The Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Hyeyung Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) announced today that 2017-2018 will be its final concert season. The group will end full-time work performing together in September 2018, and characterizes its decision as made, “in a spirit of gratitude and love.”
“This was and is a decision that we came to mutually and with tremendous care and love, for each other and for our music-making,” the Chiara states. “After recognizing that our individual creative spheres needed to expand beyond our quartet, we are excited to send our energies into a wider space in the next phase of our lives.”
The Chiara has been playing string quartets and asking probing questions since 2000. Always interested in engaging with the music at its core as well as reaching audiences, the Chiara has dedicated itself to finding ways to make the musical experience meaningful for all involved. Together, the quartet members pioneered ways to engage audiences in the 21st Century, including their Chamber Music in Any Chamber performances in bars and clubs (which led to a resurgence in alternate-venue chamber music performance), and their commitment to performing from memory, or by heart. The Chiara String Quartet recorded the complete quartets of Bartók and Brahms for Azica Records, recorded String Quartets Nos. 2 and 3 by Jefferson Friedman for New Amsterdam Records (which earned the composer a Grammy nomination), and recorded works by Robert Sirota and Gabriela Lena Frank for their own label, New Voice Singles. The group held residencies at diverse institutions, including Harvard University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where they have served as faculty and Hixson-Lied Artists-in-Residence for 13 years. Highlights of their performance career include cycles of the complete quartets of Bartók, performed from memory at the Ravinia Festival and at National Sawdust in Brooklyn; Beethoven cycles at Harvard and at the University of Nebraska; and tours to Sweden, South Korea, and China.
The Chiara’s farewell season features the premiere performances of a new piano quintet by Philip Glass with pianist Paul Barnes at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 17, 2018 and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, New York on May 12, 2018, and includes performances across the country in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Virginia, and in Ontario, Canada. The Chiara will continue its concert series at the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where they are Hixson-Lied Artists-in-Residence, through the 2017-2018 academic year.
For the Chiara’s complete 2017-2018 season, visit: www.chiaraquartet.net/tour.php.