Delray String Quartet
Felicia Besan was born in Moldova into a family of musicians. Her passion for music and the arts was nurtured from a young age. Pursuing a professional music career, she attended the George Enescu Music High School in Bucharest, Romania where she participated in and won numerous national and international competitions. A graduate of Lynn University class of 2011, Felicia received her Professional Performance Certificate in 2013 and Master’s Degree in 2015 also from Lynn University under the guidance of Professor Ralph Fielding. She was one of the 15 Young Artists studying and performing chamber music at the Manchester Music Festival in 2014 and 2015. An avid chamber music player, Felicia’s string quartet was one of the winners of the Lynn Conservatory Chamber Music Competition and presented a full chamber music concert as part of the Mainly Mozart Festival in May 2015.
Claudio Jaffé, CELLO
The New York Times describes Jaffé as “an elegant and accomplished artist” of “taste, technique, musicianship, and a contagious youthful enthusiasm.” His solo performing began at age 11 with an orchestral debut in his native Brazil and has subsequently performed recitals and guest solos with multiple orchestras in prestigious artistic centers around the world including those in New York City, London, Tokyo, Ottawa, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires. He is principal cellist of the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony. A prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions, Jaffé received four degrees from Yale University including the Doctor of Musical Arts. He served as Dean of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music and created their Preparatory Division, began the Strings Program at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, was Resident Conductor of the Florida Youth Orchestra for 18 years, and is currently teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University. Jaffé conducts, performs and teaches at the Santa Catarina Music Festival (FEMUSC) and performs regularly at the Sunflower and Buzzards Bay Music Festivals. His workshops on practicing and bowing techniques were conducted at universities in Brazil and Trinidad.
A CULTURAL JEWEL OF SOUTH FLORIDA
The Delray String Quartet had been described by the press as “well-balanced and elegant”, “adding luster to the South Florida music scene”, “with the players ripping into the music with savage abandon”. A string quartet concert becomes “a stirring experience in the hands of the Delray musicians”. In addition, each concert becomes a first rate educational experience as the audience learns about each composer and each piece before hearing it providing a context for the music. American composers are both featured and new pieces commissioned for the Quartet. Kenneth Fuchs and Richard Danielpour works have added to the repertoire.
Mei Mei Luo, VIOLIN
Founding member and first violinist Mei Mei Luo is recognized as one of South Florida's finest violinists and her solo concerts include the Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Bruch violin concertos. She is concertmaster of Orchestra Miami, and Miami City Ballet’s Opus One Orchestra, and since 2000 has been a regular member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival. Miss Luo has played as a member of the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists as well as an alternate for the Philadelphia Orchestra. She was assistant concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and served as concertmaster for their final concert in 2003.
Valentin Mansurov, VIOLIN
First prize winner of the 14th National String Competition in the former U.S.S.R, has been engaged in worldwide solo and orchestral concerts in countries such as Spain, Germany, France, Greece, Canada, U.S. and Turkey. Valentin began his violin studies as a seven year old at Uspenskiy’s School for Musically Gifted Children in Uzbekistan and studied at Bilkent University in Turkey, the National Conservatory for Music in Toulouse, France, Victoria Conservatory of Music in Canada and Mount Royal College. In April 2002, Valentin received a degree representing performance excellence at the Annual Greater Victoria Festival. Mr. Mansurov performs with and as a member of the Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.
Felicia Besan, VIOLA