Mozart: Quartet for Piano & Strings No. 1 in G minor, K. 478
Schumann: Quintet for Piano & Strings in E flat major, Op. 44
Brahms: Quintet for Piano & Strings in F minor, Op. 34
Zakarias Grafilo, First Violin
Fred Lifsitz, Second Violin
Paul Yarbrough, Viola
Sandy Wilson, Cello
Joyce Yang, Piano (Guest Performer)
About Alexander String Quartet and Joyce Yang
Having performed on five continents, the Alexanders are one of the world’s top ensembles. They’re the first American string quartet, ever, to have won the London International String Quartet Competition, which they did by taking both the audience prize and the jury’s highest honor. Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich, the Quartet has also established itself as an important advocate of new music through over 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances.
The Alexander String Quartet will be joined by Joyce Yang on piano. Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a”wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive prowess. As a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist and Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.
“An unusually fine group – musically, technically, in just about any way one wants to view it.” –The New York Times
“The Alexander String Quartet combines the spark of youth with a singleness of purpose usually reserved for more seasoned ensembles. The musicians controlled exuberance was unflagging and consequently produced superlative accounts of Beethoven, Bartok and Mendelssohn.” –Washington Post
“Dream-come-true performances from the excellent Alexander String Quartet.” –Boston Globe
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