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Cornish Presents The Corigliano Quartet

April 03, 2010

Hailed as one of today’s most exciting and dynamic young string quartets, the Corigliano Quartet returns to Seattle for a one-week residency at Cornish College of the Arts and culminating in two concerts:

  • A reading of new compositions for string quartet penned by Cornish student composers on Fri-day, April 2nd at 8 pm, free and open to the public;
  • A concert featuring both traditional and contemporary works by Mozart, Corigliano, Moravec, and Silverman on Saturday, April 3rd at 8 pm.

Both the open reading and the concert will be held at PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy St. in Seat-tle. Ticket prices and program information for the April 3rd concert are as follows:

The Corigliano Quartet
Saturday, April 3, 8 pm
PONCHO Concert Hall
710 East Roy St., Seattle
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 general at the door, $10 students, seniors & alumni

More about THE PROGRAM

John Corigliano (2003) – Snapshot: Circa 1909
Robert Maggio (2001) – Songbook for Annamaria (String Quartet No. 1)
Wolfgang Mozart (1785) – String Quartet in A Major, K 464
Paul Moravec (2006) – Atmosfera a Villa Aurelia
Adam Silverman (2005) – Corrie Q’s Jigs and Reels (String Quartet No. 3)


Dedicated to the presentation of new American music, the Corigliano Quartet has been called a quartet of “profound beauty” and “riveting power” by The Baltimore Sun. Founded in 1996 with the blessing of Pulitzer, Grammy, and Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano, the group’s dedication and passion for new works has made them one of the most sought after interpreters of contemporary music today. Com-prised of violinists Michael Jinsoo Lim and Lina Bahn (who alternate at first violin), violist Melia Watras, and cellist Amy Sue Barston, the Corigliano Quartet has rapidly climbed the ranks of the chamber music world. A year after its formation, the group captured the attention of Isaac Stern, who invited them to the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall. The following season, the Corigliano won the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and both First Prize and Grand Prize at the Fischoff Cham-ber Music Competition.

The Corigliano Quartet has performed in many of the nation’s leading music centers, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Corcoran Gallery. Re-cent performances have taken the Corigliano to Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Hous-ton, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC. They have also made appearances in Italy, Mexico, and Korea, where they gave the Korean premiere of Corigliano’s Farewell quartet. They have been heard in numerous radio broadcasts, including NPR’s All Things Considered, and WFMT-Chicago’s Live From Studio One. The group’s festival appearances include performances at Ravinia, the Aspen Music Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Madeline Island Chamber Music Festi-val, Festival de Música de Cámara de San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Strings in the Mountains, and Marrowstone Summer Music. The Corigliano Quartet’s 2007 CD release on Naxos, featuring the com-plete string quartet works of John Corigliano as well as a work by former Corigliano student Jefferson Friedman, has been hailed from coast to coast. The New York Times praised the quartet for their “knockout performances,” while the San Francisco Chronicle praised the ensemble for its “fervor and imagination.” The Corigliano has recorded for CRI, Albany, Aguava New Music and Bayer Records.

Violinist Lina Bahn has been called “brilliant” and “lyrical” by the Washington Post and is an acclaimed interpreter of new music. Bahn is the Executive Director and violinist with the Verge Ensemble of the Contemporary Music Forum, the resident ensemble of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Bahn has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, La Orquesta Sinfo-nica de la Serena (Chile), and the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra. From 1992-1994 she was a member of the Bahn-Mahave-Browne piano trio, and toured extensively throughout Chile with the as a recipient of a national arts award. Her undergraduate training was completed under the tutelage of Doro-thy Delay at the Juilliard School, under Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan, and her Doctorate of Music degree from Indiana University while studying with Miriam Fried and Paul Biss. She is currently Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Michael Jinsoo Lim enjoys a dynamic musical career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral per-former, recording artist, and teacher. In addition to his work in the Corigliano Quartet, he is in demand as a performer of new and experimental music. Lim is a member of Open End, a new music and improvisa-tory group, and is currently the concertmaster for the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Lim’s solo en-gagements have included appearances with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the International Chamber Orchestra of Girona, Spain, the Indiana University Philharmonic, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra as well as a performance in Weill Recital Hall for a tribute concert for celebrated American composer John Corigliano. He has performed on numerous film soundtracks, including the Oscar-winning score to Brokeback Mountain. Lim studied at Indiana Univer-sity with the legendary violinist and teacher Josef Gingold. While at Indiana, he won First Prize in the school’s Violin Concerto Competition and served on the faculty as a Visiting Lecturer. Lim serves on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where he teaches violin and chamber music.

Described as “staggeringly virtuosic” by The Strad, violist Melia Watras has been hailed by audiences and critics alike for her electrifying and vibrant performances. She has long been at the forefront of the American new music scene, performing numerous commissions and world premieres as soloist and chamber musician. Her debut solo CD, Viola Solo, was released on the Fleur de Son label and has re-ceived much critical acclaim. Strings remarked, “Watras is a young player in possession of stunning vir-tuosic talent and deserving of the growing acclaim,” while The Strad called her “excellent” and “authorita-tive.” Her recently released second CD, Prestidigitation, features five new works written especially for her. Watras studied with Atar Arad at Indiana University, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. While at Indiana, she served as Arad’s assistant for many years, and was a member of the faculty as a Visiting Lecturer.

Praised as “passionate and elegant” by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue Barston has performed as soloist on stages throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, Caramoor, Bargemusic, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Power House (Australia), and Prussia Cove (England). She has performed Osvaldo Golijov’s Omaramor in twenty international cities, receiving twenty consecutive standing ova-tions. Of the world premiere of Ned Rorem’s Aftermath at Ravinia, The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: “the deep, rich tones of Barston’s cello haunted the vocal line like a sorrowing vision.” At seventeen she ap-peared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony on live television, won Grand Prize in the Society of American Musicians’ Competition, and has since performed as soloist with dozens of orchestras. In 2007 alone she gave thirty solo recitals and masterclasses, spanning from New York to New Zealand. She studied with Eleonore Schoenfeld at USC where she won the “Most Outstanding Graduate Award,” and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she earned her Masters degree and is frequently Guest Faculty. Amy is a devoted teacher; students commute hundreds of miles for lessons and occasionally come from as far as Alaska and Japan.


Cornish College of the Arts is nationally recognized as a premier college of the visual and performing arts offering Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance, theater, art, design and performance production, and a Bachelor of Music degree. A pioneer in arts education, Cornish College of the Arts sprang from the remarkable vision of Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle when it was scarcely more than a frontier town. Her philosophy of educating the artist through exposure to all the arts was progressive at the time, and continues to be innovative today.

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