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2012-13 Jacobs School of Music Kuttner Quartet announced


April 18, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that the student Donatello String Quartet has been named the school's Kuttner Quartet for the 2012-13 academic year.

2012 Kuttner Quartet
The Kuttner (Donatello) String Quartet with Professor Mauricio Fuks (center).
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The quartet, whose members--Borislava Iltcheva, violin; Jeremy Gabbert, violin; Laurent Grillet, viola; and Josue Valdepeñas, cello--have been performing together as an ensemble since 2010, has been coached through the past two years by Jacobs professor Mauricio Fuks, as well as professors Federico Agostini, Kevork Mardirossian and Eric Kim. Each member of the group receives a stipend.

Upcoming performances will take the ensemble to St. Louis, Mo.; Sofia, Bulgaria; and to a debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. The quartet was recently selected to compete in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Passadena, Calif., and at the Sandor Vegh International String Quartet Competition in Budapest, Hungary. The members have been invited to study on full scholarship at the Banff Centre for the Arts during the summer of 2012.

About the Kuttner Quartet/Donatello Quartet

Borislava Iltcheva started playing the violin at age of five and holds a bachelor's degree from the Bulgarian National Academy, as well as master's and doctoral degrees in violin performance from Louisiana State University. Her principal violin teachers include Alexander Iltchev, Evgenia Maria Popova, Kevork Mardirossian and Mauricio Fuks. Iltcheva holds prizes from several national and international Competitions, such as Closter Shöntal International Violin Competition, MTNA Chamber Music Competition, LSU Deans Concerto Competition, Saverio Mercadante International Competition and others. ltcheva has an active schedule as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been featured as a soloist with the Louisiana Sinfonietta, Baton Rouge Symphony and Acadiana Symphony, among many others. She has performed recitals throughout Europe and the United States. She is the concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Iltcheva is the assistant to Mauricio Fuks at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she is pursuing a Performance Diploma.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Jeremy Gabbert is a student of Mauricio Fuks. Gabbert began studying violin at the age of four in the local Suzuki program and went on to study with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Karl Stobbe. After graduating from high school, Gabbert studied with Denise Lupien at McGill University in Montréal, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma and was the recipient of a Lloyd Carr-Harris scholarship. He was the winner of the Junior Musical Club of Winnipeg Concerto Competition, the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra senior scholarship competition, the Berkmans Loh Scholarship and the Beryth Birse Scholarship. As a string quartet musician, he was a bronze medal winner at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, as a member of the Schulich String Quartet. He was also a member of the winning quartet of the 2010 Kuttner string quartet competition at Indiana University.

Laurent Grillet started playing the violin at the age of eight. He holds a Gold Medal from the Bordeaux National Conservatory and a Performer Diploma in Violin from Indiana University, as part of Federico Agostini 's studio. From 2003 to 2005, Grillet studied chamber music at the Lyon National Superior Conservatory, where he was taught by Zoltan Toth and played in master classes for the Tokyo String Quartet, the Danel String Quartet and the Debussy String Quartet. He later played for Valentin Erben (Alban Berg String Quartet) and Lukas Hagen (Hagen String Quartet). As a chamber musician, Grillet has been touring in France, Spain and China. In 2012, he has been playing with Jacobs professors Alexander Kerr and Eric Kim for the IU Starling Chamber Players. Currently, he is pursuing a performer diploma in viola with Alan De Veritch.

Josue Valdepeñas began studying the piano at the age four and the cello at the age of seven. His studies in music began at the Yamaha School of Music, where he received an extensive amount of ear training as well as piano lessons. He began competing and winning piano competitions in his native city of Toronto, including receiving numerous gold medals at the Kiwanis Music Festival and the Grand Prize of the Toronto Music Competition in 2005. As a cellist, Valdepeñas attended the Aspen Music Festival from the summers of 2005 through 2010, studying with teachers such as Alan Harris, Darrett Adkins, Michael Mermagen and Eric Kim. He has performed as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others. Valdepeñas participated in the 2011 New York String Orchestra Seminar and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Sphinx National Completion. He is currently in the middle of his undergraduate studies at the Jacobs School of Music, under the tutelage of Eric Kim.