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Brentano String Quartet presents music by Dvorák, Haydn, and Shostakovich Jan. 26

brentano-homeThe Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the acclaimed Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30 pm. The quartet, which joined the Yale faculty in 2014, will perform music by Joseph Haydn, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Antonin Dvorák.

The concert will begin with Haydn‘s Quartet in F-sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 4, Hob. III:47. The work is part of a set of six quartets that Haydn dedicated to King Frederick William II of Prussia, himself an amateur cellist, and the piece contains some notable passages for the cello.

Next on the program is Shostakovich‘s String Quartet No. 14 in F-sharp major, Op. 142. Like the preceding work, this quartet was dedicated to a cellist, Sergei Shirinsky (who premiered several of Shostakovich’s string quartets), and features the instrument throughout the piece. MORE

Published December 21, 2015
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Career Strategies presents a conversation with the Brentano Quartet Sep. 30

brentano_vOn Wednesday, September 30, Astrid Baumgardner will interview the members of the Brentano Quartet on the topic of artistic careers and collaboration in the 21st century. The interview takes place at 4:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

The Brentano String Quartet is ensemble-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, where they perform in concert each semester and work closely with students in chamber music contexts. The members of the quartet are Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; and Nina Lee, cello. Read more about the quartet here.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions. The event will be streamed live on the School of Music’s website.

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Published September 22, 2015
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Brentano Quartet plays music of youth and of old age Sep. 29

brentano_vThe Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the acclaimed Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 pm. The Brentano Quartet, which joined the Yale faculty in 2014, will play music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Britten, and Felix Mendelssohn.

Selections from Bach‘s masterful Art of the Fugue will open each half of the concert. The first half features Britten‘s String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94, written late in the composer’s life. Britten wrote the quartet on his last visit to Italy and incorporated quotations from his opera Death in Venice.

The concert will conclude with Mendelssohn‘s youthful, lyrical String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 12, written when the composer was only 20 years old. MORE

Published September 18, 2015
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Brentano String Quartet performs season-closing concert May 13

brentano_vThe Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will play music by Haydn, Brahms, and James MacMillan.

This concert, which was rescheduled from January because of snow, is the last event in the 2014–2015 season of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, which is under the artistic direction of David Shifrin. The concert will also stream live on the School of Music’s website.
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The concert will begin with the first in Haydn‘s set of “Prussian” quartets, his Quartet No. 36 in B-flat major, Op. 50, No.1. Haydn’s six quartets comprising Op. 50 were a response to a gift of a golden ring to Haydn by King Frederick William II of Prussia. The B-flat major quartet features the cello in an interesting solo role, playing lone B-flats at significant moments throughout the piece. It is no coincidence that the King of Prussia happened to be an avid cellist. MORE

Published May 8, 2015
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New Music New Haven features composer-pianist Vijay Iyer April 2

iyer-nmnhThe Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring composer/pianist Vijay Iyer  on Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm. The concert features Iyer performing with the Brentano String Quartet, as well as new pieces by YSM student composers.

Iyer’s Time, Place, Action, a 25-minute quintet for piano and strings, was written for the Brentano Quartet’s “Fragments” project. In Iyer’s words, the ensemble asked composers “to start with a fragment by an Old Master, and create something out of it. I used a short fragment by Mozart and built something.” MORE

Published March 18, 2015
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POSTPONED: Brentano String Quartet plays music from Haydn to MacMillan Jan. 27

brentano_vThis concert is being postponed because of the heavy snowfall expected for the region. We will announce the rescheduled date as soon as possible.

The Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, January 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will play music by Haydn, Brahms, and James MacMillan.

The concert will begin with the first in Haydn‘s set of “Prussian” quartets, his Quartet No. 36 in B-flat major, Op. 50, No.1. Haydn’s six quartets comprising Op. 50 were a response to a gift of a golden ring to Haydn by King Frederick William II of Prussia. The B-flat major quartet features the cello in an interesting solo role, playing lone B-flats at significant moments throughout the piece. It is no coincidence that the King of Prussia happened to be an avid cellist.

Next on the program is the String Quartet No. 3 by by the Scottish composer James MacMillan. Though perhaps best known for this choral works, MacMillan has also written a significant body of instrumental music, including a widely-performed percussion concerto. Of the piece on Tuesday’s program, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “MacMillan’s String Quartet No. 3 operates at the boundary between the physical and the ethereal, between sounds and silence.”

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Published January 23, 2015
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Apply for the 2015 String Quartet Fellowship program

brentano-homeThe String Quartet Fellowship offers an exceptional young quartet the opportunity to work closely with the Brentano String Quartet in an exciting new residency program at YSM. We are accepting applications for fall 2015.

Alumni of the quartet fellowship program include the Jasper String Quartet, the winners of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award. MORE

Published November 13, 2014
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Concert Review: John Adams with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and the Brentano String Quartet

BlogCritics | By Jon Sobel

Composer John Adams‘s “Absolute Jest” riffs on Beethoven, particularly the scherzos of his glorious late quartets. In last night’s “Yale in New York” performance at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall by the Yale Philharmonia and the Brentano String Quartet conducted by Adams, Beethoven spoke through Adams’s fitful, inventive piece sometimes with a wink, sometimes with a good-natured shove. The orchestra and chamber ensemble flowed remarkably smoothly together. With Stravinsky also on the program as well as Beethoven himself, this top-rank student orchestra did all three composers proud.

After a helpful introduction in which the quartet played some of the Beethoven strains Adams uses in his piece, which premiered back in 2012, “Absolute Jest” began with ghostly calls from harp and bells, before building into a rhythmic fiesta. The most straightforward Beethoven quote came towards the end of the 23-minute work and derived from Beethoven’s final string quartet, the F Major Opus 145. My sense, though, is that one would need only a glancing familiarity with Beethoven and classical music in general to appreciate and enjoy “Absolute Jest” – maybe even as much as Adams appeared to love conducting it (and must have enjoyed writing it). MORE

Published October 20, 2014
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Brentano String Quartet begins Yale residency with Sep. 23 concert

brentano_vThe Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will play music by Schubert, Bartók, and Mozart.

The concert opens with Mozart‘s String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, nicknamed “The Hunt” for the propulsion and harmony of the first movement. Bartók‘s fascinating String Quartet No. 3 follows, with what one writer has called a “kaleidoscope of coloristic effects.”

Schubert‘s String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden,” a perennial audience favorite, concludes the evening. Schubert, suffering through illness, wrote his “Death and the Maiden” quartet with the full knowledge that he would soon die. MORE

Published September 19, 2014
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A new Fab Four for the music school

brentano_3264x2448_0_0_460Yale Alumni Magazine
By Mark Alden Branch

When the Tokyo String Quartet retired from performance—and from its residency at the Yale School of Music—last year, the school didn’t exactly have a process in place to guide the search for a new quartet. It hadn’t come up much, since the Tokyo quartet had been there since 1977. At a press briefing yesterday introducing their successors, Dean Robert Blocker said that the school’s faculty, staff, and students not only had an opinion about the process, “most people had three or four opinions about it.”

Blocker said he was looking for a group that was not only musically talented, but that also had “values that give their music an extra dimension” and that could be “role models for our students.” They chose the Brentano String Quartet, an acclaimed ensemble that has been in residence at Princeton for the last 15 years. “I remember stalking them at the Cliburn competition because I wanted to see how they handled a rehearsal,” Blocker said.

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Published April 9, 2014
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