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 Washington, DC, is an avid chamber, studio, and orchestral musician, studying with Ronald Copes at Juilliard. She won a Keston-Max Fellowship to study and perform with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2022. In 2018, she won First Prizes for Performance and Interpretation in the Prix Ravel chamber music competition in France. In 2019, along with her colleagues in the Abeo Quartet, she won the Silver Medal in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and appeared on WQXR Midday Masterpieces and WETA Classical Radio as well as in performances at Alice Tully Hall, The Kennedy Center, in Montreal, and Oslo, Norway.
Njioma is a Jupiter Symphony chamber player and a member of the Montclair Orchestra. She has been invited to participate in numerous summer festivals including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Montreal International String Quartet Academy, Meadowmount, Fontainebleau Schools and the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Njioma has been a concertmaster with the Juilliard Wind Orchestra and has performed on tour in Germany, the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Spain, Argentina and more as a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
For many years Njioma was a scholarship recipient through Boston’s Project STEP string training program for youth. She fondly remembers the special privilege of performing in a quartet for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at a prestigious White House State Dinner. Throughout her life Njioma has regularly shared her love of music as a frequent performer in nursing homes and assisted living residences. She continues her outreach as a Juilliard Gluck fellow, performing in a variety of hospital settings for veterans and others suffering physically and mentally. Njioma also loves teaching composition and collaboration to elementary and middle school students, most from underserved and underrepresented communities, through the Opportunity Music Project in NYC.
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.