Featuring David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello alongside guest artists Nobuko Imai, viola; and Wei-Ting Kuo, viola.
Ludwig van Beethoven- Trio Op. 87 (1795), Adagio
Antonín Dvorák- Quintet in E-flat Major (1893)
UW Madison Viola Studio recital with Imai and Kuo:
Wed., Oct. 30, 6:30 PM, Collins Recital Hall
With her exceptional talent, musical integrity, and charisma, Nobuko Imai is considered to be one of the most outstanding violists of our time. After finishing her studies at the Toho School of Music, Yale University and the Juilliard School, she won the highest prizes at both the prestigious international competition in Munich and Geneva. Formerly a member of the esteemed Vermeer Quartet, Ms. Imai combines a distinguished international solo career with various teaching commitments. She has appeared with numerous wolrd’s prestigious orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the London Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony. As a keen chmaber musician, Ms. Imai has performed with various prominent artists such as Gidon Kremer, Midori, Isaac Stern, Mischa Maisky, and Martha Argerich. In 2003, she formed the Michelangelo Quartet. The quartet gained the international reputation quickly and now became one of finest quartets in the world. Ms. Imai has dedicated a large part of her artistic activities to explore the diverse potential of the viola. She returns to Japan several times a year, to perform as soloist and notably for the annual “Viola Space” project. In 1995/1996 Nobuko Imai was artistic director of three Hindemith Festivals at the Wigmore Hall in London, at Columbia University in New York and at the Casals Hall in Tokyo. In 2009 she founded The Tokyo International Viola Competition, the first international competition in Japan exclusively for viola. An impressive discography of over 40 CDs shows her recordings for BIS, Chandos, Hyperion, Philips, Sony among others. Ms. Imai taught as a Professor at the Detmold Academy of Music from 1983 to 2003 and at the Geneva University of Music from 2003 to June 2014. She currently teaches at Amsterdam Conservatory, Kronberg International Academy, Queen Sofia College of Music in Madrid and Ueno Gakuen University in Tokyo. http://amati-tokyo.com/english/artist/imai-nobuko.html
Violist Wei-Ting Kuo was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2014 by Music Director Riccardo Muti following four years as Assistant Principal Violist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Taiwan, Kuo began his viola studies at the age of nine, continuing his musical studies in the United States at the age of 24 after completing his undergraduate degree and military service. Prestigious summer activities include the Taos Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival, and the Verbier Festival Academy.
Enjoying success in international competitions, Kuo was a finalist of the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition, and a prizewinner at the 2009 Tokyo International Viola Competition where he was also awarded a special prize for the best interpretation.
An active soloist and chamber musician, Kuo has appeared with musicians such as Nobuko Imai, Lynn Harrell, Nai-Yuan Hu, Menahem Pressler, Civitas Ensemble and the Arcas Quartet. He soloed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2014.
Kuo holds an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School, the MM degree from Mannes College, and a BM from National Taiwan Normal University where he also minored in piano performance. He has studied with Paul Coletti, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Yizhak Schotten in the United States. Kuo is a member of the Viola Faculty at DePaul University.
The Pro Arte Quartet is one of the world’s most distinguished string quartets. Founded by conservatory students in Brussels in 1912, it became one of the most celebrated ensembles in Europe in the first half of the twentieth century and was named Court Quartet to the Queen of Belgium. Its world reputation blossomed in 1919 when the quartet began the first of many tours that enticed notable composers such as Milhaud, Honegger, Martin, and Casella to write new works for the ensemble. Today, the Pro Arte Quartet performs throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia and continues to champion both standard repertoire and new music.
The group is an ensemble in residence at UW-Madison School of Music and resident quartet of the Chazen Museum of Art. The quartet has performed at the White House and, during the centennial celebration, played for the King’s Counselor in Belgium. Recent projects include the complete quartets of Bartók and Shostakovich and, in collaboration with the Orion and Emerson String Quartets, the complete quartets of Beethoven. Regular chamber music collaborators that perform with Pro Arte include Samuel Rhodes, viola; Bonnie Hampton, cello; and Leon Fleischer and Christopher Taylor, piano. Together since 1995, the quartet have recorded works of Mendelssohn, Dvořák, Rhodes, Shapey, Sessions, Fennelly, Diesendruck, and the centennial commissions.