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Johannes Quartet Residency Concludes With Free Performances Feb 29 and Mar 2

Curtis graduates Soovin Kim, Jessica Lee, Choong-Jin Chang, and Peter Stumpf play all-Mozart program including side-by-side performances with students

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(February 22, 2012) A week-long residency by the Johannes Quartet concludes with two free recitals at the Curtis Institute of Music. On Wednesday, February 29 at 8 p.m., Curtis students play a program of Mozart works coached by the quartet. On Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m., the Johannes Quartet performs Mozart's Quartet in B-flat major, K. 589, then splits up to play side-by-side with students. Both recitals are free, no tickets required, and take place in Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia.

The Johannes Quartet brings together the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years, Soovin Kim ('99); a Concert Artists Guild Competition winner, Jessica Lee ('01); principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Choong-Jin Chang ('92); and principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Peter Stumpf ('85). The quartet was forged at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and shaped and mentored by the Guarneri String Quartet, whose style was influenced by the Budapest String Quartet decades before. In addition to recent broadcasts on Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday and a triumphant Carnegie Hall debut, the Johannes Quartet has had great successes with audiences and critics alike in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., among other cities. Time Out New York wrote "These four phenomenal players are making a name for themselves as the next major standard-rep string quartet."

Curtis frequently hosts residencies by world-renowned artists, who work with students in master classes and chamber music coachings. Other artists-in-residence during the 2011-12 season include composer George Crumb, cellist Gary Hoffman, and the PRISM Quartet.

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading conservatories, Curtis is highly selective and provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 163 students. In this intimate environment, students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtis's distinctive "learn by doing" approach. This philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists since the school's founding in 1924, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Jonathan Biss, Juan Diego Flórez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.


Student Recital: All-Mozart
Wednesday, February 29 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

MOZART Quartet in A major, K. 464
  Quartet in D major, K. 499 ("Hoffmeister")
  Quartet in F major, K. 590

Free; no tickets required.

Johannes Quartet Residency Recital
Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

MOZART  Quartet in B-flat major, K. 589

Soovin Kim, violin ('99)
Jessica Lee, violin ('01)
Choong-Jin Chang, viola ('92)
Peter Stumpf, cello ('85)

MOZART Quintet in D major, K. 593

Soovin Kim, violin ('99)
Barbora Kolárová, violin
Jessica T. Chang, viola
Ren Martin-Doike, viola
Peter Stumpf, cello ('85)

MOZART Quintet in E-flat major, K. 614

Jessica Lee, violin ('01)
Katya Poplyansky, violin
Choong-Jin Chang, viola ('92)
En-Chi Cheng, viola
Summer Hu, cello

Free; no tickets required.

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