8PM August 18, 2018: Zorá String Quartet & Hanzhi Wang, Accordion
The Zorá String Quartet was named the Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winner of the 42nd Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Coleman-Barstow Prize winner at the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition in 2015, among other honors. The Zorá String Quartet has performed in U.S., Canada, and Europe, at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Duke’s Hall at Royal Academy of Music in England.The Quartet is currently the Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
The name “Zorá” was chosen by Bulgarian professor Kevork Mardirossian meaning “sunrise” in Bulgarian.
Dechopol Kowintaweewat began violin studies at the age of 8 at the the Oberlin Conservatory. He was concertmaster of the chamber orchestra and performed with the Symphony Orchestra at Disney Hall. Since graduation from Oberlin, Dechopol has participated in masterclasses and coachings with the Takács, Orion, Ying and Paci ca Quartets.
Violinist Hsuan-HaoHsu, First Prize Winner of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra String Competition, was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 14. In January 2017, he joined the Curtis on Tour - All Mozart Program led by Shmuel Ashkenasi and Roberto Diaz, where he played Mozart Violin Concerto No.1 in B at with Curtis Chamber Orchestra throughout the United States.
Violist Pablo Muñoz Salido was born in Melilla, Spain in 1990. He began his studies at the age of six with Enrique Velasco and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Madrid. As a member of the Albeniz Quartet, he shared the Prize for the most outstanding string quartet of the year from the Queen of Spain. Pablo received his Master’s degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and currently studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Zizai Ning was born in Shanghai, and began playing cello at age 6. She attended Shanghai Conservatory. In 2007, Ms. Ning was awarded a scholarship to study cello, viola da gamba and baroque cello at Oberlin College. Zizai earned her master’s degree at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She performed master classes for Steven Isserlis, Marcy Rosen and Yo-Yo Ma. Currently she studies at Curtis Institute of Music.
Hanzhi Wang, born in 1990, is considered one of the young stars of the new generation of classical accordionists. Despite her young age, she has achieved great success, perform- ing around the world as soloist and as chamber musician. Her playing has been described as “full of mastery”, “technically impeccable” and “great stage presence,” features added to the innovative musical experience of which she is exponent. Several contemporary artists, including Danish dancer Martin Lohse and British James Black, have dedicated works to her. For inspiring the young accordion generation, she made lectures and excellent master classes in 7 festivals in Italy. In 2017 she released a solo CD, featuring compositions by Danish composers one being called: “In the path of H.C. Andersen.”
Joaquin Turina (1882-1949): La oración del Torero, Op. 34 (Zorá Quartet)
Hugo Wolf (1860-1903): Serenade in G major (Zorá Quartet)
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): “Five Tango Sensations” – Asleep, Anxiety, Fear (Ms. Wang and the Zorá Quartet)
J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Sinfonia from Partita No. 2 In C minor (Ms. Wang)
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907): “Lyric Pieces” – Little Bird, Butterfly (Ms. Wang)