Annie Chalex Boyle (violin) and David Palmer (piano)
Internationally recognized violinist Annie Chalex Boyle has had a wide-ranging career as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral player, and teacher. Her playing has been hailed by critics as “brilliant” (Kalamazoo Gazette), “eloquent and poignant” (The San Antonio Express Journal), and “has a commanding musical impersonation…in Ives’ Second String Quartet” (Los Angeles Times). Equally comfortable with classical and contemporary works, Ms. Chalex Boyle has performed numerous new works composed for her as well as commissioned for the Harrington String Quartet. Ms. Chalex Boyle has won prizes at the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Competition and the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. She was also the Grand Prize Winner of the Junior Division of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
As a soloist, Ms. Chalex Boyle has performed recitals and been concerto soloist throughout North and South America. As first violinist of the Harrington String Quartet, the group toured extensively nationally and internationally, including a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and on the roster of Mid-America Arts Alliance. The Quartet performed with guest artists including David Shifrin, Robert Levin, James Dunham, and Pepe Romero. She has been featured in three PBS television documentaries, heard frequently on NPR’s “Performance Today”, and has recorded on the Albany, Hänssler Classics, and Summit labels. Before moving to Lubbock, she taught violin at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, played with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and coached chamber music the Chicago Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Born in Illinois, Ms. Chalex Boyle began violin in the Music for Youth Suzuki Program and continued her work with Almita and Roland Vamos. She also attended the University of Southern California studying with Robert Lipsett and worked with Robert Mann and Felix Galimir at The Juilliard School. She is currently an Associate Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University, and is Concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony and Lubbock Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Chalex Boyle performs on a 1652 Andrea Guarneri.
Pianist David Palmer has performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America since the early 1990’s, both as soloist and chamber musician. Palmer is the Artistic Director and founder of Chamber Music Amarillo, now part of the Amarillo Symphony. David also founded and served as Artistic Director of the Quartz Mountain Music Festival in Oklahoma from 2006-2011. From his work with Chamber Music Amarillo and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival, David has gained an extensive knowledge on managing and performing in the musical arts, working with such artists as the Romero Guitar Quartet; Arianna String Quartets; international opera singer, Mary Jane Johnson; jazz musicians Bevan Manson, Nashville producer Darrell Bledsoe; Kenji Bunch, Mike Garson, and John Harbison; and songwriters Nina Garcia, and JD Souther, among others. David has worked with ATL Symphony Musicians in Atlanta, Georgia, musicians at the Bellingham Festival of Music, Interlochen Summer Camp, Aspen Music Festival, Chamber Music at the Barn and has performed with various orchestras including the Scottsdale Symphony, the Arizona State University Orchestra, the American Sinfonietta, the Amarillo Virtuosi and the Amarillo Symphony. Palmer partnered with Bulgarian violinist Rossitza Goza, performing the complete cycle of Beethoven violin sonatas and he has recorded works of Ravel for violin and piano for the Centaur label with longtime friend and collaborator, violinist Annie Chalex Boyle, following a tour of concerts throughout North America, including Atlanta, St. Louis, and Vancouver, British Columbia. And more recently, Annie Chalex Boyle and David were invited to perform at the prestigious Semanas Musicales, giving multiple performances throughout Chile, South America. Palmer is a member of the Board of Lake City Arts in Colorado and assumed the position of Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Series, a series originally founded by his father nearly 40 years ago. Most recently, David has served as Interim Executive Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival.