Ralph Waldo Emerson loved music: "Music takes us out of the actual," he wrote, "and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder..." It is only fitting that his namesake Quartet has awed the musical world for more than 35 years - winning nine Grammy Awards, three Grammophone Awards and the Avery Fisher Prize, among other accolades. The Quartet has also been featured in publications from The New Yorker and USA Today to Grammophone and The Strad, and is the subject of two award-winning documentaries.
Imani is a Swahili word meaning "faith," and the Grammy-nominated Imani Wind Quintet has long shown its faith in the future of classical music by commissioning new works from many of today's composers, including Imani's own flutist, Valerie Coleman, whose Tzigane was inspired by the music of the Romani (gypsy) people. Joining the Quintet is pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, of whom BBC Music Magazine said "McDermott's heart has heft and translucence, structural certainly and seasoned humanity."
The Escher String Quartet draws inspiration from the art of M.C. Escher, where individual components work together to form a whole. Founded in 2005, the Quartet took the musical world by storm, becoming quartet-in-residence at The perlman Chamber Music Program in New York and The Young Artist Programme in Canada. Since then, the former BBC New Generation Artists have performed worldwide, from New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to The Louvre in Paris and Hangzhou Grand Theatre in China.
If there were such a thing as musical Super Heroes, the Schubert Ensemble would qualify. Acclaimed for 29 years as one of the world's leading proponents of music for piano and strings, the Ensemble regularly performs more than 50 concerts each year, thrilling audiences in more than 40 countries. Additionally, the London-based musicians have commissioned more than 80 works from many of the United Kingdom's leading composers and produced more than 30 critically acclaimed recordings. Their guiding spirit, Franz Schubert, would be proud.
The evangelist St. Endellion lived as a hermit in 5th and 6th century Cornwall. Members of the Endellion String Quartet are evangelists, as well . . . but by no stretch of the imagination can they be called reclusive. The renowned ensemble has brought what Leonard Bernstein called "the joy of music" not only to Cambridge University, where it has been Quartet-in-Residence since 1992, but throughout the world on six continents. Audiences, says the Daily Telegraph, are "set ablaze."
Ani Kavafian, Andre-Michel Schub and David Shifrin, each an acclaimed soloist and member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, have been friends for 25 years. Tally their appearances, and they have appeared with virtually every major orchestra in the world and in recital at major concert halls and festivals from Carnegie Hall to Wolf Trap to Ravinia. When they eprform together, they have an undeniable chemistry, a special kind of musical magic - not only for audiences, but for themselves.
You are cordially invited to join the 64th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, in which young musicians from schools and conservatories across the nation and abroad bring their remarkable talents before a distinguished panel of judges. Finalists will compete for $15,000 in prizes. The Competition is open to the public and audiences are welcome, free of charge. Prizewinners will be presented in concert Sunday, April 28, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. in Ramo Auditorium.