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Hermès Quartet- Embassy of France

Date(s) - 02/26/2015
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Embassy of France


The luminous talent of the Hermès Quartet members has consistently brought them acclaim.  The Washington Post praises their “world-class quartet playing” and says “they will likely take their place among the top quartets of our time.”  This season, the Quartet (violinists Omer Bouchez and Elise Liu, violist Yung-Hsin Chang, and cellist Anthony Kondo) performs at Iowa State University, University of Florida Performing Arts, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, the Port Washington Library, the Cosmos Club, Candlelight Concert Society, Feldman Chamber Music Society, the Chamber Music Society of Williamsburg, the Embassy Series, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Schneider Concerts at The New School, and at Rockefeller University.

The Paris-based Hermès Quartet has already been heard in prestigious European venues.  They have been presented in Italy at the Chamber Music Association of Trieste, Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, the Viareggio Festival, and Paganini Festival de la Spezia; in France at the Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux, Quatuors à St. Roch Festival, Yverdon-les-Bains Castle, Festival Quatuor à L’Ouest, Château de Lourmarin, Festival Musique dans le Grésivaudan, Festival de l’Épau in Sarthe, Les Musicades in Lyon, and Festival de Radio France et Montpellier; at the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria; and in Germany at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Crescendo festival at Universität der Künste Berlin.  In the U.S., they have given recitals at the Lied Center of Kansas, the University of Georgia, and the Friends of Chamber Music in Texas.

Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Hermès Quartet made its U.S. debuts to rave reviews at the opening concerts of the Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.  It has been awarded many prestigious prizes:  The 2013 NORDMETALL Ensemble Prize from the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; First Prize at the 2011 Geneva International Music Competition and the “Coup de Coeur Breguet” prize, which brought them a recording on the Ysaÿe Records/Nascor label; First Prize in the 2011 European Young Concert Artists Auditions in Leipzig, Germany; First Prize at the 2010 European Chamber Music Competition in Paris; and First Prize at the 2009 Lyon International Music Competition, along with three special awards and the Bayer “Coup de Coeur” prize.  The Quartet currently holds the Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair of YCA and the Florence Gould Foundation Fellowship, and is the Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.

The members of the Quartet met at the Lyon Conservatory and formed the ensemble in 2008 under the tutelage of Zoltan Toth and Reiko Kitahama. They have worked with the Artemis Quartet at the Universität der Künste Berlin, and are currently studying at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris with members of the Ysaÿe Quartet.

Program: Haydn, Schumann, Jánaček- $75 (parking is no longer available indoors because of the terror attack in Paris.  Those who paid for parking will have their money refunded).