|Manhattan String Quartet||
Critically acclaimed as one of America’s leading ensembles, the MANHATTAN STRING QUARTET is celebrating its 50th season this year. Hailed by Michael Steinberg of the Boston Globe as “a national treasure,” the Manhattan Quartet has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Mexico and South America. Notable among its many recordings is the complete cycle of fifteen Shostakovich string quartets which TIME Magazine called “One of the most important musical events of 1991”.
The group has been Quartet-in-Residence at Colgate University since 1988 and has also held similar posts at the Manhattan School of Music, Cornell University, Grinnell College, Western Connecticut State University, the Chamber Music Institute in Racine, Wisconsin and Michigan’s Interlochen National Music Camp (for 21 summers). In 2011, in collaboration with the Sarajevo Academy of Music, the Manhattan Quartet established the Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival.
Since 1989 the Manhattan String Quartet has hosted annual teaching and performing conferences in the United States and Europe for pre-professional quartets and amateur players.
DAVID CLAMPITT is a music theorist and violinist who taught at Yale University for 11 years before joining the faculty at Ohio State University, where he is where he is Professor and Area Head for Music Theory. The author of many articles and book chapters, he is a recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award from the national Society of Music Theory. A founding member of the Algonquin String Quartet during his years as a violinist in New York City, he has been a regular member and occasional soloist with Orchestra of New England in New Haven, and has appeared as a recitalist at Yale. He has coached and lectured at KentMusic since 1990 and has also given his popular lecture/demonstrations with the Manhattan String Quartet in New York City and Europe.
Additional Faculty for KentMusic at Colgate
MICHAEL EMERY, violinist, is current Senior Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College. He received his Masters in Music Performance at Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Erick Friedman and the late Raphael Bronstein. While attending Manhattan, he was selected to perform in the master classes of two of this century's most celebrated violinists, Ruggiero Ricci and the late Henryk Szeryng. Mr. Emery is currently concertmaster and soloist with the Utica, Catskill, and Schenectady Symphonies, having acted in that capacity for several other orchestras including the Vermont Symphony and the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. He has served on the faculty of Colgate University and Hartwick College, and is presently teaching at Skidmore College, the College of St. Rose, Schenectady County Community College, and at his private studio in Schenectady.
Cellist KATHE JARKA has performed in major concert venues across the United States, Canada and in Europe. While a member of the Shanghai Quartet, she toured extensively, appearing at the Tanglewood, Norfolk and Ravinia festivals. She performs and conducts master classes around the country as a member of the Broyhill and Goliard chamber ensembles. Ms. Jarka has collaborated with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Ruth Laredo and the Juilliard Quartet. She appeared several times with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and coaches the Young Musicians Program of its education division.
JOEL PITCHON is active as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber music player. He has received acclaim for his performances with internationally renowned ensembles including the New York Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the EOS Orchestra (NY). Pitchon received his B.A. and M.A. in music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Oscar Shumsky and Joseph Fuchs. He has worked extensively in chamber ensembles as a member of the Forster String Trio, the Walden Chamber Players, and the Kinor String Quartet. Mr. Pitchon frequently performs at the Monadnock Music Festival (NH) and each summer participates in a series of concerts as leader of the New Baroque Soloists. He is also currently a member of the Smith Chamber Music Society and the Rose Colored Glasses Chamber Ensemble.
Violist LIUH-WEN TING is a graduate of the Juilliard School and former member of the Meridian String Quartet. She has collaborated with the Cassatt String Quartet and the Persian master Shahram Nazeri on a sold-out tour, appearing on ABC, CNN, and Fox News. Ms. Ting is a frequent soloist at international festivals including The Prague Spring Music Festival, Ostrava New Music Days in the Czech Republic, The Warsaw Autumn Music Festival in Poland, and the Primavera en la Habana electro-acoustic music festival. She has recorded chamber music on the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, and Capstone Record labels. Ms. Ting is also a faculty member of the prep division at the Mannes School of Music.