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Five Boroughs Music Festival Presents The Grammy-nominated Aizuri Quartet, March 22

February 13, 2019 | By Will Albach
Morahan Arts & Media


Concert to include works by Gabriella Smith, Komitas Vardapet, Evan Premo, and Arnold Schoenberg, with special guest soprano Mary Bonhag


NEW YORK, NY (Feb 11, 2019) Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) presents the Aizuri Quartet on Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tenri Cultural Institute in Manhattan.


Performing selections from their 2019 Grammy-nominated album, “Blueprinting”, the program will feature works by Gabriella Smith, Arnold Schoenberg, Komitas Vardapet and Evan Premo, whose String Quartet No. 1, “Deeply Known”, was written for the ensemble. The program will also feature soprano Mary Bonhag on Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2.

Additional 5BMF performances in the 2018-19 season include a collaboration with pianist Martin Katz and the Brooklyn Art Song Society in Hugo Wolf: The Complete Mörike-Lieder on April 28, May 3 and 4; and two special programs celebrating LGBT composers and poets in collaboration with the New York Festival of Song and the LGBT Community Center (“The Center”) on June 11 and 25.

Program Information
Aizuri Quartet
  Ariana Kim, violin
  Miho Saegusa, violin  
  Ayane Kozasa, viola
  Karen Ouzounian, cello

GABRIELLA SMITH Carrot Revolution
EVAN PREMO Deeply Known
KOMITAS VARDAPET Five Armenian folksongs
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG String Quartet No. 2
   Mary Bonhag, Soprano

Friday, March 22 at 7:30pm
Tenri Cultural Institute | 43 West 13th St. New York, NY 10011

Tickets range from $15 to $30 and can be purchased at http://5bmf.org/aizuri-quartet/.

About the Aizuri Quartet
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. Its debut album Blueprinting, featuring new works written for the Aizuri Quartet by five American composers, was released by New Amsterdam Records and nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award. 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, presenting five unique programs throughout the season. 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. 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.

Image at the top courtesy of Aizuri Quartet

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