A conservatory guest recital performed by the Arianna String Quartet.
John McGrosso, violin; Julia Sakharova ’04, violin; Joanna Mendoza, viola; and Kurt Baldwin, cello
Arnold van Wyk: Five Elegies
Henri Dutilleux: Ainsi la Nuit
Felix Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80
Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America's finest chamber ensembles. Their performances have been praised for "tonal warmth, fastidious balance...expressive vitality" (Chicago Tribune) and "emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity," (Pretoria News, South Africa). Formed in 1992, the ASQ garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and were Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. They have collaborated with many of the world's finest musicians, including members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets, and their live performances have been heard on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," and "Live from Music Mountain", which broadcasts to 125 stations in the U.S. and to 35 countries. The ASQ has recorded for Albany Records and Urtext Digital Classics, and has a long-term contract with Centaur Records. Their most recent release of the two string quartets of Janacek is now available, with the their release of the six Op. 18 quartets of Beethoven soon to follow.
Highlights for 2013 include returns to Brazil and South Africa, residencies at the Peabody Institute of Music and the Madeline Island Music Camp, and the continuation of the Arianna Chamber Music Festival, held on the campus of the University of Missouri - St. Louis, where they have been full-time faculty since 2000. The Arianna Quartet is also Ensemble-in-Residence at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, where they present their own series of concerts.
Sought after for their highly effective approach to coaching and teaching as a quartet, the Arianna String Quartet has led the design and implementation of numerous chamber music programs including the Britt Quartet Academy, FEMUSC Intensive Chamber Music Program in Brazil and most recently, the University of Western Cape Chamber Music Institute, South Africa. In addition to intensive musical training for string quartets, this institute focuses on ideas of community, outreach and entrepreneurship, and helping students develop skills for a self-sustaining business that gives back to their communities through teaching and performances.
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