Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Rembrandt Chamber Musicians performs a broad spectrum of music for small ensemble. With a wide-ranging repertoire encompassing the baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary eras, Rembrandt’s concerts feature the masterpieces you love paired with new works and hidden gems you will be pleased to discover.
Each Rembrandt concert brings great music to you—and brings you into the music. Intimate venues pull you close to the performers, while thoughtful program notes and commentary offer insights that deepen your connection with the music. Complementary Encore! receptions provide a relaxed, friendly setting for meeting the performers and enjoying a glass of wine after each concert.
Rembrandt is also invested in the future of chamber music, commissioning innovative new music by living composers and performing remarkable works by less-familiar composers. Performers from other artistic disciplines regularly join Rembrandt’s musicians in exciting collaborations, adding another dimension of discovery.
Founded in the fall of 1990, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians features six of the most highly accomplished musicians in the Chicago area, including principal members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The ensemble’s expansive repertoire, ranging from historically informed performances of baroque classics to contemporary works by local composers, has consistently garnered high praise and recognition.
Since its inception, Rembrandt has actively commissioned thirteen new works and six arrangements by renowned composers from the Chicago area and beyond. In 2012 Rembrandt presented the only Chicago performance of Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale, pairing it with Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. In 2008 Rembrandt began The Mahler Project, a three-year retrospective of Schoenberg’s chamber arrangements of Mahler’s large symphonic works, receiving excellent reviews from the Chicago Tribune. In 2014 Rembrandt commissioned and premiered a new sonata for oboe and piano by GRAMMY Award winner and multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy as well as new works and arrangements by David Schrader, Sebastian Huydts, and Peter Labella. In 2017 Rembrandt presented the Midwest premiere of Dana Wilson’s Gold Mosaic and the world premiere of Sebastian Huydts’ Trio for oboe, viola, and piano.
Deeply committed to fostering chamber music education and appreciation, Rembrandt founded its highly acclaimed Annual High School Chamber Music Competition in 1995, an event that continues to draw participants from the Music Institute of Chicago, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Midwest Young Artists, Merit School of Music, and a variety of public and private schools throughout the state. Winning ensembles receive cash prizes, coaching sessions from Rembrandt musicians, and performance opportunities and participate in educational outreach projects for Chicago-area schools that lack an established music program.
In June 2015 John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune hailed Rembrandt as “one of the more notable success stories in Chicago chamber music,” going on to say that “regular appearances by guest artists help keep Rembrandt’s repertory fresh and varied.” In his review of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, von Rhein praised the ensemble for its “infectious verve, spontaneity, and abundance of feeling.” Rembrandt’s concerts are regularly selected as the Chicago Tribune’s top classical music pick of the week and are rebroadcast on WFMT classical radio throughout the year.
Meet Our Musicians
Assistant Principal Second Violin
Assistant Principal Oboe
Music of the Baroque
Music of the Baroque
Aster Trio is coached by Desiree Ruhstrat at the New Music School in Chicago, Illinois, and is comprised of: Ella Saputra, 17, violin; William Tan, cello, 17; and Zarin Mehta, piano, 14. The name “Aster” is derived from the Ancient Greek word for “star”, and aster flower is a symbol of wisdom, hope, and love.[…]
Rembrandt Chamber Musicians Congratulates the 2022 Rembrandt Young Artists: FIRST PLACE: Aster TrioElla Saputra, William Tan, Zarin MehtaNew Music School(Desiree Ruhstrat, coach) SECOND PLACE: Incendio Saxophone TrioAlexander Procajlo, Emma Phillips, Zachary SolomonVictor J. Andrew/Carl Sandburg High School(Bryan Polacek, coach) HONORABLE MENTIONS:Sprezzatura String QuartetChance Yoshinobu Inouye, Aidan Sinclair Whitfield Daniels, Nazeeh Shahid, Kevin HernandezNew Music School(Desiree[…]
Lumière Quartet The Lumière Quartet’s name is inspired by the symbolism of light, which can emulate vivacity, hope, and many shades of timbre. Lumière members are a part of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Artist Program and are coached by chamber music director Si-Yan Darren Li and Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster Jessica Lee. In[…]
Meet the Rembrandt 2020 Young Artists – Aurora Quartet and Trio Reine!
Competition Winners First PlaceAurora Quartet – Sidney Lee, Colin Song, Amelia Zitoun, Elinor Detmer The Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago (Elaine Felder and Sang Mee Lee, Coaches) See them perform at Winds of Spring on March 22! Second PlaceTrio Reine – Miriam Friedman, Grace Mockus, Eva SharmanMidwest Young Artists Conservatory(Tatyana Stepanova, coach) See[…]
November 26, 2019Barbara KeerSplash Magazines Don’t miss the much-loved Rembrandt Chamber Musicians’ Holiday Baroque Concert on Sun., Dec. 8, 2019, at 7:30 pm at Northwestern University’s Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 N. Sheridan Road, in Evanston, IL. This group is Chicago’s premiere ensemble that focuses on timeless classical chamber music and adventurous new works. Continuing the Rembrandt Chamber Musicians’ 30th anniversary season this promises to be[…]
October 15, 2019 Barbara Keer Splash Magazines The Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, Chicago’s premiere ensemble focusing on timeless classical chamber music and adventurous new works, celebrates its 30th anniversary season with a benefit gala Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave., Wilmette, 5 pm to 9 pm. Proceeds from the “30 Years” gala go to support Rembrandt’s highly[…]
Competition Winners 1st Place: Alendo QuartetKai Bryngelson, violin; Wenlan Jackson, violin; Ayano Nakamura, viola; Katarina Davies, celloCoached by: Si-Yan Darren LiCleveland Institute of Music (Young Artist Program) 2nd Place: XenaNoelle Naito, violin; Claire Arias-Kim, violin; Isabel Chen, viola; Camille Toubol, celloCoached by: Rodolfo VieiraMusic Institute of Chicago Academy Honorable Mention Fiero QuartetIsabella Brown, violin; Kaylin[…]
March 27, 2018 Barbara Keer Splash Magazines The Rembrandt Chamber Musicians offered Concert IV, “Eastern European Delights” on March 25, 2018 at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. This venue is the perfect setting, intimate, beautiful and has excellent acoustics, all of which enhance the musicians who are talented and skilled. The Kairos String Quartet from MIC’s Academy that[…]
Competition Winners 1st Place: Kairos String Quartet Julian Rhee, violin; Thompson Wang, violin; Joshua Brown, viola; Lydia Rhea, cello Coached by: Rodolfo Vieira Music Institute of Chicago Academy 2nd Place: Sticks and Stones Justin Petrovych, Alex Ostrowski, Shane Ellis, Joe Koziara Coached by: Brandon Podjasek Merit School of Music Honorable Mention Trio Keluvaina Rebecca Moy,[…]