Wednesday, January 2 through Sunday, January 6, 2013
at Manhattan School of Music

Five Quartets will receive first-hand instruction in daily master classes with Robert Mann as well as intensive coachings with a faculty including Peter Winograd, Laurie Carney, Daniel Avshalomov, Wolfram Koessel, David Geber, Clive Greensmith, Kazuhide Isomura and Nicholas Mann

Master classes with Robert Mann to be STREAMED LIVE FOR VIEWING ON COMPUTER OR MOBILE DEVICE (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

FINAL CONCERT on Sunday, January 6 at 2:00 p.m. in MSM’s Greenfield Recital Hall will showcase participating quartets – Amphion String Quartet, Catalyst Quartet, Kleio Quartet, Kubrick Quartet and Tesla Quartet

Manhattan School of Music will be hosting the ROBERT MANN STRING QUARTET INSTITUTE for a second year, to take place Tuesday, January 2 through Sunday, January 6, 2013. Five of North America’s most promising young string quartets, personally chosen by Mr. Mann, will take part in a series of master classes to be taught by Robert Mann. In addition, each quartet will receive two intensive coachings daily, working with a faculty including the members of the American String Quartet – Peter Winograd, Laurie Carney, Daniel Avshalomov, and Wolfram Koessel – as well as Nicholas Mann, Clive Greensmith, Kazuhide Isomura and David Geber.

Robert Mann’s master class sessions will take place in the School’s Miller Recital Hall on Wednesday, January 2 (10 am and 2 pm); Thursday, January 3 (2 pm); Friday, January 4 (2 pm) and Saturday, January 5 (10 am and 2 pm). These classes are free and open to the public.

The master classes taking place on Thursday, January 3 and Friday, January 4 (both at 2 pm) will be available to the public by LIVE STREAMING for viewing on the computer or on a mobile device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) by visiting

A free public concert will be given by the participating quartets on Sunday, January 6 at 2 p.m. in the School’s Greenfield Recital Hall. The program will include movements from the string quartet repertoire studied by each ensemble.

The string quartets and the repertoire that they will be studying are listed below (in alpha order):

Amphion Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet op. 59, No. 1
Leoš Janáček, String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”
Felix Mendelssohn, String Quartet op. 44, No. 1

Catalyst Quartet

Franz Josef Haydn, String Quartet, op. 76, No.1
Johannes Brahms, String Quartet No. 1

Kleio Quartet

W. A. Mozart, String Quartet in D Major, K.575
Leoš Janáček, String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”

Kubrick Quartet

Béla Bartók, String Quartet No. 5
Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet op. 59, No. 2 (“Razumovsky”)

Tesla Quartet

Béla Bartók, String Quartet No. 4
Robert Schumann, String Quartet No. 3
W. A. Mozart, String Quartet in D Major, K.575

Robert Mann, at 92 years of age, has been a driving force in the world of music for more than seventy years. As founder and first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, and as a soloist, composer, teacher, and conductor, Mr. Mann has brought a refreshing sense of adventure and discovery to chamber music performances, master classes, and orchestral performances worldwide. In 1946, at the invitation of Juilliard’s president, William Schuman, Robert Mann founded the Juilliard String Quartet serving as the ensemble’s first violinist for 51 years until his retirement from the Quartet. The JSQ, which celebrated its golden jubilee during the 1996-97season, with Mr. Mann performed approximately 5,000 concerts and performed more than 600 works, including some 100 premieres. Its discography includes recordings of more than 100 compositions, includ¬ing three Grammy awards as well as the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2011. This season he has formed a new quartet, The Mann Quartet, with Robert Mann and Peter Winograd, violins; Nicholas Mann, viola and David Geber, cello. Mr. Mann has conducted throughout his professional career, leading ensembles such as the New York Chamber Symphony, MSM Symphony, and ensembles at the Ravinia, Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals. Robert Mann is a mentor to younger generations of string players including the Alexander, American, Concord, Emerson, LaSalle, New World, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, Brentano, Lark, St. Lawrence, and Colorado string quartets. In December 2009, Manhattan School of Music heralded him with an evening of chamber music bringing together ten string quartets who payed homage with musical performances that celebrated their colleague, mentor, teacher and friend. Mr. Mann is on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music and has served as president of the Walter W. Na¬umburg Foundation since 1971. At the invitation of Seiji Ozawa, he has been in residence at Japan’s Saito Kinen Music Festival as a conductor, teacher, and performer. Robert Mann is married to Lucy Rowan Mann. “Robert Mann and the Mysteries of Chamber Music”, a new film by Academy Award winning filmmaker Allan Miller, is due to be released soon.

Ticket and Information:

Manhattan School of Music is located on the northwest corner of Broadway and 122nd Street, and is easily acces¬sible by public transportation. Several MTA bus lines stop within two blocks at Broadway and 122nd Street; the M5 arrives at Riverside Drive; the M4 and M104 arrive at Broadway; and the M60 and M11 at Amsterdam Avenue. By subway taking the No. 1 train, MSM is located between the 116th Street and 125th Street stations. For information about Manhattan School of Music concerts and events please feel free to contact the MSM Concert Office at 917 493 4428, or visit

String Quartet Bios:

Amphion String Quartet – Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violins; Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola; and Mihai Marica, cello -- have been hailed for their “gripping intensity” and “suspenseful and virtuoso playing” by San Francisco Classical Voice and “precision, assertiveness and vigor” by The New York Times. They are the winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition as well as first prize recipients at the Hugo Kauder String Quartet Competition. This past year the Quartet was chosen for two prestigious programs – the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Festival for the 2012-13 season, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II winners, with the ensemble’s three-year membership beginning in 2013-2014. Recent performances have included their Carnegie Hal debut in Weill Recital Hall, at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Caramoor, TCAN Center for the Arts (MA), the National Arts Club, the MET, a tour of Northern California and concerts throughout the tri-state area. In October they performed two Beethoven quartets live on WQXR as part of the Beethoven String Quartet Marathon. This past summer the Amphion String Quartet performed at the OK Mozart Festival and Chamber Music Northwest, where they played alongside the Tokyo String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Michala Petri and William Purvis. In February 2009, the Amphion String Quartet first performed together in a concert at Sprague Hall at the Yale School of Music.

Catalyst Quartet
– Karla Donehew and Jessie Montgomery, violins; Christopher Jenkins, viola; and Carlos Rodriguez, cello – are all former members of the Sphinx Competition and have been hailed by The New York Times as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor.” This past year, the Catalyst Quartet were prizewinners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award (Switzerland). The quartet has held residencies and given master classes throughout the US and abroad including at the University of Michigan, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, In Harmony Project; London, and the University of South Africa. They also serve as principal faculty at the Sphinx Performance Academy at Oberlin College and Northwestern University. In addition, they are visiting teaching artists at the Sphinx Preparatory Music Institute, hosted by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The Catalyst String Quartet have been participants in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, the Grand Canyon Music Festival, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. They have given performances at the Kennedy Center, the Harris Theater in Chicago, at Miami’s New World Center and in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall performing with the Guarneri Quartet. This season they can be heard on the Café Series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kleio Quartet
– Christina Bouey and Clare Semes, violins; Isabel Hagen viola; and Madeline Fayette, cello – formed in 2011 at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine currently coaches with Samuel Rhodes at Juilliard. Past coaches have included Laurie Smukler, Mark Sokol, Jerry Grossman, and Barbara Stein-Mallow. Performances have included at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with upcoming concerts to take place at both Manhattan School of Music and at Juilliard.

Kubrick Quartet – Orin Laursen and Alan Choo, violins; Dian Zhang, viola; and Javier Iglesias Martin, cello – was formed in 2011 at the Peabody Conservatory and was selected as one of the school’s Honors Ensembles for two consecutive years in 2011 and 2012. The ensemble has been participants in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and the Beethoven Institute, as well as been heard in concert in Baltimore and New York City. The Quartet has worked with the Takacs, Orion, Jupiter, Julliard and Brentano String Quartets. The Kubrick Quartet works actively to reach new audiences in Baltimore and recent projects have included being part of Classical Revolution Baltimore and the Ivy Bookshop concert series.

Tesla Quartet – Ross Snyder, Michelle Lie, violins; Megan Mason, viola; and Kimberly Patterson, cello -- is the Gold Medal winner of the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Third Prize recipient in the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition. The ensemble formed in 2008 at Juilliard winning Second Prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition only a few months following its inception. From 2009-2012 the Tesla Quartet held a fellowship at the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they studied with the Takacs Quartet. Upcoming performances include concerts in Long Island, Salt Lake City, Tulsa and Provence, France.

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