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 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. This collaboration allows the group to perform their innovative programs in communities where access to live music is limited. Axiom performs with the nationally recognized “Harmony in the Air” program and presents 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, and for the past four years, have played 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.
Meet the Quartet
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, Rice University in Houston, TX, as well as the Denver University, Colorado. As an ensemble musician she has performed on the world’s most prestigious concert stages: the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York. 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 Records labels. Recognized as the Texas String Diva, she was featured in an extensive article by Arts+Culture Texas Magazine. Her career and philosophy were also featured by Voyage Houston, ShoutoutTX Magazine, the Houston Public Media and Houston Chronicle. An avid chamber musician, Dominika Dancewicz has performed with ensembles in Europe, Asia and the United States. She is the founding member of the Axiom Quartet. She is also the founder and artistic director of Duo Dramatique, a renowned Houston-based violin and piano ensemble. Together with pianist Donald Doucet she released two commercial albums. The debut CD with Violin Sonatas by Elgar, Debussy and Mozart (2018) was met with critical acclaim in the United States and Europe. Duo Dramatique's most recent album "CROSSROADS" was released in 2021 by PARMA Recordings on Navona Records label.
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
Violinist Dominika Dancewicz
Violinist Maxine Kuo, a native of Texas, is the newest member of the Axiom Quartet. Ms. Kuo began her career as lead violinist of the Sybarite5 string quintet in New York before joining the Louisville Orchestra as assistant concertmaster. She then backpacked for two years, eventually landing back in Houston, where she now performs with the Houston Symphony as a contract and substitute violinist. Maxine strongly believes in expanding the classical music audience - she is a founder of the chamber music open-mic night Classical Revolution Houston.
Maxine also reaches new ears crossing over on the electric violin, most recently performing as a guest artist with the EDM groups Odesza and Emancipator. In her free time, Ms. Kuo enjoys the healing arts, and currently has a remote hypnosis practice.
Maxine received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Naoko Tanaka and Cho-Liang Lin.
Violinist Maxine Kuo
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 in the Louisiana Philharmonic as well as Principal Viola in the Breckenridge Music Festival. She currently serves as Principal Viola in the Mercury Chamber Orchestra.
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.
Violist Katie Carrington
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. The group serves as the outreach ambassador for Chamber Music Houston. The quartet signed with PARMA Recordings and toured their 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 Patrick 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.
Cellist Patrick Moore
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