The Axiom Quartet is a dynamic professional ensemble based in Houston, TX. The group is known for creating and performing programs that mix traditional string quartet repertoire and transcriptions of works from a variety of genres (including jazz, electronic, rock, indie, etc.). By combining these genres, the quartet exposes classical music audiences to extraordinary music from different genres, and creates new fans of the classical repertoire.
In 2017, Axiom was named Quartet-In-Residence at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. The Axiom Quartet also serves as outreach ambassadors for Chamber Music Houston (CMH), which is one of the country’s top chamber music presenters. The CMH sponsorship allows the group to perform their innovative programs in communities in which access to live music is limited.
Karl Blench is a composer and conductor who holds Bachelor’s degrees in education and music theory from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master’s degree and DMA in composition from Rice University. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Cuba. Recent engagements include performances of his works by the Shepherd School Chamber Symphony, the h2 Saxophone Quartet, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the University of New Hampshire and University of Houston Wind Ensembles. Notable prizes include the H. Robert Reynolds Composer’s Competition, the Cooper Prize from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice, an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and the Indianapolis Symphony Prize. As a conductor he focuses mainly on music from the 20th and 21st centuries and frequently conducts premieres of new works throughout the country. He has recently worked with the Foundation of Modern Music in Houston, and Syzygy, the new music series at Rice. He currently teaches in the Houston area and is the Composer-InResidence for the Axiom String Quartet.
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