Isaac Allan and Guillaume Pirard, violins │ Angela Choong, viola │ Alex Greenbaum, cello
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
Haydn – String Quartet Op.33, #5
Gruenberg – “4 Diversions” for String Quartet
Debussy – String Quartet in G minor
From the absurd to the sublime. In this program we explore contrast and compositional satire across a varied and sometimes abrupt tonal landscape. Join us for a string quartet ‘circus’ with Haydn, Gruenberg and Debussy as our Ringmasters!
This is an Osher Inside Out concert and has been made possible in part thanks to the generous support of the Bernard Osher Foundation and the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.
About The Hausmann Quartet
Praised for its “passion and commitment” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and a sound “packed with biting and lyrical substance” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), The Hausmann Quartet was formed in the summer of 2004 at Lyricafest in New Jersey, and has since become known for its powerful and dynamic performances. Now into its eighth season, the Hausmann Quartet has established itself in San Diego California, joining the faculty at San Diego State University as Artists in Residence, as well as founding the Hausmann Chamber Music Program.
Recent winners of the Beverly Hills Auditions and recipient of a Chamber Music America Residency Grant, the Hausmann Quartet has enjoyed a busy and varied performance schedule with concerts throughout North America and China. Such venues and concert series have included the Rockport Music at Shalin Liu Performance Center, San Francisco Performances, Morrison Series at San Francisco State, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center, Colours of Music in Barrie, Ontario, and Sound of Autumn Series in Shijiazhuang, China.
The quartet has also received acclaim at major summer music festivals including La Jolla SummerFest, Music@Menlo, Aspen Music Festival, Music Mountain, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Norfolk Festival. In addition to concert appearances, the Hausmann Quartet has been a featured ensemble on live broadcasts at radio stations and programs such as Performance Today, Aspen Public Radio, WFMT Chicago, WRCJ Detroit, WOSU Columbus, KZSU Stanford, and CBC Radio 2.
With a deep belief in community engagement, the Hausmann Quartet has presented a great variety of creative educational outreach programs throughout the United States. They have partnered with organizations such as La Jolla Music Society, Rockport Music in Massachusetts, International Music Foundation in Chicago, Tuesday Musical Association, and Lyrica Chamber Music in New Jersey, to bring musical programming to populations of all ages. Past outreach activities have included community residencies in Ohio, North Carolina, and Massachusetts, a children’s concert series in Chicago’s inner-city, and Mountain Lakes NJ, as well as a residency at Stanford University’s Educational Program for Gifted Youth Summer Institute. Locally, the Hausmann Quartet has developed a strong presence throughout Southern California since 2010, beginning with their appointment as the fellowship quartet at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, and the Joseph Fisch and Joyce Axelrod Quartet in Residence. In 2012 the quartet founded the Hausmann Chamber Music Program (HCMP), a semester program and summer festival for students of all ages to learn chamber music, attend performances, and participate in workshops given by the quartet and guest artists. The Hausmann Quartet has become a vibrant member of the San Diego arts community, and with a dedication to enlivening and enriching the city’s cultural landscape.
In addition to the standard quartet literature, the Hausmann Quartet also champions less known gems from composers of past and present eras. In 2008, they were awarded the John Ireland Prize at the Rutenberg International Chamber Music Competition. As advocates for the advancement of new music, the Hausmann Quartet has worked closely with student composers in the Longy Preparatory School, Kent State University, San Francisco State University, Ohio State University, and San Diego State University. Upcoming projects include collaboration with composers Joe Waters, Liam Wade and Laura Koplewitz.
For works beyond the quartet realm, the Hausmann Quartet has been fortunate to collaborate with artists such as the Alexander String Quartet, the Borromeo String Quartet, pianists James Tocco, Jeremy Denk, and Victor Rosenbaum, violinists Ani Kavafian, and Laura Bossert, violists Toby Appel, Paul Neubauer, Cynthia Phelps, and Rivka Golani, and cellists Terry King, Gary Hoffman, and Paul Katz. Recent collaborations have included performances with pianists Lydia Artymiw, David Kaplan, violinist Lin He, and cellist Angela Lee. Upcoming collaborations include recording projects with SWARMIUS, and soprano Ann Moss.
The members of the Hausmann Quartet have trained through courses and degree programs at institutions such as Longy School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Kent State University, The Cleveland Institue of Music, and The Juilliard School, San Francisco State University, and San Diego State University. They are grateful to list among their many important mentors, members of the, Alexander, Miami, Alban Berg, Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo, Cleveland, Orion, Takacs, American, Ying, St. Lawrence, Borromeo, Schoenberg, and Artis Quartets.
The Hausmann Quartet is named after Robert Hausmann, the eminent 19th century German cellist and founding member of the celebrated Joachim Quartet. Violinist Isaac Allen performs on an instrument that is on generous loan from the Rashid foundation.
About the Artists
Violinist Isaac Allen attended Manhattan School of Music and received his Undergraduate Diploma from The Longy School of Music, Masters of Music in Chamber Music Performance from Kent State University and the Artist Diploma from San Diego State. He has studied violin with Ivan Chan, Laura Bossert, Terry King, Patinka Kopek and chamber music with Robert Mann, Earl Carlyss, Silvia Rosenberg and members of the Juilliard, Orion, Vermeer, Emerson, Alexander, Miami and Alban Berg String Quartets. He has performed in Canada, the U.S., China and Taiwan. With a strong dedication to teaching, Mr. Allen has given master classes throughout the United States and served as a violin teacher at various schools and universities, including San Francisco State and Brookline Music School. Festival appearances have included, La Jolla SummerFest, Music@Menlo, Aspen, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Paul Neubauer, Toby Appel, Steven Ansel, Ronald Thomas, Paul Katz and the Alexander String Quartet.
Guillaume Pirard began his violin studies in Belgium at the age of 8.He received a 1st Prize in Violin Performance from the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music at 16. Mr. Pirard continued his studies at the Mannes School with Todd Phillips and at the Juilliard School with Hyo Kang. He then studied with Vera Beths and Anner Bylsma in Holland and the baroque violin with Mira Glodeanu in Brussels. He is the recipient of the Belgian Young Soloists Foundation and the SPES Foundation Award.
He has performed extensively throughout Europe and the United States,in recitals and with the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Pacifica, A far cry, the Sejong Soloists, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia and currently The Knights.
Violist Angela Choong, a native of Columbus, Ohio, began her musical studies at the age of four and has since performed as a violinist and violist throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. A passionate chamber musician, she joined the Hausmann Quartet in 2008, and has collaborated with distinguished artists such as cellist Gary Hoffman, violists Toby Appel, Cynthia Phelps, and Paul Neubauer, pianists James Tocco and Jeremy Denk, and the Alexander String Quartet. Recent engagements include Rockport Music, La Jolla SummerFest, San Francisc Performances, Aspen Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Lyricafest, and Blossom Music Festival. Ms. Choong holds advanced degrees in violin/viola performance and chamber music from The Ohio State University, Florida State University, and Kent State University and received grants to participate in international master classes at the University of Paris–‐‑Sorbonne, France. Her primary mentors were Michael Davis, Charles Castleman, Laura Bossert, and Beth Newdome. She has also studied viola with James Dunham, Jeffrey Irvine, and Yu Jin, andz chamber music with the Miami, Emerson, Juilliard, Takacs, and Alexander String Quartets. She was a teaching assistant to violinist Beth Newdome at Florida State University, and to the Alexander String Quartet at San Francisco State University. Ms. Choong plays a d’ʹamore style viola made by Hiroshi Iizuka in Philadelphia in 2006.
Born in New York, cellist Alex Greenbaum enjoys a diverse and adventurous musical life. As one of the principal cellists of The Knights, he has performed and recorded throughout the U.S. and Europe and collaborated with luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Vera Beths and Christina Courtin. An avid chamber musician and advocate for the music of our time, Alex’s affiliations include San Diego New Music and the Tarab Cello Ensemble, and he often appears on San Diego’s Art of Élan series. He has performed often with the FLUX Quartet, and was a member of the Orquesta Sinfonica Sinaloa de las Artes in Sinaloa, Mexico. His varied interests have led to collaborations with dance companies, studies of baroque cello, recordings for film, television and commercials, and performances throughout Mexico. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Queens College and Juilliard Pre-College, and his teachers have included Steven Doane, Marcy Rosen, Ross Harbaugh, Joseph Elworthy and Andre Emelianoff. Alex plays a cello crafted by Michele Ashley in 2006. He lives in North Park.