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Thursday July 11, 2024 at 7:00pm

Owls are an exciting new quartet collective (violinist Alexi Kenney, violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, and cellist-composer Paul Wiancko) that shatters all expectations and throws labels out the window with their unmissable, lively, and deeply personal performances. The New York Times dubs them a “dream group,” and you’ll see why as they perform originals and arrangements ranging from the 1600s to today. With their unique instrumentation and exhilarating new sounds, you are guaranteed a performance that is unique and limitless.


Alexi Kenney, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Gabriel Cabezas, cello
Paul Wiancko, cello/composer


Chick Corea: Children’s Song No. 12
Paul Wiancko: Vox Petra
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Rəqs
François Couperin: Les Barricades Mystérieuses
Trollstilt (Monica Mugan and Dan Trueman): Ricercar
Paul Wiancko: When The Night
Terry Riley: Good Medicine

“Owls ought to thrive…this quartet ought to have more chances to impress audiences.”
The New York Times

Seating for this Concert / This concert is general admission seating, with an option to purchase a limited amount of premium reserved seating.

Special Opportunity at 6:00pm in the Music Room (free!) / Join us for a talk by Professor Michael Mamp of Louisiana State University and view newly discovered examples of textile artist, Ethel Wallace’s work in the Rosen House collection. Wallace created one-of-a-kind garments for a discerning clientele, including Lucie Rosen. Find out more about this woman artist, who has been called a “modern rebel” of 1920s New York! This engaging 40-minute talk will be followed by a Q&A.

    Summer Season Shuttle / Take the FREE shuttle from Metro North’s Katonah train station to and from Caramoor! The shuttle runs before and after every summer afternoon and evening concert. There is no RSVP to get on the shuttle, it will be there when you arrive (in the parking lot side of the station). If it’s not there, it’s just making the loop and should be back within 5–10 minutes. The shuttle will start running 2.5 hours before the concert, and 30 minutes after the concert ends.

Rain or Shine / All events at Caramoor take place rain or shine. In the event of bad weather, this Spanish Courtyard concert will move under the Venetian Theater tent (with open-air sides) or into the Music Room (fully indoors).

Learn More About the Artists

Alexi Kenney, violin

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2020 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Alexi Kenney is building a career that defies categorization, following his interests, intuition, and heart. He is equally at home creating experimental programs and commissioning new works, soloing with major orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, and collaborating with some of the most celebrated musicians of our time. 

Recent and upcoming concerts include performances as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Detroit Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and in a play-conduct role as guest leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He has played recitals at Wigmore Hall, on Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debuts series, at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Phillips Collection, the 92nd Street, and beyond. In April 2021, Kenney released his first recording, Paul Wiancko’s X Suite for Solo Violin, accompanied by a visual album that paired each of the seven movements of X Suite with seven contemporary sculptures, filmed on location at the Donum Estate in Sonoma, California. 

Chamber music continues to be a major focus of Kenney’s life, performing at festivals including Marlboro, Ojai, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Music@Menlo, and Ravinia, among many others.  

Born in Palo Alto, California in 1994, Kenney is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he received his Artist Diploma as a student of Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein. He plays a violin made in London by Stefan-Peter Greiner in 2009 and a bow by François-Nicolas Voirin. 

Ayane Kozasa, viola

Hailed for her “magnetic, wide-ranging tone” and her “rock solid technique” (Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Ayane Kozasa is a sought-after chamber musician, collaborator, and educator. Since winning the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition — where she also captured awards for best chamber music and commissioned work performances — Kozasa has appeared on stages across the world, from Carnegie, Wigmore, and Suntory Hall to Ravinia, Aspen, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She is a passionate advocate for the expansion of viola repertoire, and has commissioned multiple new works featuring the viola, including American Haiku by Paul Wiancko and K’Zohar Harakia by Judd Greenstein. 

Kozasa is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, who were the 2018 quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum and the grand prize winners of both the Osaka String Quartet Competition and MPrize Chamber Arts Competition. The Aizuri Quartet’s debut album, Blueprinting — which features the music of 5 American composers, all commissioned by the quartet — was nominated for a Grammy Award and named one of NPR’s top 10 classical albums of 2018.  

A seasoned orchestral performer as well, Kozasa has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Philadelphia Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, where she served as principal violist from 2012 to 2016.  

Much of Kozasa’s current work involves mentoring aspiring young musicians through programs like the Green Lake Chamber Music Camp, Olympic Music Festival, and Musikiwest Summer Festival. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Kronberg Academy in Germany, and Cleveland Institute of Music. 

Gabe Cabezas, cello

Cellist Gabriel Cabezas is a precise and passionate performer who is fast becoming one of his generation’s most sought-after soloists and collaborators. Cabezas imbues the pillar scores of the cello repertoire with the vivacity of newly written work and performs world premieres with gravitas and command. His career spans solo appearances, chamber music, work with bands and songwriters, and curation. 

Cabezas has appeared with America’s finest symphony orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Los Angeles, and has premiered dozens of new works by some of the most brilliant composers of his time. This season, he launches the Waypoints series with the Metropolis Ensemble, with whom he is a resident artist. Other season highlights include appearances on the New York Philharmonic’s Nightcap series, curated by composers Steve Reich and Bryce Dessner, performances at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Momentary in Arkansas, and a solo recital at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. 

Cabezas is a member of the chamber sextet yMusic, “six contemporary classical polymaths who playfully overstep the boundaries of musical genres” (The New Yorker). He is also a co-founder of Duende, a new music and contemporary dance collective that focuses on the interaction between musicians and dancers in the realization of new scores. 

His first full-length album, a recording of Benjamin Britten’s Cello Suites, was released on PEOPLE, a collaborative streaming platform created by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner. He is currently working on an album of cello music by Gabriella Smith, to be released on the Icelandic record label Bedroom Community. Gabriel studied at the Curtis Institute of Music. 

Paul Wiancko, cello

Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multifaceted musical life as a composer and cellist. As a performer, he has collaborated with Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Nico Muhly,  

and members of the Guarneri, Takács, JACK, Parker, Orion, and Juilliard quartets. Chosen as one of Kronos Quartet’s “50 for the Future,” Wiancko’s own music has been described as “dazzling”, “compelling” (Star Tribune), and “vital pieces that avoid the predictable” (Allan Kozinn). His 25-minute quartet LIFT is featured on the Aizuri Quartet’s Grammy-nominated album Blueprinting, one of NPR’s top 10 classical albums of 2018. 

As a college student, Paul was simultaneously winning international cello competitions (which led him, most notably, to Poland to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra) and recording strings for local punk bands in his dorm room. That duality is embedded in Paul’s artistic DNA, and over the years has resulted in close collaborations with a wide range of artists, from Chick Corea, Etta James, Norah Jones, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and Max Richter, to members of Arcade Fire, The National, Blonde Redhead, Dirty Projectors, Wye Oak, and many others. 

An avid chamber musician, Paul’s performances with Musicians From Marlboro have been described as “utterly transparent” and “so full of earthy vitality and sheer sensual pleasure that it made you happy to be alive” (Washington Post). Winner of the S&R Foundation’s Washington Award for Composition, his commissions include works for the Aizuri, Parker, St. Lawrence, Kronos, Eybler, and Attacca Quartets, yMusic, Alexi Kenney, Tessa Lark, David Byrd-Marrow, and the Raleigh Civic Symphony. NPR recently wrote, “If Haydn were alive to write a string quartet today, it may sound something like Paul Wiancko’s LIFT.” 

Wiancko performs on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello.  

Caramoor is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.
All concerts made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.