Apollo Chamber Players connects communities and cultures through globally inspired music.
Houston-based APOLLO CHAMBER PLAYERS “performs with rhythmic flair and virtuosity” (The Strad) and “recasts music for a diverse and multi-ethnic generation” (Strings Magazine) through globally-inspired programming and multicultural new music commissions. Recipient of Chamber Music America’s prestigious Residency Partnership award, the ensemble has performed for sold-out audiences at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, and it is featured frequently on American Public Media’s nationally- syndicated program Performance Today.
Released in 2021 on the Grammy-winning label Azica Records, Apollo’s With Malice Toward None album reached No. 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Release chart, and the ensemble’s catalog of albums has been featured on hundreds of radio and media stations worldwide. A passionate advocate of contemporary music and underrepresented composers, Apollo recently concluded a bold initiative to commission 20 new multicultural works by the end of the last decade. 20x2020 features a diverse roster of the world’s leading composers including Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Pamela Z, Leo Brouwer, Jerod Tate, and Vanessa Vo.
Apollo’s community partners include schools and universities, at-risk youth centers, refugee and veterans service organizations, and public libraries. The ensemble’s vanguard Library Voyage project is the first of its kind in the nation. Apollo was founded in 2008 by violinist and music entrepreneur Matthew J. Detrick.