Enso String Quartet

Maverick Concerts; a Summer Celebration of Benjamin Britten

by Editorial Staff

Saturday | August 24 | 6:30 pm

“Ben and Slava: the Britten/​Rostropovich Connection”

Henry Eccles: Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano (ca. 1730)
Britten: Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 65
Schubert: Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821
Lukas Foss: Capriccio

Zuill Bailey is widely considered one of the première cellists in the world. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality have secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today.

A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey has been featured with the symphony orchestras of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, James DePriest and Stanislav Skrowaczewski and has been featured with musical luminaries Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker.

Zuill Bailey, Roll Magazine

Zuill Bailey

Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. His primary teachers include Loran Stephenson, Stephen Kates and Joel Krosnick. Mr. Bailey performs on a 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive touring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro Musica (Texas), Artistic Director of the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Series, (Alaska) and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Robert Koenig began his formal training at the Vancouver Academy of Music with Lee KumSing and Gwen Thompson and later studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Academie Musicale di Chigiana in Siena, Italy. During this time he received several awards from the Canadian Government including a Canada Council Project Grant. He completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accompanying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff and chamber music with Felix Galimir and Karen Tuttle.

Robert Koenig, Roll Magazine

Robert Koenig

Mr. Koenig has appeared at many festivals including Aspen, Ravinia, Banff, Saratoga, Caramoor, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the El Paso Pro Musica, Chamber Music Northwest, the Campos do Jordao Festival in Brazil, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. He is frequently heard on radio and television including ABC’s “Good Morning America” and CBS “This Morning”. Mr. Koenig was staff pianist at both The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music, and from 2000 – 2007 he served as Professor of Piano and Piano Chamber Music at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. With the assistance of the University of Kansas Center for Research, Mr. Koenig commissioned renowned American Composer Lowell Liebermann to write a new trio for flute, cello and piano. —Buy Tickets

Sunday | August 25 | 4 pm

“Lyric Masters”
Celebrating the anniversaries of Britten and Verdi

Mozart: String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonant”
Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36 (1945)
Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor

With a 2010 Grammy nomination for “Best Chamber Music Performance,” the NYC-​​based Enso String Quartet has quickly become one of the country’s most exciting ensembles. Shortly after the group’s inception at Yale University in 1999, Enso had success at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and has consistently received high praise for performances ever since. The quartet’s debut recording was described by Strad Magazine as “an auspicious start to their recording career,” and was followed by the recent Grammy-​​nominated release of the quartets of Ginastera. MusicWeb International summed up this album as “playing of jaw-​​dropping prowess revealing masterpieces of the 20th century quartet literature … seek out this group – they are clearly bound for greatness.”

Enso String Quartet, Roll Magazine

Enso String Quartet, photo by Richie Hawley.

The Enso String Quartet members hold degrees from Yale University, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music (UK) and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). Together they held residencies at Northern Illinois University with the Vermeer Quartet and at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

The ensemble’s name, Enso, is derived from the Japanese zen painting of the circle which represents many things; perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life, and the fullness of the spirit. —Buy Tickets

next week

Saturday | August 31 | 4 pm
Annual Concert for the Friends of MaverickInvitation
Pedja Muzijevic, piano
Chopin, complete Preludes, Op. 28; Haydn,
Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50

Saturday | August 31 | 8:30 pm
Marc Black
, vocals and guitar
Warren Bernhardt, keyboard

Sunday | September 1 | 4 pm
Daedalus String Quartet
with Rufus Müller, tenorBuy Tickets
Music of Schubert and Smetana, and Britten’s Winter Words
for tenor and string quartet

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Phone: (845) 679‑8217

Maverick Concerts
120 Maverick Rd.
Woodstock, NY 12498 – 2503

Featured photo of the Enso String Quartet by Richie Hawley

Maverick Concert Hall, photo by Dion Ogust

Maverick Concert Hall, photo by Dion Ogust

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