Choi Replaces Ethel Founder
New music string quartet Ethel has announced that founding violinist Mary Rowel is leaving the group after 13 years
New music string quartet Ethel has announced that founding violinist Mary Rowel is leaving the group after 13 years because of a heart condition. Replacing Rowel will be recitalist and Fischoff Competition champion Jennifer Choi. “Given Ethel’s projected touring schedule, I find myself a victim of our success and so Ethel’s future and mine must now take separate paths,” Rowel notes in a written statement.
Ethel, which focuses on music composed since 1995, has premiered works by composers Phil Kline and Osvaldo Golijov, among many others. Choi’s debut album, Violectrica—Works for Solo Violin and Electronics, featured music by living composers, including Annie Gosfield. “The significance of Ethel in the classical music world is incomparable—from mentoring aspiring composers to commissioning new works by accomplished ones,” notes Choi, a former violinist of the Miró String Quartet.