The highly-acclaimed, young Ariel Quartet returns to New York City in the fall of 2018 with two captivating performances: as a part of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s Nightcap series, as well as the Aspect Foundation for Music & Arts series, based at The Italian Academy of Columbia University.
On October 13, the ensemble performs a late-night concert in the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center, in a program curated by Louis Andriessen as part of the Philharmonic’s The Art of Andriessen, which journeys through Ravel, Miles Davis, and John Cage, highlighting the ways in which their work helped shape Andriessen’s unique, innovative musical voice. The program is preceded by a Philharmonic concert which features Andriessen’s TAO. The Marie-Joseé Kravis Creative Partner Nadia Sirota hosts.
New York Philharmonic
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 10:30PM
The Quartet made their debut with Aspect Foundation for Music & Arts last season, in a performance exploring Tolstoy’s influence in music, about which The Strad remarked of their Tchaikovsky: “The novelist would have been brought to tears by the Ariel Quartet’s sensitive, even-handed reading, laced with a soupçon of sentiment.” At this performance, the Quartet members will also give an “Illustrated Talk” about the all-Beethoven program, which juxtaposes and contextualizes one of his earliest and latest string quartets.
Beethoven: Intimate Letters
Aspect Foundation for Music & Arts
The Italian Academy - Columbia University
Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:30PM
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 6, Op. 18 No. 6 (1801)
String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131 (1826)
Last spring, the Quartet released their debut recording on Avie Records, with a unique pairing of Brahms and Bartók which has received critical acclaim. “Here, on their debut recording, the precision and tonal polish they’ve honed over two decades is on proud display,” says Gramophone. “Musically, too, they have much to offer, elucidating the often meaty textures of Brahms’s A minor Quartet without sacrificing any of its luxuriance. And in Bartók’s First, they negotiate the rhythmic intricacies of the finale with such deftness that I had the distinct (and delightful) sense of the composer glancing back across the 19th Century to Haydn…The Ariel can enchant, as they do in the Quasi minuetto movement of the Brahms, with its nostalgic, Old World melancholy. And their confident unanimity allows them to convey ferocity without ever seeming to break a sweat.” View a trailer from the recording below:
The Ariel Quartet recently received the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, granted by Chamber Music America in recognition of artistic achievement and career support. The ensemble serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber-music program and present a concert series, in addition to maintaining a busy touring schedule in the United States and abroad. This summer, the Quartet made their Mostly Mozart debut with pianist Inon Barnatan and bassist Timothy Cobb in The Trout with the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Following appearances at leading festivals in the United States, Canada, and Italy, the Ariel Quartet begins the 2018-2019 season at the Newport Music Festival, followed by Music Mountain in Lakeville, CT, where they are joined by clarinetist Oskar Espina Ruiz for an all-Mozart program. Additional fall engagements include programs in New York and Washington, DC, and concerts with Calgary Pro Musica, where the Ariel Quartet gives the Canadian premiere of John Harbison’s String Quartet No. 6. In November, the quartet embarks on a European tour, with dates in Basel, Paris, and Berlin. Highlights of 2019 are performances at the University of California, San Diego, and Mannes School of Music in New York. The Ariel Quartet is presented by Music Toronto and Chamber Music Society of Utica, where they are joined by pianist Orion Weiss for the Schumann Piano Quartet and the Brahms Piano Quintet. At the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati, the Ariel gives the U.S. premiere of the Quintet for Piano and Strings by Daniil Trifonov, with the composer as pianist.
Alexandra Kazovsky, violin
Gershon Gerchikov, violin
Jan Grüning, viola
Amit Even-Tov, cello