STAMPS String Quartet Class of 2014

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Amanda Diaz

Amanda Diaz

Amanda Diaz, viola, majored in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where she was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. She studied privately with Pamela A. McConnell. With the Stamps Strings Quartet, Amanda Diaz traveled to Texas to perform in an All-State music convention alongside Frost artist-in-residence Mark O’Connor. The summer after their freshman year, the Stamps String Quartet was selected by audition to work with the Juilliard String Quartet in an intense weeklong seminar in New York, culminating in a performance of the entire Shostakovitch String Quartet No. 3 in Paul Hall at Lincoln Center. Amanda Diaz also traveled twice with the Stamps String Quartet to the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy, where she performed in multiple concerts. At the Frost School of Music, Diaz participated in multiple coaching sessions with musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and performed with the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Opera Theater, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and other major Frost School ensembles. Diaz was born in Miami, Florida and graduated with honors from the New World School of the Arts where she was named most outstanding junior in the music division and a winner in their concerto competition.

Instrument: Viola

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014


Arianne Urban

Arianne Urban

Arianne Urban, violin, majored in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where she was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. She studied privately with Scott Flavin and Glenn Basham and also performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Opera Theater, Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and other major Frost School ensembles. An active chamber music artist, she enjoys improvising. The Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014 performed classic and contemporary string quartet repertoire, tangos, jazz-inspired works, and more. They also collaborated on new chamber music with the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Arianne Urban has participated in coaching sessions with string musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. Her summer festival experiences include Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute, the Aspen Music Festival, Orfeo International Music Festival and the Julliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City. At the end of her freshman year at Frost, she was selected to perform a concert with world-renowned violinist Alexander Markov. Urban was born in Miami and graduated from New World School of the Arts in 2010, where she served as concertmaster of their symphony for two years.

Instrument: Violin

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014


Christopher Young

Christopher Young

Christopher Young, cello, majored in Instrumental Performance at the Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. Chris Young also performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra, Frost Opera Theater and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. He studied privately with Ross Harbaugh. As a member of the Stamps Strings Quartet, Young performed in a Texas Music Educators Clinic in San Antonio, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City, and the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy. He has collaborated with artists Alexander Markov, Mark O’Connor, Pavel Vernikov, Eli Matthews, and hip-hop producer Chip Williams. Chris Young grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he began his cello studies at the age of 8 and later studied with Dr. Robert Tueller of Brigham Young University - Idaho. For his senior year of high school, Christopher attended Interlochen Arts Academy where he served for several concert cycles as principal cello of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. In April 2010, he was honored as a National Merit Scholar, and he graduated from Interlochen with summa cum laude honors.

Instrument: Cello

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014


Victor Colmenares

Victor Colmenares

Victor Colmenares, violin, majored in Instrumental Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar and a member of the Stamps String Quintet, Class of 2014, coached by faculty mentor Ross Harbaugh. He studied privately with Glenn Basham. He participated in coaching sessions with musicians from The Cleveland Orchestra and Frost artist-in-residence Mark O’Connor and performed in the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Victor Colmenares was born in Columbia. He began playing the violin at age 6. In 2010, he graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan where he studied with Annie Chalex Boyle and Hal Grossman. Before attending Frost, Victor was concertmaster of several youth orchestras in Columbia, including Orchestra of the Javeriana University in Bogota where he won the program “Lunes de Jovenes Interpretes.” He was also the winner of the Young Musician Competition Oreste Sindici, organized by the Colombian Embassy in Italy, Bogota in October 2007. As a member of the Stamps Strings Quartet, Colmenares has performed at the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar in New York City, and twice at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy.

Instrument: Violin

Stamps Ensemble Name: Stamps String Quartet Class of 2014