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The Parker Quartet

Saturday, October 13, 2018 • 7:30pm

The Community Church of Sebastopol
1000 Gravenstein Highway, Sebastopol

Daniel Chong, violin
Ken Hamao, violin
Jessica Bodner, viola
 Kee-Hyun Kim, cello

Our Redwood Arts audiences have fond memories of the Parker Quartet from when they appeared here in February of 2013. Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The Quartet has appeared at the world’s most important venues since its founding in 2002 including the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and the National Gallery of Art in D.C. The Quartet’s 2018-19 season has performances and residencies scheduled around the United States and Europe, including at the University of Iowa, the University of Chicago, the Wigmore Hall, and the University of South Carolina.

The Parker Quartet has  distinguished  itself  with acclaimed  recordings  for  Nimbus,  Zig-Zag Territoires,  Innova  Records,  and  Naxos.  The  Quartet’s  most  recent  recording  featuring Mendelssohn’s Quartets Op. 44, Nos. 1 and 3, was widely lauded by the international press. The Quartet’s debut commercial recording of Bartók’s String Quartets Nos. 2 and 5 for Zig-Zag Territoires (July 2007) won praise from Gramophone. Their Naxos recording of György Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet won the  2011 Grammy Award for  Best Chamber Music Performance.

Founded and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France’s Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. Now Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music, and also in-residence at USC School of Music, the Quartet’s numerous residencies have included serving as Artists-in-Residence at the University of St. Thomas (2012–2014), Quartet-in- Residence at the University of Minnesota (2011– 2012), Quartet-in-Residence with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (2008-2010), and as the first-ever Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio (2009-2010).

The Parker Quartet’s members are Daniel Chong, violin, Ken Hamao, violin, Jessica Bodner, viola and Kee-Hyun Kim, cello. The musicians hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School, and the Quartet was part of the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program from 2006–2008.

Debussy: Quartet in G minor, Op 10
Wiancko: Strange Beloved Land
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major Op 74, “Harp”

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