The classical duo ArMusica was started in 2012 with violinist Andrew Irvin and pianist Julie Cheek. Even though the performers are established soloists in their own right, they decided to form a chamber ensemble for two or more players to showcase concert repertoire that is less well known. Programs can include duos that feature either violin or piano with other instruments, as well as piano trios, quartets, or larger ensembles performing such music as Schubert’s Trout Quintet.

Violinist Andrew Irvin has a broad range of concert experience throughout North America and Europe. Solo appearances include performances of works by Tchaikovsky, Paganini, Bruch, Vivaldi, Korngold, Bach, Mozart, Sarasate, Ravel and Dvorak. Highlights of his chamber music career include performances with the Ying Quartet, the Audubon Quartet, and New York City premiere of composer Steve Mackey's Troubadour Songs. Mr. Irvin made his European debut at the Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele, where he was principal violin in the festival orchestra and was featured on the chamber concert series. Before moving to Arkansas, he was principal violin in the Arizona Opera Orchestra. Currently Mr. Irvin lives in Little Rock, where he has the Dora Paley Ronnel Concertmaster Chair of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He plays a 1765 Gagliano violin.

Pianist Julie Cheek, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, made her professional debut at the age of 14 as soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Chamber Orchestra. She has been a featured artist many times since then, not only with the Arkansas Symphony, but with renowned symphony orchestras throughout the United States. Her appeal as a solo classical recitalist, often coupled with master classes, is widespread across America and Europe. Dr. Cheek is noted for her lyrical expressiveness as well as precision at the piano. She is equally articulate with audiences in explaining music in a relaxed, yet informative manner. For fourteen years, she has been a favorite entertainer on Silversea, Crystal and Radisson Cruise lines. Her travels have taken her all over the world.

Andrew Irvin photo © Julie Cheek photo Katie Opris Photography.

Region: Central
Discipline: Music: Classical Duos
Fees: $600-$1,000 per performer; separate lodging if overnight stay required; $200 if supply sound

Availability: Year-round
Requirements: Piano; must be tuned on day of, or day before program


Andrew Irvin
Little Rock, AR 72212
(501) 960-0396
[email protected]