“A blazing, larger-than-life performance.”—Washington Post
Characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel as teenagers at the Jerusalem Academy Middle School of Music and Dance and celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2020–21, the Quartet was named recipient of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, granted by Chamber Music America in recognition of artistic achievement and career support.
They return to ArtPower for two concerts this season, as they perform the complete Beethoven Cycle, in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday in 2020. This concert marks the third of a five-concert series.
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in A Major, op. 18, no. 5; String Quartet in E minor, op. 59, no. 2; String Quartet in B-flat Major, op 130, no. 2
Distinguished by its virtuosity, probing musical insight, and impassioned, fiery performances, the Ariel Quartet returns to the stage at ArtPower for the fourth installment of a five-concert series performing Beethoven’s complete string cycle. The Quartet will offer a lateral cut of this fascinating composer’s compositional life; and this concert will have a hidden layer to it—engaging the audience in a program of ‘firsts’! The evening program includes the first string quartet Beethoven ever wrote, opus 18, no. 3; as well as opus 131, Beethoven’s personal favorite string quartet.
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in D Major, op.18, no. 3; String Quartet in F Major, op. 59, no. 1; String Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131, no. 14
“…a feisty group, with a real personality and strong interpretative ideas”—Guardian
In the nine years since its formation, the London-based Castalian Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the most dynamic, sophisticated young string quartets performing today. Recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2019 Young Artists Award, the Quartet also received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award and Valentin Erben Prize in 2018, has won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, and is beginning to gain international acclaim as they take their talents abroad.
Recent highlights for the Quartet include concerts at Wigmore Hall, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Neuchatel Chamber Music Festival in Switzerland, Banff International Festival, as well as tours of China and Colombia.
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet no. 6 in F minor, op. 80; Leoš Janáček: String Quartet no. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”; Johannes Brahms: String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, op. 51
Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound, and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the Viano String Quartet are former major prize winners at the Wigmore Hall, Osaka, and Fischoff International String Quartet Competitions. Formed in 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, where they are the school’s inaugural ensemble in residence. Together they have performed with world class musicians such as pianists Emanuel Ax and Elisso Virsaladze, violist Paul Coletti, violinist Martin Beaver, and vocalist Hila Plitmann.
The name “Viano” was created to describe the four individual instruments in a string quartet interacting as one. Each of the four instruments begins with the letter “v” and, like a piano, all of the strings working together as a string quartet, play both harmony and melody, creating a unified instrument, called the “Viano.”
Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, opus 76, no. 1; Jordan Nelson: Join for String Quartet (world premiere); Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet no. 13 in G Major, opus 106
The Penderecki Piano Trio was created by three of the most dedicated and outstanding Polish musicians of our time. The promisingly gifted pianist Konrad Skolarski, the breathtaking virtuoso Jarosław Nadrzycki , and the sensational cellist Karol Marianowski are all acclaimed artists in their country and abroad. They are laureates of many international music competitions, each with a long history of performances all over Europe, North and South America, as well as Asia.
As soloists or as chamber musicians (two of the musicians were recently at the core of the Meccore String Quartet), each member of the trio has performed in distinguished concert halls, such as Wigmore Hall (London), Frick Collection (New York), Pollack Hall (Montreal), as well as with leading orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Simón Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela.
Claude Debussy: Premier trio in G Major; J. Haydn: Piano Trio in G Major Hob. XV/25 “Gypsy”; P. Łukaszewski – Piano trio;
“Sumptuous sweetness and laser-like clarity.”—BBC Music Magazine
Described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest young string quartets,” the Doric String Quartet receives enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Winner of the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, the Quartet performs regularly in leading concert halls throughout Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK, and the USA. Recording exclusively for Chandos Records since 2010, the Doric String Quartet has released widely praised CDs of works by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chausson, Korngold, Janáček, Martinů, and Walton, earning two Gramophone Award nominations.
Franz Josephe Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 33, no. 2 “The Joke”; Jean Sibelius: String Quartet “Voces intimae,” op. 56; Franz Schubert: String Quartet in F Major, D. 887
“A level of individual technical precision and a collective musical purpose that is endlessly compelling. Sheer brilliance.”—The Strad
Acclaimed for their profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty, the Escher String Quartet “hold[s] the listener spellbound from first bar to last” (BBC Music Magazine). A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its hometown of New York City, the ensemble serves as season artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Escher Quartet is joined by Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux. “Among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” (Gramophone), Vieaux is “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR).
Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, op. 77, no. 1; George Enescu: String Quartet no. 2 in G Major; Duke Ellington: In a Sentimental Mood; Fernando Bustamante: Misionera; Francisco Tárrega: Capricho árabe
“A blazing, larger-than-life performance.”—Washington Post
Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly twenty years ago, the Quartet was recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The Ariel serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the rigorous chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts in addition to their busy touring schedule.
In honor of Beethoven’s sestercentennial in 2020, the Ariel Quartet will perform the complete Beethoven Cycle. This concert marks the second of a five-concert series.
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat Major;op. 127; String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 18, no. 6; String Quartet “Rasumovsky,” op. 59, no. 3
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Declared “one of Chicago’s most adventurous chamber ensembles” (Chicago Tribune), the twice-Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. Praised by the New York Times for its “supreme technical command that seems to come easily,” Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women’s constitutional right to vote, the Quartet’s SHE WILL NOT BE SILENT program is a celebration of legendary women composers throughout the course of history who followed their own path. It is dedicated to all women who have fought for their voices to be heard.
Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major; Ruth Crawford Seeger: String Quartet; Eliza Brown: Quartet no. 1; Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Sigurdur Gudjonsson: Enigma
“Style, energy, . . . and a sense of risk. . . . These four young Frenchmen made the music smile.”—Guardian
Currently BBC New Generation Artists, Quatuor Van Kuijk won first prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, as well as the Best Beethoven and Best Haydn prizes. Since their formation in 2012, the quartet has quickly established an international reputation, playing concerts in Europe, Australia, the U.S., and Asia, and receiving accolades at the Trondheim International Chamber Competition and the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy. The quartet is currently in residence at ProQuartet, Paris, where they study with members of renowned ensembles, including the Alban Berg, Artemis, and Hagen quartets.
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F; Franz Schubert: String Quartet no. 10 in E-flat Major; Akira Nishimura: String Quartet no. 2 “Pulses of Light”