Costa Mesa – The Grammy Award-winning chamber music ensemble Pacifica Quartet opens the Segerstrom Center’s 2013 – 2014 Chamber Music Series on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the center’s intimate Samueli Theater. The ensemble is joined by renowned pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin for a program featuring Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 in F minor, Op. 108, Antonín Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81 and Leo Ornstein’s innovative Piano Quintet, Op. 92.
Formed in 1994, Pacifica Quartet is made up of Simin Ganatra and Sibbi Bernhardsson on violin, Masumi Per Rostad on viola and Brandon Vamos on cello. Over the past two decades the ensemble has garnered international acclaim as one of the finest chamber ensembles today, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and in 2006, was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, becoming only the second chamber ensemble so honored in the Grant’s long history. In 2009, the ensemble received the Grammy Awards for Best Chamber Music Performance.
Marc-Andre Hamelin is known as a musician of broad musical interests and curiosity. He is recognized for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th centuries, both in the recording studio and in the concert hall.
“Introducing Leo Ornstein's Piano Quintet more widely to audiences has been a dream of mine for many years,” says Hamelin, “and I'm thrilled to have the chance to perform it in tandem with the Pacifica Quartet, who I know are the perfect ensemble to give life to this work.”
In recent seasons, Hamelin has performed with ensembles, orchestras and in solo recitals at New York City’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and on an international tour of the Schumann Piano Quintet with the Takács Quartet. The Pro Musica Society of Montreal paid tribute to Hamelin with a six-concert series, “The Art of Marc-André Hamelin.” Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
The Pacifica Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin concert begins at 8:00 p.m. A free Preview Talk with musicologist and author Herbert Glass is at 7:15 p.m. in the Samueli Theater. Tickets start at $29. For more information visit: www.scfta.org/chamber.