September 29th, 2012 – This is Jessie Montgomery, the newest violinist of the Catalyst Quartet. It’s been quite the summer! Since I joined the Catalyst Quartet in late July, we’ve been busy learning five new quartets, led an 8-day residency on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona in collaboration with the Grand Canyon Music Festival, won second place at the Bergamo Classic Music Award Competition in Lugano, Switzerland, and had a sprinkling of great concerts on the side. Really, I’m honored to have joined up with some of the best musicians I know and have admired for many years. I have to say, our first read was like magic.
Until the end of October, we’re on tour leading the Sphinx Virtuosi, where we’ll be spending quality time with “la familia” and planning ahead for our new “American” program coming in January. We’re all really excited to get to work and ignite the group with new energy for the coming season. There is big change a’comin!