December 5 , 2004
with the Amernet Quartet
String Quartet in A major Op. 18 Nr. 5 L. v. Beethoven
Catalan Concertante for string quartet. Frederick Kaufman
Sonoralia Op. 3 Emmanuel Arias y Luna
String Quartet in A flat major Op. 105 A. Dvorak
Adagio ma non tropo: allegro appassionato
Lento e molto cantabile
Allegro non tanto
the Amernet Quartet: Misha Vitenson, Marcia Littley de Arias, violins, Michael Klotz viola, Javier Arias cello has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of todays exceptional young string quartets.
The ensemble rose to international attention
after only one year of existence, after winning the Gold Medal
at the 7th Tokyo International Music Competition in 1992.
Three years later the group was the First Prize
winner of the prestigious 5th Banff International String Quartet
Competition. The Amernet String Quartet has been described by
The New York Times as an accomplished and intelligent ensemble,
and by the Nürnberger Nachrichten (Germany) as fascinating
with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic
brilliance and homogeneity of ensemble.
The Amernet String Quartet was formed in 1991,
while two of its members were students at The Juilliard School.
Founding members Marcia Littley and Javier Arias have been joined
by fellow Juilliard graduates, violinist Misha Vitenson and violist
Their busy performance schedule has taken the group to the major musical centers and smaller cities across the United States. They also have performed concerts in Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Korea, Mexico, and most recently, in Romania. The Amernets New York debut was at Merkin Hall in 1994, with a return engagement in 1995. Subsequent New York appearances include Carnegies Weill Recital Hall in 1996 and 1998, the Americas Society in 1998, and Alice Tully Hall in 1997 and 1998, which The New York Times described as immensely satisfying... most notable for the quality of unjaded discovery that came through so vividly.
From September of 2000 until May 2004 the Amernet String Quartet was Corbett String Quartet in Residence at Northern Kentucky University, where they headed the Patricia A. Corbett String Program.
Previous to that, the group held a residency at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where they taught chamber music for four years.
The Amernet String Quartet has received grants
from the Corbett Foundation, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation,
the LaSalle Foundation, the Fine Arts Fund, the Cincinnati Chamber
Music Society and the Amernet Society for school outreach projects,
commissions of new chamber music works and for their unique concert
and conversation series. The group was the recipient of a Chamber
Music Rural Residency Award in 1995. During that year they divided
their time among the communities of Johnstown, Somerset and Indiana,
The Amernet Quartet has conducted workshops
and master classes in Buffalo NY, Memphis TN, Erie PA, Los Angeles
CA, Logan UT and other cities. They are founders of The Norse
Festival, a summer chamber music workshop at Northern Kentucky
University that provides an opportunity for young musicians to
work intensively in chamber groups, under their guidance.
The group has recorded the Concerto for Clarinet,
Oboe, String Quartet and Bass by John Harbison with Sara Lambert
Bloom and Charles Neidich as soloists, The Butterflies began
to Sing a work for String Quartet, Bass, MIDI keyboard and
computer, by Morton Subotnick, a complete CD of quartets by American
composer Stephen Dankner, as well as a recording of the Debussy
String Quartet and the Chausson Concerto for Piano, Violin and
String Quartet. The Amernet Quartet maintains a connection with
todays composers, and has worked closely with such composers
as Anthony Brandt, John Corigliano, Stephen Dankner, David Epstein,
Toshi Ichiyanagi, Gerhard Samuel, and Morton Subotnick. Their
most recent commission, sponsored by the Amernet Society, is Prairie
Songs, a work for string quartet and choir by Grammy award
winning composer Mike Reid.
The Amernet Quartet enjoys collaborations and
has performed with numerous artists and ensembles, such as the
Tokyo, the St. Lawrence, and the Ying Quartets, Steve Ansell,
Zvi Zeitlin, Miriam Fried, Toby Hoffman, Ida Kavafian, Paul Katz,
Anton Kuerti, Ruth Laredo, Eugene Pridonoff, Sandra Rivers, Shauna
Rolston, Nathaniel Rosen, Eric Shumsky,James Tocco, Dame Gillian
Weir and Kyung Wha-Chung and many others.
In January 2004 the Amernet String Quartet
was named Quartet-in-Residence at Florida International University,
succeeding the Miami String Quartet. Additionally, they are the
2004-2005 Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence for the Caramoor
Center for the Arts.
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