It isn’t unusual for quartets to grow together for decades, but the Ariel Quartet is the only one I know that started their journey when they were just 14 years old.
The Ariel will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in the 2020-21 season, and you’ve been an important part of their career. We invite you to take a look at what they have plannedd. They’re playing better than ever and offering a number of anniversary programs plus collaborations with Alisa Weilerstein, Matan Porat, Yura Lee, and David Krakauer.
Managing Director, MKI Artists
Joseph Hallman commission
with Alisa Weilerstein, cello
The Ariel Quartet has teamed up with their longtime friend, the superstar cellist Alisa Weilerstein, to commission a cello quintet from the rising young composer Joseph Hallman, who has previously written works for Weilerstein. The work will be part of a program that the five will tour in January 2021.
Christopher Theofanidis clarinet quintet
with Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
This summer, two of chamber music’s exceptional and award-winning artists – the Ariel Quartet and Alexander Fiterstein – came together to premiere a new clarinet quintet by the acclaimed Christopher Theofanidis. The Ariel and Fiterstein are thrilled to be offering Mr. Theofanidis’ latest work for chamber ensemble. In addition to the new work, the quintet will offer either the Brahms or Mozart clarinet quintet, or a pair of quartets to open the program.
matan porat commission
The Ariel Quartet and the Israeli composer Matan Porat have been close friends for years, and to celebrate the Quartet’s 20th anniversary Porat is writing a special anniversary commission. The piece is going to be 15-20 minutes long and will reflect on the dynamic of the relationships within a string quartet and specifically the Ariel, which is possible because Porat is such a close and longstanding friend who knows each member of the group quite well. The piece will be both a highly personal and universally relatable journey, a musical answer to the considerable interest the Ariel's audiences have expressed in the complexities of string-quartet-life over the years.
the complete mozart viola quintets
with Yura Lee, viola
The violinist and violist Yura Lee is one of the most versatile and compelling artists of today, one of the very few in the world that has mastery of both violin and viola. Friends from their days at the New England Conservatory, Yura and the Ariel Quartet have teamed up to offer the Mozart viola quintets in two programs, with the addition of Mozart’s brilliant clarinet quintet, transcribed for viola:
piano quintets with Orion weiss
The Ariel Quartet got to know the brilliant young pianist Orion Weiss when they studied together as teenagers at the Perlman Music Program. They’re all now in their early 30s, their careers have soared, and they’ve continued to collaborate regularly. In addition to offering the standard piano quintets from Dvorak, Brahms, and Schumann, they offer rarely heard masterpieces by Bloch, Korngold, and Dohnányi.
TOURING WITH navah perlman
The Ariel Quartet offers quartets with the pianist Navah Perlman, whom they have known all their lives. The daughter of Itzhak Perlman, Navah is known for a lyrical eloquence that has established her as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. The long relationship between the five creates a seamless collaboration that draws every audience in. They’ll play any of the major quintets along with a first half of solo piano and string quartets.
THE DREAMS AND PRAYERS of isaac the blind
with David Krakauer, clarinet
The Ariel Quartet teams up with the classical/Klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer to offer a program featuring Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind together with the Brahms clarinet quintet.