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Curtis Students Present Mozart’s ‘Haydn Quartets’ in Recitals Nov 19

Students frame the six string quartets by Mozart with historical and compositional context before performing in back-to-back recitals at Gould Rehearsal Hall

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PHILADELPHIA—November 18, 2016—Students from the Curtis Institute of Music perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s six string quartets dedicated to his mentor Franz Joseph Haydn in two free recitals on Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Gould Rehearsal Hall.

Ensembles of Curtis students, including the 2016–17 Nina von Maltzahn String Quartet Program quartet in residence, the Zorá Quartet, briefly present their own historical research and musically-significant analysis before giving a full performance of each string quartet. Audiences gain knowledge and insight into each piece from the performers themselves.

The two recitals each feature three of the Mozart quartets and will be separated by a meet-and-greet reception. These events are free and require no tickets, but seating is limited at each performance.

Acclaimed violist and Curtis Chamber Music Coordinator Steven Tenenbom (’79) conceived of the six-quartet series as a holistic approach to musical study. In coordination with Curtis’s “learn by doing” philosophy, it fosters students’ skills in performance, research, public speaking, and musical advocacy. Tenenbom coaches the students on the musical aspects of their performance, while Jonathan Coopersmith, chair of musical studies at Curtis, provides guidance on the academic research. The Mozart quartets are the third iteration of the project, which began in 2014 and previously delved into the six quartets of Beethoven’s Op. 18 and the six quartets of Haydn’s Op. 50.

“One of the world’s finest music academies” (BBC Culture), the Curtis Institute of Music pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest caliber. Each year 175 students come to Curtis, drawn by a tuition-free, performance-inspired learning culture. In this intimate environment, they are nurtured by a celebrated faculty and inspired by the school’s distinctive “learn by doing” approach, offering more than 200 concerts each year in Philadelphia as well as performances around the world through Curtis on Tour.


Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

MOZART            Quartet in A major, K. 464

                             Shannon Lee, violin
                             Yeyeong Jin, violin
                             Kathryn Epperson, viola
                             Arlen Hlusko, cello

                         Quartet in D minor, K. 421

                             Hyun Jae Lim, violin
                             Haram Kim, violin
                             Julian Tello Jr., viola
                             Andres Sanchez, cello

                         Quartet in C major, K. 465 (“Dissonance”)

                             Emily Shehi, violin
                             Alice Byol Kim, violin
                             Keigo Suzuki, viola
                             Chase Park, cello

This performance will be followed by a meet-and-greet reception

Saturday, November 19 at 1:30 p.m.
Gould Rehearsal Hall, 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

MOZART             Quartet in G major, K. 387

                              Zorá String Quartet

                          Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458 (“Hunt”)

                              Stephen Tavani, violin
                              Youjin Lee, violin
                              Michael Casimir, viola
                              Oliver Herbert, cello

                          Quartet in E-flat major, K. 428

                              Abigail Fayette, violin
                              Angela Sin Ying Chan, violin
                              Kunbo Xu, viola
                              Zachary Mowitz, cello



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