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Wednesday October 15, 2014, 7:30 PM

Dover Quartet

Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1

Viktor Ullmann: Quartet No. 3

Kaija Saariaho: Terra Memoria

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The Grand Prize-winner of the 2010 Fischoff Competition, the Dover formed at Curtis in 2008, when its members were just 19 years old. The Quartet draws from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri Quartets, but brings a youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to the repertoire that is truly its own. The Strad recently raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.”

The Dover Quartet won prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and has taken part in festivals such as Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Recent performances include those for such influential series as the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Peoples’ Symphony, Schneider Concerts, Kneisel Hall, and the Houston Friends of Chamber Music. The Quartet continued their close collaboration with violist Roberto Díaz on an extensive European tour in spring 2013, which included performances throughout Germany, Austria, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The summer of 2013 featured performances at the Bard Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Highlights of the 2013-14 season include a number of performances at the Curtis Institute of Music and Caramoor Festival, as well as a debut at the Heidelberg Festival in Germany.

Members of the Quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic.

"The Dover Quartet (USA) has won the 11th Banff International String Quartet Competition, sweeping nearly all the prizes in its path to victory. And why not? [more...]

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Wednesday November 12, 2014, 7:30 PM

Ariel Quartet

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428

Belá Bartók: Quartet No. 5

Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
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Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. In January 2012 the Quartet was named quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, a remarkable accomplishment for such a young ensemble and a testament to the Ariel’s skill and dedication to their craft.

Formed in Israel, the Quartet moved to the United States in 2004 to continue its professional studies. The resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program through their graduation in 2010, the Ariel has won a number of international prizes, including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. After they won the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók, as well as the overall Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2007, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power” and called their performance of Beethoven’s Op. 132 “the pinnacle of the competition.”

Highlights of the 2013-14 season include two record-setting performances of the complete Beethoven cycle, performed – for the first time ever – before all the members of a quartet turn thirty; a series of performances with the superstar cellist Alisa Weilerstein; a performance at New York’s 92nd Street Y; a collaborative concert with the brilliant pianist Orion Weiss; and three residencies for the Perlman Music Program. The Ariel continues to astonish with its performances of complete works by memory and has remained committed to performing extensively in Israel.


"From the first notes, it was thrilling to witness their effortless communication, whether in formidable technical passages or in some of the most sublime music that Beethoven ever wrote. It was all played with a blend of youthful passion and absolute integrity for the music." [more...]
— Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer

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Wednesday March 18, 2015, 7:30 PM

Enso Quartet

Photo credit: Jurgen Frank

Joaquin Turina: Serenata

Dmitri Shostakovich: Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68

Gillian Whitehead: No stars, not even clouds

Jan Sibelius: Intimate Voices

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Founded at Yale University in 1999, the Enso String Quartet has, in a decade and a half, risen to the front rank of string ensembles. Described by Strad magazine as “thrilling,” and praised by the Washington Post for its “glorious sonorities,” the Enso has won numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In the words of Classical Voice, it is “one of the eminent string quartets of our era.” Apart from a busy touring and teaching schedule, the New York-based quartet has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings for the Naxos label. In appraising the Enso’s Grammy-nominated album of works by Alberto Ginastera, the reviewer for MusicWeb International declared, “The performances here by the Enso Quartet from America are quite staggeringly brilliant. I don’t think I have been so thrilled by the sound of a string quartet in a long time.... If I could give this disc a standing ovation of one...I would!”

The Enso’s members all were drawn to the string quartet repertoire because of its richness and diversity, and the ensemble is committed to exploring the four corners of that repertoire. The Enso regularly performs the classics of the string quartet literature, but also champions lesser-known works that deserve to be heard, along with much contemporary music, including works the Enso has commissioned. The ensemble also performs many of its own transcriptions, including arrangements of 16th Century Renaissance music. “The quartet’s ability to present music of three completely different idioms so persuasively puts it in the running for the mantle of Quartet of the Future”(Palm Beach ArtsPaper). World premieres include commissioned works by the esteemed New Zealand composer Dame Gillian Whitehead, and by the American composer Kurt Stallmann. The Enso also gave the world premiere of Joan Tower’s Piano Quintet, with the composer at the keyboard.

"the quartet brought it off with smoldering power — half honey, half molten lava — and beautifully integrated playing...This fine, imaginative ensemble is well worth keeping an eye on." [More...]
— Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post

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Wednesday April 15, 2015, 7:30 PM

Trio Solisti

Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Joaquin Turina: Piano Trio No. 2 in B minor

Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Trio #2 in D minor, Op. 9

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50

Trio Solisti, a “trio of soloists,” has forged its reputation as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker) with a performance style that combines exceptional virtuosity and penetrating musical insight, the result of which yields cohesive and powerful musical narratives. Possessing a repertoire that encompasses most of the standard trio repertoire as well as many new works by contemporary composers, rave reviews follow the ensemble throughout its concert tours.

Strad Magazine wrote of the trio's interpretation of Brahms Trios, “Trio Solisti plays this glorious music with rare commitment and insight - the free-flowing adrenaline has one on the edge of one’s seat,” and Fanfare Magazine acclaimed its recording of music by Paul Moravec, saying, “These performances are really almost beyond belief.” Noted Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout proclaimed, “To my mind, Trio Solisti has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind.”

Founded in 2001, Trio Solisti (made up of violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Adam Neiman) has performed at many of America’s important concert venues and cultural institutions: Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Washington Performing Arts Society at Kennedy Center, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, People’s Symphony Concerts at Town Hall, Seattle’s Meany Hall and La Jolla’s Revelle Series, to name a few. The ensemble has been described by The New York Times as “consistently brilliant” and praised by The Washington Post for its “unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.”

"The group that to my mind has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind"
- The Wall Street Journal

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