Lafayette String Quartet . Sunday, October 14, 2018 . 2:30 pm
Since 1986, the Lafayette String Quartet has divided their time between entertaining audiences all over North America and Europe and teaching some of Canada’s finest young string players. Their residency at the University of Victoria is rich in local performances and community involvement. Their concerts in Canada and abroad are hailed as “Passionate, riviting, and with flawless ensemble.”
Their professional careers began in Detroit and for five years, the LSQ remained in Detroit, where its members taught at the Center for Creative Studies/Institute of Music and Dance and at nearby Oakland University.
The LSQ will feature a string quartet by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867- 1944) Amy Beach was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music. She was one of the first American composers to succeed without the benefit of European training, and one of the most respected and acclaimed American composers of her era. As a pianist, she was acclaimed for concerts she gave featuring her own music in the United States and in Germany.
Annie Wu Flutist . Tuesday, November 13, 2018 . 7:30pm
Annie Wu first received national recognition at the age of 15 as the First Prize winner of the National Flute Association’s 2011 High School Soloist Competition, becoming the youngest winner in the NFA’s history. In addition,
she was awarded the Competition’s special prize for the Best Performance of a Commissioned Work. The Pleasanton, California native is a winner of Astral’s 2015 National Auditions and the First Prize winner of
the 2016 James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, the 2014 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition, and YoungArts Foundation’s 2014 YoungArts National Competition. She is also a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. In 2013, she was featured on NPR’s From The Top.
Ms. Wu is currently enrolled in the five-year Dual Degree Program at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music; she will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from Harvard College and a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from NEC, where she studies with Paula Robison. Previous teachers include Isabelle Chapuis, Esther Landau, and Shao-Jiang Huang.
“Wu’s bright, incisive tone approached the ideal….melting beauty…This artist, it seems, can do anything.”—The Mercury News
Sybarite 5 . Sunday, February 10, 2019 . 2:30pm
Known as a “virtuosic ensemble with an original and risk-taking vision” – (Audiophile Audition Magazine), no group has been more influential in the development of the string quintet than Sybarite5. The ensemble has commissioned, premiered, and promoted over 60 new works since its inception in 2006, and has built a global audience with concert programs featuring new music by American composers.
Formed at the Aspen Music Festival, SYBARITE5 was the first string quintet admitted to the Aspen Advanced String Quartet Studies program, where the group worked with Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard Quartet, bassist Edgar Meyer and the Cavani, American and Ying Quartets.
“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience…” -Sarasota Herald Tribune
The name of the group comes from the ancient Greek city Sybaris. The people who lived there were called Sybarites, and were known for being wealthy hedonists who charmed their enemies with music.
Morgenstern Trio . Tuesday, March 19 . 2019 . 7:30pm
“The Morgenstern’s clarity of musical detail and technical excellence made this a night to remember. This was one of the best concerts I’ve heard all season.”
To name a piano trio after the popular nineteenth century German poet Christian Morgenstern was the inspiration of Catherine Klipfel, piano, Stefan Hempel, violin, and Emanuel Wehse, cellist, who met during their studies at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, Germany. After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German Music Scene by being awarded top prizes and awards, such as the prestigious US Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Award in 2010. The Morgenstern Trio has received important musical insights from Vladimir Mendelssohn, Menahem Pressler, Vesselin Parashkerov and Dirk Mommertz.
David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg . Clarinetist . Tuesday, May 14, 2019 . 7:30pm
Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, David Krakauer has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music. In 2015 he received a Grammy nomination in the Chamber Music/Small Ensemble category as soloist with the conductorless orchestra A Far Cry, and a Juno nomination for the CD Akoka with cellist Matt Haimovitz.
Over the past decade Krakauer has emerged as an electrifying symphonic soloist who brings his singular sound and powerful approach to the concert stage. He has appeared with the world’s finest orchestras including the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Baltimore Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Orchestre de Lyon, the Phoenix Symphony, the Dresdener Philharmonie, and the Seattle Symphony.
“Ebullient clarinet Wizard.” Time Out New York
“Known for his mastery of myriad styles, he occupies the unique position of being one of the world’s leading exponents of Eastern European Jewish klezmer music, and atthe same time is a major voice in classical music.“Krakauer is such an overwhelmingly expressive clarinetist who moves seamlessly between different genres that for a minute you’d almost thing that there’s no appreciable difference between jazz, klezmer and formal classical music” — The Wall Street Journal
Kathleen Tagg is a multi-faceted musician forging a unique path by moving seamlessly between genres and roles. Based in New York since 2001, the South African pianist, composer and producer has performed on 4 continents in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, had her original music performed in venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, appeared on a host of recordings of classical, world music and multi-genre recordings and produced numerous recordings and inter-disciplinary programs from South Africa to Los Angeles.