The new season kicks off with everything we love about the Festival: outstanding soloists and ensembles, including the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, harpist Bridget Kibbey (“a marvel,” New York Times), and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center violinist Ian Swensen; a diverse range of moving and surprising music, by Saint-Saëns, Dvorak, Janácek, and the Academy Award-winning American composer John Corigliano; and the chemistry that makes it all magic.
Program:Saint-Saens: Fantasie for Harp and Violin
Janácek: Violin Sonata
Corigliano: Gazebo Dances
Dvorák: Piano Quintet
(Daniel Chong, violin; Ying Xue, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello)
Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy-Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for their dynamic, compelling interpretations, expansive colors, and varied repertoire ranging from classical to romantic to new music, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. In demand worldwide, the quartet has appeared at distinguished venues, series, and festivals throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe, and South Korea since its founding in 2002. The Parker Quartet's numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France's Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and Chamber Music America's prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award.
Based in Boston, the Parker Quartet's members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and were part of the 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, and Rainer Schmidt.
Learn more at http://www.parkerquartet.com/index.html.
Thursday, August 11
Rieko Aizawa, piano
Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa, discovered at age 13 by the late Alexander Schneider on the recommendation of pianist Mitsuko Uchida, has since established her own unique musical voice. Schneider engaged her as soloist with his Brandenburg Ensemble at the opening concerts of Tokyo's Casals Hall; later that year, Schneider presented 14-year-old Ms. Aizawa in her U.S. debut concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, performing Mozart's Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414, with his New York String Orchestra. Praised by the NY Times for her "impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing,"
Ms. Aizawa has performed in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Highlights of recent seasons have included acclaimed performances with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa, the English Chamber Orchestra under Heinz Holliger, the Festival Strings Lucerne in Switzerland under Rudolf Baumgartner, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under Hugh Wolff, the Curtis Institute Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, the St. Louis Symphony under David Loebel and a wonderfully received performance with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Thursday, August 11
Concert Sponsors:Dan Fisher and Mark & Lou Bitz
Guest Artist Sponsors:Parker Quartet sponsored by David and Deirdre Stam