Pyxis Piano Quartet

Luigi Mazzocchi (violin), Amy Leonard (viola), Jennifer Jie Jin (cello), Hiroko Yamazaki, piano

2018-19 Concerts: 10 Years!

The highly praised Pyxis Piano Quartet presents a 10th anniversary season filled with great music and some surprises, including a commissioned premiere. In their three exhilarating Thursday evening concerts, the ensemble will continue to explore the relationship between the chamber music repertoire and the Museum’s rich visual holdings. Prior to each concert, a Museum curator presents a brief personal insight

About the Concerts

  • Before each concert, the Thronson Café will feature beer, wine and light fare for purchase.
  • Curator talks begin at 7:30 p.m. and performances begin at 8:00 p.m.
  • Complimentary desserts and coffee will be served during intermission.


  • $30 Museum Members, $35 Non-Members, $25 Students (with ID)
  • Seating is limited; advance sales encouraged.
  • All tickets are non-refundable and will be held at the door.
  • Checks should be made payable to Delaware Arts Museum and mailed to:
    Delaware Art Museum
    2301 Kentmere Parkway
    Wilmington DE 19806

For more information, contact Jonathan Whitney at or 302.351.8509.

Pyxis Piano Quartet

Pyxis Piano Quartet was founded in 2009 to perform chamber music works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary masterpieces for piano quartet.  Compelling, engaging and informative, their performances have become increasingly sought after in the mid-Atlantic region. Learn more.

About the Artists

Luigi Mazzocchi, violin
Luigi Mazzocchi studied in the renowned Venezuelan musical training program “El Sistema,” as well as at the Latin American Violin Academy with José F. del Castillo. He was first violinist of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, with which he toured Europe and Latin America and made recordings on the Dorian label. Learn more.

Amy Leonard, viola
An exceptionally versatile musician, Philadelphia native Amy Leonard has held positions with the Louisiana Philharmonic, New World Symphony (Miami) and as assistant principal violist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, where she performed with the internationally recognized contemporary ensemble Nua Nos, or “New Noise.” Learn more.

Jennifer Jie Jin, cello
Widely recognized for her cello performances in music capitals in North America, Europe and Asia, Ms. Jin has appeared as a soloist with the Bay Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, National Repertoire Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.  Learn more.

Hiroko Yamazaki (piano)
Hiroko Yamazaki has performed in the United States and abroad in Rome (Italy), Helsinki and Imatra (Finland) and Lausanne (Switzerland). She has collaborated with instrumentalists and vocalists that include members of Tonhalle Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony in performances at venues including the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center, Swarthmore College, Aspen Music Festival, Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum (Bolton Landing, New York) and venues in New York City and Puerto Rico.  Learn more.

Gail Obenreder O’Donnell, series producer
In 2008, Wilmington resident Gail O’Donnell originated Concerts on Kentmere with violinist Meredith Amado to present the inaugural performances of the Pyxis Piano Quartet, now celebrating its 10th season. In a wide-ranging career, she has been an arts administrator in a variety of disciplines and has produced events, concerts, programs, television and theatre independently and for organizations in Washington DC, New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, southeastern Pennsylvania and Wilmington. In Delaware, she worked for several prominent arts institutions and was a founding member of both Market Street Music and the Delaware Arts Alliance.  A consultant and choral musician, Ms. O’Donnell also writes on theatre, music and visual art for Broad Street Review and has a monthly arts column in The News Journal. She is a 2016 Fellow of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Critics Institute.

Dara Burkholder Morales, violin (Guest Artist)
Guest Artist Dara Burkholder Morales joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007 as assistant principal second violin after holding positions at the Utah Symphony and Opera, where she served as principal second violin. She also has held the positions of principal second and interim Associate Concertmaster of the Puerto Rico Symphony and Concertmaster of the Northern Kentucky Symphony. As a soloist Ms. Morales has performed with the Utah, Cincinnati, Puerto Rico, Bangor, and Lancaster Symphonies as well as the Allegro Chamber Orchestra (Lancaster, PA), among others. A native of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, Ms. Morales earned both her bachelor and master’s degrees in music from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where she was a graduate teaching assistant and taught in the Starling Preparatory Program. Principal teachers include Kurt Sassmannshaus, Helen Kwalwasser and Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Morales also studied chamber music with Peter Oundjian, Henry Meyer, and members of the Tokyo Quartet. Ms. Morales maintains an active private teaching studio and lives with her husband Jesús Morales, a cellist, and two daughters in Center City Philadelphia.