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Chimera Quartet

Geneva Lewis, violin (Los Angeles, CA)
Cameron Lee, violin (Sherman Oaks, CA)
Emma Wernig, viola (Woodland Hills, CA)
Tomsen Su, cello (Rowland Heights, CA)


Violinists Geneva Lewis (17) and Cameron Alan-Lee (18) together with cellist Tomsen Su (18) and violist Emma Wernig (17), all met as students at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. They formed the Chimera Quartet at the beginning of September 2015. The name “Chimera” describes the four very distinct, colorful personalities that fuse into one musical being when playing chamber music together. They are being coached by Andrew Cook at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music as well as Clive Greensmith and Ida Levin at the Colburn School where they are the Honors Quartet at the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Program.

Geneva Lewis (17) originally from Auckland, New Zealand, is a merit scholarship student at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts where she studies with Aimée Kreston, Concertmaster of the Pasadena Symphony. Geneva made her orchestral debut at age 11, and has since matured into an exceptional violinist. Geneva’s powerful performances have awarded her first-prize wins in numerous competitions. Most recently, she received a Gold Medal at YoungArts, and was named a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts candidate. In 2015, Geneva, as part of Incendium Quartet, won the Gold Medal in the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In 2014, Geneva was selected as one of the world’s top 20 young violinists in the Menuhin International Violin Competition. She was presented with the ‘Discovery Prize’ in the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Concerto Competition and won the Doublestop Foundation’s “Artist In You” Instrument Loan Competition. Geneva has performed as a soloist with the Brentwood Westwood Symphony Orchestra, Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra, Culver City Symphony, Diablo Symphony, Pasadena Pops, Pasadena Symphony, and Sierra Summer Festival Orchestra. In 2012, Geneva was cast alongside Emmy-Award winning actress Mariette Hartley as the young virtuoso violinist, Erica Morini, in the LA Times Critic’s Choice, The Morini Strad. In 2014, Geneva performed in a duet with Glenn Dicterow at Royce Hall. In March, 2016, Geneva made her second appearance on “From the Top.” In her spare time Geneva enjoys tennis and playing with her two dogs. Geneva plays on a Terry Borman violin (1991)..

Cameron Lee (18) Cameron has been playing violin since the age of 4. A student of Aimee Kreston at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, he was a semi finalist in The Spotlight Competition at the The Music Center in 2015. Cameron is a Young Musicians Foundation scholarship recipient and has been a First Place Winner of the Pre-College Division of ASTA, First Place Winner of the Pasadena Rotary Club Competition, as well as a semi finalist with his piano trio at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, Estonia, Salzburg, and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Invited to solo the national anthem at the Lakers Basketball Games at The Staples Center three times including this year, Cameron enjoys performing for the public immensely. Currently, he performs with a violin and bow on loan from The Maestro Foundation. Attending Crespi Carmelite High School this year as a senior, Cameron hopes to continue his musical education throughout college and beyond.

Emma Wernig (age 17) is German-Austrian first generation American from Los Angeles, California. She studies with Helen Callus at the Colburn Music Academy. With the “Incendium Quartet” she appeared on From The Top (show #306) after winning the Gold Medal at the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Emma has enjoyed master classes and lessons with Paul Coletti, Roberto Diaz, Heidi Castleman, Robert Vernon, Martin Beaver, Ilya Kaler, and many others, among them Tim Frederiksen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Emma was recently named a First Prize Winner in the American Protégé Concerto Competiton. A Heifetz International Music Institute alumna of 2015, this March she went on her first concert tour with the renowned Heifetz On Tour program. Currently, Emma is the principal violist of the Colburn Music Academy’s conductorless “Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra” and a member of the “Young Artists Symphony Orchestra Los Angeles” as well as several chamber music groups. Outside of music Emma has an interest in photography and video editing. Emma plays on a Viseltear viola generously loaned to her by the Colburn Foundation

Tomsen Su (18) is a student of Ronald Leonard. His past cello teachers have included Dr. Richard Naill, Ko Iwasaki, and Robert Demaine. Tomsen has performed in master classes with Janos Starker, Gary Hoffman, and many others. He currently is a cellist in the Young Artist Symphony Orchestra Los Angeles. Outside of music, Tomsen enjoys esports and herpetology - he ran a publicly funded reptile rescue shelter from 2013-15, and plays StarCraft 2 competitively. He currently resides and performs in Los Angeles, California.

In Performance

 

Competition Repertoire
HAYDN: Quartet in F major, Op.77 No.2 - I. Allegro moderato
MENDELSSOHN: Quartet in D major Op.44 - I. Molto Allegro vivace
BARTOK: Quartet No.1 - III. Allegro vivace