Season 58: 2022-2023

Axiom String Quartet

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“…breaking down boundaries and smashing the image that string quartets are boring, stuffy and for stuck up toffs…” — Review Grave Yard

Axiom Quartet
3:00 pm
Sunday, January 22, 2023

$35 Regular | $5 Student
Complimentary Streaming for Ticket Holders

This Sunday matinée features the music of Schubert, Shostakovich, Beethoven and Brahms.

Carson Theater at the Lied Center
th & R Street
Lincoln, NE 68588

Que Place Garage
1111 Q St.
Lincoln, NE 68508

Axiom Quartet


Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano

  • Presto
  • Andante
  • Rondo 

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) (arr. M. Krutik)
Suite in the Old Style

  • Pastorale
  • Ballet
  • Minuet
  • Fugue
  • Pantomine

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) (arr. Anatoly Trofimov)
Romance, op.97a
A Spin Through Moscow


Viet Cuong (b.1990)
Explain Yourself (2019)

Commissioned for the Poulenc Trio by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition

Tom Benjamin (b. 1940)
Three Études After Whitman (2003)

  • Lament
  • Valse Triste/Valse Oubliée
  • Perpetuum Mobile

Written for the Poulenc Trio


Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1878) (arr. Charles Triébert & Eugène Jancourt)
Fantaisie Concertante on themes from Semiramide

The Poulenc Trio appears by arrangement with Lisa Sapinkopf Artists -

Axiom Quartet Members

The Axiom Quartet is a dynamic and passionate string quartet that explores all genres of music with no boundaries or limits. Axiom Quartet has become known around Texas for its inventive programs that mix music from the classical canon with transcriptions, and new compositions along with the inclusion of popular rock, electronic, indie, jazz, and pop genres in a single concert experience. The unifying concept is simply expressivity whereby Axiom Quartet’s concerts turn classical fans towards extraordinary popular music while serving as classical music advocates to those who normally do not attend classical concerts.

​The individual players of Axiom Quartet have decades of combined experience performing internationally as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral performance.  The Axiom Quartet serves as outreach ambassador for Chamber Music Houston, one of Houston’s top chamber music presenters. This collaboration allows the group to perform their innovative programs in communities where access to live music is limited. Axiom Quartet performs with the nationally recognized “Harmony in the Air” program and presents weekly concerts at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.  Axiom Quartet is the first classical string ensemble to ever play at Cave Without a Name in the Texas Hill Country, and for the past four years, have played to overflowing audiences.

Recent major projects include: the release of their first album Axioms – Moments of Truth (which was a commercial success and sold out within 24 hours of being released on Amazon), a tour of 12 concerts in 20 days throughout China in the summer or 2018, and a tour of the Midwest U.S. in the fall of 2019 where the group gave masterclasses and appeared as soloists with university orchestras in the region.

Axiom Quartet - Dominika Dancewicz

Dominika Dancewicz, Violinist
Dominika is originally from Poland. She completed violin performance degrees at the Music Academy in Krakow (Poland), Rice University Shepherd School of Music in Houston, TX, and Denver University Lamont School of Music. With various ensembles, she has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Dominika has performed with groups in Houston and beyond: Sinfonietta Cracovia, Sinfonia Varsovia, New World Symphony, ROCO, Houston Ballet, Foundation for Modern Music, Opera Vista, Aperio Americas, Musiqua, to name just a few. In 2016 she was appointed the Concertmaster of the Opera in the Heights Orchestra in Houston.

She grew up in a household of professional musicians but the violin was ultimately chosen for her. Her entire family concertized and gained notoriety in their native Poland as a Family String Quartet.

When not playing the violin Dominika teaches violin to students of all ages and levels (including adults). She loves visual arts, and she recently started designing her own digital art. She enjoys traveling, as well as spending time in nature. She does her best to cook at home and has been a vegetarian for almost three decades.

Dominika is the founding member of Houston-based acclaimed groups: Axiom Quartet and Duo Dramatique. She has released two full-length albums with her piano partner Donald Doucet. Most recently she released her second violin-piano album “Crossroads” with the Navona label.

Axiom Quartet - Maxine Kuo

Maxine Kuo, Violinist
Maxine is a Texas native and is the newest member of the Axiom Quartet.

Ms. Kuo began her career as lead violinist of the Sybarite5 string quintet in New York before joining the Louisville Orchestra as assistant concertmaster. She then backpacked for two years, eventually landing back in Houston, where she now performs with the Houston Symphony as a contract and substitute violinist. Maxine strongly believes in expanding the classical music audience - she is a founder of the chamber music open-mic night Classical Revolution Houston.

Maxine also reaches new ears crossing over on the electric violin, most recently performing as a guest artist with the EDM groups Odesza and Emancipator. In her free time, Ms. Kuo enjoys the healing arts and currently has a remote hypnosis practice.

Maxine received her Bachelor's and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Naoko Tanaka and Cho-Liang Lin.

Axiom Quartet - Katie Carrington

Katie Carrington, Violist
Katie originally hails from Chicago and made her Carnegie Hall debut performing the Telemann Viola Concerto. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Rice University, where she had the pleasure of working with Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, and James Dunham. Katie previously played in the Louisiana Philharmonic as well as Principal Viola in the Breckenridge Music Festival. She currently serves as Principal Viola in the Mercury Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to her performing career, she enjoys a rewarding teaching career that fulfills her passion for sharing music with children. She previously served as Artistic Director of the Greater New Orleans Suzuki Forum.

She currently is on the Board of the Southeast Texas Suzuki Association as well as working with the Houston Youth Symphony and Mercury Chamber Orchestra’s educational programs. Katie is thrilled to be joining the Axiom Quartet and to be working with such a dynamic organization.

Axiom Quartet - Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore, Cellist
Patrick grew up in Midland, TX, and is a proud product of the Texas Music Educators Association. He had incredible orchestra directors growing up named Shari Allison and Karen McAfee.Several of his other spectacular cello teachers include Jeffrey LaStrapes, Alex Ezerman, Barbara Haffner, Chris French, and Lynn Harrell.  Recently he has started Suzuki training under the inspiring Alice Ann O’Neil. The majority of my music career has been in Houston as it is one of the best classical music centers in the world.  He attended Texas Tech University and studied music at Roosevelt University, and Rice University.

Several notable pieces that Patrick has played over the years include Bach Chaconne in Japan with Creative Minds Collaborative’s production of “Tsuru”. Elgar and Honegger Cello Concertos with local orchestras.  As well as a very difficult solo cello version of Handel-Halvorsen's “Passacaglia”.

Patrick played the cello. “I wanted to play the violin but my elementary school teacher encouraged me to play cello as the violin ‘was screechy and thin sounding compared to the beautiful rich cello.’”

In his free time, he is an avid game player and owns a massive Lego collection.

Patrick Moore is a founding member of the Axiom Quartet and a musician of diverse interests who has performed as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral musician, and improviser throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.

He is a dedicated cello teacher and is on the faculty at the University of St.Thomas and at Houston’s AFA. As a chamber musician, he plays with Aperio New Music Ensemble, Musiqa New Music Ensemble, and Foundation for Modern Music. As a soloist, he has performed with several organizations including Symphony of the North Houston, Frame Dance Company, Uptown Dance company, and the Creative Minds Collaborative. As an orchestral musician, he collaborates with Opera in the Heights and Houston’s Latin Philharmonic