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Tokyo String Quartet in Chamber Music Society’s first concert of the New Year

January 11, 2010

January 26 program includes music of Haydn, Barber, and Beethoven

tokyo_v_emailThe Tokyo String Quartet, one of today’s foremost chamber ensembles, will perform at the Yale School of Music on Tuesday, January 26 at 8 pm. The quartet has been in residence at the School of Music for the past 33 years and appears in recital every semester. Their performance this January will open with Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 76 no. 4. In honor of the centenary of Samuel Barber’s birth, they will play the composer’s sole string quartet, Op. 11. The work’s second movement is familiar to many audiences in its arrangement as Barber’s beloved Adagio. Beethoven’s fiery String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59 no. 2, concludes the program.

The members of the Tokyo String Quartet are Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda, violins; Kazuhide Isomura, viola; and Clive Greensmith, cello. The performance will take place in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven) and is presented by the Chamber Music Society at Yale; David Shifrin is the series’ artistic director.

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

The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded over 40 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.