Axiom Quartet

The Axiom Quartet is a dynamic and passionate string quartet that explores all genres of music with no boundaries or limits. Axiom has become known around Texas for their inventive programs that mix music from the classical canon with transcriptions, and new compositions along with the inclusion of popular rock, electronic, indie, jazz and pop genres in a single concert experience. The unifying concept is simply expressivity whereby Axiom’s concerts turn classical fans towards extraordinary popular music, while serving as classical music advocates to those who normally do not attend classical concerts. 

 

​The individual players of Axiom, Dominika Dancewicz and Ingrid Gerling - violin, Katie Carrington - viola, Patrick Moore - cello, have decades of combined experience performing internationally as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral performance.  The Axiom Quartet serves as outreach ambassador for Chamber Music Houston, one of Houston's top chamber music presenters. The CMH collaboration allows the group to perform their innovative programs in communities where access to live music is limited. Axiom has also performed with the nationally recognized “Harmony in the Air” program and presented weekly concerts at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.  Axiom is the first classical string ensemble to ever play at Cave Without a Name in the Texas Hill Country. For the past four years, they have played in the cave to overflowing audiences. 


Recent major projects include: the release of their first album Axioms - Moments of Truth (which was a commercial success and sold out within 24 hours of being released on Amazon), a tour of 12 concerts in 20 days throughout China in the summer or 2018, and a tour of the Midwest U.S. in the fall of 2019 where the group gave masterclasses and appeared as soloists with university orchestras in the region.

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. 

 

Axiom 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 embarked 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.

Axiom Quartet has been recently added to the Texas Commission of the Arts' Touring Roster for their 2020-2022 season. This new opportunity will allow the quartet to share their unique vision of chamber music with audiences across the state.

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. 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, Navona and World On Wire labels.

 

Recognized as the Texas String Diva, she was featured in an extensive interview by Arts+Culture Texas Magazine. Her career and philosophy were also featured by Voyage Houston Magazine, Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle. 

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 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, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, as well as in Dallas, Boerne, Georgetown, Colorado and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

 

Ms.Dancewicz's debut CD (released in 2018 by Duo Dramatique on World On Wire label) with Violin Sonatas by Elgar, Debussy and Mozart was met with critical acclaim in the United States and Europe. The album's release was celebrated in an extensive feature by the Houston Public Media. 

Ms.Dancewicz has been recently appointed the Concertmaster of the Opera in the Heights Orchestra in Houston. Since establishing of 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, New World Symphony, Shreveport Symphony and Victoria Bach Festival. She is a member of the Classical Music Institute Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio (CMI), and the Houston Latin Philharmonic.

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 Katie Carrington originally hails from Chicago and made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Telemann Viola Concerto. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Rice University, where she had the pleasure of working with Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, and James Dunham. Katie previously played with the Louisiana Philharmonic and currently serves as Principal Viola in the Mercury Chamber Orchestra. She also plays Principal Viola in the Breckenridge Music Festival.

 

In addition to her performing career she enjoys a rewarding teaching career that fulfills her passion for sharing music with children. She previously served as Artistic Director of the Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum.

 

She currently is on the Board of the Southeast Texas Suzuki Association as well as working with the Houston Youth Symphony and Mercury Chamber Orchestra’s educational programs. Katie is thrilled to be joining the Axiom Quartet and to be working with such a dynamic organization.

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 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.