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MIM and the Phoenix Chamber Music Society Present Dover Quartet, Escher Quartet, and Steven Tenenbom The Music of Beethoven and Enescu


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The members of the Escher Quartet live up their name, for the Dutch artist M.C. Escher’s work was known for its seamless weaving of independent parts.

Boston Classical Review

Few young American ensembles are as exciting and accomplished as the Dover Quartet.

New Yorker

Beethoven String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29
Enescu Octet for Strings in C Major, Op. 7

The phenomenal Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition, at which they won every prize. Named winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award and honored with the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment” (New Yorker). The ensemble serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and Peoples’ Symphony in New York, and was recently named the first-ever quartet-in-residence for the Kennedy Center.

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its hometown of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle as well as being one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets. Last season, the quartet toured with CMS to China.

Steven Tenenbom has enjoyed a widely varying career as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher of the next generation of talented musicians. He has appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets and the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson and Beaux Arts trios. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Utah Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Brandenburg Ensemble. He is the violist of the Orion String Quartet, which is quartet-in-residence at Mannes College of Music and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He is also a cofounder of the exciting piano quartet OPUS ONE. Tenenbom is a member of the viola faculty of the Juilliard School and the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He is also the coordinator of string chamber music at the Curtis Institute of Music. Among his many recordings are the complete Beethoven and Kirchner quartets with the Orion Quartet and Mozart viola quintets with the Guarneri Quartet. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Tenenbom studied with teachers including Max Mandel, Heidi Castleman, Milton Thomas at USC, and Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music.

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