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From left: Sarah McElravy, Catherine Cosbey, Eric Wong and Felix Umansky.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Linden String Quartet, 2010 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.
It is the third concert in the 2012-13 Friends of Good Music season. The quartet was to appear at St. Bonaventure in November of last year, but the concert was postponed because of health reasons.
Now based in Cleveland, the Linden String Quartet recently completed the Graduate String Quartet-in- Residence program at Yale University School of Music, where the ensemble was mentored by the Tokyo String Quartet.
It has enjoyed remarkable success since its founding in 2008. It won the Gold Medal and Grand Prize of the 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the 2009 Coleman National Chamber Ensemble Competition, first prize at the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition, and most recently the ProQuartet Prize at the Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy.
Recent appearances include the Chautauqua Institution; the chamber music festivals of Amelia Island, Fla., Madison, Ga., Ruidoso, N.M., and Highlands-Cashiers, N.C.; the Princeton Summer Concert Series at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium; and a weeklong residency for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.
Highlights of the current season include concerts in New York at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and at Merkin Concert Hall, and two concerts at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. The ensemble will also appear at the Ravinia Festival’s Rising Stars Series near Chicago; the chamber music societies of Detroit and Little Rock; Friends of Chamber Music of Stockton, Calif.; and BIG Arts in Sanibel, Fla.
The Linden String Quartet is a U.S.-Canadian partnership. Violinists Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey are native Canadians, while violist Eric Wong and cellist Felix Umansky were born in the United States.
Praised by MusicWeb International for its “remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality … delivered with a palpable, infectious joy,” the Linden String Quartet is establishing itself as one of the young chamber music ensembles to watch.
This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.
For tickets and information, call The Quick Arts Center at (716) 375-2494.
For this and all other performances, museum galleries will open one hour before the start of the concert and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. Visit The Quick Arts Center at www.sbu.edu.
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