關於我們四重奏 

Cong 四重奏於2015年在美國印第安納大學積可斯音樂學院成立,表演充滿活力和熱誠,令他們在所到之處成為最受觀眾愛戴的年輕四重奏之一。四重奏的成員曾在大阪國際音樂比賽、愛麗絲與愛倫諾·勛菲爾德弦樂比賽、新世代藝術比賽、利馬青年藝術家大賽等比賽中獲獎。四重奏成員出席了紐約的羅伯特曼恩四重奏研討會、冰島哈帕國際音樂節的四重奏研討會、日本小澤征爾國際音樂學院的室樂研習會、在南韓受Artsylvia基金贊助成為駐大山嶺音樂節室樂課程的四重奏。Cong 四重奏亦曾在阿波斯特爾群島室樂節獲邀成為艾里安娜四重奏、Blair 四重奏、太平洋四重奏、多弗四重奏等著名四重奏的助教,以及在印第安納大學暑期弦樂學院為魯賓斯四重奏擔任助教。四重奏在最近參加了駐波恩貝多芬故居比賽以及德州高文室樂比賽,並晉身準決賽。

Cong 四重奏在印第安納時師隨太平洋四重奏,演出包括在衛理居博物館的「週六弦樂四重奏」系列音樂會,並擔任四重奏獨奏和樂團合作演出英國作曲家艾爾加的序奏與快板。除此之外,四重奏曾受不同世級界四重奏指導,當中包括上海四重奏、鮑羅丁四重奏、卡雲尼四重奏、茱莉亞四重奏和東京四重奏的成員。Cong四重奏的成員也曾與多位世界著名的演奏家合作演出,包括應氏四重奏、小提琴巨星貝爾、俄國中提琴大師巴舒米特、前紐約愛樂團團長格蘭·迪克特羅、博羅梅奧四重奏中提琴手元淵舞和前明尼蘇達管弦樂團首席費珍莉絲等等。

Cong四重奏的成員曾分別在倫敦皇家音樂學院、紐約巴德學院、伊士曼音樂學院、香港中文大學學習,現於香港演藝學院,隨陳浩堂教授深造。在四重奏正式成立前,幾位成員在香港先後畢業於拔萃男書院、喇沙書院及民生書院,早在中小學時期已在不同場合較技和合奏,種下了熱愛室樂的種子。四重奏致力推動屬於亞洲和香港的室樂作品,並在選曲方面嘗試拉近室內樂和觀眾日常生活的距離,四重奏的名字 「CONG」由創團成員的姓氏組成,同時暗示四位創團成員來自香「港」(兩字英文發音相同)。

About Cong Quartet

Founded in 2015 at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Cong Quartet has performed around Asia, the United States and Europe and established themselves as one of the most energetic and enthusiastic groups. Recently competed in the Beethoven-Haus Bonn Residence Competition and the Coltman Competition as a semi-finalist, members of the Cong Quartet were prize winners in the Osaka International Music Competition, Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, Generation Next Arts Competition, Lima Young Artist Competition and Hong Kong International Strings Competition.  The Quartet took part in the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute in New York, the Intensive String Quartet seminar at Music Academy Hörpu in Iceland, the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy in Japan, as well as the Chamber Music Performance Studies Residency in Great Mountain Music Festival sponsored by the Artsylvia Foundation in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Quartet also assisted the members of Arianna, Blair, Dover, Johannes, Pacifica and Rubens Quartet in coaching younger string quartets at different occasions including Madeline Island Chamber Music and the Indiana University Summer String Academy.

The quartet have played in the masterclass and received coaching from many of the world famous quartets, their important mentors included the Pacifica Quartet at Indiana University, the Shanghai Quartet, Members of the American, Tokyo, Cavani Borodin and Juilliard Quartet. Members of the Cong Quartet have also collaborated and performed with world renowned artists such as Ying Quartet, Yuri Bashmet, Mai Motobuchi, Jorja Fleezanis, Joshua Bell, Glenn Dicterow and Eric Kim.

Cong Quartet is currently enrolled in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, coaching with Prof. Ivan Chan (former leader of the Miami Quartet). Their members have previously studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Eastman School of Music, Bard College and Chinese University of Hong Kong. The Quartet share the philosophy of promoting Asian and Hong Kong’s own chamber repertoire, as well as integrating chamber music into daily lives of the audience. The name of the quartet, “CONG” is a combination of the quartet founding members’ last names that alludes to Hong “Kong”, where the founding members grew up and played together since their teenage before the Quartet was officially formed.

 

Reviews

 

One of my favorite young quartets around

“Cong Quartet is a wonderful quartet, they play with great commitment and they are very very very dedicated serious musicians. Since I have met them 6 years ago, they have made incredible progress, and there are actually very few quartets that I know made such drastic and quick progress both individually and as a quartet. ”

Sibbi Bernhardsson (Grammy Winner, Violin Professor of Oberlin Conservatory) 

Very artistic and it is always a joy to work with them.

“I found them inspiring to work with because their ideals came from a musical perspective.”

Brandon Vamos (Pacifica String Quartet)

Perhaps the most dedicated group in their generation.

“one of my favorite things about the quartet, is how dedicated, and their values, how they are very true to the music. Their interpretations are always very very music driven. ”

Kirsten Docter (Former Violist of Cavani String Quartet)

 

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