Marathon 2017

The Girsky Quartet performs the Beethoven opus 18 Marathon on June 11th at three area venues.

No. 1 at 1pm Vashon Havurah Building, 15401 Westside Highway
No. 2 at 2pm Vashon Havurah Building
No. 3 at 3pm Vashon Methodist Church
No. 4 at 4pm Vashon Methodist Church
No. 5 at 5pm Vashon Lutheran Church
No. 6 at 6pm Vashon Lutheran Church

In addition, Holly Boaz will sing Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock at 3:30pm and Gary Koch will sing Beethoven’s “An Die Ferne Geliebte” at 5:30pm.

Admission is by free will donation. The marathon is a benefit event for students to attend the Vashon Island Cello Camp in August and for the new youth choir, the Vashon Choral Boosters.

Please come and support your community youth music programs!

Here is the video from our last concert on May 21st.

Back to Beethoven!

April 2 and May 21, the Girskys return with the Vashon Beethoven Quartet Project.
7:30pm at the Vashon Havurah Building, 15401 Westside Hwy.
Admission at the door
$20 General
$15 Seniors/Students
18 and under FREE!!

April 2 op.59, nos. 2 and 3 (“Rasumovsky”)
May 21 op.74 (“Harp”) and op.95 (“Serioso”)

circa 1800: Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827), German composer, generally considered to be one of the greatest composers in the Western tradition. (Photo by Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

Cello Virtuosity – March 12

Join us on March 12 at 7:30pm for the final concert of our VCA season when we welcome Seattle Symphony Principal Cellist Efe Baltacigil for a virtuoso cello recital. Efe will be joined by pianist Jessica Choe for a program of beautiful music which will include the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata and the Brahms E minor Sonata. Buy tickets at or call 463-5131.

And then comes February 12

This is what our guest cellist Kevin Krentz has to say about the February 12th concert:

Did I just break the rules by programming two lush romantic pieces in one concert? No, I say! One piece is Slavic, by Dvorak, and the other is Russian, by Arensky.  Still not convinced?  Consider this: each piece presents a unique and deeply magical ensemble combination—one having two cellos and the other a bass!
Besides, it’s a Valentine concert, so what better time for a feast of romantic music! Especially when the Arensky features two couples performing together as a quartet. That has to count for something.
What I have done to balance your musical meal is give you a bright crisp apple salad with plenty of tart zing to go with your steak and potatoes. The Weichlein, a kind of “baroque Schubert Quintet”, will introduce to our stage the fabulous Ingrid Matthews, an Internationally known baroque specialist. Although plenty of music during the Baroque period was played by small groups, the pieces were not written for specific set ensembles as they are today. Ingrid has arranged a gorgeous way for our ensemble play this particular piece.
Come watch the courageous Ms. Matthews vault from the Baroque to the Romantic period for the Dvorak, joining Luka, Amber, Haeyoon, Travis and me in a terrific show.
—Kevin Krentz, Artistic Director






Next Concert January 8

Join us for the second concert of the 2016-17 season on Sunday January 8 at 7:30pm.

The program will open with the delightful Suite for 2 Violins and Piano of Moszkowski followed by the haunting and electrifying Shostakovich Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano. The second half of the concert will feature the first of Beethoven’s middle quartets, op. 59, no. 1, and so continue our Vashon Beethoven Quartet Project (planning to present all the masterworks over three years.) The Project will continue for 2017 with the other middle quartets being performed at the Vashon Havurah Building on April 2 and May 21.

Performers are the Girsky String Quartet and pianist Jessica Choe. Tickets are available through the Vashon Center for the Arts website, or by calling (206) 463-5131.




Vashon Chamber Music on VoV!

Check out the videos from our summer festival concerts. Beautiful recording job by Vashon’s own Peter Ray.

Vashon Chamber Music Festival 2016 ~ Day 2

Season Opener this Sunday!

Join us this Sunday October 2, 7:30pm at the Kay for our season opener, An Evening of Schubert and Schumann.

Holly Boaz sings gorgeous Schubert/ Schumann songs.

String players Artur Girsky, Misha Shmidt, Allison Kanter, Rowena Hammill and Douglas Davis play a string trio, a string quartet and joined by Jessica Choe on piano, conclude the evening with the glorious Schumann piano quintet.

Tickets at, or call 206 463-5131.


Summer Festival programs

Two fabulous concerts at the Kay!

Reserve your seats at, or call (206) 463-5131

Number 1 – August 11, 7:30pm.

Haydn trio for 3 cellos with Douglas Davis, Rowena Hammill and Charmian Bartlett.

Enescu 3rd Violin Sonata with Mikhail Schmidt (violin) and Oana Tomai (piano).

Mendelssohn Octet with Artur Girsky, Natasha Bazhanov, Karin Choo and Blayne Barnes (violin), Joseph Gottesman, Allison Kanter (viola), Andrew Cook, Douglas Davis (cello).

Number 2 – August 14, 7:30pm.

Popper Requiem for 3 cellos with Douglas Davis, Andrew Cook, Charmian Bartlett.

Shostakovich Piano Quintet with Oksana Ezhokina (piano), Artur Girsky, Natasha Bazhanov (violin), Sayaka Kokubo (viola), Rowena Hammill (cello).

Schubert Two Cello Quintet with Girsky, Bazhanov, Kokubo, Cook and Hammill.

Andrew Cook

Andrew Cook