Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Ariana Kim, violin Miho Saegusa, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola Karen Ouzounian, cello
Haydn: String Quartet in B Minor Op. 64, No. 2
Gabriella Smith: Carrot Revolution
Komitas: Armenian Folk Songs
Sibelius: Voces Intimae
Praised by The Washington Post for “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect, technique and emotions,” the Aizuri Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize and the CAG Management Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, along with top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. Its debut album Blueprinting, featuring new works written for the Aizuri Quartet by five American composers, was released by New Amsterdam Records and nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award.
Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, branded by The New York Times as “genuinely exciting” and “imaginative,” the Aizuri Quartet has garnered critical acclaim for bringing “a technical bravado and emotional power” to bold new commissions, and for its “flawless” (San Diego Union-Tribune) performances of the great masterpieces of the past. Learn more at www.aizuriquartet.com