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The Tokyo Quartet is no more.

By Garrett Harris

San Diego Reader

tokyoWhen the sole remaining founder of the Tokyo String Quartet, Kazuhide Isomura, announced his intention to retire along with second violinist, Kikuei Ikeda, the two remaining players began to accept auditions to fill those spots.

This is not a unique situation, as string quartets tend to become brands. Over time, as players are replaced, sometimes the only thing remaining of the original quartet is the name.

Over the course of several months the two remaining players, first violinist Martin Beaver and the cellist Clive Greensmith, called the search off and decided to retire the ensemble completely.

The final performance by the Tokyo Quartet was this last July at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music.