Caramoor is proud to have found our newest Quartet-in-Residence by way of two of its members, Ayane Kozasa and Karen Ouzounian, alumnae of our Evnin Rising Stars program. Formed in 2012, the quartet completed a 2015 residency at the Curtis Institute of Music and served as resident ensemble of the 2014 Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute. Now they come to Caramoor to offer several electrifying performances throughout their year-long residency here.
The Aizuri Quartet was the String Quartet-in-Residence at the venerated Curtis Institute of Music in 2015. During the course of its residency, the Quartet appeared in various venues throughout Philadelphia, including Field Concert Hall, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, World Café Live, and on WRTI’s musician-hosted radio special “Philadelphia Music Makers.” In addition to working closely with the Curtis Institute of Music’s renowned faculty, the Aizuri Quartet was featured throughout an online course on the history and repertoire of the string quartet titled “The World of the String Quartet,” hosted by Arnold Steinhardt and presented by Coursera.
Highlights of the 2014-2015 season included performances in Paris, Dresden, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. Collaborators throughout the season included cellist Peter Wiley, pianist Jonathan Biss, the Aeolus String Quartet, poet Denice Frohman, and composers Lembit Beecher and Andrew Lipke. The Aizuri Quartet was the resident ensemble of the 2014 Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute.
Formed in 2012 and comprising of graduates of the Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music, the Aizuri Quartet is the culmination of years of music-making between its members. The Quartet gave its debut performance on the Tertulia Chamber Music series in New York City, and participated in the 2013 Juilliard String Quartet Seminar. Projects during the 2013-2014 season included a residency at the Scrag Mountain Music Festival in Vermont, as well as performances and educational programs in New York City, Philadelphia, Memphis, and at the ArtsNaples World Festival in Naples, Florida.
Individual members of the quartet have won top prizes in the Primrose International Viola Competition and Astral Artists National Auditions, and have collaborated with artists Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, and Mitsuko Uchida among others. They have appeared throughout North America and Europe with a diverse range of ensembles including Musicians from Marlboro, Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Curtis on Tour, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, The Knights, IRIS Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, and counter)induction.
Violist Ayane Kozasa and cellist Karen Ouzounian participated in Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program in 2012 and 2013.