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Leila JosefowiczJesse Mills, violin
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Fred Sherry, cello

The Fred Sherry String Quartet was founded to perform and record Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet Concerto. Fred Sherry recruited his younger colleagues to play this notoriously difficult piece because of their virtuosity and fearlessness in confronting the score.

One of the most sought after violinists of her generation and an outstanding champion of contemporary music, Leila Josefowicz is the chosen interpreter of several of today’s leading composers including John Adams, Oliver Knussen, Thomas Adès and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In recognition of her passionate advocacy and genuine commitment to the music of today, she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Leila Josefowicz came to national attention in 1994 when she made her Carnegie Hall début with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and has since appeared with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and eminent conductors. She gave the premières of concertos written for her by Esa-Pekka Salonen (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Steve Mackey (St Louis Symphony) and Colin Matthews (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), and played first performances of Thomas Adès’s violin concerto Concentric Paths with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the San Francisco, Toronto and Seattle symphonies and at the Aspen Music Festival. John Adams and Luca Francesconi have been commissioned to write new concertos for her.

Violinist Jesse Mills is known as a pioneer of contemporary works, a renowned improvisational artist, as well as a composer. He has performed as soloist with orchestras including The Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Denver Philharmonic, the Teatro Argentino Orchestra in Buenos Aires, and the Aspen Music Festival’s Sinfonia Orchestra. As a chamber musician Jesse Mills has performed throughout the United States and Canada, and has also appeared at prestigious venues in Europe. He is co-founder of the Horszowski Trio and Duo Prism, a violin-piano duo with Rieko Aizawa, which earned first prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy in 2006. Jesse Mills began violin studies at the age of three. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2001, studying with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann and Itzhak Perlman. He lives in New York City, and is on the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College and Montclair State University in New Jersey.

At the age of seventeen violist Hsin-Yun Huang was the winner of the gold medal at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. In 1993 she took the top prize at the ARD Competition in Munich, winning at the same time Japan’s prestigious Bunkamura Orchard Hall award. She has appeared as a soloist with the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Russian State Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Zagrab Soloists, the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony of Taiwan amongst many others. Recent highlights include concerto appearances in New York’s Central Park, collaborations with the Guarneri, The Juilliard, the Brentano and the St. Lawrence String Quartets and a special project of new chamber concertos for viola premièred at the Aspen Festival in July 2007. She is also an eminent chamber musician, and has made appearances in numerous international chamber music festivals. She was also the violist in the word-renowned Borromeo Quartet for six years. Hsin-Yun Huang is well established as a teacher, having served on the faculty at the New England Conservatory, and is currently a member of the faculties at the Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School.

Pioneer and a visionary in the music world, cellist Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all fifty United States to the music of our time through his close association with today’s composers. Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Steven Mackey, David Rakowski, Somei Satoh, Charles Wuorinen and John Zorn have written concertos for Sherry, and he has premiered solo and chamber works dedicated to him by Milton Babbitt, Derek Bermel, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Peter Lieberson and Toru Takemitsu, among others. Fred Sherry was a founding member of Tashi and Speculum Musicae; a member of the Group for Contemporary Music, Berio’s Juilliard Ensemble and the Galimir String Quartet, and a close collaborator with jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. He has been an active performer with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since the 1970s and was the Artistic Director from 1988 to 1992. Fred Sherry created the series Bach Cantata Sundays at St Ann’s Church and conceived and directed the acclaimed Arnold Schoenberg: Conservative Radical series at Merkin Concert Hall. He was the creator and director of A Great Day in New York, the groundbreaking festival featuring 52 living composers presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall. In the vast scope of his recording career, Fred Sherry has been a soloist and “sideman” on hundreds of commercial and esoteric recordings. The Fred Sherry String Quartet recordings of the Schoenberg String Quartet Concerto and the String Quartets Nos 3 and 4 for Naxos (8.557533) were both nominated for a GRAMMY®. Sherry’s book 25 Bach Duets from the Cantatas was released by Boosey & Hawkes in October 2011, to be followed by a long-awaited treatise on contemporary string techniques.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
The Works of Arnold Schoenberg Vol 1 Naxos 8.505223
The Works of Arnold Schoenberg Vol 2 Naxos 8.506023

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