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Tokyo String Quartet

Martin Beaver, violin

Kikuei Ikeda, violin

Kazuhide Isomura, viola

Clive Greensmith, cello

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet has announced that 2012-2013 will be their last. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet—Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello)—has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred ... Read more

Tokyo String Quartet

Martin Beaver, violin

Kikuei Ikeda, violin

Kazuhide Isomura, viola

Clive Greensmith, cello

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet has announced that 2012-2013 will be their last. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet—Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello)—has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred concerts worldwide each season, the quartet has a devoted international following across the globe.

For the Tokyo’s farewell season, preparations are being made in every hall to properly celebrate what has been, for audiences in the U.S. and abroad, an extended love affair with the quartet. Domestic tours include cities such as San Francisco, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Tulsa, Miami, Kalamazoo, Seattle, Portland and Philadelphia, and feature quintets with pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Alon Goldstein and Jeremy Denk and with cellist Christopher Rex. Many towns -Woodstock, Houston, Buffalo and Syracuse in September alone- have been presenting the Tokyo since the early days “when four young musicians took the classical music world by storm.”

In residence at New York’s 92nd St. Y since 2003 and beloved by Y audiences since its debut concert there in 1977, the Tokyo in 2012-13 will perform Bartok, Haydn, a new ‘farewell’ quartet by Lera Auerbach, and the Schubert Quintet with cellist Lynn Harrell.

In Canada, the ensemble completes the Bartok cycle for Music Toronto in the second of a two-year series. Also playing in Ottawa, Calgary and for the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montreal, the quartet performs the Brahms Piano Quintet in Edmonton, joined by pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

For their final season in Europe, the Tokyo Quartet tours international cities such as Vienna, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris and Rome as well as Moscow and Warsaw. They perform the Schubert Cello Quintet with Gary Hoffman in Madrid and with David Watkin in Florence; the Brahms Piano Quintet with Javier Perianes in Spain; and the Mozart String Quintet with violist Gil Sharon in The Netherlands. A performance in Austria’s Schwarzenberg-Schubertiade Festival in late June, 2013 will be among the last opportunities to hear the quartet in Europe.

Nippon Music Foundation hosts the quartet in Encounter with Stradivari 2012, featuring 10 Stradivaris in concert at Fukuoka Symphony Hall, Hyogo Performing Arts Center and Suntory Hall. The “Farewell Tour” in Japan will take place in May, 2013, with concerts in Musashino, Tokyo’s Oji Hall and Tokyo Opera City. This will be followed by an extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand with presenters Musica Viva and Chamber Music New Zealand.

Deeply committed to coaching young string quartets, the members of the Tokyo have served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music as quartet-in-residence since 1976. In addition to teaching at Yale, this season they will also be conducting master-classes in universities and towns across the U.S., at the Conservatoire de Paris and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Their final U.S. concert will be under the roof of the Music Shed at Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on July 6, 2013.

The Tokyo String Quartet has released more than 40 landmark recordings on Harmonia Mundi, BMG/RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel-EMI, CBS Masterworks, Deutsche Grammophon and Vox Cum Laude, including the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert and Bartók. The quartet's recordings of Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel and Schubert have earned such honors as the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux, "Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year" awards from both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines and seven Grammy nominations.

Last season, the ensemble’s exclusive Harmonia Mundi label produced Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major with cellist David Watkin, which was named an "Outstanding” Recording by the International Record Review. For the Tokyo’s final season, Harmonia Mundi plans two releases—Brahms’ beloved piano and clarinet quintets performed with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, slated for release in the fall of 2012, and a second recording featuring Czech composers Dvorák and Smetana, to be released in 2013.

The Tokyo Quartet has been featured on numerous television programs, including "Sesame Street," "CBS Sunday Morning," PBS's "Great Performances," "CNN This Morning" and a national television broadcast from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, as well as on the soundtrack for the Sidney Lumet film Critical Care, starring Kyra Sedgwick and James Spader.

The ensemble performs on the "Paganini Quartet", a group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, who acquired and played them during the 19th century. The instruments have been on loan to the quartet from the Nippon Music Foundation since 1995, when they were purchased from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the Tokyo Quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito. Instilled with a deep commitment to chamber music, the original members of what would become the Tokyo String Quartet eventually came to America for further study with Robert Mann, Raphael Hillyer and Claus Adam. Soon after its formation, the quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. An exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon firmly established it as one of the world's leading quartets.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Tokyo String Quartet

Martin Beaver, violin

Kikuei Ikeda, violin

Kazuhide Isomura, viola

Clive Greensmith, cello

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet has announced that 2012-2013 will be their last. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet—Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello)—has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred concerts worldwide each season, the quartet has a devoted international following across the globe.

For the Tokyo’s farewell season, preparations are being made in every hall to properly celebrate what has been, for audiences in the U.S. and abroad, an extended love affair with the quartet. Domestic tours include cities such as San Francisco, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Tulsa, Miami, Kalamazoo, Seattle, Portland and Philadelphia, and feature quintets with pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Alon Goldstein and Jeremy Denk and with cellist Christopher Rex. Many towns -Woodstock, Houston, Buffalo and Syracuse in September alone- have been presenting the Tokyo since the early days “when four young musicians took the classical music world by storm.”

In residence at New York’s 92nd St. Y since 2003 and beloved by Y audiences since its debut concert there in 1977, the Tokyo in 2012-13 will perform Bartok, Haydn, a new ‘farewell’ quartet by Lera Auerbach, and the Schubert Quintet with cellist Lynn Harrell.

In Canada, the ensemble completes the Bartok cycle for Music Toronto in the second of a two-year series. Also playing in Ottawa, Calgary and for the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montreal, the quartet performs the Brahms Piano Quintet in Edmonton, joined by pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

For their final season in Europe, the Tokyo Quartet tours international cities such as Vienna, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris and Rome as well as Moscow and Warsaw. They perform the Schubert Cello Quintet with Gary Hoffman in Madrid and with David Watkin in Florence; the Brahms Piano Quintet with Javier Perianes in Spain; and the Mozart String Quintet with violist Gil Sharon in The Netherlands. A performance in Austria’s Schwarzenberg-Schubertiade Festival in late June, 2013 will be among the last opportunities to hear the quartet in Europe.

Nippon Music Foundation hosts the quartet in Encounter with Stradivari 2012, featuring 10 Stradivaris in concert at Fukuoka Symphony Hall, Hyogo Performing Arts Center and Suntory Hall. The “Farewell Tour” in Japan will take place in May, 2013, with concerts in Musashino, Tokyo’s Oji Hall and Tokyo Opera City. This will be followed by an extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand with presenters Musica Viva and Chamber Music New Zealand.

Deeply committed to coaching young string quartets, the members of the Tokyo have served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music as quartet-in-residence since 1976. In addition to teaching at Yale, this season they will also be conducting master-classes in universities and towns across the U.S., at the Conservatoire de Paris and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Their final U.S. concert will be under the roof of the Music Shed at Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on July 6, 2013.

The Tokyo String Quartet has released more than 40 landmark recordings on Harmonia Mundi, BMG/RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel-EMI, CBS Masterworks, Deutsche Grammophon and Vox Cum Laude, including the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert and Bartók. The quartet's recordings of Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel and Schubert have earned such honors as the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux, "Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year" awards from both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines and seven Grammy nominations.

Last season, the ensemble’s exclusive Harmonia Mundi label produced Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major with cellist David Watkin, which was named an "Outstanding” Recording by the International Record Review. For the Tokyo’s final season, Harmonia Mundi plans two releases—Brahms’ beloved piano and clarinet quintets performed with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, slated for release in the fall of 2012, and a second recording featuring Czech composers Dvorák and Smetana, to be released in 2013.

The Tokyo Quartet has been featured on numerous television programs, including "Sesame Street," "CBS Sunday Morning," PBS's "Great Performances," "CNN This Morning" and a national television broadcast from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, as well as on the soundtrack for the Sidney Lumet film Critical Care, starring Kyra Sedgwick and James Spader.

The ensemble performs on the "Paganini Quartet", a group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, who acquired and played them during the 19th century. The instruments have been on loan to the quartet from the Nippon Music Foundation since 1995, when they were purchased from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the Tokyo Quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito. Instilled with a deep commitment to chamber music, the original members of what would become the Tokyo String Quartet eventually came to America for further study with Robert Mann, Raphael Hillyer and Claus Adam. Soon after its formation, the quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. An exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon firmly established it as one of the world's leading quartets.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

Tokyo String Quartet

Martin Beaver, violin

Kikuei Ikeda, violin

Kazuhide Isomura, viola

Clive Greensmith, cello

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet has announced that 2012-2013 will be their last. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet—Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello)—has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred concerts worldwide each season, the quartet has a devoted international following across the globe.

For the Tokyo’s farewell season, preparations are being made in every hall to properly celebrate what has been, for audiences in the U.S. and abroad, an extended love affair with the quartet. Domestic tours include cities such as San Francisco, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Tulsa, Miami, Kalamazoo, Seattle, Portland and Philadelphia, and feature quintets with pianists Jon Kimura Parker, Alon Goldstein and Jeremy Denk and with cellist Christopher Rex. Many towns -Woodstock, Houston, Buffalo and Syracuse in September alone- have been presenting the Tokyo since the early days “when four young musicians took the classical music world by storm.”

In residence at New York’s 92nd St. Y since 2003 and beloved by Y audiences since its debut concert there in 1977, the Tokyo in 2012-13 will perform Bartok, Haydn, a new ‘farewell’ quartet by Lera Auerbach, and the Schubert Quintet with cellist Lynn Harrell.

In Canada, the ensemble completes the Bartok cycle for Music Toronto in the second of a two-year series. Also playing in Ottawa, Calgary and for the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club in Montreal, the quartet performs the Brahms Piano Quintet in Edmonton, joined by pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

For their final season in Europe, the Tokyo Quartet tours international cities such as Vienna, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam, Zurich, Paris and Rome as well as Moscow and Warsaw. They perform the Schubert Cello Quintet with Gary Hoffman in Madrid and with David Watkin in Florence; the Brahms Piano Quintet with Javier Perianes in Spain; and the Mozart String Quintet with violist Gil Sharon in The Netherlands. A performance in Austria’s Schwarzenberg-Schubertiade Festival in late June, 2013 will be among the last opportunities to hear the quartet in Europe.

Nippon Music Foundation hosts the quartet in Encounter with Stradivari 2012, featuring 10 Stradivaris in concert at Fukuoka Symphony Hall, Hyogo Performing Arts Center and Suntory Hall. The “Farewell Tour” in Japan will take place in May, 2013, with concerts in Musashino, Tokyo’s Oji Hall and Tokyo Opera City. This will be followed by an extensive tour of Australia and New Zealand with presenters Musica Viva and Chamber Music New Zealand.

Deeply committed to coaching young string quartets, the members of the Tokyo have served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music as quartet-in-residence since 1976. In addition to teaching at Yale, this season they will also be conducting master-classes in universities and towns across the U.S., at the Conservatoire de Paris and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Their final U.S. concert will be under the roof of the Music Shed at Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on July 6, 2013.

The Tokyo String Quartet has released more than 40 landmark recordings on Harmonia Mundi, BMG/RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel-EMI, CBS Masterworks, Deutsche Grammophon and Vox Cum Laude, including the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert and Bartók. The quartet's recordings of Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel and Schubert have earned such honors as the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux, "Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year" awards from both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines and seven Grammy nominations.

Last season, the ensemble’s exclusive Harmonia Mundi label produced Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major with cellist David Watkin, which was named an "Outstanding” Recording by the International Record Review. For the Tokyo’s final season, Harmonia Mundi plans two releases—Brahms’ beloved piano and clarinet quintets performed with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse, slated for release in the fall of 2012, and a second recording featuring Czech composers Dvorák and Smetana, to be released in 2013.

The Tokyo Quartet has been featured on numerous television programs, including "Sesame Street," "CBS Sunday Morning," PBS's "Great Performances," "CNN This Morning" and a national television broadcast from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, as well as on the soundtrack for the Sidney Lumet film Critical Care, starring Kyra Sedgwick and James Spader.

The ensemble performs on the "Paganini Quartet", a group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini, who acquired and played them during the 19th century. The instruments have been on loan to the quartet from the Nippon Music Foundation since 1995, when they were purchased from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the Tokyo Quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito. Instilled with a deep commitment to chamber music, the original members of what would become the Tokyo String Quartet eventually came to America for further study with Robert Mann, Raphael Hillyer and Claus Adam. Soon after its formation, the quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. An exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon firmly established it as one of the world's leading quartets.

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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