Since forming in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Within a few years of its inception, the group garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In recent seasons, it has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; and the Sydney Opera House. In addition to performing the entire two-century range of the standard quartet repertoire, the Quartet—comprised of Misha Amory, Serena Canin, Nina Lee, and Mark Steinberg—has a strong interest in both old and new music, performing many works predating the string quartet as a medium, among them madrigals of Gesualdo, fantasias of Purcell, and secular vocal works of Josquin. Also, it has worked closely with some of the most important composers of our time, among them Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Bruce Adolphe, and György Kurtág. The group is the resident string quartet at the Yale School of Music, where it performs in concert each semester and works closely with students in chamber music contexts. In 2013, the Quartet provided chamber music during the Semifinal Round of the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and it will do so again in the Final Round of the Competition in 2017.
Since his gold-medal win at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang has captivated audiences in the United States, Europe, and Asia with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity, fearless imagination, and spectacular virtuosity. International tours have taken Mr. Zhang to Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Dresden, and Rome. He sold out a tour of China, and he has appeared with such luminary conductors as Valery Gergiev and the late Lorin Maazel. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with the Shanghai String Quartet. Mr. Zhang's return to Fort Worth as part of the 2010–2011 Cliburn Concerts series was hailed as one of the top 10 performances of the year by both The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His performances at the Cliburn Competition were released to critical acclaim by harmonia mundi usa in 2009; he is also featured in Peter Rosen’s award-winning documentary chronicling the 2009 Cliburn Competition, A Surprise in Texas, which won an ECHO Klassik Award.