Johannes String Quartet
Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco
Continuing the Legacy of Excellence
Soovin Kim, vln / Jessica Lee, vln
Choong-Jin (C.J.) Chang, vla / Peter Stumpf, cello
“The passion and attack that characterize the best of quartet playing.” - Philadelphia Inquirer
"These four phenomenal players are making a name for themselves as the next major standard-rep string quartet." - Time Out NY
"...unadulterated pleasure...a gripping performance that brought a chorus of cheers." - Buffalo News
AVAILABILITY: October 20–26, November 17–23, 2014; March 13–26, April 6–26, 2015
PROGRAMS: (please consult for additional options)
A: “THE LAST WORD”
MENDELSSOHN F minor, op. 80
BEETHOVEN op. 135
B: SCHUBERT A minor, D. 804 "Rosamunde"
DUTILLEUX Ainsi la nuit (1976)
BRAHMS A minor, op. 51 no. 2 (or another BRAHMS)
The Johannes brings together the first American to win the Paganini Violin Competition in 24 years, Soovin Kim; a Concert Artists Guild Competition winner, Jessica Lee; the Principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, C.J. Chang; and the former Principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Peter Stumpf. Their collaboration was forged at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont, and shaped and mentored by the Guarneri String Quartet whose style was influenced by the Budapest String Quartet decades before. They are continuing the legacy of excellence. In addition to its recent broadcasts on Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday and a triumphant Carnegie Hall debut, the Johannes has had great successes with audiences and critics alike in Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington DC, among others.
The 2013-14 season opens with the quartet's bi-annual residency at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and is followed by a two-part SPECIAL PROJECT entitled “MOZART MAGNIFIED”, with FRED CHILD of Performance Today as host and narrator. The Johannes follows this with a Carnegie Hall mainstage performance with the NY String Orchestra as well as returns to Philadelphia and a glorious performance of Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht with Grammy-winner Kim Kashkashian on viola and renowned cellist Marcy Rosen in Chattanooga. Forthcoming recording: complete Brahms String Quartets.
A highlight of past seasons included the group’s collaboration with the legendary Guarneri String Quartet in a program featuring William Bolcom’s Octet: Double Quartet written for them and commissioned by the Music Accord consortium of presenters as well as a newly commissioned string quartet, Homunculus, written for the Johannes by Esa-Pekka Salonen. For their performances of these groundbreaking works, they received acclaim from audiences at the Krannert Center (Urbana, IL), University Musical Society (Ann Arbor, MI), Penn State University, Boston’s Celebrity Series, the Orange County Performing Arts Society, San Francisco Performances, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, UCLA Live, Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music, Hayes University (KS), and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City.
The members’ ability to communicate their passion for excellence has made the Johannes Quartet’s work with students and audiences of all ages, season highlights. Master classes, side-by-side quintet workshops and performances have been among the favorites at Middlebury College, Indiana and Denison Universities, the Curtis Institute (broadcast on WHYY Television) and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival,where they return biannually.
RECENT/FORTHCOMING COLLABORATIONS INCLUDE:
· ROBERTO DIAZ, viola for BRAHMS F Major String Quintet,
· Members of the THE GUARNERI QUARTET for BRAHMS & DVORAK Quintets/Sextets,
· KIM KASHKASHIAN, viola & MARCY ROSEN, cello for SCHOENBERG VERKLARTE NACHT,
· FRED CHILD of Performance Today as host/narrator for “MOZART MAGNIFIED” for two evenings that explore the intricacies of Mozart. Child’s colorful narrative guides the audience as the Johannes makes “the entire listening experience an unadulterated pleasure” (Buffalo News). The group then demonstrates how Mozart’s attention to detail illuminates the miniaturist works of two 20th century master composers, György KURTAG and Anton WEBERN
"The Johannes String Quartet, comprised of four impressively gifted instrumentalists in their own right, have come together to form one of the great chamber music groups of our time. They play with technical polish, with deep musical understanding, and with uncommon inspiration. The Johannes is all I could ever dream of in a string quartet." - Arnold Steinhardt, Guarneri Quartet
“One of the finest chamber music concerts in recent local experience…The highly polished performance revealed amazing maturity” - The Virginian-Pilot
“a pretty terrific new string quartet has been born, and a long life is anticipated.” - Los Angeles Times