WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces
WQXR's Midday Masterpieces
Originally Aired: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
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Every first Wednesday of the month, settle in for an hour of musical serenity. March 4 will feature The Elysian String Quartet, made up of Manhattan School of Music undergraduate students Carlos Rafael Martínez Arroyo and Maïthéna Girault (violins), Tal McGee (viola), and Sam Chung (cello). The group formed in 2019, and is coached by MSM faculty member Music David Geber. They most recently appeared at the Andre Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in January 2020.
Haydn: String Quartet in B minor Opus 64 No. 2
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat major Opus 44 No. 3
The Spirio by Steinway & Sons is the official piano of The Greene Space.
This is free and open to all. Audience will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis and an RSVP does not guarantee your admission. If capacity is reached at any given time, we will maintain a line outside our doors and follow a one-in, one-out policy. We recommend arriving early to better secure entry to the venue.
Tickets to this event are free, but reservations are recommended.
Carlos Rafael Martínez Arroyo, a native of Spain, has performed in major concert halls including Teatro Maestranza in Seville, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Palau de la Música in Barcelona and Gran Teatro in Cordoba. He has concertized as soloist with professional orchestras in Spain and Sweden, performing the concerti of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, the complete works of J.S. Bach, Vivaldi Four Seasons and Mozart Sinfonia Concertante. Additionally, he has played several duo recitals in Spain.
In 2016, 2017 and 2018 Carlos was selected as one of the members of Proyecto Talentos, organized by the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, performing as a chamber musician in Auditorio Nacional. He has also participated in seasonal festivals including Isaac Albéniz Festival, Eduardo del Pueyo, Forum Musikae, Young Artist Program in Ottawa and Blackmore’s – Berlins Musikzimmer.
Carlos‘ teachers have included José María Fernández Benítez and Gonçal Comellas. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate studies at Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Patinka Kopec.
Cellist Sam Chung, born in Seoul and raised in Vancouver, had his early studies with Olivia Blander and Sungyong Lim. He was principal cellist of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra and received the VYSO grand prizes for both intermediate and senior concerto competitions. He was also a finalist in the 2015 Canadian Music Competition.
Sam is an undergraduate student in the studio of Philippe Muller at Manhattan School of Music; he has also been a chamber music student of David Geber throughout his college studies. He has played in master classes for Jian Wang, Hans Jensen, Josephine Knight and Erin Keefe. He is a first-prize winner in both the Lillian Fuchs and Ruth Widder chamber music competitions at MSM.
Tal McGee is a New York-based violist. He has performed as viola soloist with the Boulder Bach Festival and is a Houston Young Artists’ Concert Artist. As a chamber musician, he has performed in Seiji Ozawa Hall, at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and in Manhattan School of Music’s Centennial Chamber Concert. His chamber groups have won the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Competition in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
Seasonally, Tal teaches and performs as a Young Artist Faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music and the Heifetz International Music Institute. He has performed in solo masterclasses for Pinchas Zukerman and Kim Kashkashian, and chamber masterclasses for Gilbert Kalish, Anton Nel, Lawrence Dutton, and the Muir String Quartet. Tal is a graduate student in the studio of Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman at Manhattan School of Music.
Maïthéna Girault is a first prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition and winner of the 2017 Golden Violin Award, Canada’s largest collegiate music prize. She was recipient of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award in 2018 and 2019 and winner in the strings category of the Québécor Prize at the 2019 Prix d’Europe competition. Maïthéna has also appeared on CBC Music’s 2017 lists of 30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30 and Montreal’s 10 emerging acts to watch. In 2015, she made her debut in Carnegie Hall, both as soloist and chamber musician.
Maïthéna has concertized as soloist with orchestras in Quebec and France more than a dozen times. She has appeared as concertmaster with orchestras in France, Germany, Italy, the United States and Montreal’s Maison Symphonique. A dedicated chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Milton String Quartet, winner of the 2016 McGill Chamber Competition and the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Grand Prize.
Maïthéna entered the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal at age eight where she studied with Helmut Lipsky for ten years. She graduated with a Licentiate in Music and a Graduate Diploma of Performance from McGill University, where her primary teachers included Andrew Wan, Alexander Read and Axel Strauss. She now pursues her studies at Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Lucie Robert.
Maïthéna performs on the 1858 Ex. ”Comte Koucheliov” violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume and a bow by François Lotte, both generously loaned to her by Canimex.
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