Artist Interview: Karen Ouzounian, cello

The Aizuri Quartet, currently the Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, makes their PCMS debut on Wednesday, May 18. This sold-out performance features guest pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn performing the Philadelphia premiere of Anatoly Drozdov’s Piano Quintet in A Minor. I spoke with the Aizuri’s cellist, Karen Ouzounian (center left), about their upcoming.

String Theory: Recap of PCMS’ Project...

Audiences often come to concerts to hear a string quartet or recitalist of great renown, relishing their masterful technique, expressivity and interpretation of the music.  While the focus often remains on the interaction between performer and composer, the third element of this musical trinity that gets overlooked is the instrument. One reason may be that.

Artist Interview: Hélène Clément, viola

Joining us on April 5, the Doric String Quartet is described by the Yorkshire Post as “today’s finest UK Quartet at a time when we are inundated with brilliant young ensembles.”  I spoke with violist (and Marlboro Music alumna) Hélène Clément about the group’s recording schedule, their work with composer John Adams, and their upcoming PCMS debut..

PCMS 30th Anniversary Gala Recap

On March 24, 2016, PCMS paid tribute to our founder, Anthony P. Checchia, with a special 30th Anniversary Celebration concert at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater. Pianists Richard Goode and Jonathan Biss; violinist Mark Steinberg; cellist Peter Wiley; clarinetist Anthony McGill; soprano Sarah Shafer; and the Brentano Quartet performed works by Haydn, Schubert and Dvořák. Tony.

Winter 2016 Concert Reviews

In case you missed them, here’s a summary of PCMS concert reviews from winter 2016. Read what our area critics had to say about your favorite chamber music performances below, and check back with us as the year continues for more reviews from our 30th Anniversary Season.   Back from the break: Robert Zaller of the Broad Street.

Artist Interview: Francesca dePasquale, violin

Violinist Francesca dePasquale makes her PCMS recital debut on Sunday, April 3 with pianist Meng-Chieh Liu. Ms. dePasquale was the First Prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and recipient of the prestigious career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. I recently spoke with.

Inspiring Curiosity: Aizuri Quartet at the...

Last Thursday, the Aizuri Quartet traveled out to the Coleman Northwest Regional Library and presented a program to nearly 100 Germantown residents.  While children took front row seats in the lower level of the library, the music traveled through the two floors above it, drawing attention from many others who watched from the balconies that overlook the.

Artist Spotlight: Ensemble HD

Beethoven for Beer In 2012, Joshua Smith decided to try something different. While sitting in a bar on the West Side of town, the Principal Flutist for the Cleveland Orchestra struck up a conversation with a local proprietor. From there, the two worked out a plan to take some of the best classical musicians in the.

Artist Interview: Violinist Elizabeth Fayette

Violinist Elizabeth Fayette makes her PCMS recital debut on Sunday, February 14 with pianist Adam Golka. I recently spoke with the 2014 Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia Career Grant about her program, her busy performance schedule, and her musical upbringing.  Patrick Burke: Your February recital features exclusively French composers. How did you decide on this program, and.

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