Performance Friday, March 15, 2013 | 7:30 PM

String Quartet Masterworks

Weill Recital Hall
Promising young quartets take the stage to perform masterworks by Haydn, Beethoven, and Bartók in this culminating recital of a workshop led by one of the world’s greatest chamber ensembles, the Takács Quartet.


  • 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


  • HAYDN String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5
  • BARTÓK String Quartet No. 6
  • BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131


  • 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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  • Linden String Quartet

    Formed in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Linden String Quartet has already enjoyed remarkable success. In addition to winning the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the quartet earned the grand prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Coleman-Barstow Prize at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and the ProQuartet Prize at the International String Quartet Competition "Premio Paolo Borciani." The quartet was also recently selected for the prestigious 2011 A. N. and Pearl G. Barnett Fellowship.

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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.