Mostly Beethoven Featuring the Shanghai Quartet
The incomparable Shanghai Quartet, known worldwide for its passionate musicality, plush sound and impressive technique, celebrates its 35th Anniversary Season. Listen to music you want to hear— performed from the heart.
- Beethoven: Quartet in D, Op. 18, No. 3
- Beethoven: Quartet in F, Op. 95, “Serioso”
- Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81, with Caroline Stoessinger
Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works.
Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the Quartet has worked with the world’s most distinguished artists and regularly tours the major music centers of Europe, North America and Asia. Recent festival performances range from the International Music Festivals of Seoul and Beijing to the Festival Pablo Casals in France and the Beethoven Festival in Poland, as well as numerous concerts in all regions of North America. The Quartet has appeared at Carnegie Hall in chamber performances and with orchestra; in 2006 they gave the premiere of Takuma Itoh’s Concerto for Quartet and Orchestra in Isaac Stern Auditorium. Among innumerable collaborations with noted artists, they have performed with the Tokyo, Juilliard and Guarneri Quartets, cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell, pianists Menahem Pressler, Peter Serkin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yuja Wang, pipa virtuoso Wu Man and the vocal ensemble Chanticleer. The Shanghai Quartet has been a regular performer at many of North America’s leading chamber music festivals, including Maverick Concerts where they recently made their 27th consecutive annual appearance.
- Weigang Li, Violin
- Yi-Wen Jiang, Violin
- Honggang Li, Viola
- Nicholas Tzavaras, Cello