2016-2017 Professional Concert Series
Pressenda Chamber Players

Washington Conservatory of Music presents

Washington Conservatory Ensemble-in-Residence:

Aaron Berofsky, violin
Kathryn Votapek, violin
Amadi Azikiwe, viola
Tobias Werner, cello
Jan Mueller-Szeraws, cello

Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions

The Pressenda Chamber Players is an exciting new ensemble of strings and piano, named for Giovanni Pressenda (1777-1854) maker of instruments played by two members. In this second of four concerts by the ensemble as Ensemble-in-Residence for the 2016-17 Washington Conservatory concert season, violinist Aaron Berofsky, violinist Kathryn Votapek, violist Amadi Azikiwe, cellist Tobias Werner and cellist Jan Mueller-Szeraws perform Mozart String Quartet in G Major, K. 387m nicknamed the "Spring" quartet, paired with Quintet in C for two violins, viola and two cellos by Franz Schubert. This sublime "cello quintet" is Schubert's last instrumental work, and considered to be among his greatest musical accomplishments.

Aaron Berofsky, violinist has toured extensively throughout the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada as a soloist, a chamber musician, concertmaster of Ann Arbor Symphony, and member of Chester String Quartet and Tafelmusik chamber orchestra. He co-runs University of Michigan’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra. More+

Kathryn Votapek, violinist is active as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe as associate concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and member of the Chester String Quartet, the Votapek Trio, and a duo with Aaron Berofsky. She is on the faculty at University of Michigan, Meadowmount School of Music, and numerous festivals and camps throughout the United States and abroad. More+

Amadi Azikiwe, violist has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States including an appearance at the U.S Supreme Court and guest appearances with chamber ensembles including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. More+

Cellist Tobias Werner is the music director of The Chamber Music Conference of the East, as well as Artistic Director and Founder of the Pressenda Chamber Players. He has appeared in chamber music concerts throughout the world and in local venues including the Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. More+

Jan Mueller-Szeraws, cellist , has performed as soloist with the New England Philharmonic, Concord Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción, Orquesta de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, and as chamber musician with Trio Tremonti, Boston Musica Viva and Mistral. He is on the faculty at Phillips Academy Andover and founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Institute at Holy Cross. More+


The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members and to allow for easy exit.

Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church.

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