Hailed for “silken finesse and gritty vibrancy” by Gramophone Magazine and for “playing with style and sophistication” by The Strad Magazine, Serafin Ensemble debuted at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has consistently received superlatives in the press and ovations by audiences around the nation. The Serafins’ highly acclaimed Naxos (2013) release featuring world premiere recordings of early chamber works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon was listed as “Top 10 Classical Albums in 2013” by Philadelphia’s City Paper. The Serafins’ debut recording on Centaur (2010) is an “American Tapestry” of works by American composers and composers influenced by American sounds, including Barber, Dvorák, Gershwin and William Grant Still. Featured by Strings Magazine for innovative concert programming, Serafin Ensemble has been applauded at performances around the nation. The ensemble takes its name from master violin maker, Sanctus Serafin, who, in 1728, crafted the violin currently played by violinist Kate Ransom. The other members play Testore instruments from the same era, thanks to generous support from Dr. William Stegeman.
Kate Ransom and Lisa Vaupel, violins
Timothy Schwarz, viola
Lawrence Stomberg, cello