Announcing Next Season

IMG_1858We have an amazing 2015-2016 season coming up! Some highlights include our debut recitals at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Schneider Concerts in New York City, Wolf Trap and Caramoor. We are especially looking forward to premiering newly commissioned works by composers Rene Orth, Caroline Shaw, and Paul Wiancko, and collaborating with pianists Jonathan Biss and Ignat Solzhenitsyn, and clarinetist Michael Rusinek. We’ll be continuing our residency at the Curtis Institute of Music, exploring a lot of new repertoire (including early and late Beethoven, Schumann, Kurtág, Sibelius, Berg and Webern), premiering new works by Curtis composers, and performing throughout Philadelphia and beyond! We hope to see you many times throughout the year… Stay tuned!

An Exciting Spring!

11100230_363184627214960_3052897360078218649_nThe Aizuri Quartet has had a wonderful Spring full of rich musical experiences and exciting developments! First up, we are thrilled to have won third prize in the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. In our first international competition, we loved the opportunity to dig into some of the greatest string quartet literature, meet and hear many fantastic groups, and perform in stunning Wigmore Hall. We’re also thrilled to share the news that we have been named the 2015-2016 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, where we will perform several times throughout next season. And finally, the new Curtis-Coursera course, “The World of the String Quartet,” has been released! The course is hosted by Arnold Steinhardt and musicologist Mia Chung, and explores the rich history and repertoire of the string quartet. We are honored to perform and discuss excerpts of great string quartets, including Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 130, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, Mendelssohn’s Op. 80, Ravel, Debussy, Bartok’s Fifth and Sixth String Quartets, Ives’ String Quartet Nr. 1 and Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet with soprano Rachel Sterrenberg. Be sure to sign up – it’s free, online, and available here!