Date(s) - Oct 27
QUATUOR DIOTIMA at the Mona Bismarck American Center
Monday, October 27, 8:00 PM
The award-winning French string quartet, Quatuor Diotima, known especially for their nuanced and virtuosic performances of contemporary music, performed a recent composition by Los Angeles-based composer Hugh Levick, who was in attendance to introduce his work. The program also included string quartets by Samuel Barber and Philip Glass. A lively reception with the musicians and composer followed.
Established in 2004, the repertoire of the Quatuor Diotima stretches from Beethoven and Schubert to contemporary composers. Their performances of early twentieth century music, as well as pieces from the last 50 years have met with unanimous acclaim.
Quatuor Diotima has performed throughout the United States, Asia and in several European festivals and concert series such as Berlin Philharmonic, Madrid Reina Sofia, Paris Cité de la Musique, London South Bank Centre and Wigmore Hall and Vienna Konzerthaus. Their recently released CD American Music has received a Diapason d’Or of the Year, a CHOC of Classica Magazin and other honors from the international press.
Graduating cum laude from Yale University, and with an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Hugh Levick first set off for Paris to write a novel. Once here, he returned to his musical beginnings and the saxophone, studying and playing with Anthony Braxton, Steve Lacy and the Chicago Art Ensemble, before studying composition at Julliard, with Stanley Wolfe and David Diamond, as well as privately with John Cage. Since the 1980s, Mr. Levick has composed, directed and performed music in Paris and throughout the USA. His has received multiple awards and honors on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mr. Levick’s first string quartet: MORNING EVENTING LOVE BEARS ALL, premiered in 2010, performed by the Denali String Quartet in Los Angeles. In 2012 Signature Records (sponsored by Radio France Musique) recorded and produced an album of Quatuor Diotima playing three of Mr. Levick’s string quartets: MORNING EVENING LOVE BEARS ALL, EMPIRE Inc., and THE UNIMAGINED: PREPARATIONS FOR THE UNKNOWN. The composer and the quartet have since collaborated on performances at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and the Independence Series in Brooklyn, NY.