Friday, March 3, 2017, 8pm — NEC’s Jordan Hall
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8pm at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA. An Aaron Richmond Recital endowed by Nancy Richmond Winsten and the late Dr. Joseph Winsten, this performance is generously sponsored by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp. Additional support provided by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany. Media Partner is 99.5 WCRB.
Tickets start at $35, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at NEC’s Jordan Hall Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.
This performance marks the second Celebrity Series performance for the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin; their Celebrity Series debut was in January 2011.
Hailed as “four of the best” by British press after their debut at Wigmore Hall in London more than two decades ago, the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin has celebrated a critically acclaimed career, establishing itself among the world’s premier string quartets with more than 20 years of international concerts and a large and diverse discography.
The ensemble plays regularly in the Music Room of the Berliner Philhamonie and holds guest performances at prestigious concert series events and music festivals around the globe. Along their journey they have captured a variety of audiences, including Pope Benedict XVI during a private concert and the Spanish Royal family in the Palacio Real when performing on family-owned Stradivari instruments. Their versatile and adventurous repertoire includes more than 100 pieces. Three of their numerous recordings, including Reger, Shostakovch and Britten, won the German Schallplattenpreis. The ensemble won the Echo-Klassik-Preis twice, for their recordings of Beethoven’s string quartet op. 130 and of the great fugue op. 133. They have also won the Argentine Critic Prize in Buenos Aires.
Violinist Daniel Stabrawa was born in Krakow in 1955 and is currently the first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, which he joined in 1983. He won several prizes at prestigious international violin competitions and completed his education under Zbigniew Szlezer.
Christian Stadelmann was born in Berlin in 1959 and began studying violin at age 7 with Charlotte Hampe. He won awards at various violin competitions and co-founded the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In 1985, he joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and in 1987 was promoted to leader of the second violin section.
Violist Neithard Resa is also a native of Berlin, and started his musical studies on the violin with Michel Schwalbe. He joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as principal violist in 1978 and continued in that position until 2010.
Cellist Dietmar Schwalke was born in Hamburg in 1958 and started his first cello lessons at age 12. He gave his debut in the Berlin Philharmonie in 1981 with Schumann’s Cello Concerto and joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1994. He joined the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin in 2009, a position formerly held by the late Jan Diesselhorst.
HAYDN: String Quartet, Opus 64, No. 4, Hob.III:66
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet, Opus 18, No. 6
SCHUMANN : String Quartet, Opus 41, No. 1
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.
The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, the Barr Foundation, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.