A guest recital by the Ariel Quartet. The quartet has been characterized by its youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, and has quickly earned a glowing international reputation.
String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 Ludwig van Beethoven
Andante con moto
String Quartet No. 3 “Hunting” Jörg Widmann
- Intermission -
Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51 Johannes Brahms
Allegro non troppo
Quasi Minuetto, moderato
Finale. Allegro non assai
About Ariel Quartet
The quartet was formed in Israel 16 years ago when its members were young students and have been playing together ever since. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the quartet serves as the faculty quartet in residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts, a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young.
The Ariel Quartet’s 2015-16 season features their debut at Carnegie Hall, as well as a major collaborative project with the clarinetist David Krakauer. Highlights of the Quartet’s 2014-15 season included a groundbreaking Beethoven cycle performed at New York’s SubCulture that featured a midnight performance of the Grosse Fuge; a performance featuring music by three generations of Israeli composers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; performances resulting from the Cleveland Quartet Award in Kansas City, Austin, and Buffalo; and a tour of South America. The Ariel Quartet also collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss in a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I.
The Ariel Quartet performs widely in Israel, Europe, and North America, including two record-setting Beethoven cycles last season, performed before all the members of the quartet turned thirty. The Ariel Quartet continues to astonish with its performances of complete works by memory and has remained committed to performing extensively in Israel. In addition, the Ariel Quartet has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss, violist Roger Tapping, cellist Paul Katz, and the American and Jerusalem string quartets.
The Ariel Quartet toured with the cellist Alisa Weilerstein during the 2013-14 season, and performs regularly with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. Additionally, the group was quartet in residence for the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and for the Perlman Music Program, and was the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Festival.
Formerly the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Training Program, the group has won a number of international prizes, including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and First Prize at the international competition, Franz Schubert and the Music of Modernity, in Graz, Austria, in 2003, when the members were remarkably young. 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.”
The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others. They spent a formative year in Basel, Switzerland, studying with Walter Levin.
Ariel Quartet has received substantial scholarship support for the members’ studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grant from the A. N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.
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