The Shanghai Quartet
20th Anniversary (1983-2003)
Saturday, April 5, 2003 at 8 PM at Jordan Hall
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|Weigang Li||Yiwen Jiang||Nicholas Tzavaras||
"A foursome of uncommon refinement and musical distinction." -The Strad
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1. Beethoven String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op.18, No.6
2. Selections from "ChinaSong"- Chinese folk songs arranged for string quartet by Yiwen Jiang
Song of the Shepard
3. Schubert String Quartet in D minor, "Death and the Maiden"
Hailed by The Strad as "a foursome of uncommon refinement and musical distinction", the Shanghai Quartet's passionate musicality and astounding technique has garnered them the reputation as one of the world's most outstanding quartets.
Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Shanghai Quartet has worked with such distinguished artists as pianists Gerhard Oppitz, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Menahem Pressler, Ruth Laredo, and Joseph Kalichstein; guitarists Eliot Fisk and Sharon Isbin; flutist Eugenia Zukerman; violinist Arnold Steinhardt; and cellists David Soyer and Yo-Yo Ma. Regularly touring the major music centers of Europe and North America, the Shanghai Quartet has performed in London, Hamburg, Milan, Amsterdam, as well as in Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland, Princeton, St. Paul, Toronto, and Washington, D.C where they appear frequently at the Freer Gallery. In addition, they often tour Asia, and have appeared in China, Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. Recent engagements include The Casals Festival and The West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
Now the Quartet-in-Residence at Montclair State University, where they teach chamber music and offer individual lessons on string instruments, the Shanghai Quartet is also in its 13th year of residency at the University of Richmond. In addition they serve as residence guest professors at the Shanghai Conservatory in China since 2001. The Shanghai Quartet has also served as Ensemble-in-Residence at the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals and has made several appearances at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and on its "Great Performers" series. In addition, they were Graduate Ensemble-in-Residence at the Juilliard School, assisting the Juilliard String Quartet.
The Shanghai Quartet regularly commissions new works, including a recent one from The Chamber Music Society. They have also premiered Lowell Lieberman's Quartet, in honor of the National Federation of Music Clubs' 100th anniversary and a new work by Bright Sheng commissioned by the University of Richmond and the Freer Gallery for their 10th anniversary at the University in 2000.
Recording exclusively for Delos International, the Shanghai Quartet has built up an extensive discography. This fall, a 24-track collection of Chinese folk songs is slated for release. Recent recordings include a pairing of Ravel's Quartet with Frank Bridge's Quartet in E minor; Noveletten; The Flowing Stream, Chinese folk songs and tone poems by Zhou Long, with pipa player Min Xiao-Fen; and a Brahms album, pairing the Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, Op. 67 and the String Quintet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 88, with Arnold Steinhardt.
Recipients of the prestigious Chicago Discovery Competition in 1987, the Shanghai Quartet took second place at the Portsmouth International String Quartet competition (now the London International competition) in 1985 and was nominated for the Asahi Broadcasting Company's International Music Award after their first tour of the Far East in 1996. They have also studied with the Tokyo String Quartet and the Vermeer Quartet.