The award-winning Amernet String Quartet will perform in the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, as part of the School’s Kilbourn Concert Series.
Arnold Steinhardt, first violinist of the Guarneri Quartet who was scheduled to appear with the quartet, will not be joining them due to an elbow injury. Eastman School faculty pianist Barry Snyder will be joining the Quartet for the Piano Quintet in F Minor by César Franck.
The Amernet String Quartet is composed of founding members Marcia Littley, violin, and Javier Arias, cello; violist Michael Klotz, who received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School in 2000; and violinist Misha Vitenson.
Formed in 1991, while two of its members were students at The Juilliard School, the Amernet String Quartet rose to international attention just a year later, winning the Gold Medal at the 7th Tokyo International Music Competition. The group also was awarded first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Grand Prizes in the Fischoff and the Yellow Spring Chamber Music Competitions.
The Amernet Quartet has collaborated in concert with numerous artists and ensembles, including Eastman’s Ying Quartet and violinist Zvi Zeitlin. The group’s performance schedule has taken them across the United States as well as to Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, Germany, France, Switzerland, and Romania.
The Quartet has been described by The New York Times as “an accomplished and intelligent ensemble” and by the Nürnburger Nachrichten as “fascinating with flawless intonation, extraordinary beauty of sound, virtuosic brilliance and homogeneity of ensemble.”
Tickets to the Kilbourn Concert featuring the Amernet String Quartet are $10 to $20, discount with UR or student ID. They are available at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra box office, 108 East Ave., by phone at 585-454-2100, or online at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/concerts/tickets.php
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