The Mill Valley Chamber Music Society is delighted to present the Parker Quartet performing an evening of chamber music on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 5:00 at the Mt. Tamalpais Methodist Church in Mill Valley, a venue with superb acoustics for chamber music.
Their Program: Mendelssohn: S.Q., op. 44 #1 in D; Schulhoff String Quartet #1; Shostakovich:String Quartet #9 in Eb, op. 117
Hailed by The New York Times as "something extraordinary," the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The quartet began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. In 2009, Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 seasons.
Successful early concert touring in Europe helped the quartet forge a relationship with Zig-Zag Territoires, which released their debut commercial recording of Bartók's String Quartets Nos. 2 and 5 in July 2007. The disc received high praise by numerous critics, including Gramophone: "The Parkers' Bartók spins the illusion of spontaneous improvisation they have absorbed the language; they have the confidence to play freely with the music and the instinct to bring it off." The quartet's second recording, of György Ligeti's String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 and Andante & Allegretto, was released on Naxos in December 2009 to critical acclaim. The Ligeti recording won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. The quartet's next disc will be a selection of Haydn string quartets, produced by Grammy Award-winner Judith Sherman.
The Parker Quartet served as Quartet-in-Residence with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2008 through 2010 and were the first-ever Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio for the 2009-2010 season. This year, they will be in residence at the University of Minnesota, working throughout the year with chamber music students. They will also be teaching instrumental lessons at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
For more information see http://www.parkerquartet.com
Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church (View)
410 Sycamore Avenue (at the corner of Camino Alto)
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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