The Abeo Quartet, formed at Juilliard in 2018, finalist in the 2021 Young Concert Artists International Competition and silver medal winner of the 2019 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, is thrilled to welcome new members violinist Rebecca Benjamin and cellist Brian Gadbow. Abeo is also honored to have been selected by The Calidore String Quartet as the inaugural Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware.
In October 2021, they were delighted to perform at a family wedding attended by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.
Abeo, in 2019, was featured at The Kennedy Center’s Reach Festival as well as in New York at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall and on WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces. They were also featured at the Glenstone Museum in Maryland and in Norway’s Vertavo Festival where they performed seven works by Haydn.
The quartet was winner of the Judges Special Recognition Award at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and went on that year to win a Montreal International String Quartet Academy fellowship, studying with members of the Alban Berg Quartet, Quatuor Ebene, Takács String Quartet and the Artemis Quartet. The quartet was also featured in master classes with The Danish Quartet and The Calidore String Quartet and has performed with pianist Joseph Kalichstein. In 2021, members of the Abeo Quartet were fellows at Yale University's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, coached by the Brentano, Emerson and Miró quartets.
During their time at Juilliard, Abeo studied regularly in the Honors Chamber Music Program under the tutelage of The Juilliard String Quartet with Joseph Lin, Roger Tapping and Astrid Schween. Abeo was formed when violinist Njioma Grevious and violist James Kang, along with former members Ludvig Gudim and Drew Cone, began sight reading together as first year students and immediately discovered each other’s passion for chamber music. The quartet chose the name Abeo / ah - bey - oh / — an expression of joy in a Nigerian dialect — to reflect their love for playing chamber music and sharing it with others.
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