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Tokyo String Quartet to perform Haydn, Beethoven, and Bartok

October 1, 2009

tokyo_stringsThe Tokyo String Quartet, one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, will perform three powerhouse works on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 8 pm. Artists in residence at the Yale School of Music for the past 33 years, the quartet appears in recital every semester. Their performance this October will open with Haydn’s Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5, and will continue with Beethoven’s “Serioso” Quartet in F minor, Op. 95. The evening will conclude with Bartók’s Quartet No. 6, the last work Bartók wrote in his native Hungary before emigrating to the United States in 1939.

The Tokyo Quartet’s performance, which is presented by the Chamber Music Society at Yale, will take place on Tuesday, October 20 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The members of the Tokyo String Quartet are Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda, violins; Kazuhide Isomura, viola; and Clive Greensmith, cello.

Tickets to the performance are $27 to $34, $14 for students. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website or call 203 432-4158.

About the Artists
The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded more than 30 years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet –Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello) – has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings, and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred concerts worldwide each season, the Tokyo String Quartet has a devoted international following that includes the major capitals of the world and extends to all four corners, from Australia to Estonia to Scandinavia and the Far East.

Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the 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 formation, the quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. An exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon firmly established it as one of the world’s leading quartets, and it has since released more than 40 landmark recordings. The ensemble now records on the Harmonia Mundi label.tokyo_strings