Delaware Classical Music Concerts
The Orion String Quartet ranks among America’s top chamber ensembles, sought after for the fresh perspective and individuality it brings to every performance. Serving as Artist Members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Quartet-in-Residence at New York’s Mannes College of Music, the Orion has long been known for programming classic works of the standard quartet literature side by side with masterworks of living composers. This cutting-edge approach has led to wide-ranging composer commissions, including ones from Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis. Currently the foursome also enjoys a \creative partnership with the Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company.
Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and praised by Classical Guitar magazine for “maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity,” Brasil Guitar Duo is equally at home on a classical or a world-music stage. Meeting in São Paulo as teenage guitar students, João Luiz and Douglas Lora have performed together for more than 15 years, all the while seeking to expand the repertoire for two guitars.
When the Danish String Quartet started out, they called themselves the Young Danish String Quartet. These days the “Young” has been dropped from the name, but the foursome is still full of youthful dynamism – a quality that was on display when they made their first appearance at Coastal Concerts in 2010. It was clear then that these guys were flat out having a good time, and that sense of fun continues to be their trademark: “We are simply your friendly neighborhood string quartet with above average amounts of beard.” But don’t be fooled. This “friendly neighborhood” ensemble is racking up impressive honors and accolades.
The young violinist Elena Urioste is on course to become a major star on the world’s concert and recital stages. Recently selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and featured on the cover of Symphony magazine, she already has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her expressive playing and commanding stage presence. “Richly toned” (The New York Times), and displaying “sultry sweet razzle dazzle” (Atlanta Journal Constitution), she “is a drop-dead beauty who plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor” (The Washington Post).
Declared a “first class talent” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu is rapidly gaining worldwide recognition as an artist of shimmering technique. A winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, she also captured the top prize and the Audience Favorite Prize at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. Hailing her “superstar quality,” The Jerusalem Post called her “musical, energetic and full of flair.”