Vega String Quartet
No, the members of the Vega Quartet are not vegetarians. Vega is the brightest star of the Lyra constellation: ‘We have chosen this name in honour of everything we have learned.’ The Vega String Quartet is quartet in residence at Atlanta’s Emory University, where its dynamic performances have given the impetus for a brand-new generation of chamber music lovers. The Strad called them ‘a fantastic quartet’; The New York Times raved that their ‘playing that had a kind of clean intoxication to it, pulling the listener along’.
William Ransom Piano Trio: William Ransom, Helen Kim and Charae Krueger
Pianist William Ransom started studying music at a very young age, and has performed in solo recitals, as a soloist with various orchestras and as a chamber music player in Eastern and Western Europe, Japan, Korea, South America and throughout the United States. Ransom currently holds the title of Mary L. Emerson professor of piano and is head of the piano faculty at Emory University. Violinist Helen Kim was born in Canada, where she started performing at the tender age of 6. Since then, she has been awarded numerous prizes and engagements and is a respected violinist in the USA and Canada. Cellist Charae Krueger is principal cellist of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. She also enjoys performing as a chamber musician and a soloist.
Tonight’s concert features two of Beethoven’s absolute masterpieces, played by these two ensembles: the Piano Trio in B-flat - also called the “Archduke” and the String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 130. Both works have a deviating number of movements for that time: the trio has four; the string quartet six.