Outstanding chamber ensemble, has engagements in top concert halls and festivals, an extensive discography, and a deep commitment to coaching young quartets.

Tokyo String QuartetNov. 20, 2005

Martin Beaver - violon     Kazuhide Isomura - viola
Kikuei Ikeda - violon     Clive Greensmith - cello

The Tokyo String Quartet has had several changes of personnel since its formation, but continues to be regarded as one of the world’s supreme chamber music ensembles. The Quartet gives concerts in the most prestigious halls and festivals, and in 2001 embarked on an ambitious project of performances of the complete string quartets and other chamber works of Brahms, interspersed with new pieces commissioned by the Quartet. It has released more than thirty landmark recordings, many of which earned prizes such as the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux and Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year. The Quartet is deeply committed to teaching young quartets, and serves as Quartet-in-Residence at the Yale School of Music and at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, and gives masterclasses throughout North America and Europe. The artists perform on the “Paganini Quartet”, a group of instruments on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.

Seventh LMMC concert.

Programme:

BARTÓK String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85 (1927)
     Prima parte: Moderato -
    Secunda parte: Allegro -
    Ricapitulazione della prima parte: Moderato -
    Coda: Allegro molto
MOZART String Quartet in A major, K. 464 (1785)
    Allegro
    Menuetto
    Andante
    Allegro non troppo
BRAHMS  String Quartet in C minor, Opus 51 No. 1 (1873) 
    Allegro
    Romanze: Poco adagio
    Allegretto molto moderato e comodo
    Finale: Allegro