Dallas Chamber Music 2021-2022 Season
October 11, 2021
Caruth Auditorium at SMU, Dallas, TX
About the Event:
Dallas Chamber Music Society
6611 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite 220; Dallas, TX 75205
Activities: Concert season
DORIC STRING QUARTET WITH JONATHAN BISS, PIANO
Haydn Quartet in F-sharp minor, Op.50, No.4
Bartok Quartet No.3, Sz.85
Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor, Op.84
Alex Redington, violin
Ying Xue, violin
Hélène Clément, viola
John Myerscough, cello
Jonathan Biss, piano
Doric String Quartet
Firmly established as one of the leading quartets of its generation, the Doric String Quartet receives enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Winner of the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan and 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy, the Quartet now performs in leading concert halls throughout Europe including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and De Singel, and is a regular visitor to the Wigmore Hall. The Quartet tours annually to the United States and made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2017.
Growing up in Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Biss was blessed with excellent teachers, starting with Karen Taylor – who as his first instructor, helped him give what is still regarded as the definitive performance of the “Middle C Piece,” – and continuing with Evelyne Brancart, who for six years was an invaluable source of information while Mr. Biss weathered what might best be termed an awkward adolescence. At the age of 17, Mr. Biss went to the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Leon Fleisher, which proved a phenomenal learning experience whenever Mr. Biss stopped looking under the piano to see if magic or pharmaceuticals were involved in the production of Mr. Fleisher’s surreally beautiful sound.
While Mr. Biss’s life in music provides him with tremendous satisfaction, playing music remains ever a struggle. He regards it as a pleasure and privilege to live this struggle, and to share its results with other people.