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Celebrity Series • Aizuri Quartet • Debut Series

Wednesday • May 3, 2023   |   8:00 pm

The Debut Series at Longy’s Pickman Hall
Hear artists you’ll be talking about for years in our most intimate hall for classical music!

In the 2022-23 season, we celebrate ten years of hosting fascinating musicians from around the world as new-to-the-Series artists take the Pickman Hall stage. Some are making their Boston recital debuts, some are appearing in the city for the first time, and others are making their first-ever tours to the United States!

Get ready to enjoy thoughtfully curated recitals that will give you a new perspective on composers you thought you knew by heart, take you on a journey from darkness to dawn, and explore the beauty and common language of music from diverse regions and eras.

Aizuri Quartet

Described by the Washington Post as “astounding” and “captivating” for their performances with a notable “meld of intellect, technique, and emotions,” the Aizuri Quartet has established a unique niche within today’s musical landscape, infusing all their music-making with infectious energy, joy, and warmth, and cultivating curiosity in listeners.

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The string quartet has drawn praise both for bringing “a technical bravado and emotional power” to bold new commissions and for its “flawless” (San Diego Union-Tribune) performances of the great works of the past. Their innovative programming and the depth and fire of their performances have earned the quartet a Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, along with top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London and, most notably, a 2019 Grammy nomination for their debut album Blueprinting, named one of NPR Music’s Best Classical Albums of 2018.

The Quartet, which draws its name from “aizuri-e,” a style of predominantly blue Japanese woodblock printing noted for its vibrancy and incredible detail, blends their four distinctive musical personalities into a powerful show-stopping performance.

The program—created to trace a journey from darkness to dawn—begins with Clara Schumann’s “Ich stand in dunklen Traumen” (“I stood in dark dreams”), followed by Bartok’s Quartet No. 4 and “Sivunittinni” by the Canadian Inuit composer and throat singer Tanya Tagaq, before concluding with Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet.



Wednesday • May 3, 2023
8:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.