This week Music in Maryland presents a Candlelight Concert Society performance of Curtis On Tour with the Aizuri Quartet and Cellist Peter Wiley. The concert was recorded at Smith Theatre Howard Community College of January 24, 2015. See below for program details.
Haydn: Quartet in B-flat Major, Hob. III:67
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Schubert: Quintet in C Major, D. 956
AIZURI QUARTET with PETER WILEY
Since Curtis On Tour was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have traveled to 44 destinations worldwide. Ensembles have performed on stages in Europe, Asia, and North and South America, with new venues added each year. Frequent performances at home in Philadelphia and around the country are part of Curtis’s “learn by doing” philosophy, which is paired with personalized attention from celebrated faculty, alumni, and guest artists.
Cellist Peter Wiley enjoys a prolific career as a performer and teacher. He is a member of the piano quartet, Opus One, a group he co-founded in 1998 with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violinist Ida Kavafian and violist Steven Tenenbom. Mr. Wiley attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of David Soyer. He joined the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1974. The following year he was appointed Principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for eight years. From 1987 through 1998, Mr. Wiley was cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio. In 2001, he succeeded his mentor, David Soyer, as cellist of the Guarneri Quartet. He has been awarded an Avery Fischer Career Grant, nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 with the Beaux Arts Trio and in 2009 with the Guarneri Quartet. Mr. Wiley has performed in leading festivals including Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, Santa Fe, Bravo!, and Bidgehampton. He continues his long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, dating back to 1971. Mr. Wiley teaches at Bard College Conservatory of Music and joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1996.
Formed in the Fall of 2012, the Aizuri Quartet is a culmination of years of music-making between its members, from their studies together at The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, to their collaborations at storied chamber music festivals like Marlboro, Caramoor and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute. The Aizuri Quartet gave its debut performance on the Tertulia Chamber Music series in New York City, and participated in the 2013 Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. Projects during the 2013-2014 season include a residency at the Scrag Mountain Music Festival in Vermont, performances in New York City, Philadelphia, Memphis, and at the ArtsNaples World Festival in Naples, Florida, and a collaboration with award-winning poet Denice Frohman. The Aizuri Quartet will be the quartet-in-residence at the Ravinia Festival’s 2014 Steans Music Institute, and was a finalist in the 2014 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition.
Individual members of the quartet have won top prizes in such competitions as the Primrose International Viola Competition and Astral Artists National Auditions, and have collaborated with renowned artists Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian and Mitsuko Uchida, among others. They have appeared throughout North America and Europe with a diverse range of ensembles including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, A Far Cry, The Knights, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Symphony in C, Curtis on Tour, Musicians from Marlboro, Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and counter)induction.
With a deep passion for the shared experience of live chamber music, the Aizuri Quartet strives to communicate the essence of great string quartet literature from across the historical spectrum. Uniting four accomplished players with varied musical backgrounds and experiences, the Aizuris approach the string quartet – often a composer’s most intimate and ambitious medium – with the shared musical values of extemporaneity, verve and the utmost musical integrity. The Aizuri Quartet derives its name from “aizuri-e,” the Japanese art of indigo woodblock printing.