Cancelled: An Evening with J.S. Bach
Takae Ohnishi and Friends

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UC San Diego lecturer Takae Ohnishi teams up with friends from the San Diego Symphony—principal flautist Rose Lombardo and associate principal cellist Chia-Ling Chien—in an evening of some of Bach’s most beloved pieces. It will include Sonatas for the Viola Da Gamba, Flute and Basso Continuo, as well as selections from Bach’s solo cello suite and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue for Harpsichord.

Penderecki Piano Trio

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;

Escher Quartet with Jason Vieaux

“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

Ariel Quartet
Beethoven Cycle, Part 2

“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

Cancelled: Spektral Quartet

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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

Quatuor Van Kuijk

“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”

Quatuor Modigliani

“A gripping and persuasive performance, played with awesome individual and communal brilliance.” —The Strad

The Paris-based Modigliani Quartet, formed by four close friends in 2003, is one of the most sought-after string quartets and a regular guest at the world’s top venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, and Tokyo’s Oji Hall, among others. Praised for their “elegance and shaded refinement [that brings] a distinctive style to the tapering of phrase, balance, and quality of sound” (Sydney Morning Herald), the quartet brings their distinctively French style and astonishing technical finesse back to ArtPower for an evening of string quartet masterpieces.


W.A. Mozart: Quartet in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance”; Igor Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet;  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: String Quartet no. 3 in E-flat Minor, op. 30

Ariel Quartet | Beethoven Cycle, Part 1

“ . . . a blazing, larger-than-life performance . . .”—The Washington Post
“wonderfully captured Beethoven’s emotional grit and fire”—Cincinnati Plain Dealer

Distinguished by its virtuosic playing and impassioned interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has earned its glowing international reputation. Formed in Israel nearly 20 years ago, when its members were middle-school students, the quartet now serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

Widely considered to include some of Beethoven’s greatest compositions, this cycle consists of 16 quartets divided into three periods: early, when the composer was strongly influenced by Haydn and Mozart; middle, including three quartets that honored Russian Count Razumovsky; and late, a reflection of the final years of his life. This is the beginning of a four-year endeavor, with Ariel Quartet performing the complete Beethoven cycle, in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday in 2020.


Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, op.18, no. 1; Quartet in G Major, op. 18, no. 2; Quartet in F Minor, op. 95; Quartet in F Major, op. 135

Hermitage Piano Trio

“Three of Russia’s most spectacular young soloists …turned in a performance of such power and sweeping passion that it left you nearly out of breath.”—Washington Post

Descending from the great Russian musical tradition, the Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound. In the same way that St. Petersburg’s venerable Hermitage State Museum represents the very essence and history of Russia while also using its collection to embrace and promote cultures from around the world, the trio embodies the majesty of their Russian lineage.

A rarity in the chamber music world, this elite trio comprises three musicians who are noted soloists in their own right. Together they have performed to tremendous acclaim for audiences on major chamber music series in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Tucson, Portland (OR), San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), and New Orleans. They make their San Diego debut at ArtPower, presenting a program of Russian masterpieces.


Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, op. 50; Sergey Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque in D Minor, op. 9

Vijay Iyer & Matt Haimovitz

Cellist Matt Haimovitz—an artist whose barrier-breaking performances have taken him around the world—joins forces with genius jazz composer-performer pianist Vijay Iyer in a program that truly defies definition. This special event showcases Iyer’s own composition alongside the music of Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, J. S. Bach, Ravi Shankar, Billy Strayhorn, and others to create a program of unprecedented virtuosity and depth. Duets are the centerpiece, but also expect solo performances by each of these mesmerizing players.

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