Hailed by The New York Times as “stunning” and “musicians worth keeping an eye on,” the Vinca String Quartet will come to HWS on Tuesday, March 2, performing works by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Zemlinsky at 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
The Vinca Quartet is a charismatic young string quartet that won first place in the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition; the group has also won awards at the Premio Paolo Borciani International Quartet Competition in Reggio Emilia, Italy (2008), Plowman Chamber Music Competition (2006), and Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2005).
The quartet has performed in major concert halls including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Sprague Memorial Hall at Yale University, Aspen’s Harris Hall, Vail’s Vilar Arts Center at Beaver Creek, and at the Weikersheim Castle in Germany. They have performed twice on the Tákacs Quartet Series in Boulder, Colo., once in a program of their own and once performing the Mendelssohn Octet alongside the Tákacs.
The Vinca Quartet has worked with many prominent quartets in workshops and festivals both nationally and internationally. As the graduate quartet-in-residence at the University of Colorado at Boulder, they were assistants and protégés of the Takacs Quartet for three years. Additionally, they have worked closely with the Artemis, Colorado, Emerson, Juilliard, Muir and Tokyo Quartets. Recent festival appearances have included Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshops, The International Musician’s Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, the Banff Centre Chamber Music Festival, Soundfest Chamber Music Festival on Cape Cod, and the Deer Valley Music Festival’s Emerging Quartets and Composers Seminar.
Strongly committed to inspiring new audiences and strengthening communities through their own passion and dedication to chamber music, the Vincas have helped launch concert series catering to communities overlooked by major classical groups. They also helped to establish Music Haven in 2007-2008, a tuition-free strings and mentorship program devoted to transforming the lives of urban youth and their families in New Haven, Conn., through music.
As part of their ongoing educational mission, the Vinca Quartet offers lectures, performances, and interactive workshops for audiences of all ages. They are the resident quartet for the 2008-2009 season at the Westport Suzuki School in Westport, Conn. Through residencies with the Aspen Music Festival, the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, and the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute, the quartet has coached many young musicians and frequently works with students in public schools and string programs throughout the country.
Admission is free but donations will be gratefully accepted.