Friction Quartet
Photo credit: Matthew Washburn

Doug Machiz, cello │ Kevin Rogers & Otis Harriel, violins │ Taija Warbelow, viola
special guest: Jenny Q. Chai, piano

Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 4:00 pm
Noe Valley Ministry

Hear a piano quintet by Robert Schumann and the San Francisco Premiere of Andy Akiho’s Piano Quintet, commissioned by Chamber Music America** and performed by the highly innovative Friction Quartet along with special guest pianist Jenny Q Chai.

Join us for an AfterParty immediately following the concert at La Boulangerie moderated by Kai Christiansen. The AfterParty is included in the price of your tickets, but please RSVP here to attend.

About the Artists:
Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “chillingly effective” (San Francisco Examiner), exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music through commissioning composers and performing in underserved schools and communities. Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Chronicle) declared that Friction Quartet is “an artist who should be discovered” and described their performance as “high-octane music making…a fine blend of rhythmic ferocity and tonal flair.”

Friction is the second place winner of the 2016 Schoenfeld International String Competition Chamber Division in Harbin, China. They recently gave their Carnegie Hall debut as part of the Kronos Quartet Workshop. They also opened for Kronos Quartet at Z Space as part of Kronos’s “Under 30″ series. Since forming in 2011, Friction has given 70 world premiere performances and commissioned 32 works for string quartet.

An artist of singular vision, pianist Jenny Q Chai is widely renowned for her ability to illuminate musical connections throughout the centuries. With razor-sharp intention, Chai integrates her prodigy’s training with personal fascinations in the latest in live electronics, artificial intelligence, and environmental research, creating layered multimedia programs and events which explore and unite elements of science, nature, and art. “Jenny Q Chai, who has studied with [PierreLaurent] Aimard, is following the more eclectic path…” The New York Times

Based both in Shanghai and New York City, Chai’s instinctive understanding of 20th-century masterworks is complemented by a deep grounding in core repertoire. Chai has won acclaim for performances at Carnegie Hall (Zankel), (le) Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and Symphony Space. She has appeared throughout Germany, Belgium, Spain, and at the Gaudeamus New Music and the Darmstadt International Festival. In China, she appears regularly at the Shanghai Concert Hall, and is widely known as a leading advocate for contemporary music. The recipient of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust’s 2011 Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project, and first prize winner of the Keys to the Future Contemporary Solo Piano Festival, Jenny Q Chai studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and in Germany with Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

*This Osher Inside Out concert is part of our contemporary neo@noe series and has been made possible in part thanks to the generous support of the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Ross McKee Foundation,and the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.

**The commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.