Matthew J. Detrick, violin
Violinist, chamber musician, and entrepreneur Matthew J. Detrick is an emerging leader in the professional arts world. He is co-founder and artistic director of Apollo Chamber Players, an internationally-acclaimed chamber music ensemble on the cutting edge of creative, programmatic performance and the commissioning of new music. Based in Houston (TX) the ensemble concertizes regionally, nationally, and internationally, including a 2013 Carnegie Hall debut and an upcoming tour of Cuba in January 2017. With Apollo, Mr. Detrick can be heard on Parma Recordings’ Navona Records label and on American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated program, Performance Today. He has concertized and collaborated with renowned artists and composers such as James Dunham, Timothy Pitts, Libby Larsen and Malek Jandali.
Mr. Detrick was appointed concertmaster of the Symphony of Southeast Texas (Beaumont, TX) in 2012 and has since been featured soloist performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Vivaldi’s and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. In Houston, he performs frequently with the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras and with the period ensemble Mercury. A graduate of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, his principal teachers include Kenneth Goldsmith, Collette Wichert and the late Raphael Fliegel, former concertmaster of the Houston Symphony.
Mr. Detrick is frequent guest speaker for alumni lectures and music entrepreneurship series at Rice University, Brazosport College, and the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition. Through his business Detrick Arts, he contracts ensembles of all sizes for corporate events and charitable functions. Fun fact: Mr. Detrick had the privilege of performing an improvised solo with music legend Stevie Wonder during a March 2015 concert at Houston’s Toyota Center.
Mr. Detrick performs on a 1760 Giuseppe Testore violin and a 1886 Josephy Alfred Lamy bow.
Whitney Bullock, viola
Whitney Bullock, viola, is active as both a performer and teaching artist, and she has been a member of Apollo Chamber Players since 2012. In addition to her position as Apollo's core violist, Ms. Bullock also serves as the organization's Education Director, through which she brings Apollo's distinctive programming to life in schools and the community. Currently in her seventh season as Principal Viola of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Ms. Bullock recently appeared with the symphony as the featured soloist in a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.
Ms. Bullock completed a two-year Young Artist Fellowship with Da Camera of Houston, receiving training in concert program curation, establishing community arts initiatives, and the development of educational outreach programs that integrate the arts with classroom curriculum. This intense program culminated in a viola performance and poetry therapy residency developed by Ms. Bullock at the Houston Area Women's Center.
Along with her performing commitments, Ms. Bullock is also the staff viola instructor for the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Department at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. In addition to her teaching position at Rice's Preparatory Department, she is also the chamber music and viola sectionals coach for the Houston Youth Symphony, and teaches lessons through that organization's Melody Program, which provides free private lesson instruction for economically disadvantaged musicians.
Ms. Bullock has given chamber music and solo masterclasses at Concordia College and led the viola ensembles at Texan Lutheran University's annual Viola Day. She has also coached chamber music for American Festival for the Arts' Chamber Music Academy, as well as served as a judge for the Houston Young Artists' Concert and Manhattan School of Music Precollege Concerto Competition.
Matthew Dudzik, cello
Cellist Matthew Dudzik has been a member of Apollo Chamber Players since 2009. Based in Houston (TX), Apollo has built a reputation for creative programming and is dedicated to expanding the chamber music repertoire through the commissioning of new works. The ensemble has performed throughout North America including a 2013 Carnegie Hall debut concert and a recent tour to Cuba in January of 2017. With Apollo, Mr. Dudzik can be heard on Parma Recordings’ Navona Records label and on American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated program, Performance Today.
In Houston Mr. Dudzik has performed in a wide variety of settings including with the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet orchestras, Theater Under the Starts, Aperio, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the period ensemble Mercury. A frequent performer in Japan, he has appeared with acclaimed violinist Takayoshi Wanami at his Yatsugatake Summer Course and Concerts as well as at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo. A dedicated and enthusiastic educator, he maintains a vibrant private studio at his home and is a teaching artist for the Houston Youth Symphony’s MELODY program and the AFA summer music festival.
Mr. Dudzik began playing the cello under the guidance of Minnesota Orchestra cellist Sachiya Isomura. He continued his studies with Ko Iwasaki at Southern Methodist University and Norman Fischer at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in music respectively. In addition to the diversity of his musical activities, Mr. Dudzik enjoys practicing yoga and traveling with his wife and son.