The Pepperdine University Center for the Arts 2013-2014 Recital Series concludes with a performance by the Amphion String Quartet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, at Raitt Recital Hall on Pepperdine's Malibu campus.
The program will include Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 1; Berg's String Quartet, Op. 3; Webern's Langsamer Satz; and Dvo ák's "American" Quartet.
Violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin, and cellist Mihai Marica first joined together for a performance at Sprague Hall at the Yale School of Music in February 2009. The overwhelmingly positive audience reception at this concert was the inspiration behind their mutual desire to pursue a career as the Amphion String Quartet (ASQ).
Hailed for its "precision, assertiveness, and vigor" (The New York Times) and its "gripping intensity" and "suspenseful and virtuoso playing" (San Francisco Classical Voice), the Amphion String Quartet is a winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.
The quartet was recently chosen for two prestigious programs: the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Festival for the 2012-2013 season and the CMS Two Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with the ensemble's three-year membership commencing in 2013-2014.
The Amphion Quartet began this season with a full schedule of summer festival engagements, including the Caramoor Festival (featuring the world premiere of a new quartet by Yevgeniy Sharlat that was commissioned by Caramoor), Chautauqua Institution's Chamber Music Series, Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival, Music Mountain, Princeton Summer Concerts, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, as well as concerts in New York City for the NYU String Quartet Workshop and Bargemusic.
Highlights of 2013-2014 include New York concerts at Alice Tully Hall (for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center) and the Tilles Center at Long Island University, as well as a concert at Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music (Lincoln, NE) and a tour of Taiwan.
In summer 2012 the ASQ made a return visit to the OK Mozart Festival and to Chamber Music Northwest, where the ensemble performed alongside the Tokyo String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Michala Petri, and William Purvis. The quartet concluded that summer season with debut performances at La Jolla's SummerFest, collaborating with such artists as violist James Dunham and harpist Deborah Hoffman.
Previous summer festival highlights include Chamber Music Northwest, where the ASQ was the Protégé Quartet-in-Residence and collaborated with artistic director/clarinetist David Shifrin; the OK Mozart Festival; Music@Menlo, as part of the International Program; and the Beethoven Institute at Mannes (NYC), working closely with members of the Brentano Quartet.
Other recent highlights include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (CAG New York series); Schneider Concert Series at the New School; the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Salome Chamber Orchestra Series; the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; TCAN Center for the Arts (MA); Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University; and a tour of Northern California with concerts at UC San Francisco, Eureka Chamber Music Series, and Montalvo Center for the Arts.
Internationally the quartet recently performed in South Korea at the Music Isle Festival in Jeju and at the Seoul Arts Center. The ASQ was also showcased on WQXR's November 2012 Beethoven String Quartet Marathon, playing Op. 95 ("Serioso") and Op. 18, No. 6. In January 2012 the ensemble participated in the first annual Robert Mann Quartet Institute at the Manhattan School of Music.
Recent honors include the 2012 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant in New York; first prize at the Hugo Kauder String Quartet Competition in New Haven, CT; and first prize in the piano and strings category, as well as the Audience Choice Award, at the 2010 Plowman Chamber Music Competition held in Columbia, MO.