Special Online Presentation: Verona Quartet with Jordan Bak, viola & Nicholas Mariscal, cello

On Saturday, May 15 at 8:00 PM, CMSOB will partner with Chamber Music Society of Detroit’s CameraMusic to present an online performance of Verona Quartet with Jordan Bak, viola & Nicholas Mariscal, cello.

This opportunity will be free to subscribers. Look for an email in the future with connection details.


Reena Esmail: Quartet
Strauss: Sextet from “Capricco”
Dvorak: String Quartet in F major, Op. 96, “American”

About the Artists

Acclaimed for its “bold interpretive strength, robust characterization and commanding resonance” (Calgary Herald), the Verona Quartet has thrilled audiences worldwide.  The quartet’s singular sense of purpose earned them Chamber Music America’s coveted Cleveland Quartet Award 2020, and a reputation as an “outstanding ensemble…cohesive yet full of temperament.” (The New York Times).

The Verona Quartet rose to international prominence after rapidly sweeping top prizes at the Wigmore Hall, Melbourne, Osaka, M-Prize International Chamber Music Competitions and the Concert Artists Guild Competition.  Since then they have appeared at major venues and festivals across four continents.

A string quartet for the 21st Century, the Verona Quartet champions the storied history of the string quartet alongside music that reflects the world in which we live, commissioning works by Julia Adolphe, Sebastian Currier and Texu Kim, among others, and initiating cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations.

 The Verona Quartet serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the Oberlin College and Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio.

 “A star in the making,” (Seattle Pi) Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is establishing a career as an artist of passion, energy, and authenticity in the recital and chamber music arenas. Considered one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation, Bak is a winner of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Sanders Tel Aviv Museum Prize and the 2019 John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition. Bak is also a Sphinx Competition alum and Sphinx MPower Artist Grant Recipient.

Cellist Nicholas Mariscal is the newly appointed Assistant Principal Cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as guest principal cellist with the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and has performed as principal cello of Norway’s Fjord Cadenza Festival Orchestra. A recent alumnus of the New World Symphony in Miami, Mariscal is a winner of the orchestra’s concerto competition.  Additionally, he is a top prize winner in the Sphinx, Edith Knox, and Indiana University Latin American Music Center competitions.  As an ardent performer of new and lesser-known works, Mariscal has been involved in dozens of premieres with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, and USC’s Thornton EDGE ensemble.  Also an avid chamber musician, Mariscal has performed with esteemed artists such as Midori Goto, Jorja Fleezanis and Paul Kantor.