The Aizuri Quartet

Members of the Aizuri Quartet

The string quartet-in-residence at Curtis Institute of Music the Aizuri Quartet. Formed in 2012, the members of the quartet are graduates of Juilliard School and Curtis Institute of Music: Ayane Kozasa, (Viola ’12); Zoe Martin-Doike, (Violin’13); Karen Ouzounian, cello; Miho Saegusa, violin. Their program:

Mozart: Quartet in D major, K. 575
Aizuri Quartet: Ayane Kozasa, viola; Zoe Martin-Doike, violin; Karen Ouzounian, cello; Miho Saegusa, violin.

The four-movement Quartet in D major, K. 575 was written in 1789 by Mozart for Friedrich Wilhelm II (1744-1797) King of Prussia. It was one of the three “Prussian” quartets that Mozart completed. Because the king was a talented cello player, Mozart paid special attention to the cello parts. This is considered one of the great pieces to feature the cello. The movements are marked: Allegretto; Andante; Menuetto: Allegretto; Allegretto.

Debussy: Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Aizuri Quartet: Ayane Kozasa, viola; Zoe Martin-Doike, violin; Karen Ouzounian, cello; Miho Saegusa, violin.

The Quartet in G minor, Op.10 is the only string quartet Debussy wrote. Written in 1892 with the traditional four-movement style Debussy incorporated different cultural sounds into this piece. This is one of his earlier works, it is marked with the following movements: Animé et très décidé; Assez vif et bien rythmé; Andantino, doucement expressif; Très modéré.

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