Miró String Quartet
Muir String Quartet
Orion String Quartet
The American pianist Jonathan Biss has
established a flourishing international reputation with his performances
throughout North America and Europe. He has appeared with the National
Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,
the Minnesota Orchestra and the symphonies of Baltimore, Cincinnati
and San Francisco. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with
many acclaimed artists, including Isaac Stern, Andras Schiff, Pinchas
Zukerman and Midori. His exceptional promise has been recognized
with the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant,
Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, and the Andrew Wolf Memorial
Chamber Music Award. www.jonathanbiss.com
to view photos from Jonathan's residency.
Jonathan returned in April 2007 to perform a benefit concert
with his mother, the violinist Miriam Fried. Click here
to view event photos.
Audiences around the world respond with exhilaration
to what the critics call the "razor sharp intensity" and "heart
stopping" performances of the award-winning Borromeo String Quartet.
Quickly establishing itself as one of the most important string
quartets performing today, the Borromeo Quartet has been hailed
by The New York Times as "outstanding" and the Boston Globe as "simply
the best there is." Every season, the Borromeo Quartet performs
in major venues across three continents. Highlights of recent seasons
included engagements in some of the foremost music centers in New
York, Boston, San Francisco, and Philadelphia, as well as extensive
international tours of the Far East and Europe. www.borromeoquartet.org
Click here to view photos
from the Borromeo String Quartet's residency.
Maxine Greene (in memoriam, 1917-2014) was Professor
Emerita at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she was also
Founder of the Center for the Arts, Social Imagination, and Education.
Dr. Greene taught at the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts
in Education, and was past president of the American Educational
Research Association, the American Educational Studies Association,
and the Philosophy of Education Society. www.maxinegreene.org
to view photos from the Providence Quartet's Salon at Maxine
Click here to view
documentation from Imagining Art + Social Change,
featuring Maxine Greene's keynote address.
Cellist Matt Haimovitz has inspired both classical music lovers and new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and coffee houses, and any place where passionate music can be heard. Through his visionary approach – bringing a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, championing new music and initiating groundbreaking collaborations, innovative recording projects, a busy touring schedule as well as mentoring a studio of young cellists at McGill University – Haimovitz is re-defining what it means to be an artist for the 21st century. www.matthaimovitz.com
Jaffe is the Founding President of Rhode Island Citizens
for the Arts, the state's arts advocacy organization. An accomplished
actor, director, and producer, he currently heads Erimax Theatrical
Violist Kim Kashkashian has established herself as one of the most accomplished artists of her generation. In recent seasons, she has appeared as soloist with the major orchestras of New York, Berlin, Vienna, London, Milan, Munich and Tokyo. She has performed recitals at the Metropolitan Museum and the 92nd Street "Y" in New York City, in Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Cleveland and Los Angeles. Ms. Kashkashian has performed with the Tokyo, Guarneri, and Galimir Quartets and toured with a quartet which included violinists Gidon Kremer and Daniel Phillips and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Her extensive teaching activities have included professorships at the University of Indiana and in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany. In 2000, she joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston. Click here to listen to a story about Kim Kashkashian on NPR. See videos from her recent performances with CMW here.
Since winning First Prize at the 1998 Banff International
String Quartet Competition and the prestigious Naumburg Chamber
Music Award in 2000, the Miró String Quartet has captivated
audiences around the world, dazzling listeners with its youthful
intensity and mature interpretations. Formed in 1995, the Miró Quartet
met with immediate success, winning the First Prize at the 50th
annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in April 1996, and the
following month taking both the First and Grand prizes at the Fischoff
National Chamber Music Competition. In residence at the University
of Texas at Austin, the Miró String Quartet is the first ensemble
to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Click here to view photos from the Miró String Quartet's residency in November
Diane Monroe is frequently heard at
such renowned venues as the Marlboro, Caramoor, Sitka, Verbier,
North Sea Jazz, and Mellon Jazz Festivals. She has appeared in concert
with Yo-Yo Ma, performing the string quartets of Henry Cowell at
BAM, joined the Ethos Percussion Ensemble in concert at the Weill
Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and performed as guest soloist in
both Wall to Wall presentations of Kurt Weil and Irving Berlin at
Symphony Space in New York City. Her recitals throughout the U.S.
include Town Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City, Schoenberg Hall
in Los Angeles, Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C., and Pickman
Hall in Boston.
The Muir String Quartet has long been
acknowledged as one of the world's most powerful and insightful
ensembles, distinguishing itself among audiences and critics with
its "exhilarating involvement" (Boston Globe),"impeccable voicing
and intonation" (San Francisco Examiner) and "unbridled musicality"
(American Record Guide). The quartet appears annually on the major
chamber music series throughout North America and Europe. In keeping
with the quartet's namesake, the great naturalist, explorer and
Sierra Club Founder, John Muir, the quartet donates proceeds from
its much-touted EcoClassics, Inc. recordings to a variety of conservation
organizations and programs supporting young musicians. The Muir
Quartet is the Quartet-in-Residence at Boston University.
Click here to purchase the Providence
String Quartet's recording of Franz Schubert's Cello Quintet with
special guest Muir String Quartet cellist Michael Reynolds.
Visit www.muirstringquartet.org to learn more about the Muir String Quartet.
Hailed for its exquisite artistry, technical
mastery, and astute approach to concert programming, the Orion
String Quartet is one of the most admired chamber ensembles
on the international music scene. The members of the Quartet have
worked with such legendary figures as Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin,
Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Serkin, András Schiff,
Wynton Marsalis, members of TASHI and the Beaux Arts Trio, as well
as the Budapest, Végh, Galimir and Guarneri String Quartets. The
Orion Quartet performs in the world's leading concert halls and
serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
Center, Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and New York's
Mannes College of Music.
Read about the Providence Quartet's coaching with Tim Eddy here.
||Click here to read about the Orion String Quartet's October 2008 residency at Community MusicWorks
Larry Rachleff is the Music Director
of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Music Director of the San Antonio
Symphony, Professor of Conducting and Music Director of Rice University's
Shepherd School Orchestras in Houston, and Music Director of Chicago's
Symphony II, an orchestra consisting of members of the Chicago Lyric
Opera Orchestra. Mr. Rachleff has appeared as guest conductor with
such prestigious orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the
Seattle Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony
and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 1993 he was selected as
one of four American conductors to lead the Cleveland Orchestra
at Carnegie Hall under the mentorship of Maestro Pierre Boulez.
Violinist Eric Rosenblith (in memorium, 1920-2010) performed as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He is the former concertmaster of the Indianapolis and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras. Rosenblith has premiered and recorded many new works by American composers including David Stock, George Crumb, Alan Lighty, and Lucia Dlugachevsky and has released recordings on the Columbia, CRI, Crest, and Parjo labels. He is the editor and translator of the newly revised The Art of Violin Playing by Carl Flesch, and is the founder and artistic director of the International Musical Arts Institute of Fryeburg, Maine. Rosenblith regularly gives master classes in the United States, the United Kingdom, Korea, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China. He has served as chairman of New England Conservatory's string department for over twenty-five years. Click here to view The Art of Violin Playing, edited by Eric Rosenblith.
Canadian violinist and violist Barry Shiffman has a rich and varied career as a performer, recording artist, teacher, and creator of special projects. In 1989, he co-founded the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ). During his 17 years with the quartet he appeared in over 2,000 concerts in venues around the globe, and recorded several critically acclaimed discs under an exclusive contract with EMI Classics. In addition to performing and recording, Shiffman is a sought-after violin and viola teacher and chamber music coach. As part of his role in the St. Lawrence, Shiffman served as artist-in-residence at Stanford University from 1998 to 2006 and as visiting artist at the University of Toronto from 1995 to 2006. Since 2006, he has been Director of Music Programs at The Banff Centre, and Executive Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Read about a Phase II trip in 2006 to hear the St. Lawrence String Quartet by clicking here.
Sizer, in memoriam (1932-2009). Ted Sizer was Professor Emeritus at Brown University and
Visiting Professor of Education at Harvard University. He was the
Founder and Chairman of the Coalition of Essential Schools, and
wrote many books on the subject of redesigning public schools. www.essentialschools.org
View text and photos from Education, Art, and Freedom:
Exploration of Philosophy and Pedagogy.