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Ying Quartet

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The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world. Now in its third decade, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world's most important concert halls; at the same time, the Quartet's belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House. In fact, the Ying Quartet's constant quest to explore the creative possibilities of the string quartet has led it to an unusually diverse array of musical projects and interests.
The Ying's ongoing LifeMusic commissioning project, created in response to their commitment to expanding the rich string quartet repertoire, has already achieved an impressive history. Supported by the Institute for American Music, the Ying Quartet commissions both established and emerging composers to create music that reflects contemporary American life. Recent works include Billy Childs’ Awakening; Lera Auerbach’s Sylvia’s Diary; Lowell Liebermann’s String Quartet No. 3, To the Victims of War; Sebastian Currier’s Next Atlantis; and John Novacek’s Three Rags for String Quartet. In August 2016 the Ying Quartet released a new Schumann/ Beethoven recording on Sono Luminus with the cellist Zuill Bailey, and in 2016-17 the five toured with the Schumann Cello Concerto transcribed for cello and string quartet along with Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Sonata,” also reimagined for cello quintet. The 2017-18 season will see the Quartet continuing its work in the relatively new field of medicine, music, and healing with the staff at Houston Methodist, while simultaneously maintaining its busy touring schedule.
The Ying Quartet's many other recordings reflect many of the group's wide-ranging musical interests and have generated consistent, enthusiastic acclaim. The group’s CD “American Anthem” (Sono Luminus), heralding the music of Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, and Howard Hanson, was released in 2013 to rave reviews; their 2007 Telarc release of the three Tchaikovsky Quartets and the Souvenir de Florence (with James Dunham and Paul Katz) was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music Performance category.

The Ying Quartet first came to professional prominence in the early 1990s during their years as resident quartet of Jesup, Iowa, a farm town of 2000 people. Playing before audiences of six to six hundred in homes, schools, churches, and banks, the Quartet had its first opportunities to enable music and creative endeavor to become an integral part of community life. The Quartet considers its time in Jesup the foundation of its present musical life and goals.

As quartet-in-residence at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, the Ying Quartet teaches in the string department and leads a rigorous, sequentially designed chamber music program. One cornerstone of chamber music activity at Eastman is the noted “Music for All” program, in which all students have the opportunity to perform in community settings beyond the concert hall. The Quartet is the ensemble-in-residence at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and at Arizona State University, and from 2001-2008, the members of the Ying Quartet were the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University.

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Ying Quartet w/ Kim Kashkashian, viola, and Marcy Rosen, cello

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mendelssohn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
Arauco: Quartet No. 3 [Philadelphia Premiere]
Brahms: String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36

Pre-concert lecture w/ Ingrid Arauco at 1:45 pm

Kim Kashkashian will give a master class for students at Temple Music Prep (1515 Market Street, Room 222) on Saturday, January 12, 4-6 pm.

Marcy Rosen will give a master class for students at Settlement Music School (Curtis Branch) on Saturday, January 12, 4-6 pm.

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Ying Quartet w/ Menahem Pressler, piano

Date: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Arensky: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 35
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 12, Op. 133
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

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Ying Quartet

Date: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5, Hob. III:79
Capanna: Quartet No. 1
Mendelssohn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80

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St. Lawrence Quartet and Ying Quartet

Date: Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 3:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Ravel: String Quartet in F Major
Schumann: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2
Mendelssohn: String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

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Ying Quartet w/ Samuel Rhodes, viola and David Soyer, cello

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 3:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Haydn: String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 50, No. 1, Hob. III:44
Higdon: Southern Harmony [Philadelphia Premiere]
Brahms: String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36

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Ying Quartet

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2000 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Schubert: Quartet in E-­flat Major, D. 87
Prokofiev: Quartet in B Minor, Op. 50
Tchaikovsky: Quartet in E­flat Minor, Op. 30

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Ying Quartet

Date: Thursday, April 29, 1999 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Shostakovich: Quartet in E­-flat Major, Op. 117
Primosch: Quartet No. 3 [World Premiere]
Bartók: Quartet No. 5

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Ying Quartet

Date: Thursday, March 27, 1997 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Mozart: Quartet in D Major, K. 575
Janácek: Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”
Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky”

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