"...an approach that has resonated in diverse Houston."
Houston (TX) based Apollo Chamber Players has “found fruitful territory” (Houston Chronicle) through its mission to explore the cultural and folkloric influences in classical music, and the ensemble's performances have "rhythmic flair and doses of virtuosity” (The Strad). Apollo presents thematically-programmed concerts both regionally and nationally including two recent tours of the East Coast, with a Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 and concerts in Hartford, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and at Symphony Space (NYC) in 2016. Additional touring engagements include concerts for Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, Seattle University (WA), Grand Junction Symphony (CO), and Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston (SC). The ensemble is featured frequently on American Public Media’s nationally syndicated program, Performance Today.
Apollo's 20x2020 commissioned works have reached over 8 million listeners since the project's launch in 2014. 20x2020 includes a roster of some of the world's leading composers and up-and-coming artists, including Grammy-winners Libby Larsen and Christopher Theofanidis. Winner of HoustonPress’ 2014 MasterMinds award, Apollo was one of three organizations in Houston to be recognized for positively impacting the local arts community. In recent seasons Apollo has collaborated with Houston Ballet, Houston METdance, and Catholic Charities of Houston, and concertized with acclaimed artists James Dunham, Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Timothy Pitts, Ismail Lumanovski, Robin Kesselman, and Viktor Valkov.
"European Folkscapes makes folk music come to life effectively." (American Record Guide.) Apollo’s debut album earned ‘Album of the Week’ honors by WQXR in New York City and has reached millions of listeners through national and international airplay. Apollo's second studio album, Blurred Boundaries, was released in April 2016 by Parma Recordings and has been lauded as “truly lovely music played exceptionally well by an adventurous and gifted young ensemble” (Audiophile Audition).
Passionate about arts education, the ensemble curates culturally-enriching programs for performance through Young Audiences of Houston, and it has performed concerts and presented masterclasses for schools and festivals across the country. Most recently, Apollo performed for and mentored students in Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids outreach program, and it looks forward to serving as the quartet-in-residence for Youth Orchestras of San Antonio’s Summer Symphony Camp this June.
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Year founded: 2008
Major Awards: HoustonPress' 2014 MasterMinds; WQXR (NYC) 'Album of the Week'
Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) debut: October 11, 2013
Album Info: European Folkscapes, released January 28, 2014; Blurred Boundaries, released April 8, 2016 by Navona Records (Parma Recordings)
Commissioned Works: 8 (as of May 2016) Click here for 20x2020 commissioning project details
Self-produced concerts: 31
Presented concerts: 94
Educational programs presented: 105
Total Audience Reach: 10 million
Number of board members: 6