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Contact: Susan Joslin, (508) 289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu

Tokyo String Quartet Returns to Cape Cod for Unprecedented Concert with Van Cliburn Pianist, Haochen Zhang, July 31

WOODS HOLE, MA—The renowned Tokyo String Quartet returns to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) July 31 for an unprecedented concert with Haochen Zhang, winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The concert, part of the 2011 MBL Gala, will be held at 7:00 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole.

This unique musical collaboration marks the artists’ first public appearance together and will include performances of:

Haydn Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No.1
Ives String Quartet No. 1, “A Revival Service”
Schumann Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 (performed with Haochen Zhang)

The concert will be followed by a champagne dessert reception featuring three-time Food Network Cake Challenge medalist, chef Lisa Raffael of Delicious Desserts. Each reception ticket holder is eligible to win a personalized dessert demonstration from Raffael.

Tickets for the concert and reception are sold separately. Concert tickets start at $35 for general admission and will be available at the door or until sold out. Reception reservations are $75 and will be sold until 5:00 PM on July 22. This year’s concert is made possible by a gift from Margot and Robert Haselkorn of Woods Hole. Proceeds will support the MBL’s renowned research and educational programs. Visit mbl.edu/gala or call 508.289.7423 for ticket information.

Tokyo String Quartet

Tokyo String Quartet, credit Henry J. Fair. Full size

Tokyo String Quartet
The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded 40 years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the quartet—Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello)—has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings, and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred concerts worldwide each season, the quartet has a devoted international following that includes the major capitals of the world and extends to all four corners, from Australia to Estonia, to Scandinavia and the Far East.

Haochen Zhang

Haochen Zhang © 2009 Stephen Eastwood/Lynx. Full size

Haochen Zhang
Shanghai-born pianist Haochen Zhang is, at twenty-one, already a veteran of the concert stage, as well as a perennial prizewinner. He began his piano studies at the age of three, has been performing in public since the age of five, and won his first major competition at 13. In 2009 became the youngest participant, and the first Chinese recipient, to be awarded a gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which has been called "the most prestigious classical piano contest in the world" by the Chicago Tribune. Zhang has toured worldwide and will release a CD on the Harmonia Mundi USA label. He currently attends the highly selective Curtis Institute of Music.


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