Between January and March 2014, the following musicians performed at the Flagler Museum. Audio clips from some of the performances have been included for your listening pleasure.
January 7, 2014 7:30 p.m.
Renowned for its passionate musicality and impressive technique, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres from masterpieces of Western music to cutting-edge contemporary works.
Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Shanghai Quartet has worked with the world's most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia, from the Beijing International Music Festival to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Among innumerable collaborations with noted artists, they have performed with the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell and Peter Serkin.
The Shanghai Quartet currently serves as Quartet-in-Residence at Montclair State University and Ensemble-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. They are visiting guest professors at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Central Conservatory in Beijing.
"If there is a string quartet currently in circulation that produces a more beautiful sound than the Shanghai Quartet, the name doesn't immediately come to mind." - The New York Times
South Korean pianist Yoonie Han is praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing, and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and “her musical imagination and feel for complex textures drew vivid images” (Washington Post). She has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her poetic performances in major concert halls in the U.S. and around the world.
In 2009, Ms. Han was honored with the Gawon Music Award as the “most brilliant pianist aged 17 to 31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence.”
She is the first-prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition (2011), the Fulbright Concerto Competition (2011), Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition (2008), the World Piano Competition (2008), and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition (2005), and has garnered major prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition and Milan Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole. Following her 2001 grand-prize award in the Korea National Music Competition, the Korean Ministry of Culture named her its “most promising young artist.”
Ms. Han made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 13, and has since performed with the Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan, under such maestros as JoAnn Falletta, Leif Segerstam, Philippe Entremont, and Lior Shambadal. She has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Berlin Philharmonie Hall, Finlandia Hall, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, the Bergamo Festival in Italy, Salle Cortot in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Se-jong Performing Arts Center in Korea, and Villa Bertramka Mozart Museum in the Czech Republic. Her performances have also been broadcast on WQXR-New York and on National Public Radio’s “Artist Showcases.”
Yoonie Han is a Steinway Artist and has toured Steinway Halls in the USA and Europe.
This concert is the debut of Ms. Han's new piano trio, Gloriosa Trio. The trio is comprised of Arnold Choi, one of the most celebrated cellists in North America, and violinist Jennifer Carsillo, an enthusiastic and avid chamber musician.
Arnold Choi plays a Stradivari cello from 1696, on loan to him from the Canadian Council for the Arts. He was the cellist of the former Janaki String Trio and laureate of the Isang Yun International Cello Competition and Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. Violinist Jennifer Carsillo has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, as well as in Russia and Austria. Jennifer Carsillo's latest commercial recording showcases her unusual gift as a narrator with many voices in Bradford Ross' A Family for Baby Grand.
"This young pianist has put flawless technique, musical artistry and maturity far beyond her years, together into a terrific package.” - Cincinnati Enquirer
Cuarteto Latinoamericano, formed in 1982, is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. This Latin Grammy winning ensemble from Mexico consists of the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel.
The Cuarteto has toured extensively around the world including performances in Europe and the Americas, Japan, China, New Zealand and Israel; they have appeared in a wide range of venues and festivals like the Concertgebouw, Milan's La Scala, Esterhazy Palace, the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Dartmouth College, Dartington International Summer School and the Ojai Festival. They have collaborated with many artists including cellist Janos Starker, pianists Santiago Rodriguez, Cyprien Katsaris and Rudolph Buchbinder, tenor Ramon Vargas, and guitarists Narciso Yepes, Sharon Isbin, David Tanenbaum and Manuel Barrueco. With Mr. Barrueco, they have played in some of the most important venues of the USA and Europe, have recorded two CDs, and commissioned guitar quintets from American composers Miguel del Aguila, Michael Daugherty and Gabriela Lena Frank.
The Cuarteto was in residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh from 1988
"Matchless in tonal magnitude, tuneful fluency and concentrated teamwork." - The Washington Post
Founded in 2003 by violinist Annette von Hehn, cellist Stefan Heinemeyer and pianist Thomas Hoppe, the Atos Trio strives to convey the spirit of string quartet playing to the piano trio realm. Never shying from extremes, the ensemble aims to push limits when it comes to sound and dynamics and is known for its honesty of interpretation.
The 'Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award' recognized the achievement of the Atos Trio and awarded this distinction to the trio in 2007. It offers the winners twenty important US concerts including a debut concert at New York's Carnegie Hall and performances in Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Detroit, Kansas City and Tucson. In the same year, at the '5th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition', the Atos Trio took not only the First Prize but also the Grand Prize, the 'Musica Viva Tour Prize', and the 'Audience Prize'. Never before in the history of this competition, held only every four years, has a single ensemble acquired all those honors. Most recently, the Atos Trio became BBC Radio 3 "New Generations Artists" for 2009/2011 for a number of recording sessions and to be part of important music festivals in Great Britain during the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons.
The Atos Trio has performed hundreds of concerts and appeared at prestigious festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Festspiele Schwetzingen, the City of London Festival, Budapest Spring, and Enescu Festival (Bucharest). During the last season, the Atos Trio has given important debuts at Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall (New York) and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), all to capacity audiences and critical acclaim.
“This German group … has risen steadily through the ranks to become one of the elite piano trios before the public today.” - The Washington Post
For several decades, the Talich Quartet has been recognized internationally as one of Europe’s finest chamber ensembles, and as the embodiment of the great Czech musical tradition. The Quartet was founded in 1964 by Jan Talich, during his studies at the Prague Conservatory, and named for his uncle Vaclav Talich, the renowned chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. During the 1990s, there was a gradual and complete change in personnel, rejuvenating the Quartet while continuing the tradition of its predecessors through involvement in a wide spectrum of musical engagements and recording activities. Jan Talich, the current first violinist, is the son of the Quartet’s founder.
The Talich Quartet is regularly invited to prestigious chamber music festivals such as the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Prague Spring Music Festival, Europalia Festival, Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, Tibor Varga Festival of Music, and the International String Quartet Festival in Ottawa; and frequently visits such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Salle Gaveau in Paris, and London’s Wigmore Hall.
The Talich’s recordings of the complete string quartets by Felix Mendelssohn, released on the Calliope label between 2001 and 2004, have been widely praised. Other recording projects include, also for Calliope, Dvorak’s “American” quartet and viola quintet (2003), Smetana’s two string quartets (2003), and a live recording of Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” and the Dvorák Quintet (2004). The Quartet’s Janácek recording was honored by Gramophone with a nomination for the best chamber recording of 2006—the only recording by a string quartet to be selected.
“The program served up … an object lesson in everything chamber music should be: civilized, intelligent, challenging and performed on the highest musical level.” - South Florida Classical Review