The Amadeus Consort
aka "The Chicago String Consort" ***
The ensemble began in the early 1990s with members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and graduates of both the Norhtwestern University School of Music (now the Beinen School of Music) and the Juilliard School.
Today musicians of the Amadeus Consort are all well seasoned and highly respected professional musicians who have either won positions in or perform regularly with other prominent orchestras and musical institutions such as Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Lyric Opera, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Lake Forest Symphony, Ars Viva, the Grant Park Symphony and the Music Institute of Chicago.
Carmen is a regular performer with
the Lake Forest Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta and the Joffrey
Ballet. She has also been a member of the Sarasota Opera (for
ten years), the Charleston Symphony and the New World Symphony.
Carmen has recorded with Mannheim Steamroller and has been
concertmaster for Elton John's Aida and Mel Brook's The
Producers. She holds a degree in violin performance from
the University of Miami.
Ms. Seko is currently the a
member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Elmhurst (Illinois) Symphony,
assistant concertmaster of the Peninsula Music Festival (Wisconsin) and performs as a free lancer with
numerous ensembles including the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Ars
Viva. She spent three seasons playing
with the Bogotá Philharmonic and three more years with the Colombia Symphony Orchestra.
Rika has been a soloist with the
Peninsula Music Festival and is a graduate of Tokyo University of
Hanford currently pursues a career as a free-lance violinist
and teacher in the Chicago area. She has
performed with the Chicago Philharmonic, the Lyric Opera Orchestra,
Chicago Sinfonietta, Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and the
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra . Sheila has also been a participant of the
Washington Island Music Festival and is currently on the faculty of
the Birch Creek Music Festival, both in Door County, Wisconsin.
She is a graduate of
School of Music with a degree in Violin Performance.
Ken Mine played for five seasons with
the Philharmonia Hungarica and was assistant principal second
violin with the Hong Kong Philharmonic for several years prior
to that. Today he is an active free lance musician and spends a
great deal of time
playing and teaching his other life passion, golf. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music
(Bachelor of Music) and the Northwestern University School of Music (Master of Music).
Kamen Vachev studied at the Music
Academy of Bulgaria, won First Prize and Special Diploma from the
Bulgarian National Competition for Chamber Music and performed for
four seasons with the Sofia Philharmonic. He has since received his
masters of music from
Mr. Fisher has been a member
of both the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the Northwest Indiana
Symphony and is currently a member of the Chicago
Sinfonietta. He is also on the faculty of Chicago's Merit School of
Music. Robert received his Bachelor of Music from Illinois
State University, graduated from the New England
Music with both a Master of Music and a Graduate Diploma,
and also graduated from the Northwestern University
School of Music with a Certificate of Performance.
Chuck Bontrager graduated from
Mr. Lekas was
a member of the Columbus Symphony, the New World Symphony and the
Salem String Quartet. He currently performs with the Northwest
Indiana Symphony (as principal), the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Lake
Forest Symphony, the Woodstock Mozart Festival and the Nashville
Chamber Orchestra . In addition he is a regular substitute cellist
for the Chicago and Milwaukee Symphonies. He has performed many
times on WFMT's Live from Studio One series and is an active studio
Mr. Fitzpatrick has been principal
cello of the Spoleto Festival USA and the Festival dei due Mondi
(Spoleto, Italy) where he was the recipient of the Prince
Charles Award, bestowed by the Prince of Wales, for his outstanding musicianship. He has performed for The Parliament
of World Religions in Barcelona, at the Royal Palace for King
Abdullah II of Jordan, and for the United Nations Millennium Peace
Summit of Religious & Spiritual Leaders. Michael is the executive producer and cellist of the World Music
CD title "Compassion" and is a graduate of the
Northwestern University School of Music.
Mr. Tuck is a member of both the Lake Forest Symphony, assistant principal bass of the Northwest Indiana Symphony and assistant principal bass of the Des Moines Metro Opera. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Ars Viva, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, Northlight Theater, Mannheim Steamroller and the Three Tenors. He has also participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Festival dei due Mondi (in Spoleto, Italy) and the Woodstock Mozart Festival. John received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Northwestern University School of Music and currently is on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago. ... For more info click here.