We celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth with an immersion in his complete works for string quartet. These iconic pieces are a mainstay of the literature and are a fascinating study of the artistic development of this master. Two leading quartets will perform Beethoven’s incredible sixteen works in two intensive periods over the span of little more than a month.
G-major Quartet, Op. 18, No. 2
F-major Quartet, Op. 135
E-minor Quartet, Op. 59, No. 2, Razumovsky
General Admission seating - doors open 45 minutes before concert.
All kids and college students admitted free at door.
The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition. Named the Cleveland Quartet Award-winner, and honored with the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, and Peoples’ Symphony in New York.
In 18-19, the Dover Quartet performed more than a hundred concerts around North America, including Kennedy Center, San Francisco Performances, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Spivey Hall, Boston’s Celebrity Series, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and Carnegie Hall. In addition, the season featured tours of Hong Kong, Europe, and Australia. The Quartet performed with violinist Janine Jansen, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and played the Dvořák piano quintet with Emanuel Ax.
Cedille Records released the Quartet’s second album, entitled Voices of Defiance: 1943, 1944, 1945 in October 2017. The recording takes listeners on a journey through works written during World War II. The 16-17 season saw the release of its all-Mozart debut recording, including Guarneri Quartet founding violist, the late Michael Tree.
In addition, the group has participated in three complete Beethoven quartet cycles, including the University at Buffalo eries and will record the cycle over the next three seasons. In the spring of 2016, the Dover Quartet was recognized with the Hunt Family Award, and in past years has taken top prizes at the Fischoff Competition and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. All four quartet members are consummate solo artists: first violinist Joel Link took first prize at the Menuhin Competition; violinist Bryan Lee and violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt have appeared as soloists with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic, respectively; and cellist Camden Shaw released a solo album debut on the Unipheye Music label.
The Dover Quartet members studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. It was at Curtis that the quartet first formed, and its name pays tribute to Dover Beach by fellow Curtis alumnus Samuel Barber.