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.
Anabel Ramirez, violin
Mexican-born violinist Anabel Ramirez began studying the violin at age six in her native country with Russian violinist Gari Petrenko. By 1991 she had twice won the National Violin Competition in Mexico and the following year Ms. Ramirez was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Ollin Yoliztly School of the Arts in Mexico City. Under the tutelage of Natalya Gbodetskaya, she won the 'Carlos Chavez' competition in 1992. At age 16, she came to the US to study at the University of Houston under the sponsorship of the Starling Foundation Scholarship Fund, where she completed her Bachelor's of Music Performance under the supervision of Fredell Lack. She subsequently completed her Masters Degree at the University of British Columbia, having studied with Andrew Dawes. Returning to the US in 2004, she began coursework towards a Masters in Pedagogy with Emanuel Borok.
Ms. Ramirez has been a member of Apollo Chamber Players since 2012 and serves as Marketing Director in addition to core artist. She has been a member of the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet Orchestras since 2008, and she performs regularly with the period instrument ensemble, Mercury.
To further her education, Ms. Ramirez has participated in several music festivals throughout the world, including the Aspen Music Festival with Dorothy Delay, the Mozarteum of Salzburg with Carlo Chiarappa, and the Musicorda Festival with James Buswell. Ms. Ramirez was the winner of the 1998 American String Teachers Association regional competition as well as the Musicorda Concerto Competition. She was awarded the 2002 Mozart Medal for musical achievements and has also appeared as soloist with all the major orchestras in her home country, including the National Symphony and Mineria Symphony, and with the Galveston, Clear Lake, Woodlands, Ludwig and San Antonio Symphonies in the US.