string quartets. He then went on to the Hochschule für Musik in Basel, Switzerland to study with Ivan Monighetti and Sol Gabela where he again obtained the highest marks as well as a special prize for his studies in cello and chamber music.
Salvador has been a prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions and soloist with orchestras such as the JONDE, OSB, OV, and OFUV among others. He regularly works with musicians such as Ferenc Rados, Gary Hofman, Kristof Barati, and Fabio Biondi and has recorded live for Radio Clasica de Radio Nacional de España. Beyond his chamber work with the Elan Quintet, Salvador also is a member of the Trio San Sebastian and Cuarteto Crumb.
Mr. Bolón is a full time member of the Orquesta de la Communidad Valenciana and has also worked with Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, Bilbao Orquesta Sinfónica and the Orquesta Nacional de España as well as has been a member of the European Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, and Verbier Festival Orchestra.
Salvador plays on a Benjamin Banks cello from 1790.