The Arnica String Quartet was founded in 2005 by four leading Portland musicians looking to explore the vastly rewarding repertoire for string quartet. Drawing from extensive experience as orchestral, solo, and chamber music performers, the Arnica Quartet is committed to performances of the highest quality.
They have performed on concert series at the University of Portland, Parties of Note, Portland’s Old Church, Pacific University, Oregon Health Sciences University, Camerata Northwest, Astoria’s Liberty Theater, Camerata Musica, Classical Up Close, and Tacoma’s Second City Chamber Series.
The Quartet will be without its regular cellist, Heather Blackburn, for this concert; Pansy Chang will be guest cellist. She is now associate professor of cello at Miami University ; prior to joining the Miami University music faculty, she served for two years as Assistant to Professor Aldo Parisot and Lecturer in Violoncello at Yale University School of Music, and for four years as a member of the Oregon Symphony.
Miss Chang has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as a soloist, chamber player, and orchestral musician. She has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Northwest, on Robert Sherman's Listening Room program on New York's WQXR, and in both the Yale University Spectrum Series at Weill Hall and the Yale Faculty Artist Series in New Haven.
Violinist Shin-young Kwon came to the United States in 1996 as a freshman to study at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Bachelor and Masters degrees. She has completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Indiana University with a dissertation that compares early Boccherini and Haydn string quartets. She plays in the Oregon Symphony and has been active in chamber music and solo performances.
Fumino Ando is Japanese, has studied violin in Japan, at Southern Methodist University, and the University of Oklahoma. In 1992 she became a member of the Bettina String Quartet, which toured Japan extensively as well as giving concerts in the U.S. She joined the Oregon Symphony in 2002. She practices Ashtanga Yoga daily. The two violinists alternate playing first violin.
Charles Noble has been Assistant principal violist of the Oregon Symphony since 1995. He has appeared as soloist with the Oregon Symphony, and at the Cascade and Sunriver Music Festivals. He has been the principal violist with the Ernst Bloch and Cascade Music Festivals, and is currently the co-principal violist of the Sunriver Music Festival. He is a founding member of the Ethos and Arnica String Quartets. He has published two articles in the The Strad magazine and authors the popular classical music blog NobleViola (www.nobleviola.com).