BRATTLEBORO -- On Friday, the Brattleboro Music Center’s Chamber Music Series presents the Rubens Quartet with special guests Dimitri Murrath and Judith Serkin at 7:30 p.m., at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St.
The Rubens Quartet -- whose members hail from the Netherlands, the United States and Israel -- has become one of the finest young quartets of its generation since its founding in 2000. The quartet has impressed audiences throughout its home country of the Netherlands and abroad, and is praised for its warm sound, remarkable sense of rhythm and harmony and ability to communicate with an audience.
The Rubens Quartet studied for three years at the Dutch String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam and finished its studies cum laude at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin; during this time the quartet benefited from the guidance of world-renowned chamber music specialists, including György Kurtág and members of the Amadeus and Juilliard Quartets.
The quartet was twice named quartet-in-residence at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, has performed at the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam and appears regularly at the String Quartet Festival in Luberon (France) and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The quartet holds top prizes from national and international string quartet competitions, and tours internationally.
In Brattleboro, quartet members Sarah Kapustin and Tali Goldberg, violins, Roeland Jagers, viola, and Joachim Eijlander, cello, will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132; and are joined by Dimitri Murrath, viola, and Judith Serkin, cello, for Brahms’ String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36.
Born in Brussels, Belgian violist Murrath has made his mark as a viola soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues including Jordan Hall, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Royal Festival Hall (London), the National Auditorium (Madrid), and Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels). Murrath has won numerous awards, including First Prize at the Primrose Viola Competition and Second Prize at the Tokyo International Viola Competition. An avid chamber musician, Murrath has collaborated with Miriam Fried, Gidon Kremer, Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Menahem Pressler, David Soyer and Radovan Vlatkovic. Murrath studied with Natalia Boyarsky at the Yehudi Menuhin School, David Takeno in London and with Kim Kashkashian for an Artist Diploma at NEC. He is now on the viola faculty of NEC and Longy School.
Beloved local cellist Judith Serkin, has toured extensively across the U.S., Japan, France, and Canada. She began her studies in Puerto Rico with Marta Casals Istomin, then continued with David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music, and with Mischa Schneider. Serkin was a founding member of the Guilford Quartet and of the Hebrew Arts Quartet (later known as the Mendelssohn) in New York City, was a member of the Iceland Symphony in Reykjavik and played principal cello for many years with Musica Sacra. She has been a participant of both the Yellow Barn and the Marlboro Music School and Festival, and over the years has performed on numerous Music from Marlboro tours. Serkin is a founding faculty member of the Brattleboro Music Center’s Music School and makes her home in Guilford.