2018 Concerts

New York Debut

Debut concert featured Versoi Ensemble’s core musicians and friends from the 2017 Juilliard x Sibelius Academy orchestra tour.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Kaufman Center Merkin Hall (129 West 67th Street, New York, NY, 10023)

Making its world debut at Merkin Concert Hall, the ensemble, consisting of students and recent alumni of New York’s Juilliard School and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, performed works for strings by Sibelius, Dvořák, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Elgar with vigor, precision and a sure instinct for the give-and-take of chamber music.

Versoi also unveiled, in the printed program and in remarks by its executive director Mosa Tsay, a vision of itself fostering “a cultural exchange as well as joint advocacy of human rights” by playing concerts in support of humanitarian causes, starting with a food-assistance program in Sarasota, Florida.
— New York Classical Review


SIBELIUS Romance in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 42

DVORAK String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97

SALONEN “Homunculus” for String Quartet

ELGAR Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47

Tickets: $30 general admission | $10 senior/student

Limiting himself to a few words of praise from the stage, Salonen looked on from a seat in the house as the group [...] demonstrated near-flawless ensemble playing in Sibelius’s Romance for String Orchestra, Op. 42—‘like fish swimming in perfect formation,’ the conductor said.
— New York Classical Review

Music For Food Concert (Sarasota, FL)

$862 was raised for the local food bank, which translates to 4,471 meals according to All Faiths Food Bank’s projections.

Sunday, November 18, 2018 | 2:00PM 

Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center (709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL, 34236)

Versoi Ensemble toured to Sarasota, FL to launch a new benefit concert series. Under the auspices of Music For Food, 100% of all ticket and donation proceeds from this performance benefitted All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota.


MOZART String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K. 516

SALONEN “Homunculus” for String Quartet

DVORAK String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97

Tickets: Free | Suggested donation $30 per person, or nonperishable food donation

We are grateful for the art contributed by James Griffin for the inaugural Music For Food concert.


“Music” by James Griffin

Acrylic on linen, 60” x 60”

This painting was inspired by the Music For Food program and my friend Max Tan, who is performing in the Versoi [Ensemble]. I wanted to contribute for my love of music and the desire to give back to the community.

Music has long been a source of inspiration in my work, but this piece is the first on the subject of music.

I chose to make it abstract, for that is how I view music. You can see patterns and fields of brushstrokes that carry order and emotion of music, scattered across the canvas. Perhaps you can hear strings vibrating as you look at the picture.

— James Griffin

$8,000. 25% of sale price will benefit Music for Food.

Please contact James Griffin if you are interested in this work.