Although we know these composers for the art that they created, back in their day they had to hold down “regular” jobs like the rest of us. Come discover who amongst them was an insurance agent, organic chemist, plumber, graphic designer, and priest, and enjoy a pre-concert talk given by Dr. Abigail Fine.
String Quartet No. 1, Op. 57
Piano Quintet in C Minor
Guest Artist: Anthea Kreston, violin
Violinist Anthea Kreston sometimes just needs to pinch herself. How did she get so lucky? Currently first violinist of Delgani Quartet, she was the first American violinist to play in a major European string quartet, Germany’s Artemis Quartet, and she travelled the world, performing on some of the most legendary stages, from Carnegie Hall to Wigmore, from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam to Seoul. She was a Professor at the Universität der Kunste Berlin, where Clara Schumann and Schoenberg taught; a Master Teacher at the Queen Elizabeth Chapel in Brussels; and enjoys returning to teach at the Curtis Institute of Music, her alma mater. She loves to write, penning a classical music blog for the London-based Slipped Disk, one of the top five most read music blogs internationally …
… and has an awesome husband and two funny and generous daughters.
Her recent release on Warner Classics received both the Echo Award (Europe’s Grammy Award) and the Diaspason D’Or, France’s highest award from music critics. She has hosted her own podcast from the Boulez Hall in the heart of Berlin, and has played in the Berlin Philharmonic as well as concertmaster of the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Her teachers include Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi, the Emerson Quartet, and Isaac Stern. But most of all, she loves being with her family, growing tomatoes, and petting bunnies.
The San Diego Reader said of her “…Anthea is a soloist of the Heifetz- Shaham-Vengerov caliber, whose musical instincts could make even a mere bagatelle thrill the soul and stir the senses to a frenzy.”