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Annora Quartet

McCall Anderson
Natalie Boberg
Mackie Moore
Aaron Duarelle

The Annora Quartet, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, is an award winning quartet of Gifted Music School Conservatory. McCall Anderson, Natalie Boberg (violins) Mackie Moore (violist) and Aaron Duarelle (cello) study at The Gifted Music School’s pre-college conservatory. They are coached by distinguished teachers Anne Francis Bayless of Fry Street Quartet, Megan Mason, founding alumna of the Tesla Quartet and Rainer Eudeikis, principal cellist of the Utah Symphony. The quartet recently won Grand Prize at the Paderewski Festival in Salt Lake City, a chamber music competition honoring the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Additionally, the quartet was selected to play for Juilliard professor Laurie Smukler, and in the spring of 2018 will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the Takacs quartet at the University of Colorado Boulder. As an advanced full-scholarship ensemble at the Gifted Music School, the quartet also performs at Gifted Music School donor and community events, contributing high-level musical experience to their local community.

McCall and Natalie study with distinguished violinist and pedagogy Eugene Wantanabe, Mackie with Brant Bayless, principal violist of the Utah Symphony, and Aaron with Matthew Johnson, associate principal of the Utah Symphony. Each member receives a full-merit-scholarship to study at The Gifted Music School’s conservatory, studying violin, piano and music theory.

Members have appeared as soloists with the Utah Symphony on multiple occasions, The Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Lake Avenue Chamber Orchestra, The American International School Orchestra, and The Gifted Music School Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Members have earned first prize in Southern California’s Junior Bach Festival, first prize at the UMTA concerto competition, first prize at the Utah ASTA concerto competition, five consecutive first place earnings in the American String Teacher’s Association competition, along with being honored as finalists in the 2016 American Viola Society National Solo Competition, the Sid and Mary Foulger International Concerto Competition and in the International Stradivarius Violin Competition.

Each Annora musician is passionate about chamber music earning them success through collaboration with various ensembles as first place winners in the Utah Chamber Music competition, bronze medalists at the Pasadena Conservatory’s National Chamber Music Competition, and finalists at The University of Michigan’s Chamber Arts Competition, MPrize. Additionally, they have been featured on Christopher O’Reiley’s nationally broadcasted radio program, “From the Top,” on Southern California’s Classical radio station KUSC, and on KBYU’s Route 89 classical music program, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage International Broadcast, as well on albums produced by MorningStar Music. Orchestrally, they perform with the Gifted Music School Orchestra, the Colburn Youth Orchestra, the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Debut Orchestra, the Elacor Orchestra, West Valley Symphony and have had the opportunity to tour the globe through music, visiting Argentina, London, Nova Scotia, Germany, and France.

The quartet’s name, Annora, translated from Latin, means honor. The Annora Quartet embodies the qualities of honor in their unique interpretations of their repertoire that elicit respect for composers and their individual technique. They share their love and joy of chamber music and the classical repertoire in a way that enlivens the classics for today’s audiences.

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