Jacob Clewell, Violin & Viola
First playing together during the 2017 Scotia Festival of Music, the Velox Quartett is comprised of Nicholas Hatt (violin), Jacob Clewell (viola), Jordan Galvarino (cello), and Sasha Bult-Ito (piano). The quartet takes their name from the Latin word for “swift”, indicative of their immediate bond upon forming as a group. Performing Peteris Vasks’ moody piano quartet, the ensemble was touted as one of the festival’s premier chamber groups, performing on the mid-day concert series, the Young Artist Highlight series, and as part of the festival’s educational outreach efforts. Velox returned to the Scotia Festival in 2018 to perform the rarely-heard piano quartet by Erno Dohnanyi.
In October 2019, Velox announced the founding of the Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival and Institute. The organization now hosts two yearly programs: the in-person Chamber Music Institute, and all-online Midsummer Virtual Institute. Both programs offer opportunities for lessons with members of Velox, and masterclass performances with notable guest artists, including Paul Kantor, Lucie Robert, James Ehnes, Masumi Per Rostad, Karen Drefyus, Rhonda Rider, Gregory Sauer, Virginia Weckstrom, Jeffrey Cohen, and others.
Velox is committed to programming that showcases lesser-known works, placing them in concerts next to warhorse masterpieces to illustrate the value of these uncommon compositions.