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El Camino College Center for the Arts -- Marsee Auditorium
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“The Rossetti’s tone had a sensual finish, and its phrasing practically palpitated with ardor and mystery.” —Washington Post


When the members of the Rossetti String Quartet first came together, the choice of the 19th century Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti as its namesake seemed entirely appropriate. With a focus on a return to naturalism and his use of life-like color, the painter’s work is particularly close to the ideals of the quartet members. All four enjoy varied and distinguished backgrounds as soloists and in chamber music, and are unified by a love of the string quartet literature and its presentation in a natural and personal style. Their repertoire is firmly based in the classic and romantic string quartet literature, and extends well into contemporary repertoire.

After a summer of performances at the Vail Valley Music Festival and the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival as well as return visits to Caramoor and Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, N.Y., the Quartet’s busy 2003/04 season includes a concert in the opening season of Carnegie Hall’s new Zankel Hall; two visits (masterclasses and concert) to the Carlsen Center in Overland Park, Kansas as Guest Quartet in Residence; and performances at the University of Cincinnati and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; the El Paso Pro Musica Series; and the Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In recent seasons, the Rossetti String Quartet toured throughout the United States and were named Quartet in Residence by the Carlsen Center in Kansas. They appeared at Caramoor, also as Quartet in Residence; returned to Maverick Concerts; and gave three concerts at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. The Quartet made its London debut in 2001 on the South Bank’s Chamber Music Series in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and in Berlin on the International Chamber Music Series at the Konzerthaus. Among their North American engagements were multiple appearances in Los Angeles, their New York debut at the 92nd Street Y, a concert at the Library of Congress with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and in several venues with pianist Katia Skanavi. They performed live on National Public Radio’s Performance Today from Washington, D.C. and in 2001 and 2002 were Quartet in Residence at the Ventura Chamber Music Festival in California, joined by guest artists Paula Robison and Pepe Romero.

Violinist Timothy Fain is a native of Santa Monica, California, and the newest member of the Rossetti String Quartet. He attended the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the Crossroads School, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Victor Danchenko. He received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he worked with Robert Mann, and has studied with Aaron Rosand, Laura and Eduard Schmieder, and Haroutune Bedelian.

Mr. Fain appears in the U.S. and abroad in chamber music, recital and as a soloist. The 2002/03 season included his New York concerto debut with the New York Chamber Symphony at Alice Tully Hall, and in recital on the Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. He has given acclaimed debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series at New York’s 92nd Street Y, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has performed with orchestras in New York, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Mexico and Amsterdam, and in chamber music at the Spoleto, Marlboro, Ravinia, Santa Fe and Caramoor festivals as a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two. His awards include First Prize at the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a 2001 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Violinist Henry Gronnier is a founding member of the Rossetti String Quartet. Born in Saint-Quentin, France, he began his musical studies at the Conservatoire in his native town where he was awarded a Premier Prix in both violin and piano. He later attended the Conservatoire National de la Region de Versailles, receiving the Gold Medal in the class of Madeleine Thuillier-Deverge, and continued his studies with Michele Auclair at the Conservatoire National in Paris. Mr. Gronnier was awarded a full scholarship to attend Tulsa University in Oklahoma as a student of renowned French violinist Nell Gotkovsky, and subsequently worked with Sally Thomas and Zino Francescatti.

Henry Gronnier has appeared worldwide in recital, including his New York debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and his London debut at Wigmore Hall. As orchestral soloist and in chamber music ensembles, he has participated in the world’s leading festivals including Spoleto (Italy and Charleston), Festival Mediterraneen and the Zino Francescatti Festival in France, and in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico with artists including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lukas Foss, Chantal Juillet, Anne Queffelec, Pierre Barbizet, Carter Brey, and Emmanuel Strosser. Mr. Gronnier is a member of faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

Violist Thomas Diener is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a founding member of the Rossetti String Quartet. He began studying the viola at age eleven and went on to win a scholarship to the National Academy of the Arts in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where he studied with Paul Rolland, Guillermo Perich, and Gabriel Magyar of the Hungarian Quartet. His studies continued at the Mannes College of Music, as a student of Lotte Bamberger and William Lincer.

Mr. Diener has performed internationally in recital, with orchestra, and in many chamber music ensembles. He has participated at international festivals including France’s Festival Mediterraneen and Festival de Prades, Norway’s Stavanger Festival, and the Sintra Festival in Portugal. As a coach, his devotion to chamber music is evident in his work with young musicians at the Juilliard School Pre-College and the High School for the Performing Arts. As a quartet member, he has participated in master classes with the Emerson, Cleveland, Tokyo, Stradivari, Pro Arte and Vermeer string quartets as well as in performances with various chamber ensembles throughout North and Central America.

Cellist Eric Gaenslen, a native of San Francisco, performs in the United States and abroad in recital, with orchestra, and in chamber music. Recent highlights include the world premiere of Siddartha for cello and string orchestra by Laura Canibucci, Bloch’s Shelomo in New York at Avery Fisher Hall, and guest performances with the Juilliard Orchestra and the Yale Symphony in New Haven and England.

In recital, Mr. Gaenslen has performed across North America and Europe; a recent tour included engagements in Mexico at San Miguel de Allende and in the Netherlands at the Festival West Brabant and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He has performed in chamber music at Lincoln Center and at the Aspen, Evian, Tanglewood, Bowdoin, Banff and Vermont Mozart festivals with artists such as Eugene Istomin, Anton Kuerti and Itzhak Schotten. Mr. Gaenslen’s teachers include Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann, Aldo Parisot, William Pleeth, and Irene Sharp; he holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School.

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