Performance Friday, January 31, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Parker Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary,” the Grammy Award–winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The quartet returns to Carnegie Hall with a program that pairs a classic work by Mendelssohn with two stunning works from the 20th century by Thomas Adès and Shostakovich.

This concert is part of Salon Encores. The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Parker Quartet
    ·· Daniel Chong, Violin
    ·· Ying Xue, Violin
    ·· Jessica Bodner, Viola
    ·· Kee-Hyun Kim, Cello


  • MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
  • THOMAS ADÈS Arcadiana for String Quartet, Op. 12
  • SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117

  • Encore:
  • SCHULHOFF Allegro giocoso alla slovacca from String Quartet No. 1

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Parker Quartet

    Daniel Chong, Violin
    Ying Xue, Violin
    Jessica Bodner, Viola
    Kee-Hyun Kim, Cello

    Formed in 2002, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The quartet began touring on the international circuit after winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 seasons.

    Performance highlights from recent seasons include appearances at the Library of Congress, 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Seoul Arts Center, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and San Miguel de Allende festival. The quartet members have collaborated with Kim Kashkashian, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Anne-Marie McDermott, Shai Wosner, Jörg Widmann, and Claron McFadden. In 2012, the Parker Quartet received a Chamber Music America grant, enabling the ensemble to commission Capriccio by American composer Jeremy Gill. The 2013-2014 season includes return engagements to the Library of Congress and Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival, performances of the Beethoven quartets in Buffalo's Slee Hall, and collaborative concerts with Kikuei Ikeda of the now retired Tokyo String Quartet.

    Record label Zig-Zag Territoires released the quartet's debut commercial recording of Bartók's string quartets nos. 2 and 5 in July 2007. The quartet's second recording-of Ligeti's complete works for string quartet-was released by Naxos in December 2009 to critical acclaim and won the 2011 Grammy Award for best chamber music performance.

    Currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet holds teaching and performance residencies at the University of South Carolina and the University of St. Thomas. From 2008 to 2013, they resided in St. Paul, Minnesota, where they served as quartet in residence with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (2008-2010), were the first-ever artists in residence with Minnesota Public Radio (2009-2010), and were visiting artists at the University of Minnesota (2011-2012). In fall 2014, the Parker Quartet will start a full-time faculty appointment as Blodgett Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University.

    The Parker Quartet's members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and were part of the New England Conservatory's prestigious professional string quartet training program from 2006-2008. Some of their most influential mentors include the Cleveland Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, György Kurtág, and Rainer Schmidt.

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Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117 (Allegro)
Éder Quartet

At a Glance

FELIX MENDELSSOHN  String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1

Felix Mendelssohn wrote the first of his six numbered quartets in 1823, at age 18, and the last more than 20 years later. The D-Major Quartet falls squarely in the middle and shows Mendelssohn’s preternatural ability to blend classical poise with romantic passion and freedom. By turns brilliant and introspective, the score contains hints—especially in the writing for the first violin—of Mendelssohn’s great E-Minor Violin Concerto, composed some six years later.

THOMAS ADÈS  Arcadiana for String Quartet, Op. 12

“Surreal” and “sculptural” are among the adjectives that spring to mind in describing the music of contemporary British composer Thomas Adès. Like his sometime teacher, György Kurtág, Adès has a penchant for delicately tinted, distinctly contoured, and richly evocative soundscapes. Arcadiana—the first of his two string quartets—uses harmonics, glissandos, quarter-tones, and other special sonic effects to depict a gauzy pastoral world that is by turns idyllic and nightmarish.

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH  String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117

The ninth of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 15 quartets dates from 1964, a period in which the beleaguered composer—whose music had long been suppressed by Soviet authorities—finally achieved the recognition he deserved, both at home and abroad. The five interconnected movements of the E-flat–Major Quartet veer vertiginously between morbid brooding and raucous high spirits. As so often in Shostakovich’s music, frenetic activity and near stasis are two sides of the same coin. 

Program Notes
This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and the A. E. Charitable Foundation.
This performance is part of Quartets Plus.

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