Fremont String Quartet
This exciting new string quartet is comprised of the principals of the Utah Symphony. Their first performance was at a brewery (!) as part of the Utah Symphony's Great American Road Trip in late 2017. The quartet's name is an homage to some early inhabitants of Utah, who, nearly a thousand years ago, carved and painted exquisite images on desert rocks close to where the quartet made its debut.
Scroll down for clips from the Fremont String Quartet's most recent program of Beethoven, Brahms, Stravinsky, and Arvo Pärt at St. Mary's in Park City, UT!
Originally from Paris, France, violinist Claude Halter has been serving as the Utah Symphony's Principal Second Violin since 2012. Offstage, Claude enjoys spending time in the mountain of northern Utah or the beautiful deserts of the south. He may be mountain biking, fly fishing, skiing or simply hiking with his lovely wife Anne Lee, a cellist of the Utah Symphony.
Raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Brant Bayless joined the Utah Symphony in 2001. After completing his studies at the Manhattan School of Music in 1997, Brant spent four years as a member of the Arcata String Quartet. He performs in the summers at Mainly Mozart and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Brant spends as much time as possible hiking, cycling, and seeking out backcountry ski descents.
Rainer joined the Utah Symphony as Principal Cellist in 2014, following studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan. He has also been principal cellist of the Mainly Mozart Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and Central City Opera. When not on stage, Rainer enjoys traveling with his wife, cellist Joyce Yang.