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Tokyo String Quartet performs with Ettore Causa and Jasper Quartet Oct. 2

September 13, 2012

Program includes music by Webern, Mozart, Mendelssohn

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring the Tokyo String Quartet and friends on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

The concert marks the opening not only of the 2012–2013 Oneppo Chamber Music Series but also the beginning of the Tokyo Quartet’s last season before retirement. The quartet, along with guest artists Ettore Causa (viola) and the Jasper String Quartet, will perform music of Webern, Mozart, and Mendelssohn.

The program opens with Anton Webern‘s Five Movements for string quartet, and two pieces for which the Quartet invited Yale friends and colleagues. Violist Ettore Causa, a member of the School of Music faculty, joins them in Mozart‘s Quintet in C major, K. 515.

Since 1976, the Tokyo String Quartet has been in residence at the Yale School of Music, coaching chamber music and mentoring young ensembles. One of those is the Jasper String Quartet, an “impressive young ensemble” (New York Times) that was the graduate quartet-in-residence at Yale 2008–2010. The Tokyo and Jasper Quartets will join forces to perform the Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets are available at 203 432-4158 or music.yale.edu/concerts.

About the Performers

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 forty landmark recordings. The ensemble now records on the Harmonia Mundi label.
» tokyoquartet.com

Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and as “powerful” (The New York Times). After winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Jaspers went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2008 Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs 2008, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, the quartet holds ensemble-in-residence positions at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Classic Chamber Concerts in Naples, Florida.
» jasperquartet.com

Italian-born violist Ettore Causa was awarded both the P. Schidlof Prize and the John Barbirolli Prize for the most beautiful sound at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in England in 2000. He has since made soloist and recital appearances in many of the major venues around the world. A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Causa was a member of the Aria Quartet (2004–2009) and currently plays in the Poseidon Quartet. He has performed with such renowned musicians as the Pascal Rogé, Boris Berman, Thomas Adès, Alberto Lysy, and others. Mr. Causa joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music in 2009. Among his recordings, both the Brahms Sonatas and the collection of Romantic pieces garnered overwhelming success and were highly praised by critics worldwide.