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Sarah Roper (oboe) Vladimir Dmitrienco (violin) Jerome Ireland (viola) Gretchen Talbot (cello)

The Spanish based oboe quartet, Cuarteto Emispherio, advocates to promote new compositions and already existing works which are finely written but not heard as often as the renowned oboe quartets by W.A Mozart and Benjamin Britten. The oboe quartet was formed in 2005 in Seville, where the four members are colleagues in the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla. The name of the group (a mixture of Hemisferio in Spanish and Hemisphere in English) originates from the fact that each component of the quartet has roots from and ties to different parts of the world; Australia, Canada,  England, Moldavia, New Zealand, United States, and of course Spain. Cuarteto Emispherio has performed to great acclaim in many concert series such as el Ciclo de Música de la Boticaria, Noches en los jardines del Real Alcázar, Los Lunes con Nuestros Músicos, and Ciclo de Música de Cámara de la Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla in Seville as well as Tardes de Capricho in Madrid and with the projects Circuito Andaluz de Música, Enrédete and la Red Andaluza de Teatros Públicos, offering concerts throughout the province of Andalucia.

In September 2015, Cuarteto Emispherio released the CD “Quartets for Oboe and Strings”, with the UK label “Oboe Classics”, an album internationally acclaimed by critics, which includes recordings of works by Albéniz, Arnold, Krommer, Wanhal, and the world premiere recording of “Horus” by Ferrer Ferran. In November 2019 the quartet released the digital track of the world premiere recording of “Cuarteto con Oboe” (2009) by Jesús Torres. In 2022 the quartet embarked on a new project “Interconexiones: New Oboe Quartets» which consists of the commissions and premieres of five new oboe quartets. The brand new works will be premiered by the Cuarteto Emispherio during the 2022-2023 ROSS chamber music cycle: XXXIII Ciclo de Música de Cámara in March, 2023 at the concert hall “Espacio Turina”.

Sarah Roper (oboe) was born in New Zealand and grew up in Gloucestershire, England. She studied the oboe at the Royal Academy of Music with George Caird and Celia Nicklin and later at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, with Thomas Indermühle, graduating with distinction. In 1995-1996 she was a member of the “Orquesta Ciudad de Granada” and since 1996 has been Principal Oboe of the “Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla” (ROSS). Sarah has performed and recorded with Klangforum, Vienna, and many UK orchestras such as the Halle, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2008-2009 she was a member of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, NZ, returning to the ROSS in 2009. She is invited regularly to give master classes and to serve on the jury of national and international oboe competitions and she collaborates with the Youth Orchestra of Andalucia. Sarah is also a founding member of Sono Reale, Sevilla Wind Quintet, Trio Ágora and Trio MeSaMor. As a soloist she has performed in the UK, Germany, Spain, Gibraltar, New Zealand, Italy and the US. Sarah is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and President of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS). She plays a Howarth of London LXV oboe.

Vladimir Dmitrienco (violin) was born in Kishinev, Moldavia, where he began his musical studies with Ala Guseva. He pursued his studies in Odessa with Mordkovice and at the National Conservatoire in Kishinev with Kaushanksy. During his student years he won many national and international prizes, most prominently the National Violin Competition of the former USSR. Since 1991 he has worked as Principal second violin in the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Moldavia and since 1997 as Concertmaster in the G. Enuscu Philharmonic Orchestra in Bucharest.  He is a founding member and first violin of the Millennium Arts Quartet since 1988 with whom he has recorded the CD Music Like a Fruit and performed all over Europe and the Far East. In 2002-2005 he was Concertmaster of the Orquesta de Extremadura and since 2005 has been Principal second violin in the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla. Vladimir Dmitrienco is much in demand as a professor, working with the Youth Orchestras of both Extremadura and Andalucia, and has given master classes in Andalucia, Moldavia, Romania and Germany. 

Jerome Ireland (viola) was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, although from a young age resided in California. Mr. Ireland studied at the Julliard School, the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Bachelor of Music cum laude) and the University of Southern California (Master of Music). While studying, he participated in the New Music Festival of Los Angeles, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Bloch String Quartet (quartet in residency at the University of California, Davis). Since its formation in 1991, he is a member of the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville (ROSS). Before arriving in Seville he also collaborated with the Radio-Television Orchestra of Belgium and was principal viola with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra (Canada). He is currently a member of the Millennium Arts Ensemble, the Totem Ensemble, the Cuarteto Emispherio oboe quartet. He is also an enthusiast of conducting, performing in past seasons with the Maestranza Ensemble, Manuel de Falla chamber orchestra, the string orchestra of the AEO Barenboim-Said Foundation and the ROSS. At present Jerome conducts the Philharmonia of Seville youth orchestra.

Gretchen Talbot (cello), born in Adelaide, Australia, she moved with her family to the United States at the age of 10. There she completed her schooling and university, and then spent three years in Germany working in Heidelberg, Darmstadt and Frankfurt. She returned to the US to pursue a Master’s degree at Indiana University and returned to Europe in 1989 as assistant principal cellist in the Orquesta Ciutat de Barcelona. Since 1991 she has been a member of the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, and is very active as a chamber musician, also being a member of the cello quartet Celliberia, and with Solistas de Sevilla recorded their last two CDs of contemporary Spanish music. Between 2005 and 2011 she was artistic director of a chamber music cycle in Seville, Los Lunes con Nuestros Músicos, dedicated to musicians in and from Seville. She has also worked extensively in collaborations with flamenco musicians, having performed in seven editions of La Bienal de Flamenco.

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