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Margeaux Maloney String Quartet
Margeaux Maloney, Ruth Lenz, Dustin Budish, and Eileen Brownell
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About the event
Atlanta-born violinist Margeaux Maloney currently holds the Associate Concertmaster position in the Reno Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. She performs as a substitute musician with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and Charleston Symphony.
Ms. Maloney began studying the violin at age five and had her first concerto performance at age nine. Since then, she has received many awards and recognitions at regional and national levels. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Lewis Kaplan and a graduate certificate at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music with Martin Chalifour, Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ms. Maloney has participated in summer music festivals since age seven, including Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, MusicAlp International Academy of Music, Centre d’arts Orford, Heifetz International Music Institute, Madeline Island Music Camp and Meadowmount School of Music. She has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara and Tokyo Suntory Hall. As an avid chamber musician, she has performed alongside members of the Tokyo String Quartet and Eroica Trio, and has been coached by members of the Cleveland and Juilliard quartets.
Outside of music, Ms. Maloney is passionate about traveling, photography and discovering new restaurants.
Ruth Lenz is concertmaster of the Nevada Opera and concertmaster of the Reno Philharmonic and Reno Chamber Orchestra. She performs as recitalist, chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster in venues throughout the western United States. She has shared the stage with such notable performers as Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Luciano Pavarotti and Natalie Cole. Ruth is a violinist with the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in Colorado and with the Nevada Chamber Music Festival. She has also played in the Sunriver and Spoleto Festivals. Ruth began her violin studies with her mother at age 2, earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Nevada Reno studying with Phillip Ruder, and her Doctorate from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana where she studied with Sherban Lupu and Danwen Jiang. In addition to performing, Dr. Lenz has a passion for teaching and maintains a large studio of violin and chamber music students. In her free time, she is an avid equestrian and outdoor enthusiast. Ruth Lenz plays a Simone Fernando Sacconi violin.
Dustin Budish is a native of Reno, Nevada. Dustin began his musical training at the age of eight studying the piano, but soon after a suggestion by his middle school strings teacher he realized his true passion was for the viola. While in high school, Dustin received numerous honors including principal viola of the Nevada All-State Orchestra and a Command Performance. He went on to study at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute with Jeffrey Irvine for which he received his BM in viola performance and then received his MM with honors at the New England Conservatory with Martha Katz. While in school, Dustin was a founding member of the Mephisto Quartet, which worked with and performed alongside members of the Cavani, Tokyo, Vermeer, and Cleveland Quartets, and received the Russell Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in 2001. As a Chamber musician, Dustin has performed at the Ravinia and Norfolk Festivals, and in 2005 was invited to Israel to perform with Maxim Vengerov’s Mozart Project with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. As a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Dustin was featured as soloist with the orchestra as a winner of the annual concerto competition under Maestro Alasdair Neale’s direction. Also while in Miami, he served as artistic advisor and electric violinist to the “Friends” of New World, catering custom innovative fusions of classical music with hip-hop, electronic, reggae and funk. Presently, Mr. Budish is Principal Viola of the Reno Chamber Orchestra, as well as Personnel Manager and Librarian. He spends his summers a member of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, and is also a regular substitute with the San Francisco Symphony.
Eileen Brownell is a native of Sparks, Nevada. Ms. Brownell has taught cello and chamber music for over a decade for various institutions, including Bowling Green State University, the Ann Arbor and Flint Schools of performing arts, The University of Michigan, and the Steiner Schools of Ann Arbor. Eileen has co-administrated the Black Glove Cello Festival, a week-long all-cello festival held each summer, since 1999. Ms. Brownell is also active as a chamber musician and orchestral cellist, with experience playing in many diverse ensembles, including the Reno Philharmonic, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, and various chamber collaborations. Eileen holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver, and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.