Curtis on Tour
Sunday, January 5, 2020, 3:00PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

One of the finest music conservatories in the world, showcasing rising stars and imaginative programs, has become an annual favorite at The Four Arts. This year’s visit by the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music features the Vera Quartet, a recent Banff Competition finalist, performing Beethoven’s early masterpiece, the String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, and a commission by Curtis alumni composer, David Hertzberg. Pianist Meng-Chien Liu will join the ensemble for Franck’s Quintet in F Minor.

PROGRAM 

subject to change 

Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4 Ludwig van Beethoven 

Allegro ma non tanto (1770–1827) 

Scherzo: Andante scherzoso, quasi allegretto 

Menuetto: Allegretto 

Allegro  

 [Title TBA, a new work for string quartet commissioned for this tour] David Hertzberg 

(b. 1990) 

Intermission

Quintet in F minor César Franck 

Molto moderato quasi lento—Allegro (1822–1890) 

Lento, con molto sentimento 

Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco

Vera Quartet
The Vera Quartet is in its first season as quartet in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2018–19 the quartet appears with pianist Peter Serkin on the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble series and with piano faculty member Meng-Chieh Liu on the Curtis Presents series. The group travels to the Intimacy of Creativity festival in Hong Kong as part of the festival’s ensemble in residence from Curtis.  

 The Vera Quartet shares the uniquely democratic dynamic of a string quartet with diverse audiences, both within and beyond the concert hall. Winner of the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, the quartet has also received grand prizes at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music in Yellow Springs Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles, top prizes from the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Prize from the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. In 2017 the group participated in the Robert Mann and Juilliard string quartet seminars, and was selected by NPR’s Performance Today as a Young Artist in Residence.  

 The Vera Quartet has attended the chamber music residency program at the Banff Centre, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the McGill International String Quartet Academy, and the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where they worked closely with composer Augusta Read Thomas and gave the local premiere of her Selene. The quartet previously held a residency at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany; and served as the graduate quartet in residence at the Jacobs School of Music, where they worked with the Pacifica Quartet, collaborated with the IU Latin American Music Center and the IU New Music Ensemble, and partnered with the Musical Arts Youth Organization. 

 Meng-Chieh Liu, piano
A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours’ notice. His acclaimed performance was followed by a recital at the Kennedy Center, among other highly praised appearances.  

 Mr. Liu’s early career was abruptly halted for several years by a rare and debilitating illness that prevented him from playing. Through arduous physical therapy, he was restored to full health and has been performing actively for two decades. He has appeared with orchestras under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert, among others. His concerts have been broadcast around the world, and Taiwanese National Television has aired a documentary on his life. A dedicated chamber musician, he has collaborated with Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Buswell, Bernard Greenhouse, David Soyer, Wendy Warner, and the Borromeo and St. Lawrence string quartets. He was artistic director of Chicago Chamber Musicians from 2011 to 2014; and has also collaborated with artists in other disciplines, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project. 

 Mr. Liu received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Jorge Bolet, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Claude Frank. He won first prizes in the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific Piano, and Mieczyslaw Munz competitions.  

 Mr. Liu has been a member of the Curtis Institute of Music faculty since 1993 and also serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. 

ABOUT CURTIS
 The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average, and a tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. 

 With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians. 

Curtis students hone their craft through than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year and programs that bring arts access and education to the community. This real-world training allows these extraordinary young musicians to join the front rank of performers, composers, conductors, and musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. To learn more, visit www.curtis.edu. 

ABOUT CURTIS ON TOUR
Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. Grounded in the school’s “learn by doing” philosophy, it offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performing, musicians offer master classes, interactive programs, and community engagement activities. Curtis on Tour also facilitates solo performances of Curtis students and alumni with professional orchestras and recital series. Since the program was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 300 concerts in over 90 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. 

Event Info

One of the finest music conservatories in the world, showcasing rising stars and imaginative programs, has become an annual favorite at The Four Arts. This year’s visit by the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music features the Vera Quartet, a recent Banff Competition finalist, performing Beethoven’s early masterpiece, the String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, and a commission by Curtis alumni composer, David Hertzberg. Pianist Meng-Chien Liu will join the ensemble for Franck’s Quintet in F Minor.

Program Notes

PROGRAM 

subject to change 

Quartet No. 4 in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4 Ludwig van Beethoven 

Allegro ma non tanto (1770–1827) 

Scherzo: Andante scherzoso, quasi allegretto 

Menuetto: Allegretto 

Allegro  

 [Title TBA, a new work for string quartet commissioned for this tour] David Hertzberg 

(b. 1990) 

Intermission

Quintet in F minor César Franck 

Molto moderato quasi lento—Allegro (1822–1890) 

Lento, con molto sentimento 

Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco

More About The Artist

Vera Quartet
The Vera Quartet is in its first season as quartet in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2018–19 the quartet appears with pianist Peter Serkin on the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble series and with piano faculty member Meng-Chieh Liu on the Curtis Presents series. The group travels to the Intimacy of Creativity festival in Hong Kong as part of the festival’s ensemble in residence from Curtis.  

 The Vera Quartet shares the uniquely democratic dynamic of a string quartet with diverse audiences, both within and beyond the concert hall. Winner of the 2018 Astral Artists National Auditions, the quartet has also received grand prizes at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music in Yellow Springs Competition for Emerging Professional Ensembles, top prizes from the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Prize from the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. In 2017 the group participated in the Robert Mann and Juilliard string quartet seminars, and was selected by NPR’s Performance Today as a Young Artist in Residence.  

 The Vera Quartet has attended the chamber music residency program at the Banff Centre, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the McGill International String Quartet Academy, and the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where they worked closely with composer Augusta Read Thomas and gave the local premiere of her Selene. The quartet previously held a residency at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany; and served as the graduate quartet in residence at the Jacobs School of Music, where they worked with the Pacifica Quartet, collaborated with the IU Latin American Music Center and the IU New Music Ensemble, and partnered with the Musical Arts Youth Organization. 

 Meng-Chieh Liu, piano
A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours’ notice. His acclaimed performance was followed by a recital at the Kennedy Center, among other highly praised appearances.  

 Mr. Liu’s early career was abruptly halted for several years by a rare and debilitating illness that prevented him from playing. Through arduous physical therapy, he was restored to full health and has been performing actively for two decades. He has appeared with orchestras under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert, among others. His concerts have been broadcast around the world, and Taiwanese National Television has aired a documentary on his life. A dedicated chamber musician, he has collaborated with Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Buswell, Bernard Greenhouse, David Soyer, Wendy Warner, and the Borromeo and St. Lawrence string quartets. He was artistic director of Chicago Chamber Musicians from 2011 to 2014; and has also collaborated with artists in other disciplines, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project. 

 Mr. Liu received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Jorge Bolet, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Claude Frank. He won first prizes in the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific Piano, and Mieczyslaw Munz competitions.  

 Mr. Liu has been a member of the Curtis Institute of Music faculty since 1993 and also serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. 

ABOUT CURTIS
 The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average, and a tuition-free policy ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission. 

 With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians. 

Curtis students hone their craft through than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings each year and programs that bring arts access and education to the community. This real-world training allows these extraordinary young musicians to join the front rank of performers, composers, conductors, and musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. To learn more, visit www.curtis.edu. 

ABOUT CURTIS ON TOUR
Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music. Grounded in the school’s “learn by doing” philosophy, it offers students real-world, professional touring experience alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. In addition to performing, musicians offer master classes, interactive programs, and community engagement activities. Curtis on Tour also facilitates solo performances of Curtis students and alumni with professional orchestras and recital series. Since the program was established in 2008, students, faculty, and alumni have performed more than 300 concerts in over 90 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. 

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