“The Apollo Chamber Players always have really interesting collections of music”

American Recored Guide

Houston TX based Apollo Chamber Players “performs with rhythmic flair and virtuosity” (The Strad) and has “found fruitful territory” (Houston Chronicle) through innovative, globally-inspired programming and multicultural new music commissions. Winner of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Residency Partnership award, the quartet has performed for sold-out audiences at Carnegie Hall, and it holds the distinction of being the first American chamber ensemble to record and perform in Cuba since 1960. Apollo is featured frequently on American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated program Performance Today.

Apollo is a passionate advocate of contemporary music. The ensemble’s 20×2020 project features a roster of the world’s leading composers including Libby Larsen, Christopher Theofanidis, Pamela Z, and Jennifer Higdon. The group has collaborated with renowned ensembles and artists including the Houston Ballet, Grammy/Emmy winner and Academy Award contributor Vanessa Võ, James Dunham, Ismail Lumanovski, and Chitravina N. Ravikiran, among others.

“ANCESTRAL VOICES is the most culturally relevant, politically topical, and necessary album of them all” (American Record Guide). Apollo’s studio albums have garnered international acclaim, reaching millions of listeners around the world. Apollo reaches further into the community by partnering with schools, universities, at-risk youth centers, refugee, veterans, and autism organizations, hospitals, airports, and public libraries, providing performances that impact a wider, underserved audience.

Albums

Within Earth

Release Date: November 8, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6262
21st Century
Chamber
String Quartet
On Navona Records’ WITHIN EARTH, Houston string quartet Apollo Chamber Players, described as “...infectious... intimate... provocative... fun…” (Gramophone Magazine) presents an album that demonstrates the contemporary possibilities in string music, continuing Apollo's innovative 20x2020 project. The album contains three new multicultural commissions, as well as a contemporary work by Alexandra Du Bois.
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Ancestral Voices

Release Date: November 10, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6130
21st Century
Chamber
String Quartet
Navona Records presents ANCESTRAL VOICES, the Apollo Chamber Players’ next installment in their 20x2020 project. 20x2020 is an initiative to commission 20 new folk music-inspired and multicultural works by the end of the decade. This fiery release comprises four 20x2020 works from composers Gilad Cohen, Arthur Gottschalk, Malek Jandali, and Javier Farias.
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Blurred Boundaries

Release Date: April 8, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6038
20th Century
Chamber
String Quartet
Apollo Chamber Players’ present their latest Navona release BLURRED BOUNDARIES, featuring commissions from veteran composers Libby Larsen and Marty Regan, as well as from the winner of Apollo’s inaugural International Commissioning Contest, Erberk Eryılmaz. These three commissions mark the beginning of 20x2020, Apollo’s initiative to commission 20 new folk music-inspired works by the end of the decade. Each of these composers explores culturally-specific musical traditions and presents folk material in ways that are engaging, unique, and revelatory.
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Fine Music, Vol. 5

Release Date: April 1, 2014
Catalog Number: NV5949
21st Century
Chamber
Orchestral
Clarinet
Orchestra
Piano
Navona Records' new installment of the FINE MUSIC series presents a deep cross-sectionof the label's wide-ranging and provocative 2013/2014 release slate, featuring performances by the Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony, Ensemble Dal Niente, cellist Chris Wild, Grammy-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, the Apollo Chamber Players, and many more in works by Hindemith, DeGaetano, Hodkinson, Ramette, Stevens, Williams, Bakker, Rotolo, Vines, Sternfeld-Dunn, Brown, Tarlow, and others.
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European Folkscapes

Release Date: January 1, 2014
Catalog Number: NV5941
20th Century
Chamber
String Quartet
EUROPEAN FOLKSCAPES showcases traditional European folk melodies in dynamic new contexts, featuring original arrangements for string quartet transcribed from field recordings by the critically acclaimed Apollo Chamber Players. The Apollo Chamber Players' premiere album on Navona Records also includes Fantasy on Bulgarian Rhythms by Karim Al-Zand, a newly commissioned work illuminating Apollo's mission to explore the intersection of classical and folk/ethnic music.
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