Ehnes Quartet is “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team lineup.” - Strings
Location: The Broad Stage - Main Stage
Don't miss the first of three dynamic programs from our 2018/19 Classical Artist-in-Residence, violist Richard Yongjae O'Neill. The Emmy® Award winner, two-time GRAMMY® nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient will be joined by his colleagues in Ehnes Quartet to perform Schubert's "greatest string quartet" (Gramophone) and Beethoven's monumental String Quartet No. 14.
Spotlight Talk with Richard Yongjae O'Neill starting at 6:45 PM. Learn more here.
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” (Strings), the Ehnes Quartet is comprised of four internationally renowned string musicians: violinists James Ehnes and Amy SchwartzMoretti, violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill and cellist Edward Arron. Formally established in 2010, the members of the Ehnes Quartet have played chamber music together in various formations for more than 20 years. The quartet’s highly refined, sensitive and expressive performances have delighted audiences and critics across North America, Europe and Asia. They have become one of the most sought after chamber groups performing today. Their debut recordings of quartets by Barber and Shostakovich were released in 2014 by Onyx Classics to critical acclaim.
James Ehnes (Violin) is known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, and has performed in 37 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. His recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes including a GRAMMY®, Gramophone and eleven Juno Awards. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and a member of the Order of Canada. He plays the “Marsick” Stradivarius of 1715.
Amy Schwartz-Moretti (Violin) is recognized as a deeply expressive artist with an affinity for chamber music, and has a musical career of broad versatility. Former Concertmaster of the Florida Orchestra and Oregon Symphony, she has been Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University since its inception. A dedicated teacher, she holds the Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings. In addition to her recordings and performances internationally, she curates the Fabian Concert Series in Macon, Georgia. Through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society, she plays the 1744 G.B. Guadagnini known as the “Canadian.”
Richard Yongjae O'Neill (Viola), Emmy® Award winner, two-time GRAMMY® nominee and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, has appeared as soloist with the London, Los Angeles and Seoul Philharmonics; BBC, KBS and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestras; and the Wurttemburg, Vienna and Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestras. Highlights of this season include premiering John Harbison’s Viola Sonata written for him and Molly Morkowski, serving as Artist-InResidence at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica and celebrating his 15-year anniversary of concerts in Korea with a special appearance of the Ehnes Quartet at Seoul Arts Center. A recording artist with UNIVERSAL/ Deutsche Grammophon, he has made nine solo albums that have sold over 200,000 copies. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Camerata Pacifica and the Ehnes Quartet. Composers Lera Auerbach, Elliott Carter, John Harbison, Huang Ruo and Paul Chihara have written and dedicated works to him. His chamber music project DITTO has introduced tens of thousands to chamber music in South Korea and Japan. The first violist to receive the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, he was honored with a Proclamation from the New York City Council. He serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross, CARE and UNICEF, and runs marathons for charity.
Edward Arron (Cello) made his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2000, and has since performed as a soloist with orchestras, recitalists and chamber musicians throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He is the artistic director of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, of the Musical Masterworks series in Old Lyme, CT, and also directs concert series in Columbia, Beaufort and Charleston, SC. He serves on the faculty of University of Massachusetts Amherst, and performs on a cello made by Giovanni Grancino in 1700.
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