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Venue

Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Tickets

Free, reservations recommended

Program

Mieczysław Weinberg
String Trio, Op. 48
     I. Allegro con moto – Moderato – Allegretto con moto
     II. Andante
     III. Moderato assai
Ian Swensen, violin
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Jennifer Culp, cello

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29
     I. Allegro moderato
     II. Adagio molto espressivo
     III. Scherzo. Allegro
     IV.Presto
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Telegraph Quartet
Eric Chin, Joseph Maile, violins
Pei-Ling Lin, viola
Jeremiah Shaw, cello

Performers

Ian Swensen, violin
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Jennifer Culp, cello
Telegraph Quartet
Eric Chin, Joseph Maile, violins
Pei-Ling Lin, viola
Jeremiah Shaw, cello

Artist Profiles

Born in Brussels, Belgian American violist Dimitri Murrath has made his mark as a soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues including Jordan Hall (Boston), Kennedy Center (Washington), Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall (London), Kioi Hall (Tokyo), the National Auditorium (Madrid), and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris).

A recipient of a 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Dimitri is a first prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition. Other awards include second prize at the First Tokyo International Viola Competition, the special prize for the contemporary work at the ARD Munich Competition, and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. In 2012, he was named laureate of the Juventus Festival, an award recognizing young European soloists.

An avid chamber musician, Murrath is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and of Mistral Music. He has collaborated with Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Richard Goode, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Mitsuko Uchida, and members of the Mendelssohn, Takács, Guarneri, Cleveland, Jerusalem, and Juilliard String quartets.

He has performed concertos with orchestras including Orchestre National de Lille, Toho Gakuen Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, and London Mozart Players.

Dimitri Murrath began his musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School studying with Natalia Boyarsky and went on to work in London with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He graduated with an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. He joined the viola faculty at New England Conservatory aged twenty-six and taught there for eight years. He is now on the viola faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bowdoin International Music Festival.

A native of New York, violinist Ian Swensen comes from a musically gifted family of Norwegian and Japanese-Hawaiian descent. He has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years, teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Sacramento State University. He is a passionate pedagogue and his students have gone on to major positions in orchestras, teaching institutions and chamber groups around the world.

Swensen also maintains an active schedule as soloist and chamber musician, appearing at Music @ Menlo, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, and others. Recent projects include a series of recitals with pianist Jeffrey LaDeur, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with members of the San Francisco Symphony and a series of Haydn trios with Kenneth Slowik on fortepiano. Over the years other engagements have included Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Music from Marlboro, residencies at Tanglewood, Banff, Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary and travels to Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand to teach and perform. He has performed with members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Emerson, Takács, Concord and Tokyo quartets, as well as Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Mark O'Connor, and Yo-Yo Ma.

Swensen studied at The Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay and the Eastman School of Music with Donald Weilerstein and members of the Cleveland Quartet. In addition, Mark Sokol of the Concord Quartet has had a profound impact on his musical growth. He is one of the few musicians to have been awarded the Walter W. Naumburg International Competition’s top prize for both solo violin and chamber music (as first violinist of the Meliora String Quartet). His recordings can be found on the Telarc and Deutsche Grammophon labels.

Jennifer Culp has been an active chamber musician for the past 25 years. She was a member of the Kronos Quartet for seven years beginning in 1998, during which time she performed at Sydney Opera House, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, London's Barbican Centre, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the WOMAD Festival in New Zealand. The quartet won many awards, including Musical America's 2003 "Musicians of the Year" and a Grammy award for Best Chamber Music Performance of Berg's Lyric Suite in 2004. Culp has collaborated with artists such as Zakir Hussein, Dawn Upshaw, Tom Waits, Sandor Vegh, Asha Bhosle, and Irina Schnittke and is currently a member of the Feinsmith Quartet. She received a B.M. and M.M. from the San Francisco and New England Conservatories, studying with Bonnie Hampton and Laurence Lesser. Culp was also cellist with the Dunsmuir Piano Quartet, Empyrean Ensemble, Philadelphia String Quartet, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has recorded numerous world premieres for Nonesuch, New Albion, CRI, Orion, New World, and Sony.

The Telegraph Quartet formed in 2013 with an equal passion for the standard chamber music repertoire and contemporary, non-standard works alike. 
Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "… an incredibly valuable addition to the cultural landscape" and "powerfully adept… with a combination of brilliance and subtlety," the Telegraph Quartet was awarded the prestigious 2016 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Grand Prize at the 2014 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet has performed in concert halls, music festivals, and academic institutions across the United States and abroad, including New York City's Carnegie Hall, San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Chamber Masters Series and at festivals including the Chautauqua Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and the Emilia Romagna Festival. The Quartet is currently on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as their Quartet-in-Residence.

Notable collaborations include projects with cellists Norman Fischer and Bonnie Hampton; violinist Ian Swensen; pianist Simone Dinnerstein; and the Henschel Quartett. A fervent champion of 20th- and 21st-century repertoire, the Telegraph Quartet co-commissioned John Harbison's String Quartet No. 6 and gave its West Coast premiere in the fall of 2017 on San Francisco State University's Morrison Artists Series. The Quartet gave the world premiere of Robert Sirota's String Quartet No. 3, Wave Upon Wave at Weill Recital Hall for their Carnegie Hall debut in 2018, sponsored by the Naumburg Foundation. The Telegraph Quartet also premiered Richard Festinger's third string quartet, Icarus in Flight, a musical representation of climate change data from the year 1880 to projected simulations of 2080. In 2018 the Quartet will release its debut album, Into the Light, featuring works by Anton Webern, Benjamin Britten, and Leon Kirchner on the Centaur label.

Beyond the concert stage, the Telegraph Quartet seeks to spread its music through education and audience engagement. In the Fall of 2017, the Quartet traveled to communities and schools in mid-coast Maine with Yellow Barn's Music Haul, a mobile performance stage that brings music outside of the concert hall to communities across the U.S. The Quartet has given master classes at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Collegiate and Pre-College Divisions, at San Francisco State University, and abroad at the Taipei National University of the Arts and National Taiwan Normal University.

 

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