Founded in 1967, the Sarasota String Quartet (formerly the Florida String Quartet) is one of
Florida’s premier ensembles and a favorite among area music lovers. For more than thirty years the group has performed throughout the state of Florida.
Daniel Jordan, violin, has been the concertmaster of the Sarasota Orchestra and violinist in the
Sarasota String Quartet since 1998. He has previously also been engaged as an assisting artist at the Sarasota Music Festival. Prior to his tenure in Sarasota, he played as concertmaster of the New World Symphony (Miami Beach), Spoleto (Charleston) Festival, and Erie Philharmonic. During the 2001/02 season, while on sabbatical from SO, he was the assistant principal 1st violinist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur. Recent summers have been spent as a member of the Sun Valley (Idaho) Summer Symphony, assistant concertmaster of the Colorado Music Festival, and concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra. Mr. Jordan received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Donald Weilerstein and David Updegraff. The violin he plays on is a 1697 Rogeri that was generously donated to the Orchestra by Ernest and Alisa Kretzmer.
Christopher K. Takeda, violin, was appointed to the new position of associate concertmaster in the 2002-2003 season. He joined the orchestra during the 2001-2002 season as concertmaster, while Daniel Jordan took a one-year leave of absence. From 1998 through 2001, he was a member of the Arcata String Quartet, during which time the Quartet recorded two CDs for VOX Classics and toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Takeda also served as associate professor at Utah State University, where the Quartet was established as artists-in-residence. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School in 1996 and 1998, respectively. While at Juilliard, Mr. Takeda served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. His teachers have included Masao Kawasaki, Glenn Dicterow, Margaret Pardee, Paul Kantor and Robert Mann. Yuri Vasilaki, viola, has been principal violist with the Grand Rapids Symphony and a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a founding member of the New World String Quartet, which won the prestigious Naumberg Award in 1979, he made numerous recordings and toured throughout the United States. Of Ukrainian heritage, he was raised in New York and attended the Juilliard School where he was a student of Walter Trampler. He has been principal violist with the Sarasota Orchestra and violist with the Sarasota String Quartet since 1982.
Abraham Feder, cello, is the principal cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra. A recent graduate of The
Curtis Institute of Music, Mr. Feder has been featured as a soloist on “From the Top,” and has been presented in recital with “Music in the Loft.” He has participated in the Rush Hour Concerts at St. James Cathedral in Chicago and was featured this past year on WFMT’s “Impromptu.” He was also featured in concert with Christopher O’Riley at the Laguna Beach Music Festival. Mr. Feder has performed with artists Richard Hirschl, Brant Taylor, Kenneth Olson, and Yuan-Qing Yu of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Rami Solomonow of the Chicago Chamber Musicians; Stephen Balderston, former assistant principal cellist of the CSO; Joseph Silverstein; and Leonidas Kavakos. A former principal cellist of the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Feder has also spent summers at Colorado College Music Festival and Vail Valley Music Festival. He has performed in master classes with Janos Starker, Wolfgang Laufer, Yehudi Hanani, Truls Mork, Carter Brey, and Eleanore Schoenfeld. His teachers have included David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Richard Hirschl and Tanya Carey. Mr. Feder plays on a 1785 Joseph Odoardi cello.
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