Created in 2014 by cellist Jake Saunders and composer David Biedenbender, 208 ensemble brings progressive chamber music by some of the most innovative composers writing today to Boise, Idaho. Its members are dedicated to cultivating enthusiasm in Boise for a brand of music that exists where the refinement of classical performance meets the visceral energy of a rock concert.
208 ensemble is a dynamic, multi-instrumental contemporary music ensemble. Cellist Jake Saunders, violinists Geoffrey Hill and Kate Jarvis, violist Emily Jones, and pianist Betsi Hodges represent some of the highest caliber classical musicians in Idaho. These core members have received training from top institutions throughout the country, and currently serve principal positions in the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, the Opera Idaho orchestra, and contribute regularly to the Boise Baroque Orchestra, LED, Classical Revolution: Boise, and the Boise Philharmonic String Quartet. Since its debut in November 2014, 208 ensemble has been a featured artist at Treefort Music Fest 2015 and 2016, and has presented featured programs at the Sapphire Room, MING Studios, RadioBoise, Cinder Wines, and the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts. 208 ensemble frequently collaborates with local artists, including Dr. Linda Kline Lamar, Jeffrey Barker, Thomas Paul, Brian Vance, Lindsay Edwards, Matthew Tutsky, and Bill Kloppenburg. In February 2015, the ensemble shared the stage with international touring artist Emily Wells.