Euclid Quartet - Visiting Artist Series
Tue, April 12th, 2022
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Euclid Quartet is the Resident String Quartet at Indiana University South Bend; Jameson Cooper, and Aviva Hakanoglu, violins; Luis Enrique Vargas, viola; Chris Wild, cello. The quartet will also be joined by special guest Adrian Daurov, cello.
The first half of the program is the String Quartet in G Minor, op. 10 by Claude Debussy. The second half is the string Quintet in C Major, D. 956 by Franz Schubert. The Euclid Quartet performs in this unusual constellation with two cellos with their guest Adrian Daurov.
Celebrating its 24th anniversary season, the Euclid Quartet enjoys one of the most highly regarded reputations of any chamber ensemble of its generation, with its members’ constituting a multinational mix representing three continents: violinist Jameson Cooper (Great Britain), violinist Aviva Hakanoglu (United States), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela), cellist Chris Wild (Canada). Captivating audiences and critics ranging from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms to radio and television broadcasts, the quartet consistently performs to enthusiastic acclaim throughout the country.
Formed in Ohio in 1998, the Euclid Quartet takes its name from famed Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, home to a wealth of renowned artistic and cultural institutions. Within three years, the ensemble was awarded the String Quartet Fellowship of the Aspen Music Festival, where it was invited to return for the subsequent summer’s concert season. The quartet was also invited to study with the Emerson String Quartet at the Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop.
Highlights of the Euclid Quartet’s career include significant global recognition as the first American string quartet to be awarded a top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. Prior to its Japanese laurels, the quartet also won awards in numerous United States competitions, including the Hugo Kauder International Competition for String Quartets, The Carmel Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. In 2009, the Euclid Quartet was awarded the esteemed “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Active in the recording studio, the Euclid Quartet issued a pair of CDs, comprising the six string quartets of Béla Bartók on Artek Recordings. The American Record Guide raved about these discs, “rarely has a group found such meaning and vision.” Their debut CD, on Centaur records, features the first four quartets of Hugo Kauder, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria who fled to the United States in the 1940s; he defied the atonal trend of his generation with his uniquely harmonic, contrapuntal style. The ensemble’s most recent CD, “American Quartets: Antonín Dvorák & Wynton Marsalis,” comprised of Dvorák’s String Quartet #12 (“American”) and Marsalis’ At the Octoroon Balls – String Quartet #1,was released by Afinat Records in the fall of 2017.
Euclid Quartet is presented by the Williams College Department of Music with the generous support of the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment.