The Abeo Quartet, silver medal winner of the 2019 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, has been featured in New York at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall and on WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces. The quartet also won the Judges Special Recognition Award at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Abeo, formed at Juilliard, has recently performed at the Kennedy Center’s Reach Festival, The Glenstone Museum in Potomac and in Norway’s Vertavo Festival, playing seven works by Haydn.
The quartet won a Montreal International String Quartet Academy fellowship, studying with members of the Alban Berg Quartet, Quatuor Ebene, Takács String Quartet and the Artemis Quartet. Abeo also has had coachings with pianist Joseph Kalichstein and the Calidore String Quartet. Formed in 2018 at the Juilliard School, the Abeo Quartet has studied under the tutelage of Joseph Lin and Astrid Schween as part of the Juillard Honors Chamber Music Program.
When they were first year Juilliard students, Ludvig, Njioma, James, and Drew immediately recognized and discovered their natural chemistry as well as each other’s passion for chamber music when they began sight reading together. The quartet chose the name Abeo / ah - bey - oh / , representing an expression of joy in a Nigerian dialect, to reflect their love for playing chamber music and sharing it with others.
LUDVIG GUDIM | Violin
Ludvig Gudim, 20, born in Oslo, Norway, is the winner of the Juilliard Violin Competition and numerous national and international awards. He won 3rd prize in the prestigious international Menuhin Competition junior division in 2014. He also has won the Norwegian Soloist Prize, He represented Norway in the Eurovision Young Musicians contest in Cologne, and was named Norway’s Young Musicians Competition “Musician of the Year.” In 2016, he won 2nd prize at the Princess Astrid International Violin Competition.
As a soloist, Ludvig has appeared with numerous orchestras around the world including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Chamber Orchestra, The Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphonic Orchestra, Trondheim Soloists, Oslo Camerata and London’s Orpheus Sinfonia. He has been the concertmaster of Young Strings of Norway for several years. The Korean Herald has described him as “a world-class concertmaster.”
A keen chamber musician, Ludvig has also performed with highly acclaimed musicians including Itzhak Perlman, Janine Jansen, Alisa Weilerstein, Kathy Stott, Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Anders Tomter, Ivry Gitlis and musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic. He has participatedin The Verbier Festival, “Chamber Music Connects the World” at the Kronberg Academy and Bergen International Festival. In 2013 he began travelling to New York to participate in the Perlman Music Program. He is currently pursuing a bachelor of music degree at Juilliard with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin.
Ludvig plays a 1710 Antonio Stradivari, generously on loan from the Anders Sveaas Foundation.
NJIOMA GREVIOUS | Violin
Violinist Njioma Grevious, of Newton, MA and Washington, DC, is thrilled to be pursuing her passion as a chamber and orchestral musician. A winner of first prizes for chamber music performance and interpretation in the 2018 Prix Ravel Competition in France and recipient of a Keston MAX fellowship to study and perform with the London Symphony Orchestra in April 2020, Njioma, a student of Ronald Copes, is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School. In 2016, she was honored to have performed for President and Mrs. Obama at the White House, a memory she continues to cherish. Njioma, who previously studied with James Buswell through a Project STEP scholarship, has performed in many chamber and solo recitals in Boston and elsewhere. She has been described by the Boston Musical Intelligencer as a “thoroughly confident and mature violinist.”
A participant in master classes with members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as with Gérard Poulet and Martin Beaver, among others, Njioma was a 2019 Music Academy of the West Fellow and has spent summers at Meadowmount, the Tanglewood Institute and the Fontainebleau Schools.. As an orchestral musician, she has performed at Boston Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall and has toured in Germany, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Spain, Argentina and Peru with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Njioma has been a concertmaster of the Juilliard Wind Orchestra and is a member of the Montclair Symphony Orchestra.
Committed to bringing music to those who otherwise do not have the opportunity to hear live performances, Njioma has performed in more than 100 concerts in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals and community centers, often with her siblings in the Mahewa Trio. She enjoys continuing to help others through the gifts of music as a Juilliard Gluck Fellow.
JAMES KANG | Viola
James Kang, viola, is currently pursuing his undergraduate studies in performance under Carol Rodland at The Juilliard School as a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. Being based in Atlanta, GA, he had previously studied with Dr. Marilyn Seelman. At Juilliard, James is in the Honors Chamber Music Program with his string quartet, being coached primarily by Joseph Lin. Before entering his bachelor’s degree, he was a prize winner of the ASTA National Solo Competition, the Atlanta Federation of Musicians Scholarship, and the Bach Competition in Georgia. James spent three years with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, serving as Principal Violist for two of those years. He was also a member of the Georgia All-State Orchestra for 6 years, being Principal Violist for many of them and winning the GA- ASTA Senior All State Scholarship in his last year.
James has attended both orchestral and chamber music summer programs including the Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop, Aspen Music Festival on a fellowship, National Youth Orchestra of the USA, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, and Interlochen Arts Camp also on a fellowship. He has worked with Kim Kashkashian and Jennifer Stumm in masterclasses, and received chamber music coachings from Donald Weilerstein, Merry Peckham, Astrid Schween, Gil Kalish, and also performed with Itzhak Perlman. James additionally loves to serve his community through teaching children and performing in nursing homes and hospitals annually.
DREW CONE | Cello
A talented and passionate cellist, Drew Cone is pursuing a degree in cello performance as an undergraduate at the Juilliard School. He began his studies with Eva Herer, then David Ying, Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music, and currently with Natasha Brofsky. At the age of 11 he performed his first solo with the Ars Nova Musicians and by 12 he had soloed with the Buffalo Philharmonic under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. Drew was the 2011 Junior Division winner of the MTNA Empire State Competition and in 2014 he won the Interlochen Concerto Competition, performing with the orchestra that summer.
He has attended summer programs such as Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Castleman Quartet Program, Interlochen Arts Camp, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Taos School of Music Drew has also participated in Master Classes with Zuill Bailey, Nicholas Alsteadt, Roman Mekinulov, Amit Peled, Mark Kosower, and worked with quartets such as Dover, Cavani, Borromeo, Brentano, and Miro. He has the honor to have collaborated in a chamber setting with members of the Ying Quartet, and is scheduled to perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in their 2019 - 2020 season.