The Verona String Quartet

Location: 
Creative Arts Building, McKenna Theatre
Verona String Quartet

Concert Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, 3pm
Master class Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, noon

"Verona: Pure Joy. Everything was clear, luminous, balanced, and the unbridled polyphony of the finale literally shook the hall."
- La Presse, Montreal

Hailed by The New York Times as an “outstanding ensemble of young musicians,” the Verona Quartet is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and in just three years, has earned a stellar reputation for delivering a “sensational, powerhouse performance” (Classical Voice America) every time it takes the stage. Musical America selected the group as New Artists of the Month for May 2016, further setting the Verona Quartet apart as one of the most compelling young quartets in chamber music.

The Verona Quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall (London), Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), the National Theatre (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates), the Melbourne Recital Hall ( Australia), Carnegie Hall and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.). The quartet has also appeared on National Public Radio, The Weekly Special on PBS and Abu Dhabi Classical FM.

At the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Verona Quartet was also awarded the BMI Commissioning Prize, resulting in a brand new work by American composer Michael Gilbertson premiered at the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut in February. In addition, the group has recently garnered top prizes at numerous prestigious competitions worldwide: abroad at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (née London International String Quartet Competition), the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and the eighth Osaka International Chamber Music Competition; and in the U.S. at the Coleman, Fischoff, and Chesapeake Chamber Music competitions; and the M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition.

Program:

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), String Quartet Opus 74, No.1 (1793)

Sebastian Currier (b. 1959), Etude 2: Interactions and Lullaby 1: Pulsing (2016)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Opus 51 No. 2 (1873)