Biography

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The Indianapolis Quartet (TIQ) was established in 2016 and is currently in residence at the University of Indianapolis, with support from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. With violinists Zachary DePue and Joana Genova, violist Michael Isaac Strauss, and cellist Austin Huntington, the member’s palpable rapport and interpretive skill bring about performances of a unique emotional style that has earned the group critical praise and audience affection.

“A joy to behold…any composer’s dream”—Frank Daykin, New York Concert Review

“The whole evening was, among other things, a joyous introduction to an ensemble I’d never heard before.”—Jon Sobel, blogcritics.org (reviewing the quartet’s Carnegie Hall debut)

“[Internal sensitivity with effective changes of pace at phrase ends”…“well-judged balances between the violin and the lower strings”…“sense of spontaneity.”—Jay Harvey Upstage

The Indianapolis Quartet performs  regularly at the Faculty Artist Concert Series at the University of Indianapolis and made its highly acclaimed NYC debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in March 2020. They have broadcast live performances on Vermont Public Radio, WBAA Classical 101.3 FM in West Lafayette, Indiana, and on WISH-TV in Indianapolis. The Quartet was featured at Vermont’s Taconic Festival, Cincinnati’s St. Francis@4 series, Lutkin Hall at Northwestern University in Chicago, Indiana Landmarks Center, and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society in Lafayette, Indiana and has appeared both in concert and in residencies at Butler, Illinois Wesleyan, Arizona State universities, and  Indiana State University’s 53rd annual Contemporary Music Festival.
Recordings include Frank Felice’s CD Reflections and Whimsies: Chamber Music for Strings and Voice, released in 2020 and Robert Paterson’s complete string quartets which will be released in 2022 for the AMR label.

MEMBERS

Zachary DePue, violin

Zachary DePue has established himself in concert venues around the world delivering virtuosic high-energy performances. He demonstrates command as a leader, soloist, collaborator, and improvisational artist reaching across a diverse landscape of music. His authentic warmth and generosity on stage invites audiences to join him in all his explorations.
DePue became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) in 2007. For more than a decade, DePue served the orchestra as a passionate and dedicated leader both in and outside the concert hall. He was named a member of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, connecting Indianapolis’ emerging leaders to the issues and needs of the community.
DePue rose to international prominence as a founding member of Time for Three, with whom he performed for 15 years. During his tenure with the category-defying trio, he made numerous tours and gave high-profile appearances, including a performance on the 2014 semifinals round of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. They were the ISO’s first ensemble-in-residence, charged with introducing new audiences to the symphony experience and breathing fresh creative life into the orchestra’s Happy Hour Concert Series. DePue recorded four albums of original music and arrangements with Time For Three. Their 2014 release featured collabora-tions with ukulele phenom Jake Shimabukuro on “Happy Day,” the uplifting DePue-penned opening cut; saxophonist Branford Marsalis in the rollicky original “Queen of Voodoo;” cel-list Alisa Weilerstein in a quartet version of Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise;” and sing-er/songwriter Joshua Radin in four of his early songs. The trio members were active creative partners in the commissioning of new pieces which were vehicles for collaborations with or-chestras and the ensemble. Composers Jennifer Higdon, William Bolcom, and Chris Brubeck each contributed substantial pieces leading the trio to performances with orchestras across the country including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Pitts-burgh Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at their home venue and for their 2013 Carnegie Hall appearance, Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia, Wheeling Symphony, Brevard Festival Orchestra, among many others. The Trio also recorded Higdon’s Concerto 4-3 with the Forth Worth Symphony Orchestra and appears on their 2012 Take Six release.

In 2021 Zach was appointed concertmaster for Carmel Symphony Orchestra and joined the faculty at Meridian Music School.

DePue’s earliest introduction to the stage came through performances with his family. He is the youngest of four brothers—all violinists—who make up The DePue Brothers Band, an eclectic ensemble that blends bluegrass and classical music, with elements of jazz, blues and rock. DePue graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. He is a former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra where he performed in the first violin section for five years. He performs on a violin made by Giuseppe Rocca of Turin, Italy, in 1846.

Joana Genova, violin

Joana Genova is Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of String Activities at University of Indianapolis, Associate Concertmaster of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (Indiana) and Co-Artistic Director of Taconic Music in Manchester, Vermont. She began playing violin at age 6 in her native Bulgaria, made her solo debut at 12 with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra, and is a prizewinner of Bulgaria’s National Competition. She earned her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. Former teachers include Boyanka Shopova, Alexander Spirov, Peter Brunt, Ilya Grubert and Samuel Thaviu. In Holland, Joana was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
Since 2000, Joana has lived in the United States, maintaining an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. She was Artist Associate at Williams College, and a faculty member of the Manchester Music Festival (MMF), Michael Rudiakov Music Academy, Smith College, and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. From 2011 to 2016 Joana served as MMF’s education director, organizing outreach programs and family concerts. Orchestral positions include principal second violin of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Manchester Festival Orchestra, member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and others.
Joana has been guest soloist with Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Harlem Chamber Players, Metropolitan, Rockaway, Danbury and Berkshire Symphonies, Manchester Festival Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic, UIndy Chamber Orchestra, and most recently, under the baton of Maestro Raymond Leppard. Her collaborations include performances with the Shanghai Quartet, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Horszowski Trio, Enso Quartet, members of the Lark Quartet, Toby Appel, Andrés Cárdenes, Carmit Zori, Nathaniel Rosen, Michael Haber, Danwen Jiang, Austin Hartman, Renee Jolles, Michael Rudiakov, Yehuda Hanani, Tom Landschoot, Sophie Shao, Jon Klibonoff, Ruth Laredo, Davide Cabassi, Drew Petersen, Todd Palmer, Atar Arad, Eric Kim, Soyeon Lee and David Krakauer, among others. She is a frequent guest at festivals and concert series on the East Coast, the Midwest, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona and has performed internationally in Bulgaria, Holland, Germany, Italy and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Joana performs on a Johannes Cuypers violin made in The Hague, in 1786.

Michael Strauss, viola

Known for his “rich tone and lyrical acumen” (Chicago Tribune), violist Michael Isaac Strauss has performed around the world as a soloist, recitalist, in chamber music, and in symphonic settings. He made his solo debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1990 and has since appeared as featured solo or recording artist with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001, Charleston Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, and Camerata Chicago, among others. During his 20-year tenure as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra principal violist, Strauss was also featured as soloist or collaborator in duo roles nearly every season.
Strauss’ recent and upcoming engagements include TIQ’s New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, his chamber music performances with Yehuda Hanani on the series Close Encounters with Music, concerts with Urban Troubadours in Ohio, a solo recital in Philadelphia with pianist Hugh Sung, and featured solo appearances with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. Strauss serves on the performing artist roster and faculty at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Berkshire High Peaks Festival.
A former member of the distinguished Fine Arts Quartet, Strauss performed across the U.S. and Europe and at festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Bayreuth, and Montpellier. In North America, Strauss has collaborated at summer festivals including LaJolla, Caramoor, Banff, Sewanee, and Eastern Music Festival. In recent concert seasons, he has performed string quintet works with the Calder, Cavani and Jupiter quartets. Recent festival faculty appointments and performances include the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Berkshire High Peaks Festival. Strauss has performed and taught at the Beijing International Music Festival & Academy, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, and Brevard Music Festival.
Numerous recordings featuring Strauss can be found on the labels of I Virtuosi (debut recording of Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Sonata), CRI (David Finko’s Viola Concerto and 20th century chamber music works with the Philadelphia-based Orchestra 2001), Lyrinx (Mozart’s complete viola quintets with the Fine Arts Quartet in SACD), and Centaur (Stamitz’s works for solo viola with orchestra; reissue of David Finko’s Viola Concerto). He is also the featured recording artist on the Suzuki® Viola School Volumes 8 and 9.
A devoted teacher, Strauss serves on the faculty of the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and the University of Indianapolis. He regularly presents master classes and coaches developing to advanced students and professionals in orchestral audition preparation. He has previously held faculty positions at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Roosevelt University, DePauw University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Butler University, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and Swarthmore College.
Strauss’s work has been honored with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Cinnamon Award, First Prize of the WAMSO Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra, Ealing prize at the Tertis International Viola Competition, Artist Fellowship Awards from South Carolina and Indiana, and a Creative Renewal Fellowship Award from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
A native of Iowa, Strauss began his viola studies in Iowa City’s public schools. He continued under the tutelage of William Preucil, Sr., John Graham, and Karen Tuttle. He received additional training at Mannes College of Music and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Strauss is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and performs on a viola attributed to Matteo Albani of Bolzano, Italy in 1704.

Austin Huntington, cello

Austin Huntington was appointed principal cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in June 2015 at the age of 20, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians of any major American orchestra. He is also a member of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego, California and was recently a finalist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s principal cello position in March 2018. Austin is the grand-prize winner of the 2012 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition, the 2012 MUSICAAS International String Competition, the 2013 Aspen Music Festival’s Low String Strings Competition, and the 2009 MTNA National String Competition, as well as a top prize winner at the 2013 Schadt National Cello Competition. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated in chamber music performances with artists such as violinists Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Renaud Capucon, Augustin Hadelich, and Anne Akiko Meyers, violist Cynthia Phelps, cellists Robert DeMaine and Mark Kosower, pianists Wu Han, Garrick Ohlssohn, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and bassist Edgar Meyer. Since his first solo orchestra debut at age 10, he has gone on to perform as a guest soloist with orchestras such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, Salomon Chamber Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, South Bend Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra. In the summer, Austin has attended the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), the Kronberg Academy (Germany), the Aspen Music Festival and School, Music in the Vineyards (Napa, California), the Perlman Music Program, the Academie International de Music de Montpellier (France), the Credo Chamber Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music. Austin is a member of the faculty at the University of Indianapolis, where he is also the cellist of The Indianapolis Quartet, the University’s string quartet-in-residence. He is also the chair of the Indianapolis Suzuki Academy’s Board of Directors, a member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Artistic Advisory Committee, and was previously an adjunct lecturer at Indiana University. Austin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ronald Leonard. While keeping a full performance and teaching schedule, he is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree at Indiana University, where he is studying with Eric Kim. His previous teachers include Richard Hirschl, Brinton Smith, Paul Katz, David Finckel, and Richard Aaron. He plays on a beautiful old Italian cello made in Florence, c. 1740.

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