TOKYO STRING QUARTET TAKES THE STAGE – The Coast Reporter – January 29, 2010

The Coast Recital Society (CRS) presents the Tokyo String Quartet, one of the world’s great string quartets, this Sunday afternoon, Jan. 31, at 2:30 p.m. a the Raven’s Cry Theatre in Sechelt.

The Quartet will perform music by Haydn, Beethoven and Bartók.

You can count on one hand the string quartets that are considered capable of creating magical and soul-moving experiences. The Tokyo Quartet is certainly one. Music critics praise the ensemble’s exemplary balance, intelligence and style.

“The Tokyo String Quartet is an extraordinary ensemble, and the fact we’ve been able to bring them to the Sunshine Coast is marvellous indeed,” said CRS artistic director Frances Heinsheimer Wainwright. “We’re also delighted that while they’re here, the Quartet will perform at a local eldercare residence, as part of the CRS artists in the community program.”

The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded almost 40 years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello), have collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record.

Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, the quartet marks the occasion with concerts on several continents, as well as a tour of select communities in British Columbia. The ensemble performs on the “Paganini Quartet,” a group of renowned Stradivarius instruments named for legendary virtuoso Niccoló Paganini, who acquired and played them during the 19th century.