Since giving his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 1992, American violinist ANTON MILLER has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and pedagogue. He has performed over fifty violin concertos with a number of orchestras on four continents. His most recent solo release on Naxos features the Kurt Weill Concerto for Violin and Wind Ensemble.
Anton is on the violin and chamber music faculty at the Hartt School, and has been on the faculty of New York University, Oberlin Conservatory, Lawrence University, and Swarthmore College. He and his wife Rita Porfiris are the members of the acclaimed violin and viola ensemble, Miller-Porfiris Duo. American Record Guide said of the ensemble “You would have to go a long way to hear better duo playing than this.” He also serves as Concertmaster of Lincoln’s Symphony in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Anton completed his MM at The Juilliard School studying with Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Felix Galimir and members of the Juilliard Quartet. He received his BM from Indiana University as a student of Franco Gulli.
ERTAN TORGUL, violin, balances a busy career of solo, chamber music, and guest concertmaster appearances. He has performed with numerous orchestras including Indianapolis, Sacramento, Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas Opera, Shreveport, and San Antonio, among many others. From 1996- 2012, Mr. Torgul served as Associate and Acting Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony.
Mr. Torgul has been a member of SOLI Chamber Ensemble since 1996 and has been serving as its Managing/Artistic Director since 2011. In 2013 SOLI was awarded the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for its innovative programming. Mr. Torgul is also a founding member of both the acclaimed SUONO Duo with pianist Aileen Chanco and “Quinteto Quilombo”, a Tango Quintet specializing in “Tango Nuevo”. A former member of the Plymouth String Quartet, he received the Prix Mercure and prizes in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition. His summer engagements include Mainly Mozart Festival in California, Point Counterpoint in Vermont, and Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. He has recently joined the faculty of University of California Santa Barbara as a Lecturer in Violin.
Praised by “USA Today” for her “richness of tone and impeccable articulation and for the warmth and subtlety of her phrasing” violist RITA PORFIRIS has performed in major concert halls across the globe as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, and soloist.
Currently Professor of Viola and Chair of Chamber Music at The Hartt School, she has also been on faculty at New York University, University of Houston Moores’ School of Music, Florida International University, and the Harlem School for the Arts in New York. She has received Austria’s Prix Mercure, was a prize winner in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Primrose International Viola Competition, and a laureate of the Paolo Borciani International Quartet Competition as a member of the Plymouth String Quartet. Ms. Porfiris is a member of the Miller-Porfiris Duo with which she has released 4 CDs which have received critical acclaim.
In her previous career as an orchestral musician, 15 years of which were spent with the Houston Symphony, she worked under some of the most recognized conductors of the 20-21 Centuries: Leonard Bernstein, Sergiu Celibidache, Kurt Masur, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Christoph Eschenbach.
Ms. Porfiris received her BM and MM in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School, studying with William Lincer. Other teachers and mentors included Paul Doktor, Norbert Brainin, and Harvey Shapiro.
A graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Scholar, cellist JENNIFER KLOETZEL has concertized throughout the United States, Europe and Asia as a soloist and chamber musician. Before QuartetES, she was a founding member of the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet until the group disbanded in 2016. Ms. Kloetzel has performed at such renowned venues as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Chautauqua Institute and the Ravinia Festival, the Lobkowicz Palaces in both Vienna and Prague, as well as prominent colleges and conservatories worldwide.
Ms. Kloetzel is noted for her elegant playing and her vibrant tone. She is a sought-after recitalist, performing concerts for San Francisco Performances and on WQXR in New York. A champion of new music, she has received the Copland Award for her work with living American composers and has premiered over fifty works, including five concertos written specifically for her. Upcoming world premieres include sonatas by Richard Aldag and Elena Ruehr and “Inferno: Double Concerto for Viola, Cello and Chamber Orchestra” by Joel Friedman, as well as six ‘companion’ pieces commissioned to pair with the Bach Cello Suites.
Ms. Kloetzel has been featured regularly on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and her performances have been broadcast on radio stations from coast to coast. A passionate recording artist with 36 CD releases to date, recent recordings include the entire cycle of Beethoven Quartets and Brahms Sextets on the Avie label. In 2021, Avie will release her recordings of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano with Robert Koenig. In 2016, Ms. Kloetzel was invited to join the faculty at University of California Santa Barbara, where she is Professor of Cello and Head of Strings.