“It can take years for string quartets to perfect the musical rapport that binds them and draws a following. For the budding Aizuri Quartet, however, that bond has fused naturally and quickly...Aizuri’s captivating performance drew from that meld of intellect, technique and emotions.” -The Washington Post
About the Aizuris:
The Aizuri Quartet was awarded First Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and Third Prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, which the New York Times has called “genuinely exciting” and “imaginative,” the Quartet has garnered critical acclaim for bringing “a technical bravado and emotional power” to bold new commissions, and for its “flawless” (San Diego Union-Tribune) performances of the great masterpieces of the past. Based in New York City, the Aizuri Quartet is the 2017-2018 MetLiveArts String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, presenting five unique programs throughout the season. Previously the Quartet was the 2015-2016 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and from 2014-2016, the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The Quartet has performed extensively throughout the United States, Japan, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Paris, Dresden, Bremen, Salzburg and Abu Dhabi, and has commissioned and premiered new works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, Lembit Beecher, Paul Wiancko, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Gabriella Smith, Rene Orth, and Alyssa Weinberg. Its debut album, featuring new works written for the Aizuri Quartet, will be released by New Amsterdam Records in Fall 2018. Formed in 2012, the Aizuri Quartet draws its name from “aizuri-e,” a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail.
Aizuri will be in residence at Antenna Cloud Farm from 7/16-7/24.
Concert #3: Saturday, July 21, 2018
6:00 pm: Grounds open to public
7:00 pm: Concert (+ reception)
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