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Brentano String Quartet begins Yale residency with Sep. 23 concert

"The Brentanos are a magnificent string quartet... wonderful, selfless music making"
— The Times (London)
September 19, 2014

brentano_vThe Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed ensemble will play music by Schubert, Bartók, and Mozart.

The concert opens with Mozart‘s String Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, nicknamed “The Hunt” for the propulsion and harmony of the first movement. Bartók‘s fascinating String Quartet No. 3 follows, with what one writer has called a “kaleidoscope of coloristic effects.”

Schubert‘s String Quartet in D minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden,” a perennial audience favorite, concludes the evening. Schubert, suffering through illness, wrote his “Death and the Maiden” quartet with the full knowledge that he would soon die.

This concert is the ensemble’s first performance as the School’s new quartet in residence. The members of the quartet are Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violins; Yale graduate Misha Amory, viola; and Nina Lee, cello.

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. The Philadelphia Inquirer says, “The concert made it clear that these players could well be the best of the latest generation. Their level of individual technique was superb, while musical dialog necessary for rich chamber music was evident from first to last.”

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. This concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, which is directed by David Shifrin.

Tickets start at $26, $13 with student ID, and are available at the Sprague Hall box office, by phone at 203 432-4158, or online. Subscriptions and samplers to the chamber music series are also available.

For more information, the public should visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

*Please note the 7:30 pm start time, which is new for the Yale School of Music in the 2014–2015 season.


About the Brentano String Quartet

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Beginning in 2014, the Brentano Quartet succeeds the Tokyo Quartet as Artists-in-Residence at Yale University, departing from their 14-year residency at Princeton University. The quartet also currently serves as the collaborative ensemble for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In recent seasons, the Quartet has traveled widely, appearing all over the United States and Canada, in Europe, Japan, and Australia. It has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall; the Library of Congress; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; and the Sydney Opera House. In 2012, the Brentano String Quartet provided the central music (Beethoven’s Opus 131) for the critically-acclaimed independent film A Late Quartet. The feature film, directed by Yaron Zilberman, starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken and Mark Ivanir.

In addition to performing the entire two-century range of the standard quartet repertoire, the Brentano Quartet has worked closely with some of the most important composers of our time, among them Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Chou Wen-chung, and György Kurtág. The Quartet has been privileged to collaborate with such artists as soprano Jessye Norman, pianist Richard Goode, and pianist Mitsuko Uchida. In spring 2013, the second of three recordings featuring the late Beethoven Quartets was released on Aeon Records. Previous recordings include a disc of Mozart (also on Aeon) and the Opus 71 quartets of Haydn. In the area of newer music, the Quartet has released a disc of the music of Steven Mackey on Albany Records, and has also recorded the music of Bruce Adolphe, Chou Wen-chung and Charles Wuorinen.

Within a few years of its formation, the Quartet garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 1998, cellist Nina Lee joined the Quartet, succeeding founding member Michael Kannen. The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” the intended recipient of his famous love confession. WEBSITE »