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, executive and artistic director of Apollo Chamber Players (Apollo), an internationally-acclaimed chamber music ensemble on the cutting edge of creative, programmatic performance and the commissioning of multicultural new music. With Apollo, Mr. Detrick can be heard on Parma Recordings’ Navona Records label and on American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated program, Performance Today.
Under Mr. Detrick’s leadership, Apollo has grown to serve thousands in the Houston area and millions around the world through international broadcasts. He is frequent guest speaker and clinician for alumni lectures, Career Days, and music entrepreneurship series at Rice University, Brazosport College, and the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition. He has also served as a grant evaluator for the Texas Commission on the Arts. Through his business Detrick Arts, he contracts ensembles of all sizes for corporate events and charitable functions.
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. He has also served as guest concertmaster of the Lubbock and Alexandria (LA) Symphonies. In Houston, he performs often 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 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. 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.
A core violinist of Apollo Chamber Players since 2012, she is also a member of the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Ballet Orchestras, and Mercury Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Ramirez has participated in music festivals throughout the world, including the Aspen Music Festival with Dorothy Delay and the Mozarteum of Salzburg with Carlo Chiarappa. 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 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 U.S.
Ms. Ramirez performs on a 1997 Frank Ravatin violin and Robert Morrow bow.
Whitney Bullock, viola
Violist Whitney Bullock is active as a performer, teaching artist, and educator. She serves as the Apollo’s Education and Outreach Director, bringing the organization’s distinctive, multicultural programming to life in schools and underserved areas of Greater Houston.
In 2013 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 arts with classroom curriculum. This program culminated in a performance and poetry therapy residency developed by Ms. Bullock at the Houston Area Women's Center.
Ms. Bullock serves as staff viola instructor for the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Department at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, and she coaches chamber music for the Houston Youth Symphony (HYS). Additionally, she is a teaching artist for HYS's Melody Program which provides free private lesson instruction for economically disadvantaged musicians. Ms. Bullock is one of the founders of the Houston Viola Society, and she has given chamber music and solo masterclasses at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and Texas Lutheran University. Ms. Bullock is currently in her tenth season as Principal Viola of the Symphony of Southeast Texas.
Ms. Bullock is a graduate of Rice University and Vanderbilt University, where she eared degrees in both music performance and women’s studies. Her principal teachers include James Dunham, Steve Wyrczynski, and John Kochanowski.
Matthew Dudzik, cello
Cellist Matthew Dudzik has been a member of Apollo Chamber Players since 2009 and Chief Financial Officer since 2012. 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. As Apollo CFO, Mr. Dudzik helped successfully guide the organization through Capacity Building programs at Houston Arts Alliance
In Houston, Mr. Dudzik performs in a wide variety of settings including with the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet and Theater Under the Stars. A frequent performer in Japan, he has appeared with acclaimed violinist Takayoshi Wanami at his Yatsugatake Summer 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 he serves as a teaching artist for the Houston Youth Symphony’s MELODY program and the American Festival for the Arts (AFA).
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.