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Daedalus Quartet: Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Carter

Quartet has won a Martin Segal Award and Guarneri String Quartet Award

Daedalus Quartet

The award-winning Daedalus String Quartet, called “one of the finest ensembles around” by the New York Sun, will perform on Yale’s Chamber Music Society series on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The program will include Haydn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5; Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13; and Carter’s String Quartet No. 5 from 1995.  The members of the Daedalus Quartet are Min-Young Kim and Kyu-Young Kim, brother and sister violinists who are alternate on first violin; Jessica Thompson, viola; and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello. 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.

The Daedalus Quartet takes its name from the mythical Greek inventor, artist, and architect celebrated for creating the art of sculpture, designing the Labyrinth, and above all for regaining his freedom by devising wings that made it possible for him to fly.  The Daedalus Quartet (pronounced DED-a-lus) was founded in the summer of 2000, and one year later captured the Grand Prize of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition.  The quartet was honored with Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award in 2007.
They were named by Carnegie Hall to participate in the ECHO Rising Stars program, through which it made debuts during the 2004-2005 season throughout Europe, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Salzburg, and Vienna.  They were also appointed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as the Chamber Music Society Two quartet for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.  The ensemble has been Columbia University’s Quartet-in-Residence since 2005 and has been serving as a visiting ensemble at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. The Daedalus Quartet’s debut CD, works of Ravel, Sibelius, and Stravinsky, was released in August 2006 by Bridge Records.