The Axiom Quartet was created in 2012 by musicians Dominika Dancewicz and Patrick Moore. The idea for the quartet stemmed from their desire to build a sustained artistic relationship through chamber music with the Houston Metroplex through curated programs performed at the highest level. The idea of forming a string quartet was immediate and, joined by fellow violinist, Ingrid Gerling, and violist, Laura Krentzman, the Axiom String Quartet was born. Today, the Axiom Quartet is a dynamic and passionate ensemble that plays a diverse repertoire at the highest professional level. Over the past seven seasons Axiom has performed for music lovers all throughout Houston while also expanding their reach to audiences throughout Texas, the continental U.S., and recently engaged on a tour of China.
Axiom’s vision is unique within the traditional string quartet world. They are dedicated to performances that are not only limited to classical music, but include all music genres, with equal excellence, and with no boundaries or limits. A typical concert program will often mix classical string quartet repertoire, classical transcriptions, modern music, new compositions, and popular rock, electronic, indie, jazz and pop genres into a singular concert experience. The effect of this approach to programming has increasingly led to exciting reviews by critics as well as concerts that are frequently sold out.
The individual players of Axiom, Dominika Dancewicz and Ingrid Gerling - violin, Laura Krentzman - viola, Patrick Moore - cello, have decades of combined experience performing internationally as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestra members. Their individual talents and experience give Axiom the unique energy, excellence and a level of enthusiasm not easily found in traditional chamber music performances.
Aside from their staple concert series at the University of St.Thomas in Houston, where Axiom Quartet serves as String Quartet-in-Residence, the group serves as Outreach Ambassador for Chamber Music Houston (CMH), one of the America’s top chamber music presenters. The collaboration with CMH allows Axiom to perform their innovative programs in communities where access to live music is limited: local schools, hospitals, retirement communities throughout Houston’s vast Metroplex. . These locally focused performances have brought them recognition in the City of Houston for outreach work.
Axiom Quartet has also performed with the nationally recognized “Harmony in the Air” program, presenting weekly concerts at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), geared towards promoting Houston arts to travelers from around the world. This form of outreach has contributed to perceiving Houston as one of the most artistically diverse and outgoing communities in the country, and has had an increasingly positive impact on Houston’s image.
Axiom Quartet is the first classical string ensemble to ever perform at the Cave Without a Name in the Texas Hill Country. For the past five years, the group has given sold out concerts in the Cave, some 80 feet underground, to overwhelming enthusiasm, standing ovations and overflowing audiences.
The Axiom Quartet released their first album “AXIOMS: Moments of Truth” in 2018 (PARMA Recordings, Navona label). The CD’s concept once again reflects the mission and artistic vision of the group: the music on the album combines pieces from across ages and styles: from Monteverdi, through Bach and Ives, through music by Billie Holiday, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan, to the new music commission by local Houston composer Karl Blench, all pointed to the idea of the transcendence of “truth”. The album was a commercial success, selling out within 24 hours of being released on Amazon.com. In the summer of 2018 the quartet went on their first international tour, presenting the music from their debut CD in 12 concerts across China.
In October of 2019 the Axiom Quartet will embark on a tour of the Midwest, performing chamber music recitals and appearing as soloists with university orchestra at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, Southeast Missouri State University, and Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Violinist Dominika Dancewicz has been praised as “passionate and charismatic”, and her performances have been hailed as “transporting and thought provoking”. Ms.Dancewicz holds Violin Performance degrees from the Music Academy of Krakow, Poland (magna cum laude) and from Rice University, Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. She has also earned Artist Diploma in Violin Performance at the Denver University, Colorado.
As an orchestra and ensemble musician she has performed on the world’s most prestigious concert stages: the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, France, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York. During her career she collaborated with artists such as Christoph Eschenbach, Krzysztof Penderecki, Krystian Zimerman, Barry Douglas, Tabea Zimmermann to name just a few. Her recording credits include Deutsche Grammophon, DUX and Navona labels.
Since establishing her career in the United States Ms.Dancewicz has performed with many renowned music groups: the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Houston Ballet, Foundation for Modern Music, Opera Vista, Aperio Americas, Musiqa, Shreveport Symphony and Victoria Bach Festival.
She is currently a member of the Classical Music Institute Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio (CMI), and often performs with Houston Latin Philharmonic. Ms.Dancewicz has been recently appointed the Concertmaster of the Opera in the Heights in Houston.
Recognized as one of "Texas String Divas", she was featured in an extensive interview by Arts+Culture Texas Magazine. Her career and philosophy was also outlined in a feature by Voyage Houston Magazine.
An avid chamber musician, Dominika Dancewicz has performed with various ensembles in Europe, Asia and the United States. She is the founding member of two acclaimed Houston-based groups: Axiom Quartet and Duo Dramatique. Axiom Quartet holds the position of the String Quartet In-Residence at the University of St.Thomas and is making strides as one of the most exciting chamber music groups in Houston.
Duo Dramatique is a renowned violin and piano ensemble that hosts an established concert series at the University of St. Thomas, and has been invited to give recitals at the Tobin Center in San Antonio, TX, at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, as well as in Dallas, TX, Boerne, TX, Georgetown, Colorado and Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Ms.Dancewicz's debut CD (released in 2018 by Duo Dramatique, World on Wire label) with Violin Sonatas by Elgar, Debussy and Mozart was met with critical acclaim in the United States and France. The album release was celebrated with an extensive feature by Houston Public Media.
Ms. Dancewicz is a highly sought-after teacher. She is an adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of St. Thomas in Houston and she maintains a busy private studio.
More information about the artist can be found on her official website: www.blondviolin.com
Dr. Ingrid Gerling, a violinist native of Porto Alegre, Brazil, has performed extensively as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and conductor throughout the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia. She completed her D.M.A. at the Moores School of Music under the tutelage of Frank Huang, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Currently she holds the positions of Orchestra Director and Professor of Violin and Viola at San Jacinto College and Orchestra Director and Professor of Violin at the University of St. Thomas. She is also on faculty for the American Festival of the Arts Chamber Music Academy. Named a “String Diva” by Arts and Culture Magazine, Dr. Gerling is known for her incredibly active and diverse musical pursuits. Recordings of Dr. Gerling can be heard on the IBS CLASSICAL and PARMA labels.
Dr. Gerling has acquired extensive experience as an orchestral musician and leader. She is a member of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the San Antonio Chamber Orchestra, and has performed frequently with the Houston Ballet and Mercury Baroque orchestras. She has served as guest concertmaster for the Pittsburgh Opera Theatre and the Houston Civic Symphony. She is the former concertmaster of the Moores School Symphony Orchestra, the Moores School Opera and Ballet Orchestras, as well as the Houston Heights Orchestra. Dr. Gerling was featured on KUHA’s Classical Classroom radio show alongside NYPhil concertmaster Glenn Dicterow where they both discussed and explained the role of the concertmaster. Dr. Gerling also minored in orchestral conducting during her doctorate degree to further her orchestral leadership training.
Dr. Gerling is a very passionate and dedicated chamber musician. She is a member of the Axiom Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the University of St. Thomas, and also has a duo with concert pianist, Dr. Andreea Mut. Dr. Gerling was selected to be a DaCamera Young Artist Fellow for the 2015-2017 season, a highly competitive engagement which led her to perform numerous chamber music concerts throughout Houston. As an avid performer of contemporary music, Dr. Gerling’s Houston performances include regular appearances with Musiqa, the Foundation of Modern Music, AURA and Aperio.
Beyond her extensive accomplishments on the violin and as a conductor, Dr. Gerling also minored in Vocal Jazz performance in her undergraduate and master’s degrees. She regularly performs as a jazz vocalist, concentrating on Brazilian bossa nova and Brazilian traditional chôro.
Violist Laura Krentzman completed her undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music and graduate studies at the University of North Texas. While at the UNT, Laura studied Baroque viola performance and was principal viola of the Collegium Musicum. Laura also has her Graduate Performance Certificate from the Hartt School where she was a member of the Performance 20/20 full scholarship chamber music program.
Laura has performed as a soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the University of North Texas Collegium Musicum, the Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra where she also served as principal viola for three years. Laura is also an active proponent of new music. Since 2005, Laura has premiered and recorded numerous works by composers Arthur Gottschalk, Reza Vali, Alla Elana Cohen, Elizabeth Austin, David Macbride, Robert Carl, Arthur Hernandez, Yigit Kolat, and Önder Özkoç, as well as works by her husband, Erberk Eryılmaz.
Laura has held the positions of Associate Principal viola with the Erie Philharmonic and 2nd chair viola with the Canton Symphony. She has also performed with Pittsburgh Opera, the Wheeling Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, and the Glens Falls Symphony.
Laura currently lives in Houston and is a co-director of Hoppa Project, which focuses on performing music from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. She is also a member of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Victoria Symphony. Most recently, Laura became a member of the Axiom Quartet, a Houston based string quartet that performs a wide range of styles, from classics to pop and rock.
Cellist Patrick Moore is a musician of diverse interests who has performed as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician, and improviser throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. He is also a dedicated cello teacher, and teaches at the University of St.Thomas and at Houston’s AFA.
Patrick is a founding member of the Axiom Quartet which is the Quartet-In-Residence at The University of St.Thomas and is also the outreach ambassador for Chamber Music Houston. Recently, the quartet signed with the record label PARMA and toured their new album “Axioms-Moments of Truth” across China in the summer of 2018. In addition, they also participate in Harmony in the Air where they perform 50 concerts every year at Bush Intercontinental Airport.
As an orchestral musician, he performs with Opera in the Heights and Houston’s Latin Philharmonic as their Assistant Principal cellist. An avid new music player, he enjoys playing with Aperio New Music Ensemble, Musiqa New Music Ensemble, and Foundation for Modern Music. He also performs as an improviser with the Frontier Jazz Orchestra.
Patrick has also been performing solo cello works with several ballet companies in Houston including Frame Dance Company, Uptown Dance company, and the Creative Minds Collaborative. Creative Minds Collaborative recently engaged Patrick as a soloist in a tour of Japan to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the city of Chiba and Houston as sister cities.
Patrick Moore received a Bachelor's degree from Roosevelt University, and a Master's degree from Rice University. His principal teachers were Lynn Harrell, Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes, Alex Ezerman, and Barbara Haffner. He has participated in masterclasses with Brinton Smith, Carter Enyeart, Nathaniel Rosen, Norman Fischer, Timothy Eddy, Katinka Klein, and Christopher French.