We invite you to this year’s Chamber Feast, featuring a host of alumni from Caramoor’s mentoring programs. For our 3rd iteration of the “Feast” we welcome back pianist Andrew Tyson and violist Dimitri Murrath, both Evnin Rising Star alumni, and our 2015-16 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence the Aizuri Quartet (whose violist and cellist were also Evnin Rising Stars). Join us for an afternoon of Brahms, Mozart, and Caroline Shaw’s Blueprint, featured on the Aizuri’s 2018 Grammy-nominated album, Blueprinting.
“[the Aizuri Quartet] … is in full possession of that most elusive of string quartet qualities: the balance between charisma of the individual and cohesion of the collective.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
Aizuri Quartet Ariana Kim and Miho Saegusa, violins Ayane Kozasa, viola Karen Ouzounian, cello
Andrew Tyson, piano
Dimitri Murrath, viola
Caroline ShawBlueprint Mozart String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614 — Intermission — Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34
Complimentary Garden Listening tickets for Members at the Family level and above
Praised by The Washington Post for “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect, technique and emotions,” the Aizuri Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize and the CAG Management Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, along with top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, branded by The New York Times as “genuinely exciting” and “imaginative,” the Quartet has garnered critical acclaim for bringing “a technical bravado and emotional power” to bold new commissions, and for its “flawless” (San Diego Union-Tribune) performances of the great masterpieces of the past.
Based in New York City, the Aizuri Quartet was the 2017-2018 MetLiveArts String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they presented five unique programs throughout the season, leading The New York Times to applaud them as “a quartet of expert collaborators, who cogently traverse a range of repertoire staples and modern works.” Previous residency engagements include: the 2015-2016 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts; resident ensemble of the 2014 Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute; and, from 2014-2016, the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
The Quartet has performed extensively throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Japan, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and Abu Dhabi, and has commissioned and premiered new works by Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, Lembit Beecher, Paul Wiancko, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Gabriella Smith, Rene Orth, and Alyssa Weinberg. Its debut album, Blueprinting, showcasing many of these new works, was released by New Amsterdam Records in October 2018.
Formed in 2012 and combining four distinctive musical personalities into a unique collective, the Aizuri Quartet draws its name from “aizuri-e,” a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing that is noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail.
Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” Andrew Tyson is emerging as a distinctive and important new musical voice. In summer 2015, he was awarded First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, as well as the Mozart and Audience Prizes. These victories have resulted in numerous performances throughout Europe under the auspices of the Géza Anda Foundation.
Andrew is a laureate of the Leeds International Piano Competition where he won the new Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, awarded by the orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder with whom he enjoys an ongoing relationship. With concerto performances taking him across North America and Europe and further afield, Andrew has performed with orchestras from North Carolina Symphony and Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, to SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Musikkollegium Winterthur, and National Orchestra of Belgium under Marin Alsop. Highlights this season include opening the season with North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and his debut with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1. Having made his debut in Japan at The Pacific Music Festival last season, he returns to perform with Osaka Symphony Orchestra.
Recital appearances include major cities across the U.S. and Europe at venues such as Brussels Palais des Beaux-Arts, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Zürich Tonhalle. In addition to his debut in Shanghai, and a return to London’s Wigmore Hall, this season sees Andrew giving recitals in Vancouver, St. Petersburg, and Tokyo among others. No stranger to the festival scene, Andrew’s previous performances include Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Lucerne Piano Festival, and Dubrovnik Festival. He returns to Australia this season to the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney for a mixture of solo and chamber performances. An active chamber musician, Andrew regularly appears in recital with violinist Benjamin Beilman with past performances at Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, San Francisco, and a tour of Australia.
Andrew’s two recital discs have been issued on the Alpha Classics label. His debut disc comprises the complete Chopin Preludes while his second album released in March 2017 features works by Scriabin and Ravel.
As winner of Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 2011, Tyson was awarded YCA’s Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize and the John Browning Memorial Prize and following that he received an Avery Fisher Career Grant. After early studies Thomas Otten he attended Curtis Institute of Music where he worked with Claude Frank. Andrew later studied with Robert McDonald earning his Master’s degree and Artist Diploma at The Juilliard School, winning the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and receiving the Arthur Rubinstein Prize in Piano.
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.
With repertoire extending from Bach to contemporary music by Ligeti, Kurtag, and Sciarrino, Murrath is particularly keen on performing new works. He has taken part in the Park Lane Group New Year Series in London to great critical acclaim, as well as commissioned, given the world premieres, and recorded several solo works.
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, Takacs, Guarneri, Cleveland, Jerusalem, and Juilliard String Quartets.
Festivals include IMS Prussia Cove, Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, Verbier Festival, Caramoor Evnin Rising Stars, Chamberfest Cleveland, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Juventus Festival, and Marlboro Music Festival.
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 26, and taught there for 8 years.
He is now on the viola faculties of San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Dimitri Murrath participates in the Music for Food project, which raises awareness of the hunger problem faced by a large percent of the population, and gives the opportunity to experience the powerful role music can play as a catalyst for change.