Fri. Oct. 17 Frank Almond with the famous 1715 Lipinksi Stradivarius
Currently concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Frank Almond’s past stints include concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and guest concertmaster of the London Philharmonic. Since being one of the youngest prize-winning participants in the Nicolo Paganini Competition at the age of 17, Almond has appeared as guest concertmaster with the Seattle Symphony, Dallas Symphony and more, in addition to a busy performance schedule that includes the Ojai Festival, Frankly Music and Japan’s Nara Academy. Almond was recently at the center of a headline-grabbing story after the “Lipinski” was stolen from him after a concert. It was recovered nine days later.
Fri., March 13 Afiara Quartet
Currently in residency at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Afiara has enjoyed a career as one of classical music’s most revered young quartets, winning the Young Canadian Musicians Award, the Concert Artist Guild International Competition, top honors at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and more. Their pedigree as musicians has led to performances at top venues including Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This concert will feature an octet with Harker’s own string quartet joining Afiara on stage, the culmination of Afiara’s three-day residency with the school.
About the Concert Series
This series launched in 2010-11 and, along with the Harker Speaker Series (begun in 2007-08), is part of the school's ongoing commitment to share thoughtful, entertaining and engaging events with the greater Bay Area community.
All concerts are general seating and held in the intimate 200-seat Nichols Hall auditorium in Harker's gold LEED-certified science and technology building, Nichols Hall, on the upper campus at 500 Saratoga Ave., San Jose (view directions). There's a pre-event reception one hour prior to each performance, and hors d'œuvres and beverages are available.
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Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Miró Quartet immediately won first prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff and Banff competitions as well as the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award, and were the first ensemble ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. In addition to a mastery of the standard repertoire, the quartet maintains a fierce devotion to contemporary music, commissioning works and releasing recordings of everything from Beethoven to Crumb. The Miró Quartet serves as the faculty string quartet-in-residence at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. They are named for the surrealist Spanish artist Joan Miró.
PROJECT Trio’s high energy performances are redefining chamber music. The trio – a unique configuration of flute, cello and bass – composes all their own music and is blurring the lines between classical and jazz. They made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2010, perform more than 70 concerts a year and have led workshops for more than 150,000 students on four continents. The group’s YouTube channel has more than 85,000 subscribers and 77 million-plus views. This season’s engagements include the San Diego, Toronto and New World Symphony orchestras, as well as their continuing position as Family Artists in Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
The Respect Sextet
The Respect Sextet formed in 2001 and has since garnered much critical acclaim for its improvisational, freeform stylings that are an amalgam of many different genres. The New York Times described the group thus: “The Respect Sextet stamps ambitious music with a smart-alecky affect, ranging broadly from the antic to the deadpan.” Playing traditional instruments as well as toys, the group’s style is one in which, as they describe it, "the serious, heady, and intellectual mingle with the light, comic, and absurd."
A performer since the age of six, cellist Sebastian Bäverstam debuted at Carnegie Hall at 14 and has performed concertos, recitals and sat in with symphony orchestras all over the world, garnering rave reviews from The Strad, Musical America and more. Bäverstam’s many accolades include being named the winner in the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and earning the 2006 Harvard Music Association Young Artist Award.
Since they began touring in 2002, the Parker Quartet has won acclaim from The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Chamber Music Magazine. The quartet won a 2010 Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance for their recordings of György Ligeti’s “String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2” and “Andante & Allegretto.” The quartet won the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 2005 and in 2009 were awarded the Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America.
Piano sensation Taylor Eigsti returns to kick off season three of the Harker Concert Series. Recognized worldwide for his technique and improvisational instincts, two-time Grammy nominee Eigsti has performed or recorded with the likes of Dave Brubeck, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton and more. Last year, he lent his compositional talents to the film “Detachment”starring Adrien Brody.