Sunday, February 17, 8:00 PM
Formosa String Quartet
Mozart, Brahms, and more...
Joseph Lin, violin; Che-Yen Chen, viola;
Jacob Braun, cello; Jasmine Lin, violin
MOZART String Quartet in F Major, K.590 - his last (1790).
Shih-hui CHEN (b. Taiwan, 1962) Mei Hua [Plum Blossoms] for
String Quartet (2007) - 1st Mvmt. 'Fantasia.' Franz SCHUBERT
Quartettsatz (Movement for String Quartet) in C minor, D. 703
(1820). BRAHMS Quartet in B flat Major Op.67 (1875)
Winners of the First Prize and the Amadeus Prize at the Tenth London International String Quartet Competition held at Wigmore Hall in 2006, the Formosa Quartet was formed in 2003, when the four founding members came together for a concert in Taiwan, the land of their shared heritage. With recent performances at Ravinia Festival, Chicago Cultural Center, Wigmore Hall, and the Royal Academy of Music, the Quartet's 2007-08 season will include concerts at the New School in New York, the Caramoor Festival, Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, and Library of Congress, San Francisco State University, and the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, as well as the winner's tour of the UK. Reviewing their critically acclaimed debut CD released by EMI, the Strad states, "their imaginative account of Mozart. . . is spellbinding," while Gramophone says, "Their playing of Schubert's Quartettsatz is instinct with drama, while [their] Mozart is remarkably fine both in meticulous response to the letter and in a desire to look beyond the notes."