Utah violinist seeks more diversity in classical musicians

Posted on: August 10, 2010

In Saturday’s (8/7) Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), Celia R. Baker writes, “The final concert of this season’s Intermezzo Chamber Music Series was planned as a celebration of multicultural influences in music. Now, there’s more to celebrate. One performer on the program, violinist Bryan Hernandez-Luch, has been selected as a member of the New York-based Catalyst Quartet, launched to heighten cultural diversity in the classical music world by the Sphinx Organization of Michigan and New York. That announcement came this week. Hernandez-Luch, 33, has soloed with several top orchestras in the United States. The Catalyst Quartet makes its Carnegie Hall debut in October. This week, the Salt Lake City resident is playing Ravel’s String Quartet with other musicians based in his hometown: violinist Emily Day-Shumway, violist Julie Edwards and cellist Kevin Shumway. … ‘I realize that through my talents, and through the gifts I have honed in my violin playing, I might be some sort of vehicle to inspire other minority classical musicians and make them aware they can have a great career in classical music,’ he said. Yet that’s not what he’s thinking when he picks up his violin to play. ‘In the end, I hope my music speaks for itself,’ he said.”

Posted August 10, 2010