The Hope College Great Performance Series will present the Enso String Quartet on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
Recognition of the award-winning young ensemble has included a 2010 Grammy nomination for "Best Chamber Music Performance." "The Washington Post" has said that the quartet gives "a thrillingly athletic performance."
Shortly after the group's inception at Yale University in 1999, Enso had success at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and the quartet has consistently received high praise for performances ever since. The quartet's debut recording was described by "Strad Magazine" as "an auspicious start to their recording career," and was followed by the recent Grammy-nominated release of the quartets of Ginastera. MusicWeb International summed up the album as "playing of jaw-dropping prowess revealing masterpieces of the 20th century quartet literature," noting, "seek out this group - they are clearly bound for greatness." The disc was selected as one of MusicWeb's Recordings of the Year for 2009.
The Enso String Quartet's members are sought after as teachers and chamber music mentors. In addition to giving countless outreach performances in schools throughout the country, the quartet has held residencies with Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as lecturers in string quartet and with Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, and currently with the Interlochen Adult Amateur Chamber Music Camp and Connecticut's Music For Youth.
The quartet has spent time developing programs suited to a range of ages, and has worked with Young Audiences of Houston and New York, and with the International Music Foundation in Chicago. The quartet was also featured in the inaugural Young Artist Residency with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
The Enso String Quartet members hold degrees from Yale University, The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Guildhall School of Music (UK) and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand). Together they held residencies at Northern Illinois University with the Vermeer Quartet and at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. The Enso Quartet is based in New York City.
The ensemble's name, Enso, is derived from the Japanese zen painting of the circle which represents many things: perfection and imperfection, the moment of chaos that is creation, the emptiness of the void, the endless circle of life, and the fullness of the spirit.
Individual tickets are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under. Individual tickets and season subscriptions are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.
The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.