Cancelled: Doric String Quartet, Chamber Music at the Clark

Photograph of Doric String Quartet

Saturday, May 4, 2024
2:00 pm PDT – 4:00 pm PDT

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron Street

We regret to inform you that the concert has been cancelled, due to unforeseen circumstances for the Doric String Quartet. Please accept our apologies for the short notice of this cancellation. We are all disappointed, as we know you are, that the concert is not able to be held as scheduled. Refunds will be processed for all ticket purchases.

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Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Quartet in A Major, op. 41, No. 3

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Quartet in G Major, op. 18, No. 2

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Quartet in C-sharp Minor, op. 131

Doric String Quartet

Alex Redington, violin
Ying Xue, violin
Hélène Clément, viola
John Myerscough, cello

“Luminous beauty of sound…”
The Daily Telegraph, 11 June 2022

The Doric String Quartet brings an elegance and intimacy both to the Classical canon and new music and as they go into their 25th anniversary this season, the players continue to deepen their interpretations and win fans across the world. Having performed cycles of Haydn, Mendelssohn, Britten, and Bartók at famous venues around the world, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, this season they turn their attention to Beethoven, embarking on a recording project for Chandos, with the first installment out this year, and culminating in 2026–27 with the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Their intellectual rigour has led them to use specially made original-style bows for performing Classical repertoire from Haydn to Mendelssohn, and while they are known for their refined performances of this repertoire, they are also committed to new music, performing works by composers such as Peter Maxwell Davies and Donnacha Dennehy. In 2019 they gave the world premiere of Brett Dean’s String Quartet no.3, commissioned for them by Musica Viva Australia, Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh Festival, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale, and West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

The Doric String Quartet’s curiosity and flexibility are represented by a discography of more than twenty recordings for Chandos, with whom they have recorded exclusively since 2010, ranging from Purcell to John Adams. They are regular visitors at Snape Maltings and London’s Wigmore Hall, where they were the first group to perform to a live audience after lockdown. They make an annual tour of the US and visit Japan every other year, with venues including Suntory Hall.

They often perform repertoire for string quartet and orchestra, including Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, and were invited to give the Austrian premiere of John Adam’s Absolute Jest for String Quartet and Orchestra at the Vienna Konzerthaus, with Adams conducting. They also gave the Dutch premiere with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw under Markus Stenz, and have performed the piece with the BBC Scottish Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestras. Their recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Peter Oundjian, released on Chandos in 2018, was named Recording of the Month in BBC Music Magazine and praised for its ‘sumptuous sweetness and laser-like clarity’.

As a group, they enjoy working with other musicians, such as Jonathan Bass, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Alina Ibragimova, and Alexander Melnikov. They recently toured the US alongside Benjamin Grosvenor, worked with Cuarteto Quiroga, and recorded Mendelssohn String Quintets with Timothy Ridout. This season they work with Tabea Zimmerman, Liza Ferschtman, and Julius Drake.

Having themselves benefited from coaching by groups such as the Hagen, Alban Berg, Artemis and LaSalle quartets, the group is keen to support young musicians and has been Teaching Quartet in Association at the Royal Academy of Music since 2015 and Artistic Directors of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival since 2018.

Alex Redington plays on a violin made by Paulo Castello c.1770, Ying Xue on a violin by Giovanni Gabrielli from 1754, Hélène Clément on a viola by Francesco Giussani from 1843, previously owned by Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten and on generous loan from Britten-Pears Arts, and John Myerscough performs on a cello made by the Brothers Amati in 1587.

Doric String Quartet is represented In North America by Arts Management Group.

Chamber Music at the Clark
Professor Rogers Brubaker, Artistic Director

Chamber Music at the Clark is made possible by The Ahmanson Foundation, under the auspices of Lee Walcott; The Colburn Foundation; Martha Bardach; Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Ph.D. and Barbara Timmer; Dr. Rogers Brubaker; Dr. Susan Harris and Mark Harris; Judy Hellinger; Henry J. Bruman Endowment for Chamber Music; Dr. Sheldon H. Kardener and Monika Olofsson Kardener; Elaine and Bernie Mendes; Janet Minami; Bette I. and Jeffrey L. Nagin; Dr. Jeanne Robson; Carol E. Sandberg; Charles H. and Carol “Jackie” Schwartz; Dr. Patricia Bates Simun and Mr. Richard V. Simun Memorial Fund; Patricia Waldron, M.D., and Richard Waldron; and Roberta and Robert Young.

Please see here for more information about our chamber music programs.

Photograph credit: George Garnier, courtesy of the artists.