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Cantus Quartet

 

Cantus Quartet

Cantus Quartet: Anna Fruman, cello; Madeleine Fruman, violin; Isabella Yuan, violin; Jonathan Speiser, viola

 

Madeleine Fruman (17) is a senior at University High School who has been playing the violin for 11 years. She has been a member of California All-State Honors Orchestra, SCSBOA All-Southern California Honors Orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has been in JCM for six years, and participated in the 2016 and 2018 JCM Honors Tour. She attended the Idyllwild Chamber Intensive Summer Program. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, and writing articles for the school newspaper.

 

Isabella Yuan (15) began her musical journey with piano at age 4 and later picked up the violin at age 6. She currently studies with Sam Fischer at the Colburn School. She has won numerous honors and prizes at various violin and piano competitions, including the American Protege International String Competition, the American Fine Arts Festival, the Satori Strings International Competition, American String Teacher Association (ASTA) Competition, the MTAC VOCE Competition and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival (SYMF). As a soloist, she has performed in New York City’s Carnegie Weill Recital Hall at age 11 and was invited to appear as soloist with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, Russia. In addition to performing as a soloist, Isabella is also an active orchestral and chamber musician. She is a member of the first violin in the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, was concertmaster of Pacific Symphony Santiago String and her middle school orchestra and Principal of second violin of Idyllwild Summer Chamber Festival.  Isabella has been an active participant of Junior Chamber Music since 2014. Her JCM trio was selected as an honor group to participate and perform in JCM’s Prague, Vienna, and Budapest tour in 2018. The trio also won first prize at the 2018 Classical Alive National Young Artist Competition. Isabella has gotten the opportunity to share her musical talents and passions by serving her surrounding community as a board member of Koncerts for Kause, a student-run non-profit organization. In her free time, Isabella enjoys drawing, reading, travelling, playing with her dog Bella, and exploring other outside academic interests through her school, Stanford Online High School.

 

Jonathan Speiser (14) is a multi-instrumentalist who started the violin at age 4 with the Suzuki method and then took up the piano, trumpet, viola and organ. He joined the National Childrens Orchestras of Great Britain with the violin in 2014 and continued in the following years with the viola. In 2017, he was accepted into the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music in London where he studied the viola and jazz piano and took classes in string quartets with Michal Kaznowski and Pierre Frapier. In 2018, he moved to Orange, CA where he continues to study the viola with Robert Becker and is a member of the Orange County Youth Symphony and JCM.

 

Anna Fruman (16) has been studying cello for eleven years. She has won first place in the JCM/CAPMT Young Musicians Concerto Competition and has placed in various competitions, including the ASTA Solo Competition Los Angeles Finals and the Los Angeles Violoncello Society Scholarship Auditions. Anna has performed with the Orchestra Collective of Orange County and has participated in chamber music and solo masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Lynn Harrell, Awadagin Pratt, Anderson & Roe, and faculty members of the Juilliard School and New England Conservatory. As an orchestral musician, Anna has been a member of the Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, and the University High School Symphony Orchestra. Anna has been a JCM Honors Group member for five years and has been selected twice to attend the JCM Honors Tour. She currently studies with Professor Joon Sung Jun.