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Tokyo String Quartet and guests give a benefit concert for Japan April 11

March 30, 2011

The Yale School of Music presents the distinguished Tokyo String Quartet and guest artists in a special benefit concert for Japan earthquake relief on Monday, April 11 at 8 pm in Battell Chapel (corner of College and Elm Streets, New Haven). The Tokyo Quartet, currently celebrating its fortieth season as one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles, has been in residence at the Yale School of Music since 1976. The Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.”

The Tokyo Quartet will open the concert with a movement from Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor, K. 421, and will also play the second movement of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, Op. 11, better known as Barber’s Adagio for strings. Also performing on the program will be colleagues from the Yale School of Music faculty: violinists Syoko Aki, Ani Kavafian, and Wendy Sharp; violist Ettore Causa, cellist Ole Akahoshi, and pianist Elizabeth Parisot.

As part of its ongoing residence at the Yale School of Music, the Tokyo Quartet mentors young chamber ensembles. The Linden String Quartet, the current graduate quartet-in-residence and the winner of numerous competitions, will perform a movement from Schumann’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, no. 1, and will join the Tokyo Quartet in excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20. Please check back for updates in the concert program.

Said Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music: “This concert – presented at the request of the Tokyo String Quartet – is a musical tribute to our longstanding friendship, an offering of hope and solace to families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured, and an opportunity for our community to acknowledge and experience the sanctity of art as a life force.”

As the devastating effects of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan continue to unfold, outside support continues to play a crucial role in supporting affected people. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Red Cross, whose extensive efforts are providing relief for survivors across Japan. Read more about its response here. The concert is part of the ongoing response of the Yale community to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. To find out about other activities planned as part of this effort, go to relief.yale.edu.

The suggested donation for tickets is $20, $10 for students; all amounts are accepted. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu, call 203 432-4158, or visit the Yale School of Music concert office in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, New Haven.

About the Tokyo String Quartet

The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded forty years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the 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 corners of the globe. Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo. 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.

Programs and performers subject to change.


This was a great event. The opening movement was so beautiful.

May 12th, 2011 | bestvoicerecorders

Yes Michael, this was a truly amazing event and for such a great cause!

~ Heather Marie Fitzpatrick ~
Yale Alumni Association

July 30th, 2011 | TyingTheKnott