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The Bridge Between Strings

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

The Bridge Between Strings

Tye Austin, featuring the Back Bay String Quartet

The guitar is quite possibly the most ubiquitous instrument in the world, and yet it is rarely associated with string quartets, chamber groups, or symphonic orchestras, partly due to lack of repertoire. Much like the piano, the guitar has the ability to lead, follow, accompany, and imitate other instruments. In this concert, classical guitarist and composer Tye Austin will showcase the guitar as both a solo and chamber instrument with the Back Bay String Quartet, which he founded to bridge the divide between plucked and bowed string instruments. 

Hailed by NBC-5 as a guitarist who “. . . can make the guitar sing like it was invented to be in his hands,” native Oregonian Tye Austin won first place in the Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition and has been invited to makes his solo-debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England on December 14, 2016. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2013, he's performed with Grammy-winning musicians such as Sharon Isbin, Eliot Fisk, and Bela Fleck, and he’s been interviewed on National Public Radio. Austin is also an accomplished composer/arranger dedicated to expanding the guitar repertoire. The 2016-17 concert season will see the premiere of new chamber music Austin composed for the Boston Guitar Orchestra and his newly-formed Back Bay String Quartet. Thanks to a generous patronage and private scholarship, Austin graduated last Spring from the New England Conservatory with his Master of Music degree under the tutelage of legendary maestro Eliot Fisk (the last student of Andres Segovia). Austin plays a customized 2015 Steve Connor Guitar from Cape Cod, MA. 

San Francisco native and Boston-based violinist Daniel Cho is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Joanna Kurkowicz, concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a fellow of the Community Performances and Partnerships Program. Cho has appeared as a featured soloist with the Napa Valley and Berkeley Symphony Orchestras and has performed as concertmaster with various professional orchestras and chamber ensembles across the US.

Violist Leonid Plashinov-Johnson has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral member in over fifteen countries and in venues such as Windsor Castle in the UK, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Reims Cathedral in France. He has also toured Asia with the Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra directed by Vasko Vassilev. Since the fall of 2015, Plashinov-Johnson has studied viola performance with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory.

International award-winning cellist Peiyao Guo is a master’s degree candidate at the New England Conservatory studying under Laurence Lesser. Guo was a recipient of the ABRSM award granted by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Foundation during his studies in London. He has participated in master classes with Lynn Harrell, Raphael Wallfisch, and Sung-Won Yang. Guo’s has performed with the Guangzhou Chamber Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory, and Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestras, as well as numerous solo and chamber music recitals in China, Europe, and the US.

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