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Aizuri Quartet

with new commissioned works by Lembit Beecher and Paul Wiancko

Sunday Concert

Livestream with Ticket Reservation

Online / Members

$15 for virtual tickets | $10 for members

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For the opening concert of the season, we welcome the Phillips debut of the acclaimed Aizuri Quartet. Winners of multiple international awards and nominated for a GRAMMY, the Aizuri Quartet are trailblazers in new music and have the type of ensemble cohesion that brings new interpretive depth to cornerstones of the quartet repertoire. The Aizuri Quartet present two new centennial commissions by composers Lembit Beecher and Paul Wiancko, winners of the S&R Foundation Washington Award. Beecher and Wiancko have chosen art works by Alma Thomas and Sam Gilliam as the inspiration for their new works for quartet.

This event will be broadcast live from the Music Room on October 10 at 4 PM. To reserve a ticket, follow the link above to register. All registered ticket holders will receive a link directing them to a livestream webpage where the performance can be accessed. Ticket holders will be able to watch this performance “On Demand” for 48 hours following the broadcast time.

All performances in the 2021/22 concert season take place with a small audience following social distancing rules. We do not retain any in-person general or members tickets at this time. We will update our availability for in-person tickets as rules and restrictions are changed.

Praised by The Washington Post for “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect, technique and emotions,” the Aizuri Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize and the CAG Management Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, along with top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. The Quartet’s debut album, Blueprinting, featuring new works written for the Aizuri Quartet by five American composers, was released by New Amsterdam Records and nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award.

Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, branded by The New York Times as “genuinely exciting” and “imaginative,” the Quartet has garnered critical acclaim for bringing “a technical bravado and emotional power” to bold new commissions, and for its “flawless” (San Diego Union-Tribune) performances of the great masterpieces of the past.

The Quartet has performed extensively throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Japan, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and Abu Dhabi, and has commissioned and premiered new works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, Lembit Beecher, Paul Wiancko, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Gabriella Smith, Rene Orth, Michi Wiancko, and Alyssa Weinberg. Their 20-21 season highlights include performances at Lincoln Center, San Antonio Chamber Music Society, National Gallery, Dallas Chamber Music Society, the Kennedy Center and a special performance of John Adams’ “Absolute Jest” with the Milwaukee Symphony.

The quartet has been combining four distinctive musical personalities into a unique collective since 2012. Aizuri Quartet draws its name from “aizuri-e,” a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail. They are currently based in New York City.

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