Since its formation as a nonprofit organization in 1998, The Phoenix Ensemble has been a resource for artists and the educational community. We have collaborated with many well-known artists in projects, concert series, and recording albums. In 2001, PE executive director Gabriel Bolkosky founded PhoenixPhest!, a chamber music festival based on the ideals of the Cleveland Quartet. Since then, it has grown into our flagship events, MayPhest, a weekend long chamber music festival, and PhoenixPhest Grande, a week-long expansion that includes a chamber music curriculum along with private lessons, electives, and a full-scale Suzuki institute and teacher training.
The Phoenix Ensemble is dedicated to:
- inspiring students of all levels by creating a bridge to the music world through chamber music education and collaborations with eminent musicians;
- supporting professional musicians by equipping them with the tools they need to be successful pillars of our community through classes and administrative support;
- enriching the communities we serve by providing the highest quality performance and educational offerings
Vision & Values
We envision a community transformed by the power of creative collaboration, personal accountability, self-confidence, respect for others, and joyful artistic expression. We believe such a community can be realized when musicians of all levels come together to create something bigger than themselves.
We follow the traditions of great educational systems with influence from multiple philosophies of education. Through our mission we seek the spiritual renewal of humanity, which we believe occurs through the nourishment of creativity within people.
We value chamber music as an essential experience for musicians at all levels and abilities. We include all who want to be involved. We don’t audition students for acceptance into our programs; we are available to anyone who wants to participate. Because in a chamber group there is typically one on a part, it is impossible to feel unimportant. Each member of a string quartet is vital. This should translate to what a person can experience in life in general. It is intensified in the small chamber group experience. Not only is a person vital, they are automatically accountable to the group in the most basic way. Whether they are playing the most beautiful melody or the most redundant line, they are responsible to the music and thus to each other. It is the perfect training for a life led with self esteem, integrity, accountability and a deep respect for the larger perspective.