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Praised by the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience” and by the New York Times for its “diligence, curiosity and excellence,” the Momenta Quartet is celebrated for its innovative programming, juxtaposing contemporary works from widely divergent aesthetics with great music from the past. Momenta has premiered over 80 works and collaborated with over 100 living composers while maintaining a deep commitment to the classical canon. In the words of The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, “few American players assume Haydn’s idiom with such ease.”

In recent seasons, Momenta has appeared at such prestigious venues as the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, the Rubin Museum, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, Bargemusic, Le Poisson Rouge, the Stone, and Roulette. In addition to its long-standing affiliation with Temple University, Momenta has performed and lectured at Cornell, Columbia, and Yeshiva Universities; Williams, Swarthmore, Haverford, Bard-Simon’s Rock, and Bates Colleges; the Mannes and Eastman Schools of Music and Boston Conservatory. Festivals include Music at Gretna, Cooperstown, Cincinnati College-Conservatory’s Accent12 Festival, and artist residencies at Yellow Barn and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. The quartet has performed in Hawaii, England, Singapore, and Indonesia, and has received grants from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, New Music USA, the Aaron Copland Fund, Brooklyn Arts Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Momenta has recorded for Centaur Records, Furious Artisans, MRS Classics, PARMA, New World Records, and Albany Records; and has been broadcast on WQXR, Q2 Music, WWFM, Music for Internets, Austria’s Oe1, and Vermont Public Radio. The quartet’s debut album, MOMENTA, will be released on Albany Records in 2015.

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Emilie-Anne Gendron, Violin

Lauded by the New York Times as a “brilliant soloist" and by France’s ClassiqueInfo for her “excellent technical mastery” and “undeniable sensitivity”, Emilie-Anne Gendron enjoys an active freelance career based in New York. A deeply committed chamber musician, Ms. Gendron is a core member and frequent leader of the Sejong Soloists; a member of the Toomai String Quintet; and on the roster of the Marlboro Music Festival and the touring Musicians From Marlboro. Ms. Gendron is a past winner of the Stulberg String Competition and took 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2009 Sion-Valais International Violin Competition. She was trained at the Juilliard School where her teachers were Won-Bin Yim, Dorothy DeLay, David Chan, and Hyo Kang. She holds the Artist Diploma and Master of Music degree from Juilliard, as well as a B.A. in Classics from Columbia as a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard joint-degree program. www.emilieannegendron.com

Adda Kridler, Violin

Ohio native Adda Kridler, recently lauded in the Miami Herald for her "incisive energy and lovely tone," made her solo debut with the Knox County Symphony at age seven. After graduating cum laude from Harvard University studying cognitive neuroscience, she completed a Master's degree in Violin Performance at the New England Conservatory. In demand as a strong leader and sensitive collaborator, Ms. Kridler serves as concertmaster of several groups, including the Firebird Chamber Orchestra in Miami and CounterPoint in Washington, DC. An avid teacher, she served as a Visiting Professor of Violin at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and as a proponent of contemporary music has premiered many works and appears on several recordings on Seraphic Fire, Mapleshade, Mode and Naxos Records. Ms. Kridler enthusiastically supports and performs as a member of Project 440, a non-profit organization presenting classical music to hundreds of children and adults throughout the east coast, and promoting the growth and exposure of classical music. Recent solo appearances have been with the Charleston Symphony and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, and at Charlotte Chamber Music Series and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Her recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Firebird Chamber Orchestra will be released in fall of 2012. Ms. Kridler currently lives in New York City.

Stephanie Griffin, Viola

Acclaimed by the New York Times for her “fiery, full-throttle performance” and described as “enthralling” by the Los Angeles Times, violist Stephanie Griffin has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber and avant-jazz musician. As a soloist, she has worked closely with numerous composers, among them Tony Prabowo; Kee Yong Chong; Matthew Greenbaum; Arthur Kampela; and Tristan Murail. Ms. Griffin performs regularly with Continuum, the Argento Chamber Ensemble; Carl Maguire’s Floriculture; Gordon Beeferman’s Other Life Forms; Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra; and the Princeton Symphony, where she serves as principal violist. In addition to performing, she teaches viola at Brooklyn College and was the contemporary music curator at Galapagos Art Space from its inception until 2004. Ms. Griffin has recorded for Firehouse 12, Aeon, Albany, Koch, Arte Nova, Centaur and Siam Records. She studied viola with William Gordon, Paul DeClerck, Wayne Brooks and Samuel Rhodes and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School.

Michael Haas, Cello

Michael Haas is an accomplished and exciting young cellist, performing in New York City and around the world. In a recent performance his playing was noted as "refined and attractive" by the New York Times. Leading a varied musical life, Michael is equally at home performing chamber music and orchestral repertoire both old and new. He has recently appeared performing at Symphony Space, the New York Live Arts Theater, Le Poisson Rouge, as well as for Tertulia, a new series bringing chamber music to intimate settings around New York City. In addition to his work with Momenta, Michael has been a member of the New Haven Symphony since 2008. He regularly performs with the Princeton Symphony and in New York with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Michael holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School studying with David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Joel Krosnick, and Darrett Adkins.. Also an active teacher, he received Suzuki teaching certification from New York’s School for Strings and has taught at the CUNY Bronx Community College.


The Momenta Quartet’s 2013-2014 season is made possible through the generous support of New Music USA’s Cary New Music Performance Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.