Eykamp String Quartet

Members of the Eykamp String Quartet serve as principal string players of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and as Artists in Residence at the University of Evansville. The Eykamp Family established the quartet and vision in 2002. This dynamic quartet provides classical music performances of artistic excellence and passion and is committed to ensuring that both chamber and orchestral music are a vital part of our community and beyond. The Eykamp String Quartet is made possible by the special underwriting of Rita, Richard and Dorothy Eykamp, friends of the University of Evansville and the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.

Meet the Members of the Eykamp String Quartet

Alan Snow, Concertmaster

Alan Snow was appointed Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and first violin of the Eykamp String Quartet at University of Evansville in June of 2018. Since his performance with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra at age 13, Alan has performed solo and chamber works internationally, including appearances at Chicago’s Symphony Center, London Symphony Orchestra St. Luke’s, la Sala Manuel M. Ponce in Mexico City, and others. Previous concertmaster appointments include Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Festival Napa Valley Music Academy, Britten-Pears Young Artists Program, Indiana University’s top orchestras, and Music Academy of the West. Alan has performed under the baton of esteemed conductors such as John Williams, James Gaffigan, Stéphane Denève, Sir Simon Rattle, and Gustavo Dudamel.

As a member of the Chicago Panamerican Ensemble, Alan recorded an album titled, “Voices of Mexico Past and Present,” and subsequently toured the US and Mexico with the program. In addition, Alan and pianist, Joanne Chang won the 2016 Latin American Music Center Recording Competition through Indiana University and released another album of Mexican music titled, “Dialogos.”

Alan has won several competitions as soloist and chamber musician, including being a semifinalist at Windsor Festival International Strings Competition, grand prizes at the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, the Discover Chamber Music Competition, second prize at the Rembrandt Chamber Players and honorable mention at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. As a winner of the Keston MAX Fellowship, Alan played under Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra this past January. Previous chamber collaborations include performances with James Buswell, Martin Chalifour, Desmond Hoebig, Jorja Fleezanis, Robert Vernon, Steve Wyrczynski, and Eric Kim. Alan has also served on faculty at the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, an intensive chamber music festival in Alaska.

Recent performances include a radio broadcast on Chicago WFMT Radio to promote “Dialogos,” solo and chamber recitals at the University of Evansville, and guest appearing at the Chicago Latin Music Festival.

A Chicago native, Alan participated at Midwest Young Artists for nine years, where he received intensive orchestral and chamber training. He studied with Gerardo Ribeiro at Northwestern University before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University under Sibbi Bernhardsson of the Pacifica Quartet and Alexander Kerr, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Jia-Rong Gan, Principal Second Violin

Though described as “a small young woman”, violinist Dr. Jia-Rong Gan was praised for having a “sound and command of her instrument that belied her physical stature” (Classical Voice of North Carolina). A native of Malaysia, Dr. Gan began her violin studies at the age of five and has since captivated audiences across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Gan currently serves as the Principal Second Violin of Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and performs regularly with Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously, she has been a member of Mobile Symphony Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra; and has served as concertmaster for Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Music Festival Sinfonia, and Western Illinois University Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.

Using chamber music as a platform for cultural diversity, Dr. Gan founded Stephenson|Gan - a violin and piano duo that seeks to promote diversity and equality on the concert stage. The duo was awarded First Prize in the Great Composers - Art of Chamber Music Competition and in 2017, made their Carnegie Weill Recital Hall recital debut. Apart from her duo, Dr. Gan has held resident string quartet positions at various university. Currently at University of Evansville - Eykamp String Quartet, and previously at Florida State University as well as Western Illinois University. Her passion for chamber music has led her to various international chamber music festival such as Moritzburg Music Festival Academy, Zodiac Trio Festival, and Vermont Music Festival.

Dr. Gan has won numerous competitions, including concerto competition at Brevard Music Festival and Western Illinois University; First Prize winner of the Young Musical Talent of Malaysia Competition, Music Teachers National Association Senior String Category at the State Level, and the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition; and has performed as a soloist with Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and WIU Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Gan earned a Doctor of Music at Florida State University, where she served as Corinne Stillwell’s teaching assistant. She received a Master of Music at Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music from Western Illinois University in which she graduated summa cum laude. Her principal teachers have included Corinne Stillwell, Dr. Julieta Mihai, and Malgorzata Potocka.

Mark Hatlestad

Mark Hatlestad, Principal Viola

Mark Hatlestad is a violist and Minnesota native. Mark is an avid performer, music educator, and advocate for contemporary music. He has appeared in festivals across the globe, including the Sommerakadamie Leutkirch in Germany, the Keshet Eilon Summer Master Course in Israel, as well as the Chautaqua Summer Music Festival in New York. Mark completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, where he studied viola performance with Atar Arad and Edward Gazouleas. During his time in Bloomington, Mark worked closely with Steve Wyrczynski, Peter Stumpf, Kevork Mardirossian, Mark Kaplan, Stanley Ritchie and members of the Pacifica Quartet. Believing in the importance of contemporary music, Mark collaborated with several student composers at IU, and served as principal viola for the IU New Music Ensemble under Dr. David Dzubay. In addition to performing, Mark studied string pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner, and worked as an assistant teacher for the IU Summer String Academy and the Fairview Violin Project, a program that gives free violin lessons to underprivileged elementary-school students. Other important teachers and mentors include Roland Glassl, Aaron Janse, and the Artaria String Quartet.

Mark has been a member of the Evansville Philharmonic since 2014, and is excited to have the opportunity to greater serve the Tri-State Area.

Graham Cullen, Principal Cello

Graham Cullen is currently the cellist of the Eykamp String Quartet as well as the Principal cellist of both Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras. Graham holds a BM and an MM from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. During his time at the Jacobs School, Graham was a member of the student quartet in residence, allowing him to work closely and collaborate with the Pacifica Quartet and other faculty members.

Before coming to Evansville, Graham held the Assistant Principal chair with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. He was also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Graham was invited numerous summers to be a fellow at both Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center where he performed alongside cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Alisa Weilerstein. Graham was a grand prizewinner of the Alice Coleman Chamber Competition and has had the opportunity to perform all over the US and Europe with his quartet.