Airi Yoshioka, violin I
Mayuki Fukuhara, violin II
Veronica Salas, viola
Madeleine Shapiro, director/cello
Called “a dynamic new music ensemble” (The New York Times), ModernWorks was formed in 1997 by cellist and concert producer Madeleine Shapiro. Though the core is a string quartet, the ensemble also performs repertoire in numerous other combinations; string duos and trios, as well as works with accordion, percussion, voice and multiple cellos. ModernWorks gives an annual New York concert series and has presented over 30 New York or United States premieres of works by both young, emerging composers, and an international roster of established composers. Active in the commissioning of new works, ModernWorks is proud to have been the recipient of two commissioning grants from Meet the Composer USA to commission new works by American composers. The ensemble has appeared in such diverse New York venues as The Knitting Factory and the Museum of Arts & Design; has held a residency at New York University; and has been a regular on the prestigious Sonic Boom Festival. In addition to its NY series, ModernWorks tours both nationally and internationally.
Madeleine Shapiro performs extensively as a solo recitalist throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America and has had numerous solo works written for her. Awards include two Encore Awards from the American Composers Forum, a Barrow Award, and as director of the New Music Consort, First Prize in Adventurous Programming/ASCAP-Chamber Music America award. She directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Manner College of Music. Madeleine's solo CD, Electricity: Works for Cello and Electronics can be found on Albany Records.
Airi Yoshioka has concertised throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She is the founding member of the Damocles Trio and the Modigliani Quartet and has performed and recorded with the members of the Emerson, Brentano and Arditti Quartets. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she is a principal member of Continuum, ModernWorks, Son Sonora, Azure, Ensemble Pi and RUCKUS ensembles. She has recorded for New World, Claves, Mode, Albany and Pony Canyon records.
Mayuki Fukuhara was a student of Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir at the Curtis Institute and Manner College of Music. He is presently the concertmaster of the Orchestra of St Luke's and a member of the St Luke's Chamber Ensemble. He performs regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the NY Collegium and is concertmaster of the Vermont Symphony. He has been a participant at the Marlboro and Caramoor festivals, and performs at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan.
Veronica Salas has premiered and recorded contemporary works for viola and harpsichord with The Queens Chamber Band, chamber music with the Elysium Ensemble and Bennington Chamber Music Conference. Salas is a member of the Pierrot Consort, Bronx Arts and Canta Libre Chamber Ensembles. She performs with members of the Emerson and Orion Quartets as faculty of the CW Post Chamber Festival. Salas received her DMA from Juilliard and is on the faculty of New York University and Long Island University.
For more information, please visit www.ModernWorks.com.
Photo courtesy of Vivian Ge