10/14: Classical Jazz

The Floyd Center for the Arts opens its 8th season with one of the pillars of chamber music for strings and winds, the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. Also featured on this program will be Klezmer music, and a clarinet quintet by Serbian composer and clarinetist, Ante Grgin, highly recognized in his country. Floyd Arts welcomes musicians David Ehrlich, violin, and Benjamin Wyatt, cello, as well as Rami Solomonow, violist from Chicago, Nikola Djurica, clarinetist from Belgrade, Serbia, and Sibbi Bernhardsson, former member of the Pacifica Quartet, now a faculty member at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

David Ehrlich was the first non-American to win first prize in the Young Artist Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs. This resulted in appearances in concerts and recitals throughout the United States. David has served as concertmaster and soloist of the Colorado Festival Orchestra, Filarmonica de Caracas, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1984 he joined the Audubon String Quartet as first violinist, and toured all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious venues and concert series, including radio and television. In 1993, he and his wife, Teresa, founded the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, a nonprofit community music school serving students throughout southwest Virginia. Since 2004, David has been an “Outreach Fellow of Fine Arts” at Virginia Tech. Through the generosity of the Virginia Tech Foundation, David performs on a violin made by Carlo Bergonzi, circa 1735.

Cellist Benjamin Wyatt enjoys an active career as a performer and teacher. He is the cellist of the Avanti Ensemble, and teaches in Blacksburg, VA as a faculty member at the Renaissance Music Academy. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and is a regular guest with various ensembles. His performances have been broadcast live throughout the country.

When Nikola Djurca was five, and heard and saw clarinet for the first time, he shouted: “I will play this!”. And naturally, Nikola enrolled Music school “Davorin Jenko” Belgrade and started learning the instrument that would carry him through life. In April 2003 and 2005, on a republic contest, Nikola became a laureate of Serbia, as a best performer in his category. During 2003 to 2006, on competitions in Italy, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Russia and Serbia, as a soloist he won 14 special prizes. Since fall of 2016, Nikola has becoming a leading member of the “Stegreif” Jazz Improvising Chamber Orchestra based in Berlin – Germany.

Rami Solomonow is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv, Israel where he studied with Oedoen Partos.
 Mr. Solomonow has performed on live television and radio broadcasts and has recorded with the Vermeer Quartet, Chicago String Quartet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and as a solo violist with the DePaul Wind Ensemble. A recording of a Mozart chamber works for strings and winds with the Chicago Chamber Musicians has been nominated to the Grammy award.


Sibbi Bernhardsson began playing violin at the age of six in his native Iceland. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet from 2000 to 2017 he performed over 90 concerts a year worldwide in many of the leading concert halls in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia In 2017, Sibbi joined the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory of Music as professor of violin. He was previously on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 2012 to 2017 and the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign from 2003 to 2012.

For tickets and more information about The Floyd Center for the Arts: visit FloydArtCenter.org or call 540-745-2784. The Center is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. Regular hours are: Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM.