Festival Artists 2020
Inessa Zaretsky is the Director of the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival.
Ms.Zaretsky is an award winning pianist and composer whose performances have taken her around the world while her music has been performed in England, Norway, Canada, Australia, Italy, Russia and throughout the United States. She studied piano with Richard Goode and composition with Robert Cuckson at the Mannes College of Music in New York and has collaborated with many notable musicians, such as the Miro, Enso, Jasper and Cassat String Quartets, Kent/Blossom Festival Orchestra, Chamber Music Series of the St. Lukes Orchestra, musicians of the Boston, Chicago and Orpheus Orchestras, members of the Metropolitan Opera and many others.
Ms. Zaretsky is on the Piano faculty of Mannes College, The New School University, and is the Artistic co-director of the Phoenix Chamber Music Series in New York City.
Jasper String Quartet
J FREIVOGEL, violin
KAREN KIM, violin
SAM QUINTAL, viola
RACHEL HENDERSON FREIVOGEL, cello
Jasper String Quartet
Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia's Jasper String Quartet (J Freivogel and Karen Kim, violins, Sam Quintal, viola, and Rachel Henderson Freivogel, cello) is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University's Center for Gifted Young Musicians and the Artistic Director of Jasper Chamber Concerts.
The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and The New York Times named their latest album, Unbound, as one of the 25 Best Classical
Recordings of 2017.
The Quartet founded Jasper Chamber Concerts in 2016, a Philadelphia series devoted to world class performances of masterworks from around the world and Philadelphia, featuring
Philadelphia-connected composers and performers on each concert. Jasper Chamber Concerts continues with its fourth season in 2019-20.
The Jasper String Quartet looks forward to their 2019 commission of Lera Auerbach, Akira Nishimura, Chris Theofanidis and Joan Tower for 4 Seasons | 4 composers, a work bringing the
brilliant muse of the seasons to the string quartet genre. The Jasper String Quartet is named after Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. For more information, please visit or
Grand prize winners of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Second Prize Winners of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Callisto Quartet formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music and brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love for chamber music. Highlights of their achievements include recognition as top prize winners at the 2019 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. They are also Grand Prize winners of the 4th Manhattan International Music Competition Chamber Music Division, which featured the quartet in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in July 2019. They are currently serving as the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
The quartet has participated and performed in many renowned chamber music festivals such as the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Emilia Romagna Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the McGill International String Quartet Academy, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute. In April 2018, at the invitation of Gerhard Schulz, they attended the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar where they also worked with Gidon Kremer and Thomas Ades. As part of their prize from the Wigmore Hall Competition, the quartet received an invitation to the Jeunesses Musicales International Chamber Music Campus in Weikersheim, Germany where they worked with Heime Müller, Donald Weilerstein, and the Cuarteto Casals.
Highlights of their recent performances include debuts in New York City and Chicago on the Schneider Concert Series and at Ravinia Festival, respectively.
Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartet has garnered top prizes at numerous international competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Third Prize and the Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work at the 6th International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna, Third Prize at the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition, and the Prize for the International Summer Academy for Chamber Music Niedersachsen at the 2013 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
The Tesla Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in 2008 and quickly established itself as one of the most promising young ensembles in New York, winning Second Prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months after its inception. The London Evening Standard called their rendition of the Debussy Quartet “a subtly coloured performance that balanced confidently between intimacy and extraversion.”