Kate Ransom, violin & artistic director
Eric Pritchard, violin
Hal Grossman, violin
Amadi Azikiwe, viola
Luke Fleming, viola
Charae Krueger, cello
Jacques-Pierre Malan, cello
Guang Wang, cello
Miles Brown, double bass
John Dee, oboe
Marci Gurnow, clarinet
Augustine Mercante, countertenor
Eileen Grycky, flute
John David Smith, horn
Victor Asuncion, piano
Read Gainsford, piano
Gabriel Benton, harpsichord
Serafin Ensemble, “The Serafins,” is a group of internationally acclaimed performing artists
(string, wind, brass, piano, and vocalists) devoted to collaborative chamber music performances
of repertoire for up to eight players. The ensemble evolved from the former Serafin String
Quartet and continues the nearly two-decade-long Serafin legacy of passionate commitment to
presenting exceptional performances of small ensemble repertoire. Serafin Ensemble roster
artists are dedicated to collaborative chamber music performance as an important aspect of their
professional lives. They are bound together by mutual respect and camaraderie, and a shared
passion for small ensemble repertoire and the collaborative process. The ensemble prepares and
shares with audiences, performances of great masterworks and lesser-known works for an
unconducted ensemble of two to eight players. Occasionally, larger works or solo works are also
included in the programming.
The individual roster artists of Serafin Ensemble have been heralded around the globe for
concerts and recordings, acclaimed in the press, and received international prizes and awards.
Their current and former affiliations and distinctions are impressive and include: “official
Steinway artist”; Fulbright scholar; performances with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
Center, Alexander, Attacca, Ciompi, Oxford, Serafin and Vega String Quartets, “Alarm Will
Sound”, Boston Chamber Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal, Del’Arte Wind Quintet; prizes from
the London String Quartet Competition and Concert Artists Guild; participation in summer
programs such as Aspen, Aria, Banff, Brevard, Casals, Chatauqua, Ravinia, Spoleto and
Tanglewood; appearances on NPR’s Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday Morning, WQXR,
WRTI, Radio France, and National Radio of China; and degrees from major music schools
including Juilliard, Peabody, Yale, Indiana, New England and Boston Conservatories, Royal
Academy of Music, Mannes, Michigan, Eastman, and the Longy School.
Hailed for "silken finesse and gritty vibrancy" by Gramophone Magazine and for "playing with
style and sophistication" by The Strad Magazine, Serafin String Quartet debuted at Weill Recital
Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and returned to Weill Recital Hall most recently in 2016 for a
program that included New York premieres of two works by composer Julia Adolphe. Featured
by Strings Magazine for innovation in concert programming, the Quartet consistently received
superlatives in the press and ovations from audiences around the nation. Serafin Quartet served
for nine years as Quartet in Residence at the University of Delaware and performed in the UK, as
well as in fifteen states across the US, with their primary performance region being the mid-Atlantic
Serafin recordings on Naxos (2013) and Centaur (2010) have received overwhelming critical
acclaim in Fanfare, The Strad, American Record Guide and Gramophone. Their Naxos recording
featuring the world premiere of works by Jennifer Higdon was listed among the “Top Ten
Classical Albums in 2013” in Philadelphia’s City Paper. New York Concert Review lauds the
Quartet’s live performances for "ensemble and intonation ... above reproach,” and describes their
Debussy as “a shapely, finely conceived account” and their Haydn as having “rhythmic vitality
and taut ensemble…”
Serafin Summer Music is a three-week festival of chamber music held in Delaware each June.
Under the auspices of The Music School of Delaware, concerts feature Serafin roster artists and
guest artists from around the world.
Serafin Ensemble takes its name from master violin maker, Sanctus Serafin, who in 1728 crafted
the violin currently played by Serafin founder and Artistic Director, Kate Ransom. The Serafins
have thrived for over two decades thanks, in part, to generous support from Dr. William J.
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