Faculty Chamber Music Recital featuring Ambroise Aubrun, Jonathan Moerschel, Jennifer Kloetzel, and Robert Koenig

Event Date: 

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Free with reservation

Reserve tickets online at the link below or by calling the Associated Students Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064.


Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Ambroise Aubrun (violin), Jonathan Moerschel (viola), Jennifer Kloetzel (cello), Robert Koenig (piano)
The UCSB Department of Music will present a special faculty chamber music recital on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall. The program will feature members of the string and keyboard faculty, including violinist Ambroise Aubrun, violist Jonathan Moerschel, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel, and pianist Robert Koenig. The evening will open with a pre-concert lecture given by musicologist and UCSB Associate Professor Dr. Derek Katz, followed by George Enescu’s Aubade in C Major for violin, viola, and cello, and Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major for violin, viola, cello, and piano, Op. 87. Admission is free (with reservation).
Ambroise Aubrun currently teaches Violin and Chamber Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert school of Music and UC Santa Barbara. He has performed extensively in Europe and North America and is currently the music director of the Sonnets and Sonatas Lecture Concert series at the Getty Center. The recipient of numerous awards, (laureate of the Langart Foundation, winner of the Charles Oulmont Prize of the Fondation de France...), Mr. Aubrun has shared the stage with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Guillaume Sutre, Scott St. John, Martin Chalifour, Fred Sherry, Clive Greensmith, and Carrie Dennis, among others. Mr. Aubrun graduated at age 19 from the Paris National Superior Conservatory where he studied with Roland Daugareil and Serge Pataud. He then studied at UCLA with Professor Guillaume Sutre, and at the Colburn Conservatory of Music with Martin Beaver. He plays a Matteo Goffriller violin, on a generous loan by the Langart Foundation. Read more... 
Violist Jonathan Moerschel was born in Boston, Massachusetts into a musical family. His mother, a pianist, and his father, a cellist in the Boston Symphony, fostered his early music studies both in piano and violin. At the age of sixteen, he began studying the viola with John Ziarko and chamber music with the violist from the Kolisch Quartet, Eugene Lehner. Moerschel made his Boston Symphony Hall solo debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra directed by Keith Lockhart in 1997 after taking first prize in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. He is the violist of the renowned Calder Quartet, which enjoys a diverse career, playing both the traditional quartet literature as well as partnering with innovative modern composers. The quartet, a recipient of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has recently premiered new works by John Luther Adams, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Daniel Bjarnason, Aaron Jay Kernis, and David Lang.  They have had recent performances at Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as London’s  Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and at the Salzburg Festival. Read more... 
A graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Scholar, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. A founding member of the Cypress String Quartet, Ms. Kloetzel has toured the world and performed at outstanding venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Chautauqua Institute and the Ravinia Festival, the Lobkowicz Palaces in both Vienna and Prague, as well as prominent colleges and conservatories nationwide. Ms. Kloetzel has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and her performances have been broadcast on radio stations from coast to coast. Ms. Kloetzel is noted for her elegant playing and her vibrant tone. A frequent guest soloist with orchestras, she performs frequent recitals, including for San Francisco Performances and WQXR in New York. She has received the Copland Award for championing living American Composers and has commissioned and premiered nearly forty works, including five concertos written specifically for her. Ms. Kloetzel has recorded 20 CDs, including the entire cycle of Beethoven Quartets and the Brahms Sextets on the Avie label. Read more...
Canadian pianist Robert Koenig is currently in his third decade as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Louvre Museum in Paris, and Royal Festival Hall in London. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Esther Yoo, Pamela Frank, Augustin Hadelich, Zuill Bailey, Sara Sant'Ambrogio, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, Aaron Rosand, The Miro String Quartet, and The St. Lawrence String Quartet. A prolific recording artist, his CD of transcriptions for viola and piano by William Primrose on Naxos with violist Roberto Diaz was nominated for “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)" at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Koenig served as Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Kansas from 2000-2007. Since 2007, he has been Professor and Head of Collaborative Piano at the University of California Santa Barbara where he also serves as Head of Performance. During the summer months, Mr. Koenig is the Coordinator of Collaborative Piano at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. Read more... 
Derek Katz received his PhD from UCSB, his BA from Harvard, and has studied at The Free University of Berlin on a Fulbright Fellowship. A specialist in Czech music, he has published articles in Musical Quarterly and multiple Czech journals, as well as chapters in Nineteenth Century Chamber Music (Schirmer, 1998), Janáček and His World (Princeton, 2003), and Modernism and Opera (Johns Hopkins, 2016). His book Janáček Beyond the Borders was published by the University of Rochester Press in 2009. His more recent work deals with institutional support for professional string quartets in the United States in the mid-20th Century. In particular, he has been researching the American career of the Kolisch Quartet and the history of the New Friends of Music in New York. Katz has also worked extensively in public musicology and audience enhancement. He has written for The New York Times, the San Francisco Opera, the Teatro Real Madrid, and the Bavarian State Opera, and spoken at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He also collaborates with the San Francisco Opera Guild, the Ives Collective, and the Hausmann Quartet. He is an enthusiastic amateur violist and chamber music player. Read more...
Ambroise Aubrun (violin), Jonathan Moerschel (viola), Jennifer Kloetzel (cello), Robert Koenig (piano)