Clarinetist David Shifrin joins pianist Wu Qian, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, and cellist Mihai Marica in a program featuring the world premiere of Lost on Chiaroscuro Street, a Music@Menlo commission by composer Andy Akiho, winner of the 2014–2015 Luciano Berio Rome Prize. This new work has been deliberately paired with a work of the same instrumentation, Olivier Messiaen’s iconic Quatuor pour la fin du temps
(Quartet for the End of Time), the transcendent 1941 chamber music classic that received its extraordinary premiere in a prisoner-of-war camp.
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton
Maurice Ravel: Piano trio in a minor (1914)
Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (1940–1941)
Andy Akiho: Lost on Chiaroscuro Street – Read the composer's program notes online
Tickets: $52/$47 full price; $25/$20 under age thirty
Andy Akiho was born in 1979 in Columbia, South Carolina, and is based in New York City. Described as “mold-breaking,” “alert and alive,” “dramatic,” and “vital” by The New York Times, he is an eclectic composer and performer of contemporary classical music. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (BM, performance), the Manhattan School of Music (MM, contemporary performance), and the Yale School of Music (MM, composition). »Read full biography
Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky was born in Moscow into a family with an established musical tradition. He made his concerto debut at the age of eight and in 2011, he was awarded First Prize at the Trio di Trieste Duo Competition. He is also an Artist of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. Alexander Sitkovetsky is a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Trio, with whom he has won various prizes including the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Kammermusik Prize. »Read full biography
Selected as classical music’s “bright young star” for 2007 by the Independent, pianist Wu Qian has appeared as soloist in many international venues including the UK’s Wigmore, Royal Festival, and Bridgewater Halls, City Hall in Hong Kong, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As an orchestral performer, she has appeared with the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin, the Brussels Philharmonic, I Virtuosi Italiani, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Symphoniker, and many others. »Read full biography
Cellist Mihai Marica won First Prize in the 2005 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, as well as First Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 “Dr. Luis Sigall” International Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile, and the 2006 Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program and the award-winning Amphion String Quartet. Marica studied at the Yale School of Music, where he was awarded a master of music degree and an Artist Diploma.
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Recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, clarinetist David Shifrin has served as Artistic Director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, since 1981. A member of the Yale School of Music faculty since 1987, he is the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society at Yale and the Yale in New York concert series at Carnegie Hall. An Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, David Shifrin served as its Artistic Director from 1992 to 2004.
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About Music@Menlo and the Winter Series
Music@Menlo is an internationally acclaimed chamber music festival and institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded by David Finckel and Wu Han as a program of Menlo School, Music@Menlo features unique immersive programming, a roster of world-class artists, and a Chamber Music Institute for emerging and pre-professional musicians. Intimate performance venues and signature offerings such as AudioNotes CDs, Café Conversations, and the Encounter lecture series offer a wide range of opportunities for aficionados and newcomers of all ages to connect with chamber music in new and innovative ways.
Complementing the world-class chamber music programming that distinguishes Music@Menlo’s internationally acclaimed summer festival, the Winter Series offers unique year-round opportunities to explore the vast richness of the chamber music literature, interpreted by some of classical music’s most commanding performers.