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Tokyo String Quartet returns to New Haven
Program will feature works by Beethoven, Brahms, and Janáček
The award-winning Tokyo String Quartet will perform on Yale’s 2008-09 Chamber Music Society series on Tuesday, January 20. 2009 at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since its founding more than 30 years ago. The quartet’s members are violist Kazuhide Isomura, a founding member; second violinist Kikuei Ikeda, who joined the ensemble in 1974; cellist Clive Greensmith, former principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who joined in 1999; and first violinist Martin Beaver, who joined the ensemble in 2002. The quartet has been in residence at the Yale School of Music since 1976 and performs two concerts on the series each season. The January 20 program will include Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, no. 1; Brahms’s String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67; and Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Pages” (1928).
Tickets are $27 to $34 ($14 for students). Student rush tickets priced at $7 will be sold at 7:45 pm on the night of the concert, if available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Yale School of Music website at www.yale.edu/music or call 203 432-4158. Box office hours are Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, in the Sprague Hall lobby, 470 College Street, New Haven.
The Tokyo String Quartet has released more than thirty landmark recordings, including the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, and Bartók. The ensemble’s recordings of works by Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel and Schubert have earned numerous honors, including seven Grammy nominations. The quartet has been featured on PBS’s “Sesame Street” and “Great Performances,” “CNN This Morning” and “CBS Sunday Morning,” as well as the soundtrack for the Sidney Lumet film Critical Care. Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School, the Tokyo String Quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito. Soon after its creation, the Tokyo Quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The Quartet performs on “The Paganini Quartet,” a group of Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini who acquired and played them in the nineteenth century.