New Bartok String Quartet

Featuring Wanchi (violin), Airi Yoshioka (violin), James Stern (viola), Eric Kutz (cello)

Sun, Sep 17 @ 7 pm

RECITAL HALL

New Bartok String Quartet

Featuring Wanchi (violin), Airi Yoshioka (violin), James Stern (viola), Eric Kutz (cello)

Sun, Sep 17 @ 7 pm

RECITAL HALL


Wanchi performs as a chamber musician and recitalist, and as a soloist with orchestras throughout North America and Asia, at venues including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and numerous music festivals across the globe. Her CD of Eugène Ysaÿe Six Solo Sonatas received rave reviews, citing “… her incisive technique and exceptionally rich and beautiful tone” (Phil’s Classical Reviews, Audio Video Club of Atlanta). Wanchi joins the “Curtis on Tour” for its 2017-2018 season, and is professor of violin in James Madison University’s School of Music.

Hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant and intrepid,” violinist Airi Yoshioka has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. She is the founding member of Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet, and has performed and recorded with the members of Emerson, Brentano and Arditti Quartets. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she is a principal member of Continuum, ModernWorks, Son Sonora, Ensemble Pi and RUCKUS ensembles. She has recorded for New World, Claves, Mode, Albany and Pony Canyon records.

Hailed by the Washington Post for “virtuosity and penetrating intelligence,” violinist James Stern has performed at the National Gallery, Smithsonian Museums, Phillips Collection, Library of Congress, and at the White House with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and VERGE Ensemble, with whom he has also toured internationally. His solo Bach CD is available on Albany Records. He tours nationally with Strata (violin, clarinet, piano). He has taught at the Cleveland Institute, and is now a professor at the University of Maryland. 

Cellist Eric Kutz has captivated audiences across North America, Asia and Europe, and is active as a concerto soloist, teacher, and chamber and orchestral musician. His diverse collaborations cut across musical styles, and have ranged from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to jazz great Ornette Coleman. He is a member of the Murasaki Duo, a cello and piano ensemble that has released three commercial CDs and performs on chamber music series throughout the country. Kutz is on faculty at the University of Maryland School of Music where he holds the Barbara K. Steppel Memorial Faculty Fellowship in cello.


HIGHLIGHTS


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  • Catalyst Quartet will be "nothing short of fantastic." (Lincoln Journal Star)



  • "Rock stars of the percussion world," So Percussion is pushing its voice to the forefront of American musical culture.


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