Pedroia String Quartet
With an intense and beautiful blend of freshness and experience, the Pedroia String Quartet is burtsing onto the Boston scene. To the unified and persuasive core of Peter Sulski and Rohan Gregory’s ten years of quartet playing together, add the power and fire of first violinist Jae Cosmos Lee, and the consummate beauty and flexibility of cellist Jaques Lee Wood, and you have the Pedroia Quartet.
Sulski’s seven years in the London Symphony, Lee’s founding of the most exciting new chamber orchestra in the U.S. “A Far Cry”, Wood’s solo appearances with orchestras in Seoul and Merkin Hall, Gregory’s tours to India, Thailand and Brazil with famous world music groups, these comprise the ingredients that make up the complex and versatile playing of the Pedroia.
Having steeped themselves in the knowledge of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Tokyo, Vermeer, and Takacs Quartets the Pedroia members have gone on to play as guests with the Borromeo, Jupiter, Audubon, and Alcan quartets, and members have founded, toured and recorded with both the Arden and QX quartets. Sulski and Gregory, founders and ten year members of QX, held a Clark University residency, recorded on Albany Records and performed in Jordan and Mechanics Halls; to this core of experience add the dynamism of Wood and Lee, and Boston’s newest sound is heard: The Pedroia.
American violinist, Jae Young Cosmos Lee, who's performances have been hailed as "Delicate and beautiful" (Syracuse Post-Standard) and "Bursting with color" (Boston Globe), is concertmaster of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, is a founding member of A Far Cry, the resident chamber orchestra of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and is the assistant concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Jae has been a guest artist with the Audubon, Borromeo and Jupiter StringQuartets, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, ECCO, Boston Musica Viva, Sound Impact, the Firebird and Radius Ensembles, and has performed all over Europe, the United States, Canada and Asia. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and has performed in many of the finest music festivals including Apple Hill, Aspen, Chautauqua, Norfolk, Sarasota, Vail, Banff, Seoul, Scotia, New South, Skaneateles, Salzburg, Ottawa, Prussia Cove and Kneisel Hall. Jae has worked closely with the members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Takács and Tokyo String Quartets and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the New England Conservatory. His performances have been heard widely on American Public Media's Performance Today, Boston's WGBH and Maine and Vermont Public Radios.
Rohan Gregory, violin – Rohan Gregory is a violinist that has has cultivated a wide-ranging expertise in chamber music, new music and world music. He has played with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, the Ancora Ensemble and award-winning Boccherini Ensemble and was also a founding member for ten years of the Arden String Quartet, performing new music concerts in New York, Boston, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg, Russia. He has recorded on for Centaur records.
On the world music scene, Rohan has toured extensively. His travels have taken him to Europe with the Klezmatics, to Thailand with multi-ethnic flute player Abbie Rabinowitz, to India with the Indo-jazz group Natraj and to the U.S. west coast with Sophia Bilides Greek Folk Ensemble. Recently he has played nationally and internationally with the flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual. Locally, Rohan is a member of the Lyric Opera Company and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He coaches chamber music for the Walnut Hill School, teaches at the College of the Holy Cross, and spends his summers coaching at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber music in New Hampshire, at Music at Port Milford in Ontario, Canada, and at the WCMS Chamber Music Camp.
Peter Sulski, viola, has performed in over 30 countries as a member of the Apple Hill Chamber Players, London Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, and Al Kamandjati Baroque Ensemble (Palestine). He returned to his native Worcester in 2002, after holdingthe position of Head of Strings of the Edward Said National Palestinian Conservatory.
Mr. Sulski is a founder and member of the Worcester Chamber Music Society, which performs over twenty concerts annually in the New England region. He is an educator with the society’s Neighborhood Strings, a free program for disadvantaged youth. Peter is also the founder of Chapel Royal Concerts in Brighton, England, now entering its 25th season, presenting over 40 concerts annually.
Performances of note have included the Arnold Viola Concerto with the State Orchestra of Sicily, Mozart’s Sinfonie Concertante with the Cyprus Chamber Orchestra and the Palestine National Orchestra, a Carnegie Hall debut in 1999, anda solo recital appearance at London’s South Bank in 2002.
He currently appears as principal violist with Odyssey Opera, Camerata New England, and the Orchestra of Indian Hill. Other chamber music activities include the Pedroia quartet, (along with Jae Lee, a founder of A Far Cry), the Chameleon Ensemble, duo partnerships with pianists Yundu Wang and Jonathan Yasuda, Boston Musica Viva, Clark 2021 Contemporary Ensemble, and the Al Kamandjati Baroque Ensemble.
Other activities and professorships include Concert Master ofBach Consort, specializing in baroque violin concertos, and positions at College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, Assumption College, and Worcester State University. He is Artistic Director of the Worcester Symphonic Project, part of Music Worcester’s Outreach Program.
He received his undergraduate education at the Eastman School of Music, and holds Artist Diplomas from the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Peter is a former fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center.
Mr. Sulski is a United States Cultural Envoy to Jerusalem for his work bringing music to young Palestinians living in refugee camps. He is also a solo recording artist for Parma Records.
His viola was made by luthier Marten Cornelissen, opus 252 (1980), in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Noted for his fluency of playing, and expressive warmth, sensitivity, and technical ease (Boston Musical Intelligencer, Melrose Free Press), cellist Jacques Lee Wood enjoys an active and varied musical career. His passion for teaching and research complements a performance career that explores a broad range of interests: from historically informed performance on baroque cello, commissioning and performing new works on modern and baroque cello, to playing bluegrass banjo, mandolin, and cello with his NYC-based group Cathedral Parkway. Deeply committed to seeking out new areas in music to explore, Wood is a founding member of the Boston-based Antico Moderno, a period chamber ensemble that commissions new works for period instruments and StringLab, a duo with guitarist Simon Powis that produces original arrangements/compositions and commissions new works for the ensemble. Wood is currently a member of the Pedroia Quartet, a resident musician and cellist with the Sumner Quartet at musiConnects (Boston), and is a principal player with the Grammy-nominated Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Bachsolisten Seoul, the American Baroque Orchestra. Dr. Wood is a frequent guest artist with A Far Cry, Yale Schola Cantorum, Bach Collegium Japan, Firebird Ensemble, and Handel and Haydn Society. Since 2014, Wood has been a visiting artist at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and is a frequent guest artist at the Great Mountains Festival (South Korea), Korea Strings Research Institute, Bari International Music Festival, International Musical Arts Institute, and the Manchester Summer Chamber Music Festival. Dr. Wood holds a BM from the New England Conservatory of Music and a MM and DMA from Yale University.