Winners of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Formosa Quartet is “one of the very best quartets of their generation” (David Soyer, cellist, Guarneri Quartet) whose playing has been hailed as “spellbinding” (The Strad) with “focused intensity and extraordinary musicianship” (San Diego Union Tribune).
Formed in 2002 and based in Chicago and Los Angeles, the ensemble delights audiences with its diverse programs, ranging from classical string quartets to Taiwanese folk songs and swinging jazz.
Trio Solisti, celebrating its 20th anniversary season in 2020-2021, has been described as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker), and Gramophone raved about a “performance of kaleidoscopic hues…beauty of sound and bountiful panache. Whether silken or sweeping, the music receives idiomatic and sophisticated treatment as shaped by these keenly perceptive artists.” The trio serves as ensemble-in-residence at Adelphi University in New York and is a founding ensemble of Telluride Musicfest, an annual summer chamber music festival.
The Escher Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has recently performed quartet cycles of Beethoven and Zemlinsky. The Escher Quartet, formed in 2005, takes its name from the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.
Giving performances that are “lithe, persuasive” (The New York Times) and “eloquent and enthralling” (The Boston Globe), the Horszowski Trio has become a vital force in the international chamber music world. The New Yorker described the Horszowski as “the most compelling American group to come on the scene.” Based in New York City, the trio gave its debut performance in 2011 and has toured extensively, performing both the traditional piano trio repertoire and introducing audiences to new music that it has commissioned and premiered.
Distinguished by virtuosity, probing musical insight, and impassioned, fiery performances, the Ariel Quartet has garnered critical praise worldwide. Formed in Israel and celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020-21, the Ariel has won the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize, and the Székely Prize, among other accolades. The American Record Guide described the group as “a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power.” The ensemble serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University ofCincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
Opening the season are frequent col-laborators Pianist Sally Pinkas and the Adaskin String Trio who will present an evening of iconic piano quartets and more. Israeli-born Pinkas, a “scintillating force” (Gramophone), has garnered universal ac-claim for her perfor-mances as soloist and chamber musician and has been praised for her radiant tone and driving energy. The Adaskin, cited for its “instrumental power and eloquence” (Gramophone), has impressed audiences with exuberant playing and programming. Performanc-es by the Pinkas and Adaskin partner-ship have been hailed as “ferociously gorgeous” (Audiophile Audition) and “nothing short of remarka-ble” (BlogsCritic).
We regret to announce that the final two concerts of the CMSW six-concert series have been cancelled—the Parker Quartet on March 24, and the Quatuor Danel with pianist Lise de la Salle on April 21. This was done in conformance with state, county and Williamsburg mandates to close public venues in an attempt to quash the spread of COVID-19, and with genuine concern for the health and wellbeing of our audience, artists, and broader community.
With an abiding faith that this too shall pass, please know CMSW will bring you another outstanding six-concert concert series next season. Current subscribers will receive a descriptive brochure and subscription order form by mail soon. Those who have yet to join our loyal audience and have requested such information will receive a similar mailing soon. If you wish to be added to that list of recipients, please send an email with your address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your patience and continuing support as we all work through this difficult time. Stay safe, stay well, and plan to join us next fall!
Jim Coomer, president
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg
We announce with regret that our concert of March 24 with the Parker Quartet must be postponed indefinitely. Given the issues posed by COVID-19, and the closure of the Williamsburg Library Theatre for the immediate future, the health and wellbeing of our audience, artists, and the broader community warrant precedence. If current conditions abate, we will complete our season with pianist Lise de la Salle and Quatuor Danel on April 21.
Please stay informed through our website and Facebook page and check for updates with the Williamsburg Library and other government sources. As events evolve, we will be in contact with our performers, the library, and with you regarding concert dates and subscriptions for our 2020-21 CMSW concert series. Thank you for your patience and continuing support as we all work through these difficult circumstances.
Stay safe and well.
Jim Coomer, president
Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg
The Quatuor Danel returns to Williamsburg after an enthusiastic reception in 2016. It brings a new collaboration with the gifted and exciting pianist Lise de la Salle.
Founded in 1991, the Quatuor Danel is a remarkable ensemble of the talented Marc Danel, violin; Gilles Millet, violin; Vlad Bogdanas, viola; and Yovan Markovitch, cello. Since its founding the Quatuour Danel has been at the forefront of the international music scene with important concert performances worldwide and a row of groundbreaking recordings.
A native of France, Lise de la Salle came to international attention at age 16 with a Bach/Liszt recording. In 2008, the 20-year-old was noted for recording the first concertos of Liszt, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. During one US tour, her playing inspired a Washington Post critic to write, “For much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe…”
Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The Quartet has appeared at the world’s most important venues since its founding in 2002.
The Parker Quartet has distinguished itself with acclaimed recordings for Nimbus, Zig-Zag Territoires, Innova Records, and Naxos. The Quartet’s most recent recording featuring Mendelssohn’s Quartets Op. 44, Nos. 1 and 3, was widely lauded by the international press. The Quartet’s debut commercial recording of Bartók’s String Quartets Nos. 2 and 5 for Zig-Zag Territoires (July 2007) won praise from Gramophone: “The Parkers’ Bartók spins the illusion of spontaneous improvisation… they have absorbed the language; they have the confidence to play freely with the music and the instinct to bring it off.” Their Naxos recording of György Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance (the last string quartet to win this category). In April 2016 Augusta Read Thomas’s world premiere recording of Helix Spirals for string quartet on “Of Being is a Bird” was released on Nimbus Records.
The Parker Quartet’s members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School, and the Quartet was part of the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program from 2006–2008. Some of their most influential mentors include the original members of the Cleveland Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, György Kurtág, Zakhar Bron, Robert Lipsett, Mark Steinberg, and Rainer Schmidt.