Category Archives: 2017-2018 Concert Season

1: Miró Quartet – September 12, 2017

The Miró Quartet is one of the world’s most celebrated and dedicated string quartets, having been labeled by The New Yorker as “furiously committed” and noted by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer for their “exceptional tonal focus and interpretive intensity.” For the past twenty years they have performed throughout the world on the most prestigious concert stages, earning accolades from critics and audiences alike. Based in Austin, TX, and thriving on the area’s storied music scene, the Miró takes pride in finding new ways to communicate with audiences of all backgrounds while honoring the longstanding tradition of chamber music. Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet was awarded first prize at several national and international competitions, including the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. Since 2003 the Miró has served as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin’s Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music.

Visit www.miroquartet.com for more information.

2: Ensemble 4.1 Piano Windtet – October 10, 2017

The only “piano windtet” of its kind: ensemble 4.1!

FOUR wind soloists from top German Orchestras and ONE acclaimed pianist Thomas Hoppe devote themselves to this largely unfamiliar yet wonderful musical genre.

The communicative powers and the intoxicating atmosphere this group creates on stage have been praised by critics and has become a hallmark of the ensemble 4.1.

In addition to performing Mozart’s and Beethoven’s masterworks for this instrumentation, the ensemble is dedicated to discovering rarely played compositions from the Romantic and Modern periods. After many years of silence, composers such as Walther Gieseking, Theodor Verhey, Herrmann Zilcher and Arne Oldberg are again being performed for an enthusiastic public.

The beginnings of the group were overseen and fostered by the renowned Goethe Institute, who assisted with the initial concerts and worldwide tours. Since its inception in 2013, the ensemble 4.1 has already crisscrossed the globe and performed recitals in China, Pakistan, Austria, Germany, Algeria, Canada and the USA, in cities such as Berlin, Istanbul, New York City, Toronto, Ottawa, Karachi, Shanghai and Chengdu. They have appeared with great success at festivals in Denmark and on Malta, as well as at the Kotor Festival in Montenegro.

Visit their website: http://four-point-one.de

3. Minguet Quartett – November 14, 2017


The Minguet Quartet, founded in 1988, is one of the most internationally sought-after string quartets today and gives guest performances in all the great concert halls of the world. Their passionate and intelligent interpretations always ensure inspiring listening experiences, “for the joy in sound and expression with which the ensemble makes the works speak enlivens even the smallest detail.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

The namesake of the Quartet is Pablo Minguet, a Spanish philosopher of the 18th century who attempted, in his writings, to facilitate access to the fine arts for all sectors of the population.  This idea is a chief artistic concern of the Minguet Quartet.

Visit www.minguet.de for more information.

4. Chiara String Quartet – February 6, 2018

Renowned for bringing fresh excitement to traditional string quartet repertoire as well as for creating insightful interpretations of new music, the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Hyeyung Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) captivates its audiences throughout the country. The Chiara has established itself as among America’s most respected ensembles, lauded for its “highly virtuosic, edge-of-the-seat playing” (The Boston Globe). They are currently Hixson-Lied Artists-in-Residence at the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and were the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University from 2008- 2014. In 2015-2016, the Chiara was  the quartet-in-residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Chiara (key-ARE-uh) is an Italian word, meaning “clear, pure, or light.” www.chiaraquartet.com

5. Weiss Kaplan Stumpf Trio – March 6, 2018

Combining the talents of three award-winning soloists, the Weiss-Kaplan-Stumpf Trio brings to each performance its distinctive fusion of authority and experience, energy, and passion. These three musicians comprise an ensemble that embraces the music of the future while offering fresh insights into three centuries of masterworks.

Hailed by The New York Times as “Three strong voices, locked in sequence,” the Trio, founded in 2001, welcomed distinguished cellist Peter Stumpf in 2014. The Trio has presented concerts throughout the USA, Europe and the Middle East, with multiple appearances at The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Baltimore’s Shriver Hall, Princeton, UCLA, Indiana and Oxford Universities, Tel-Aviv Museum, and for the Chamber Music Societies of Edinburgh, Santander, Pasadena, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and Tucson, among others.

Learn more here: www.weiss-kaplan-stumpf-trio.com

6: Armida Quartett – April 3, 2018

Since its success at the ARD International Competition in 2012, at which the Armida Quartet took First Prize, the Audience Prize and six other special awards, the career of the young Berlin string quartet has developed sensationally.

Founded in Berlin in 2006, the quartet took its name from an opera by Haydn, the “father of the string quartet”. Still receiving the tutelage of Rainer Schmidt (Hagen Quartet) and Reinhard Goebel, the ensemble has also studied with members of the Artemis Quartet for several years.

Learn more here: armidaquartett.com