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July 18, 2002
Tokyo String Quartet to Perform at the Marine Biological Laboratory, August 4

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) will hold its annual Chamber Music Concert on Sunday, August 4 at 7:00 pm in the Lillie Auditorium on MBL Street, Woods Hole. This year the MBL is pleased to present The Tokyo String Quartet. The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded more than thirty years ago.

The Quartet will be performing the following program: Schubert: String Quartet in E-flat Major, D. 87; Joan Tower: String Quartet No. 2 "In Memory"; and Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D. 810 "Death and Maiden."

A candlelit dinner is available after the concert on the MBL's Swope Center terraces. Contact the MBL's Communications Office at 508-289-7423 for more information about the concert, dinner, and ticket prices.

One of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo String Quartet is comprised of violist Kazuhide Isomura, a founding member of the group, second violinist Kikuei Ikeda, who joined the ensemble in 1974, cellist Clive Greensmith, formerly Principal Cellist of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, who joined in 1999, and first violinist Martin Beaver who joined the ensemble in 2002.

During the 2002-2003 season, the Tokyo String Quartet is performing with pianist Alicia de Larrocha at New York's Carnegie Hall, the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD. The Quartet also tours with pianist Max Levinson to Boston, Atlanta, Berkeley, CA, Orange Country, CA and the Krannert Center in Urbana, IL. Other U.S. performances include Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, the Caramoor Festival, and New York's Tisch Center for the Arts at the 92nd St Y. Internationally, the Quartet appears in Milan, Paris, Amsterdam, Beijing, Sydney, Istanbul, Toronto, Lisbon, Valencia, Madrid, London, Ljubljana, Berlin, and Dijon. The Quartet also maintains its position as Quartet-in-Residence at Yale University and its deep commitment to music education by giving performances and masterclasses at universities across the country.

The Tokyo String Quartet has released more than thirty landmark recordings, including the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert and Bartók. The ensemble's recordings of works by Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel and Schubert have earned numerous honors, including seven Grammy nominations. The Quartet has been featured on PBS's Sesame Street and Great Performers, CNN This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning, as well as on the soundtrack for the Sidney Lumet film Critical Care.

Officially formed in 1969 at The Juilliard School of Music, the Tokyo String Quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito. Soon after its creation, the Tokyo Quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The Quartet performs on "The Paganini Quartet," a group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccolò Paganini who acquired and played them during the 19th century. The instruments have been loaned to the ensemble by the Nippon Music Foundation.