Four musicians endlessly
passionate about their art.
A shared dedication to the continued understanding, exploration, and love of music is what inspired the formation of Beo String Quartet (Jason Neukom, Sean Neukom, Sandro Leal-Santiesteban, Ryan Ash). Beo aims to exist as a 21st century music ensemble by performing live, in any venue, the masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire; collaborating with living composers to showcase the music of our time; engaging new listeners through entertainment and thoughtful demonstration; and participating in our modern global culture through a strong social media presence.
The members of Beo String Quartet have individually performed professionally around the world for more than ten years and hold degrees from some of the country’s top conservatories including the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. They have collectively studied chamber music with the Ying Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Cavani Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, and Borodin String Quartets.
Through competitions, educational tours, studio recordings, and festival residencies, Beo's first year as an established quartet saw a wide range of successes. In January of 2016, the group embarked on a two-week tour that consisted of performances and uniquely-crafted educational seminars. Following the tour, Beo was selected as Major Winners for the Pittsburgh Concert Society competition. Throughout the summer of 2016 Beo traveled to various music festivals, the highlight of which was coaching student ensembles and performing alongside the Ying Quartet at Dakota Chamber Music's 20th anniversary. More recently, Beo entered the studio to produce recordings of Beethoven String Quartet No.7 in F Major, Op.59 No.1 and Béla Bartók's String Quartet No.4.
Beo has developed a reputation for their enthusiasm and dedication to new music. With their continued residency with the Charlotte New Music Festival, Beo performs many works by both young and well established composers and is able to work closely with the participants regarding the intricacies of writing for the string quartet. In conjunction with CNMF, they have held two annual Charlotte New Music and Beo String Quartet National Composition Competitions. In the competition's inaugural year, Andrew List's String Quartet No.5, "Time Cycles", was selected from ninety-six entries. The work was recorded in July of 2016 and is now availble on Beo's website. The winner of the second competition is Max Giteck Duykers' "Glass Blue Cleft", selected from 110 entries, and will be recorded later in 2017.
In addition to regular performances, other 2017-2018 projects include multi-tiered residencies at schools such as Virginia Tech and University of North Carolina Greensboro, as well as a two-week long educational tour in North Dakota. Beo is also in the process of creating a triple quartet, multi-media work composed by their very own Sean Neukom. The summer of 2017 will also find Beo teaching and performing at Dakota Chamber Music and Charlotte New Music Festival.
The essence of a professional string quartet in the 21st century can be enigmatic. Beo believes that in addition to stunning performances and education outreach, a modern chamber ensemble needs to take into account how music is consumed today. As such, Beo dedicates a large amount of time to producing recordings and video projects directed toward an online world. Such content includes humorous videos such as Tim Burton's "This is Halloween", multimedia performance projects, performance with live electronics, and more. Additionally, Beo performs both original rock/pop works and covers of favorite songs in band settings under the name Beo Underground.
With several major projects in the works, keep an eye out for more videos, unique performances, recordings, and collaborations. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, where you can find many of our projects. It's also a great way to stay up to date on all things Beo.
"Easy-going, stylish and vehemently precise: how music should always be and how the Beo [String] Quartet plays. I loved working with them."
--Alejandro Rutty, University of North Carolina Greensboro
"You need to have this group work with your students. They connect, engage, and inspire."
--Steve Carriere, Grand Forks Central High School
"The Beo String Quartet is one of the top new ensembles performing today... Their performance was stellar and one of the best I have received of my music. Their virtuosic playing displays a wonderful balance of rhythmic vitality and crystal clear articulation paired with a highly sensitive sense of legato, nuance and phrasing. They approached my work with great integrity and imagination..."
--Andrew List, Berklee College of Music