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The Award-Winning Dover Quartet Performs March 6 on the Student Recital Series

This recital is the Dover Quartet's final performance at Curtis as the school's string quartet in residence

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(February 21, 2014) The Curtis Institute of Music presents the Dover Quartet in recital on Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. alongside Steven Tenenbom ('79), faculty member and violist with the highly acclaimed Orion String Quartet. The Dover Quartet swept the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, winning first prize and four other honors just before arriving at Curtis; this recital marks the group's final performance as the school's string quartet in residence. The recital takes place at Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street, and is part of the Student Recital Series. Admission is free and no tickets are required.

The concert opens with Janácek's passionate Quartet No. 1 ("Kreutzer Sonata") followed by Mendelssohn's Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2, written on Mendelssohn's honeymoon and one of his more popular works for chamber ensemble. The Dover Quartet is joined by Steven Tenenbom to round out the recital with Brahms's challenging and complex Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88.

The Dover Quartet draws from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri Quartets, while also bringing youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to the repertoire that are truly its own. The Dover Quartet was previously graduate string quartet in residence at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. Praised by the Strad for their "exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement, and taut ensemble,'' the quartet's previous honors include the Gold Medal and Grand Prize of the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Second Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

The Dover Quartet won prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, and has taken part in festivals such as Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Recent performances include those for such influential series as the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, People's Symphony, Schneider Concerts, Kneisel Hall, and the Houston Friends of Chamber Music. As part of Curtis On Tour, the quartet continued their close collaboration with violist Roberto Díaz on an extensive European tour in spring 2013, which included performances throughout Germany, Austria, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The summer of 2013 featured performances at the Bard Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. Highlights of the 2013-14 season include a number of performances at the Curtis Institute of Music and Caramoor Festival, as well as a debut at the Heidelberg Festival in Germany.

Steven Tenenbom is the violist with the Orion String Quartet and Opus One, and he has appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson and Beaux Arts trios, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and on the 92nd Street Y Chamber Series.

He has been a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brandenburg Ensemble on tour through the United States and Japan. He has toured and recorded with Tashi, the Galimir String Quartet, and Musicians from Marlboro, in addition to working with composer Lukas Foss and jazz artists Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis.

He graduated from Curtis in 1979, having studied with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle. Mr. Tenenbom, who also serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, and Bard College Conservatory of Music, joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1996.

Designed for young quartets of extraordinary promise, the Curtis Institute of Music's new string quartet program provides musicians with frequent performance opportunities, in keeping with the school's learn by doing philosophy. Quartets also receive multiple weekly coachings from Curtis's renowned string faculty, which includes celebrated chamber musicians, soloists, and orchestral players, and work with visiting artists, including string quartets, throughout the year.

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 provides its 168 students with full-tuition scholarships and personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. Its distinctive "learn by doing" approach has produced an impressive number of notable artists, 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. Curtis alumni hold principal chairs in every major American orchestra, and each season they are featured as guest soloists with the world's leading orchestras, opera houses, and chamber music series.

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Student Recital Series
Dover Quartet with Steven Tenenbom
Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

BRAHMS -  Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88
Joel Link, violin
Bryan A. Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Steven Tenenbom, viola
Camden Shaw, cello

JANÁCEK -  Quartet No. 1, ("Kreutzer Sonata")
Joel Link, violin
Bryan A. Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Camden Shaw, cello

MENDELSSOHN -  Quartet No. 4 in E minor, Op. 44, No. 2
Joel Link, violin
Bryan A. Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Camden Shaw, cello

Free; no tickets required.







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