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Aizuri Quartet

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts: Aizuri Quartet

Monday, February 20, 2017 7:30 PM

Fortas Chamber Music Concerts

The all-female Quartet has garnered acclaim for its explosive combination of depth, refinement, and vigor. Its Kennedy Center debut includes classics and a new work by Grammy-winning composer Caroline Shaw.

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Formed in 2012, the 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. Praised by the Washington Post for "captivating" performances that draw from its notable "meld of intellect, technique and emotions," the Aizuri Quartet is a top prizewinner in the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, 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 in which "every note is lovingly crafted and savored" (The Washington Post).
Currently based in New York City, the Aizuri Quartet was the 2015-2016 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. From 2014-2016, the Aizuri Quartet was the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Performance Timing: TBA