Rossitza Goza, violin I
Evgeny Zvonnikov, violin II
Vesselin Todorov, viola
Emmanuel Lopez, cello
A gem in the cultural landscape of West Texas, the Harrington String Quartet was established by a generous gift from the late Sybil B. Harrington to benefit the Panhandle community. From its founding in 1981, the quartet has brought “stellar credentials” and “a refined sense of ensemble and musical integrity” to performances across the nation and internationally. During the summer of 2015, the quartet returned to Europe as performing guests at the International Festival of Chamber Music (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Sofia Music Weeks (Sofia, Bulgaria) and Musica in Univerista (Pavia, Italy). Highlights from past seasons include a New York debut in Carnegie's Weill Hall and the PBS documentary A Sound Collaboration – The Harrington String Quartet. The quartet has also enjoyed collaborations with world-renowned artists David Shifrin, Pepe Romero, James Dick, William Preucil, James Dunham, Robert Levin, Alon Goldstein, Guy Yehuda, Arthur Rowe, and members of the Cavani, Miró, and Pro Arte String Quartets.
For over thirty years, the quartet has delighted audiences with their finely blended sound and heart-felt interpretations of a wide spectrum of repertoire, which ranges from Bach and Purcell to Bartok and Crumb. Harrington String Quartet’s collaborative recording with the Phoenix Chorale, Northern Lights, was distinguished as iTunes’s Best Classical Vocal Album of 2012. In 2005, the quartet also released a Grammy nominated album of works by American composer Daniel McCarthy on the Albany Records label.
The Harrington String Quartet is in residence as string faculty at West Texas A&M University. Committed to both performing and teaching, the quartet regularly provides concerts, master classes, lecture-recitals and presentations for audiences of all ages, as well as collaborative projects with artists from various fields.
Violinist Rossitza Jekova-Goza has made numerous appearances as concerto soloist and recitalist in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and her native Bulgaria. She has served as concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, and has been featured as principal second violinist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.
A winner of concerto competitions, she is also a co-winner of the 1999 MTNA national competition in chamber music. Prior to joining the Harrington String Quartet in 2010, she taught at the Universities of Arkansas, Oklahoma and North Texas, and for six years was on the faculty of the prestigious Encore School for Strings.
Her advanced degrees are from Louisiana State University (MM) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (DMA). Currently Dr. Goza is a Harrington Lecturer at West Texas A&M University, first violinist of the Harrington String Quartet and concertmaster of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.
Evgeny Zvonnikov joined West Texas A&M University as a lecturer of the violin and member of Harrington String Quartet in 2017. He received his music degree at Saint Petersburg State Conservatory in Russia.
Mr. Zvonnikov won several international Competitions such as: second prize in the Maria Udina Concerto Competition; Second prize in American Protege Concerto Competition. In 2012 Evgeny won the Ft. Hays University Orchestra Young Artists Competition and performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Ft. Hays University Symphony. As soloist, he performed with Saint-Petersburg State Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra of the Karelian State Philharmonic, National Conservatory of Mexico City Orchestra, Wichita State University Orchestra. From 2010-2014 he was a second violinist of Grammy Nominated Saint Petersburg String Quartet. Mr. Zvonnikov is a founding member of The Orfeo Trio with pianist Julie Bees and cellist Leonid Shukaev. He taught master classes in Dallas, Eureka Springs, San-Francisco Conservatory, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, and at other universities in Southeast Asia. He has collaborated with many famous musicians, including pianists Anton Nel, Misha Dichter, Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish, and Peter Donohoe. From 2011-2017 he worked as Adjunct Faculty at Wichita State University. He serves as Associate Concertmaster in Wichita Symphony orchestra and as a Concertmaster in Wichita Grand Opera.
In a single year, Bulgarian-born violist Vesselin Todorov won top prizes in the three most prestigious Bulgarian national competitions Svetoslav Obretenov, Young Music Talents and Dobring Petkov, both as violinist and violist. In the United States, he has performed at all three concert halls – Weill, Zankel and Isaac Stern – in the Carnegie complex, and has collaborated with artists Peter Frankl, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Eric Halen, Robert Mealy and the Arianna String Quartet. In addition, he has toured Austria, Belgium and France, and has performed at Aspen and Round Top Music Festivals.
Vesselin Todorov served as principal violist of the Baton Rouge and Greater Bridgeport Symphonies and held the Christopher and Evelyn Getman Chair at the New Haven Symphony. Sought after as a violinist, he has been an associate concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony and a violin section member of a number of professional orchestras in the United States. Currently he is a member of the Harrington String Quartet and is on the faculty of West Texas A&M University School of Music.
Mr. Todorov holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. Among his most influential mentors are violinists Kevork Mardirossian, Ifrah Neaman and Syoko Aki, violists Jesse Levine and Ettore Causa, and the members of the Tokyo String Quartet.
Emmanuel Lopez has spent the last twenty-seven years as a member of the highly acclaimed Harrington String Quartet and as the Periman Endowed Distinguished Artist Chair of Violoncello at West Texas A&M University School of Music. He holds degrees from Yale University, University of Connecticut and Juilliard School. He has won numerous cello competitions, including the Janos Starker-Aldo Parisot International Cello Competition, the Debut Competition of Los Angeles, the Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition, the Louis McMahon International String Competition, and others.
As a recording artist, Lopez was nominated for a Grammy Award on Delos’ Bach/Bachianas with soprano Arlene Auger and the Yale Cellos and more recently as a member of the Harrington Quartet for their recording of the string quartets by Daniel McCarthy on Albany Records. For Delos, he recorded Tchaikowsky’s Rococo Variations for cello and orchestra with the Paraiba Symphony under the direction of Eleazar de Carvalho and also received critical acclaim for his recording of Samuel Jones' Cello Sonata with pianist Denise Parr-Scanlin on the Naxos label. He has also been featured on the latest release of the Phoenix Chorale's "Northern Lights" for Chandos, to critical acclaim as well as a recent release on Centaur Records of the viola quintets by Felix Mendelssohn with guest violist James Dunham.