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Wednesday • October 11, 2017, 7:30 PM
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B Major,
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in F Major, op. 77 no. 2
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, op. 57
Keiko Tokunaga, violin
Nathan Schram, viola
Andrew Yee, cello
Irina Nuzova, piano
“We’re living in a golden age of string quartets...It’s hard to disagree when you hear the vibrant young players in New York’s Attacca Quartet.”
First prize winners in the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, top prize winners and Listeners’ Choice award recipients in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize in the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” they were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014-2015 season they were selected as the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
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Wednesday • November 11, 2017, 7:30 PM
Joseph Haydn: String Qquartet in G Major, op. 33 no. 5
Samuel Barber: Quartet in b-flat Minor, op. 11
Robert Schumann: Quartet in F Major, op. 41 no. 2
Erik Schumann, violin
Ken Schumann, violin
Liisa Randalu, viola
Mark Schumann, cello
...playing "staggeringly well… with sparkling virtuosity and a willingness to astonish." - Süddeutsche Zeitung
The Schumann Quartett has reached a stage where anything is possible, because it has dispensed with certainties. This also has consequences for the listeners, who from concert to concert have to be prepared for all eventualities: “A work really develops only in a live performance,” the quartet says. “That is the 'real thing', because we ourselves never know what will happen. On the stage, all imitation disappears, and you automatically become honest with yourself. Then you can create a bond with the audience – communicate with it in music.”
-Los Angeles Times
Wednesday • March 14, 2018, 7:30 PM
Program to be announced
Saúl Bitrán, violin 1
Arón Bitrán, violin 2
Javier Montiel, viola
Alvaro Bitrán, cello
"Matchless in tonal magnitude, tuneful fluency and conctrated teamwork" - Washington Post
Cuarteto Latinoamericano is a world-renowned, multi-Latin Grammy winning string quartet from Latin America. They have toured extensively in Europe, the Americas, Israel, China, Japan and New Zealand. The recipient of a Mexican Music Critics Association award in 1983 and "most adventurous programming" awards from CMA/ASCAP in 1997, 1999 and 2000, the group has introduced more than a hundred works written for them and has participated in over a hundred world premieres.
Formed in Mexico in 1981, Cuarteto Latinoamericano was, from 1987 until 2008, quartet-in-residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. They have collaborated with many artists including cellists János Starker and Yehuda Hanani, pianists Santiago Rodriguez, Cyprien Katsaris, Itamar Golan and Rudolph Buchbinder, tenor Ramón Vargas, and guitarists Narciso Yepes, Sharon Isbin, David Tanenbaum and Manuel Barrueco. With Barrueco, they have played in some of the most important venues of the USA and Europe, have recorded two cds, and commissioned guitar quintets from American composers Michael Daugherty and Gabriela Lena Frank. The work by Frank, Inca Dances, won a Latin Grammy in 2009 for Best New Latin Composition.
Under the auspices of the Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles of Venezuela, the Cuarteto has created the Latin American Academy for String Quartets, based in Caracas, which serves as a training ground for five select young string quartets from the Sistema. The Cuarteto visits the Academy four times a year. The Cuarteto Latinoamericano is represented by Sue Endrizzi Morris and Don Osborne, at California Artists Management.
Wednesday • April 11, 2018, 7:30 PM
Igor Stravinsky: Concertino
György Ligeti: Quartet No. 1, Métamorphoses nocturnes
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in B-Flat Major, op. 130,
with Grosse Fuge op. 133
Daniel Chong, violin 1
Ying Xue, violin 2
Jessica Bodner, viola
Kee-Hyun Kim, cello
“something extraordinary”- New York Times
“exceptional virtuosity [and] imaginative interpretation” - Washington Post)
Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. In demand worldwide, the Quartet has appeared at the most important venues worldwide since its founding in 2002.
Following a 2016 summer season that had the ensemble crossing North America for appearances at music festivals, including opening the Rockport Chamber Music Festival (MA) with the pianist Menahem Pressler, the Rite of Music Festival on New York’s Governor’s Island, Vermont’s Yellow Barn Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Garth Newell Music Center in Virginia, the Skaneateles Festival in upstate New York, and the San Miguel de Allende International Chamber Music Festival in Mexico, the Parker Quartet’s fall 2016 begins with the release of their own recording for Nimbus Records of Mendelssohn’s Quartets Op. 44, Nos. 1 and 3. Highlights of the 2016-17 season include the ensemble’s ongoing concert series at Harvard as the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence; a January 2017 European tour featuring performances with violist Kim Kashkashian; and two concerts in Washington, DC: at the National Gallery of Art and with jazz pianist Billy Childs at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Other performances also include Annapolis Concerts at St. John’s College, Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series at VCU, concerts at South Carolina University as the School of Music’s Quartet-in-Residence, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.