The Quartet

    The Aurora Piano Quartet is an ensemble founded in 2015 in Geneva by young musicians from all over the world and who currently study in Geneva, Zurich, Salzburg and London. The quartet regularly receives advice from members of the Artemis, Danel, Ébène, Takács and Ysaÿe quartets, the Trio Wanderer as well as from Claire Désert, Giovanni Gnocchi, François Guye, Nobuko Imai, Christian Ivaldi, Avedis Kouyoumdjian, Tedi Papavrami, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Imre Rohmann, Emmanuel Strosser, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden and Pavel Vernikov. Prizewinner of the Illzach International Chamber Music Competition and the Orpheus Chamber Music Competition, the ensemble is the first piano quartet in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.

The Aurora Piano Quartet regularly performs in France, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland. The quartet was invited to the Swiss Chamber Music Festival in Adelboden, the Académie Villecroze, the Porrentruy Piano Festival. the International Piano Festival La Roque d'Anthéron and was broadcasted live on France Musique, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone and Radio Télévision Suisse. The ensemble toured Brazil and Argentina, giving numerous concerts and masterclasses.

The Members

Jane Hyeonjin Cho, violin (South Korea)

 

    Born in 1997 in Seoul, Jane Hyeonjin Cho began playing the violin at the age of 6. In 2006, she was accepted at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England in the class of Liutsia Ibragimova. She then went on to study at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Boris Kuschnir. Having been chosen as one of the most promising musicians by the Kumho Asiana Group in Korea in 2011, she regularly gives concerts in Korea. In 2015, Jane Cho was invited by Augustin Dumay to take part in his masterclass at the Louis Vuitton Fondation in Paris and to enter his class at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. Since then, she has participated in projects at the Music Chapel with artists such as Gary Hoffman, Miguel da Silva, Frank Braley, Pavel Vernikov and was invited to perform with Gidon Kremer and Christian Tetzlaff at Kronberg Academy’s “Chamber Music Connects the World” in Germany in 2016. Eager to pursue her passion for chamber music, Jane Cho took part in the Seiji Ozawa Academy in Switzerland under the mentorship of Nobuko Imai, Sadao Harada and Pamela Frank. Having just received her Artist Diploma at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, she will pursue her studies there with Miguel da Silva and the Artemis Quartet. She will also be studying at the Royal College of Music in London with Mark Messenger as a Soirée d’Or Scholar, generously granted by the Ladies of the Soirée d’Or Committee. In the coming season, Jane Cho will be recording her debut CDs with Augustin Dumay, Miguel da Silva and Henri Demarquette for a rendition of Debussy’s String Quartet as well as Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Biel Solothurn Orchestra and Augustin Dumay. She currently plays a Patigny bow kindly granted by Augustin Dumay and a 1679 Francesco Ruggieri violin kindly granted by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Natanael Ferreira, viola (Brazil)

     Natanael Ferreira began his musical studies on the piano at the age of nine. He then began playing the viola with the help of his uncle, a conductor. Shortly after joining the Youth Orchestra of Goias, he toured Europe as first viola and won a scholarship to study at the academy of the São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra shortly after. In 2013, he won the 1st prize at the Campos do Jordão Winter Festival in Brazil and began his studies with Miguel da Silva at the Geneva Conservatory of Music the following year. In 2015, he won several prizes at the Académie Ravel as well as the 3rd prize at the Rahn Musikpreis in 2018. Natanael Ferreira was a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra in 2016 and often plays with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He has received precious advice from Tabea Zimmermann, Atar Arad and regularly gives concerts in Switzerland, France and Belgium with musicians such as Régis Pasquier, Miguel da Silva, Henri Demarquette, Lorenzo Gatto, Marc Coppey, Ilya Gringolts and Heinz Holliger. During the 2018-2019 season, he will perform in La Belle Saison, Les Folles Journées de Nantes and will soon release his first recording with clarinettist Vitor Fernandes and pianist Elio Coria. Since 2019, Natanael Ferreira is Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in the class of Miguel da Silva. He currently plays a viola from the El Pasito Foundation and is supported by the Académie Villecroze.

Gabriel Esteban, cello (USA)

    Born in 1996 in Geneva, Gabriel Esteban grew up in a musical family. After having studied with François Abeille, he pursued his studies with François Guye at the Haute École de Musique de Genève and with Giovanni Gnocchi at the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, where he is currently a student of Clemens Hagen. He received precious advice from renowned cellists such as Christophe Coin, Marc Coppey, Enrico Dindo, David Geringas, Thomas Grossenbacher, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Maria Kliegel, Reinhard Latzko, Philippe Muller, Raphaël Pidoux, Troels Svane, István Vardái and Wen-Sinn Yang. Gabriel Esteban was awarded the 2nd prize at the David Popper International Cello Competition in Hungary, several 1st prizes at the Swiss Youth Music Competition, is also a prizewinner of the Enrico Mainardi Cello Competition and has received support from many Swiss foundations. He was invited to perform at the Lavaux Classic Festival with Tedi Papavrami, Kronberg Academy, Tsinandali Festival in Georgia with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa Academy Switzerland, Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival in Japan and as a soloist with several European orchestras. Gabriel Esteban was principal cellist of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra and regularly plays among several Swiss professional orchestras. In 2019, he will go on tour as a soloist with the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing in some of the biggest concert halls of Switzerland such as Zurich's Tonhalle Maag or Bern's Kultur Casino. He currently plays on a 1690 Giovanni Grancino cello previously owned by Pablo Casals and generously loaned to him by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Elio Coria, piano (Argentina)

    Born in Argentina, Elio Coria started playing the piano at the age of ten. In 2016, he obtained his Masters degree at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne with Ricardo Castro, and is currently pursuing his studies at the Zurich University of the Arts with Christoph Berner. Elio Coria has taken masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Maria João Pires, Pascal Rogé, Daniel Rivera, and Nelson Goerner. He was awarded the Music Revelation Award by the Music Critics Association of Argentina, and is a prizewinner at several competitions and music festivals such as the Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition in Chile, the Biennial Youth Competition in Argentina, the Campos do Jordão Winter Festival in Brazil, and the Martha Argerich Presents Project in Switzerland. He performed in most of the major halls of South America as well as in several European countries such as Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, and Switzerland, where he was invited for the first time in 2011 by Martha Argerich.

Repertoire

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op.16

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Quartet in C Major, WoO 36 #3

  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet #1 in G Minor, Op.25

  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet #2 in A Major, Op.26

  • Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet #3 in C Minor, Op.60

  • Ernest Chausson: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op.30

  • Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quartet #2 in E flat Major, Op.87

  • Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet #1 in C Minor, Op.15

  • Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet #2 in G Minor, Op.45

  • Alexandre Mastrangelo: Piano Quartet

  • Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet in A Minor

  • Gustav Mahler/Alfred Schnittke: Piano Quartet in A Minor

  • Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet #1 in C Minor, Op.1

  • Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Quartet #2 in F Minor, Op.2

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet #1 in G Minor, K478

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet #2 in E flat Major, K493

  • Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet "Trout" in A Major, D667

  • Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op.47

  • Richard Strauss: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op.13

  • Joaquín Turina: Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op.67