Dover Quartet and Haochen Zhang
Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine, the Grammy Award-nominated Dover Quartet has followed a “practically meteoric” (Strings Magazine) trajectory to become one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world.
The ensemble will perform with acclaimed Shanghai-based Haochen Zhang a program including:
- Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata in E Major, Op. 109, featuring soloist Haochen;
- Marc Neikrug: Piano Quintet No. 2, "In Six Parts," featuring the quartet and soloist; and
- Franz Schubert, String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810, “Death and the Maiden,” featuring Dover Quartet.
The musicians are Joel Link and Bryan Lee (violins), Julianne Lee (viola), and Camden Shaw (cello).
In addition to its faculty role as the Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Dover Quartet holds residencies with the Kennedy Center, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Artosphere, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.
“Quartets that play with such technical quality these days can be counted on the fingers of one hand,” a writer says in La Presse.
Zhang is the first Chinese competitor to be awarded the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal and, at age 19, one of the event’s youngest First Prize winners.
“His sheer pianism, boundless passion, and lyricism consistently dazzled, demonstrating musical maturity and artistry that belied his years,” writes classical music website Interlude.hk.
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