The Amphion String Quartet’s performance of Ravel’s 1903 F-Major Quartet went from gripping intensity to a fetching realization of the très rythmé marking of the second movement, followed by broadly sung passages, leading to the suspense and virtuoso playing of the last movement. Violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin, and cellist Mihai Marica received a well-deserved ovation.
Hailed for its “precision, assertiveness and vigor” (The New York Times) and its “gripping intensity” and “suspenseful and virtuoso playing” (San Francisco Classical Voice), the Amphion String Quartet is a winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. The Quartet was recently chosen for two prestigious programs—the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival for the 2012-13 season and the CMS Two Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with the ensemble’s three-year membership beginning in 2013-14.
Featured 2012-2013 performances are the ASQ’s Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall on the CAG series, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Caramoor Center for the Arts, TCAN Center for the Arts (MA), The National Arts Club, the MET, a tour of Northern California with concerts at UC San Francisco, Eureka Chamber Music Series and Montalvo Center for the Arts and numerous engagements throughout the Tri-State New York area. Internationally, they will be performing in South Korea at the Music Isle Festival in Jeju and at the Seoul Arts Center. In October they performed two Beethoven quartetts live on WQXR as part of the Beethoven String Quartet Marathon.
In summer 2012, the ASQ made a return visit to the OK Mozart Festival and to Chamber Music Northwest, where the ensemble performed alongside the Tokyo String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Michala Petri and William Purvis. The Quartet concluded its summer season with debut performances at La Jolla’s SummerFest, collaborating with such artists as violist James Dunham and harpist Deborah Hoffman. Previous summer festival highlights include: Chamber Music Northwest, where the ASQ was the Protégé Quartet-in-Residence and collaborated with artistic director/clarinetist David Shifrin; the OK Mozart Festival; Music@Menlo, as part of the International Program; and the Beethoven Institute at Mannes (NYC), working closely with members of the Brentano Quartet. In the 2011-12 season, the Quartet performed in New York on the Schneider Concerts Series at the New School, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Salome Chamber Orchestra Series and Bargemusic’s Masterworks series. Other recent performances include the Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, Elon University Artists Series in North Carolina, the Beinecke Library at Yale University, New Jersey’s Mostly Music Series (with renowned artists as Ani Kavafian and Carter Brey) and the world premiere of a new string quartet by American composer John Sichel in New Jersey. In January 2012 the ASQ participated in the first annual Robert Mann Quartet Institute at the Manhattan School of Music.
Violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist, Wei-Yang Andy Lin, and cellist, Mihai Marica, first joined together for a performance at Sprague Hall at the Yale School of Music in February, 2009. The overwhelmingly positive audience reception at this concert was the inspiration behind their mutual desire to pursue a career as the Amphion String Quartet. Recent honors include the 2012 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant in New York; First Prize at the Hugo Kauder String Quartet Competition in New Haven, CT; and First Prize in the Piano and Strings category as well as the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Plowman Chamber Music Competition held in Columbia, MO.
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