Ensō Quartet performs for Chamber Music Monterey Bay


Photo by Erica Horn

Passionate enthusiasm and youthful vitality added a heightened dimension to Chamber Music Monterey Bay’s presentation of the Ensō String Quartet at Sunset Center last night. The four young players, violinists Susie Park & Ken Hamao, violist Melissa Reardon and cellist Richard Belcher, are seasoned masters of their craft and treated us last night to some of the finest quartet playing I have ever heard. It was a remarkable combination of style, refinement and artistry in equally generous amounts. Read full story

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Chamber Music Monterey Bay presents a return engagement by the Claremont Trio

Chamber Music Monterey Bay (CMMB) has a long tradition of presenting the crème de la crème of chamber ensembles and also of commissioning significant new works by contemporary composers. In last night’s concert at Sunset Center CMMB once again hit it out of the ballpark. The Claremont Trio was at the top of its form, and the commissioned work, Four Folk Songs for piano trio by Gabriela Lena Frank, was a hit with the audience. Read full story

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Morgenstern Trio Triumphs!

On Friday evening November 10, the members of the Morgenstern Trio returned for the fourth time to perform for Chamber Music Monterey Bay at Sunset Center in Carmel. Every time we hear this ensemble we marvel once again at the refinement and artistic intensity of the individual players and the uncanny way they perform together in ensemble to create music that totally grabs us and holds us enthralled for the better part of two hours.

The members of the trio, pianist Catherine Klipfel, violinist Stefan Hempel and cellist Emanuel Wehse, are brilliant and accomplished musicians who started performing together during their conservatory days at Folkwang Universität der Kunste in Essen, Germany. The awards this ensemble has won in chamber music competitions is impressive and indicates that wherever they competed, their amazing gifts were instantly recognized. What was so impressive in their playing last night was the miraculous way the individual musicians listened so intently to each other, respected each others space, and always enhanced each others playing. This was ensemble playing at its best. Read full story

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Miró Quartet – Ensemble playing at its best

Last night at Sunset Center in Carmel, Chamber Music Monterey Bay initiated its 2017-2018 season with a return engagement by the Miró Quartet (this concert represented its fifth appearance for CMMB). The Miró Quartet consists of Daniel Ching, violin, William Fedkenheuer, violin, John Largess, viola, and Joshua Gindele, cello. Based in Austin, TX, the Miró Quartet takes its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works — with subject matter drawn from the realm of memory and imaginative fantasy — are some of the most original of the 20th century. Read full story

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Pianist Jon Nakamatsu Spins Some Magic

Apparently we had a close call. In the week before his recital at Sunset Center for Chamber Music Monterey Bay On April 8, pianist Nakamatsu came down with the flu and a few days before the recital was still fighting a temperature of 103º F. CMMB Director Amy Anderson speaking to the audience after intermission said that their board members had been frantically searching up and down the west coast for a group to possibly substitute for Nakamatsu. However, they were relieved that he rallied at the last moment. Well, so were we, for a recital by Nakamatsu is a special event and not one we would have wanted to miss. Read full story

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