Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Rembrandt Chamber Musicians performs a broad spectrum of music for small ensemble. With a wide-ranging repertoire encompassing the baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary eras, Rembrandt’s concerts feature the masterpieces you love paired with new works and hidden gems you will be pleased to discover.
Each Rembrandt concert brings great music to you—and brings you into the music. Intimate venues pull you close to the performers, while thoughtful program notes and commentary offer insights that deepen your connection with the music. Complementary Encore! receptions provide a relaxed, friendly setting for meeting the performers and enjoying a glass of wine after each concert.
Rembrandt is also invested in the future of chamber music, commissioning innovative new music by living composers and performing remarkable works by less-familiar composers. Performers from other artistic disciplines regularly join Rembrandt’s musicians in exciting collaborations, adding another dimension of discovery.
Founded in the fall of 1990, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians features seven of the most highly accomplished musicians in the Chicago area, including principal members of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and Chicago Philharmonic. The ensemble’s expansive repertoire, ranging from historically informed performances of baroque classics to contemporary works by local composers, has consistently garnered high praise and recognition.
Since its inception, Rembrandt has actively commissioned thirteen new works and six arrangements by renowned composers from the Chicago area and beyond. In 2012 Rembrandt presented the only Chicago performance of Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale, pairing it with Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. In 2008 Rembrandt began The Mahler Project, a three-year retrospective of Schoenberg’s chamber arrangements of Mahler’s large symphonic works, receiving excellent reviews from the Chicago Tribune. In 2014 Rembrandt commissioned and premiered a new sonata for oboe and piano by GRAMMY Award winner and multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy as well as new works and arrangements by David Schrader, Sebastian Huydts, and Peter Labella.
Deeply committed to fostering chamber music education and appreciation, Rembrandt founded its highly acclaimed Annual High School Chamber Music Competition in 1995, an event that continues to draw participants from the Music Institute of Chicago, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Midwest Young Artists, Merit School of Music, and a variety of public and private schools throughout the state. Winning ensembles receive cash prizes, coaching sessions from Rembrandt musicians, and performance opportunities and participate in educational outreach projects for Chicago-area schools that lack an established music program.
In June 2015 John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune hailed Rembrandt as “one of the more notable success stories in Chicago chamber music,” going on to say that “regular appearances by guest artists help keep Rembrandt’s repertory fresh and varied.” In his review of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, von Rhein praised the ensemble for its “infectious verve, spontaneity, and abundance of feeling.” Rembrandt’s concerts are regularly selected as the Chicago Tribune’s top classical music pick of the week and are rebroadcast on WFMT classical radio throughout the year.
Meet Our Musicians
Assistant Principal Second Violin
Assistant Principal Oboe
Music of the Baroque
Music of the Baroque
Music of the Baroque
Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Competition Winners 1st Place: Quartet Diamant Masha Lakisova, Rebecca Moy, Natalie Clarke, Adam Lee Coached by: Robert Bassill Midwest Young Artists Conservatory 2nd Place: Sticks & Stones Ben Heim, Sam Kurzydlo, Justin Petrovych, Alex Ostrowski Coached by: Brandon Podjasek Merit School of Music Honorable Mention KGT Quincey Trojanowski, Amer Hasan, Maddy Deanne Coached by: Bryan[…]
Highlights from the Chicago Tribune’s glowing review of Souvenir of Florence, the final concert of Rembrandt Chamber Players’ 25th anniversary season: “Infectious verve, spontaneity and abundance of feeling marked Sunday’s tight collaboration” “Sunday brought the second live performance of Tchaikovsky’s sextet ‘Souvenir de Florence’ I’ve attended within the last two weeks. While the Emerson String[…]
Competition Winners 1st Place: Piano Trio Royale Masha Lakisova, Haddon Kay, Derek Chung Coached by: Lyudmila Lakisova Midwest Young Artists 1st Place: Quartet Étoile Ayoun Alexandra Kim, Freya Irani, Serena Harnack, Gallia Kastner Coached by: Roland Vamos Music Institute of Chicago Academy Honorable Mention Sticks and Stones Matthias Pergams, Sam Deane, Ben Heim Coached by:[…]
“The piece is a real workout for piano and string ensemble and pianist Jeannie Yu was outstanding.” Vaughan Williams – Piano Quintet in C minor “Both musicians were in fine form as a team and individually.” Howard Levy – Sonata for oboe and pianoperformed by Robert Morgan and Jeannie Yu “The pieces were virtuosic and[…]
Our 19th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition was held on February 2, 2014 at Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University. Congratulations to our 2014 Rembrandt Young Artists! Competition Winners 1st Place: Vox Quartet Serena Harnack, Hansuh Rhee, Mira Williams, Nathan Mo Coached by: Mathias Tacke Academy of the Music Institute of Chicago 1st Place:[…]
By Lawrence A. Johnson Chicago Classical Review Among the handful of top works in the genre, Dvořák’s Piano Quintet places high indeed, worthy to stand with those by Schumann and Brahms. Born of frustration and a failed attempt to revise an unsatisfactory early quintet in the same key, Dvořák started from scratch and completed his[…]
By Gerald Fisher Chicago Classical Review One of many itinerant Chicago-area classical ensembles, the Rembrandt Chamber Players puts on well-balanced, well-played concerts, often with a programming twist thrown in. For their debut concert at the new Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago Sunday afternoon, the twist was Augusta Read Thomas’s Pilgrim[…]
Our 18th Annual High School Chamber Music Competition was held on February 3, 2013 at Regenstein Recital Hall at Northwestern University. Congratulations to our 2013 Rembrandt Young Artists! Competition Winners 2nd Place: Acaso String Quartet Harriet Han, Owen Ruff, Cordelia Brand, Martin Nyberg Midwest Young Artists 2nd Place: Precipice Saxophone Quartet Justin Udry, Natalia Drozdoff,[…]
By Howard Reich Chicago Tribune 2012 was a characteristically plentiful year in jazz performance, Chicagoans hearing a tremendous range of music. The best concerts, in chronological order: March 1: Tammy McCann at the Jazz Showcase. The majestic Chicago singer designed her four-night run as a tribute to the late tenor-saxophone giant Von Freeman. An exalted[…]
By Lawrence A. Johnson Chicago Classical Review The Rembrandt Chamber Players’ season-opening program was a characteristic one, offering a Romantic cornerstone, a chamber arrangement of a 20th-century standard and a genre-traversing work commissioned by the ensemble. The concert took place Monday night at the Driehaus Museum on East Erie, a remarkable, painstakingly restored 19th-century gilded[…]