Alabama native Jonathan Magness has been the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate principal second violin since 2008. In February 2014 he was named acting principal second violin. He took center stage as soloist in spring 2011, performing Dvořák’s Violin Concerto.
During his teenage years, Jonathan studied at the University of Minnesota, working with Sally O’Reilly. He has also earned a bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and a master’s, with high distinction, from the University of Graz in Austria. Jonathan has won prizes in numerous competitions. In 2004 he received the grand prize in the International Sparkasse Musikstipendium competition in Austria. In 2005, in the Luis Sigall Violin Competition in Chile, he was awarded the audience prize, prize for best interpretation of a commissioned work and second prize overall; that same year he was a prizewinner in the Manchester International Competition in the United Kingdom, which brought him the opportunity to appear as soloist with the BBC Symphony under Vassily Sinaisky. He has also been soloist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Klagenfurt Musikverein, Regional Orchestra of Chile and additional orchestras in the U.S. and Austria, and has performed chamber music and solo recitals across the U.S., South America and Europe. He teaches violin at the University of Minnesota’s Bravo Institute.
Since moving to the United States from his native Ireland in 2004, Conor has built up an eclectic professional portfolio. A member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Conor has also played with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He enjoys playing chamber music and has performed with various ensembles throughout the Twin Cities. In addition to his private violin teaching, Conor shares his love of chamber music with many young ensembles in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. In November 2008, he performed throughout South Korea as part of the inaugural tour of the World Symphony Orchestra. Conor holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota where he studied under the renowned violinist and pedagogue Sally O’Reilly.
David earned a performance Doctorate from Stony Brook University in December 2007, where he was a scholarship student of Katherine Murdock. Previously, he earned a Masters Degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Samuel Rhodes, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with majors in both Music Performance and Molecular Biology. As a soloist, Mr. Auerbach has given numerous recitals throughout New England and the Midwest, and has been a prizewinner in several competitions, including the 2005 Chicago Viola Society Solo Competition. A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Auerbach has participated in the music festivals of Ravinia, Kneisel Hall, and Norfolk, and he has performed with chamber groups several times in Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Recital Halls. Since moving to the Twin Cities in the fall of 2007, Mr. Auerbach has been a regular substitute with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, and is the Principal Violist of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.
A sought-after teacher and performer, Adrianna O’Brien is a versatile and accomplished cellist. During her undergraduate years, Adrianna studied with renowned pedagogue Phyllis Young at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated from U.T. with honors and a Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance in 2002. As a graduate student at the Hartt School in Connecticut, Adrianna was a member of the elite chamber music program 20/20, preparing and performing several ensemble recitals each semester, with coaching from members of the Miami and Emerson String Quartets. Also while at Hartt, Adrianna studied with cellist Terry King and master cello teacher Pamela Devenport to earn a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance with an emphasis in Suzuki Pedagogy. Working with Ms. Devenport and studying Dr. Suzuki’s philosophy ignited a passion for teaching that led her to relocate to Minneapolis in 2004 to become a faculty member at MacPhail Center for Music. Currently, Adrianna maintains a private cello studio through Breck School in Golden Valley and her home in Minneapolis. She performs throughout the Twin Cities as a member of various chamber ensembles and plays regularly with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
In the event that a quartet member is unable to perform with the group, one of our highly experienced guest musicians will appear instead.