Jennifer Choi Replaces Ethel Founding violinist
Ethel focuses on music composed since 1995
A marriage of sorts has taken place in New York’s contemporary chamber music scene as new-music maven and violinist Jennifer Choi joined the string quartet Ethel in June. Choi replaces Ethel’s founding violinist Mary Rowel, who left because of a heart condition. “It will inevitably be a different kind of energy with me in Ethel, and time will tell exactly what that will mean, but I am excited as well as the rest of Ethel to see what the music making will be like,” Choi says.
Ethel, which focuses on music composed since 1995, has premiered works by composers Phil Kline and Osvaldo Golijov, among others. Choi’s debut album, Violectrica—Works for Solo Violin and Electronics, featured music by Annie Gosfield. The connection was instantaneous during the audition process. “It was buzzing,” Choi says. “It felt like it just clicked when we started playing—the sound, the vibrancy of the group, the energy. It was kind of a no-brainer."