Master Class Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Takács Quartet Master Class

Weill Recital Hall
The four distinct musical personalities of the Takács Quartet bring fresh insights to Beethoven’s late string quartets in this public master class featuring talented young string quartets.


  • Master Class Leaders
  • Takács Quartet
    ·· Edward Dusinberre, Violin
    ·· Károly Schranz, Violin
    ·· Geraldine Walther, Viola
    ·· András Fejér, Cello

  • Performers
  • Attacca Quartet
    ·· Amy Schroeder, Violin
    ·· Keiko Tokunaga, Violin
    ·· Luke Fleming, Viola
    ·· Andrew Yee, Cello

  • Linden String Quartet
    ·· Sarah McElravy, Violin
    ·· Catherine Cosbey, Violin
    ·· Eric Wong, Viola
    ·· Felix Umansky, Cello

  • Spruce Quartet
    ·· Alexi Kenney, Violin
    ·· Caroline Goulding, Violin
    ·· Ji Hee Han, Viola
    ·· Tony Rymer, Cello


  • String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
    ·· Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
  • String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132
    ·· Assai sostenuto – Allegro
    ·· Molto adagio: Andante


  • Takács Quartet

    Recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth, and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire.

    In 2012, the Takács Quartet was the sole string quartet to be inducted into Gramophone's first Hall of Fame. Winner of the 2011 Royal Philharmonic Society Award in the Best Chamber Music and Song category, the ensemble is based in Boulder at the University of Colorado. The quartet performs 90 concerts a year throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea.

    The quartet's award-winning recordings include the complete Beethoven cycle on the Decca label. In 2006, the Takács Quartet made its first recording for Hyperion Records of Schubert's D. 804 and D. 810. A disc that featured Brahms's piano quintet with Stephen Hough was released to great acclaim in November 2007 and was subsequently nominated for a Grammy Award. Recordings of Brahms's Op. 51 and Op. 67 quartets, Schumann's Piano Quintet with Marc-André Hamelin, the complete Haydn "Apponyi" quartets, and Schubert's D. 956 Quintet with cellist Ralph Kirshbaum have all been subsequently released. Future recordings include a disc of the three Britten quartets and another of the two Brahms viola quintets with Lawrence Power.

    The Takács Quartet is known for its innovative programming. In 2007, it performed Everyman   with Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman at Carnegie Hall, inspired by the Philip Roth novel. The group collaborates regularly with the Hungarian folk ensemble Muzsikás, performing a program that explores the folk sources of Bartók's music. The quartet also performed a music and poetry program on a 14-city city tour of the US with poet Robert Pinsky.

    The Takács Quartet was founded in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and made its North American debut tour in 1982. In 2001, it was awarded the Order of Merit of the Knight's Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary; in March 2011, each member of the quartet was awarded the Commander's Cross Order of Merit by the president of the Republic of Hungary..

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  • Attacca Quartet

    First-prize winners of the 2011 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, top-prize winners and Listeners' Choice Award recipients in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America's premiere young performing ensembles. The quartet made its professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. It currently serves as the Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School.

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  • Spruce Quartet

    Founded at the New England Conservatory in 2012, the Spruce Quartet comprises young prizewinners and chamber musicians. Its members have appeared as soloists with major orchestras in the US, Europe, and Asia, and have won prizes at the Young Concert Artists, Yehudi Menuhin, and Sphinx competitions. The quartet has appeared at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor, and Music@Menlo festivals, where it has worked and performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Mendelssohn string quartets, among others. Currently working with Roger Tapping as a part of New England Conservatory's Honors Ensemble Program, the Spruce Quartet will make its Jordan Hall recital debut in the spring of 2013.

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About Our Workshops and Master Classes

Dear friends,

Welcome to the 2012-2013 season of the workshops and master classes presented by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.

Designed to meet the artistic and professional needs of emerging artists, these programs provide valuable access to world-class artists who frequent the stages of Carnegie Hall. Up-and-coming performers receive coaching and career mentoring from celebrated faculty, plus performance opportunities as part of Carnegie Hall's Now Arriving concert series and in public master classes on the Hall's stages.

The internationally renowned Takács Quartet invited three young ensembles-the Attacca, Linden, and Spruce string quartets-to explore works of Haydn, Beethoven, and Bartók in their multi-day workshop. The workshop has included coaching sessions with each member of the Takács Quartet and discussions of the broader dimensions of a chamber music career with leaders from the worlds of academia and artist management. Capping the week are a public master class and a young artist recital, both shared by the three participating quartets and presented in Weill Recital Hall. We celebrate and admire the dedication of these young artists and hope they inspire you to investigate and pursue your passions.

We hope you will also join us this season for concerts in Zankel Hall on April 24 and 25 associated with a workshop on new American music led by composer John Adams and conductor David Robertson. Wide-ranging videos of workshops and master classes from previous seasons are available online, including sessions with Kaija Saariaho, Christian Tetzlaff, Leon Fleisher, James Levine, the Kronos Quartet, and others. Please visit for more information.


Sarah Johnson
Director, Weill Music Institute
Program Notes
Professional Training Workshops are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari and The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.