The Pacifica Quartet begins its summer in Japan with a highly anticipated Shostakovich cycle at Yokohama's Salvia Hall. Then they head to the Madeline Island Music Camp in Wisconsin for a week-long residency. In July, the Pacifica travels to New York's Caramoor Festival. The ensemble will also be featured at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in five concerts. The Quartet heads to the Aspen Music Festival in August, and the summer ends with a bang as they perform two complete Beethoven Cycles at Napa's Music in the Vineyards Festival and the Ravinia Festival in Illinois.
The Pacifica Quartet and pianist Marc-André Hamelin recently embarked on a successful international tour. The artists were invited to record Leo Ornstein's 1927 Piano Quintet for Hyperion. The much anticipated release is now available. Purchase it here.
On its 20th anniversary tour in Canada, Europe, and Japan this past season, the Pacifica performed a new quartet by Shulamit Ran, a longtime collaborator and colleague from their residency at the University of Chicago. Titled Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory, the commission was funded by Music Accord, a consortium of presenters from the US, as well as Suntory Hall and Wigmore Hall. Up next are performances in Tulsa, Denver, Raleigh, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Baton Rouge, Portland, and San Francisco.