SQ's new 5th mumber
Posted By Yi-Wen on September 03, 2007
Our new friend and colleague Yujia joined us on Music
Mountain's labor day weekend concert. It's our first
collaboration, but we both knew it will always be a special
event and great pleasure to play together. We welcome our
new 5th member on board.
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 30, 2007
I took this shot at the Ottawa International Airport. Our
flight was delayed 4 hours. It just happened our manager
Don was also catching a plane back to San Francisco. So
ended up we had a stratigery meeting while we were waiting
for the flight outcome. Picture shows Nick(our master
calendar man) and Don comparing dates, contracts, touring
plan and promotional agendas....and so on.
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 29, 2007
During the break, we took a short walk along the street.
It was all very nice and enjoyable but I'm really
homesick. Three weeks on the road feels really long, and
we only have 3 days off before we take off again. It will
keep going until the last week of August. September our
school will start. The summer will soon be over. Next
stop, La Jolla, CA.
Warming up in dressing room
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 28, 2007
The 14th annual Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival
opens from July 21 to August 4th this year. We joined the
other 3 quartets from Canada, Germany and Russia give a
complete cycle of Beethoven's 17 string quartets. We
offered Op.18 No.1, No.4 and Op. 131. Ottawa is a very
beautiful and culturally active city. Since we were there
last year so we have a group of people following us
around. Nice to be back, and we played our hearts out.
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 27, 2007
As part of our appearance at the 14th Ottawa International
Chamber Music Festival 2007, we were invited to have a live
interview and performance by the CBC Studio Sparks.
Studio Sparks offers three hours of classical music, along
with the best in classic jazz, world and other musical
styles, recorded in Canada and around the world. Hosted by
Eric Friesen, and broadcast live from a storefront studio
looking onto the Sparks Street pedestrian mall in Ottawa,
Studio Sparks the ideal afternoon companion, providing
music, conversation and features to a national audience.
Eric's friendly presence, and wealth of knowledge and
experience, animate the program and connect to listeners in
their day. On a regular basis Eric welcomes a studio
audience into the Studio Sparks performance area for live
music and interviews.
It was a fun and pleasant 59 minutes of laughter and good
music. We had a blast!
Taos Ski Valley, NM #4
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 21, 2007
Taos Ski Valley, NM #3
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 20, 2007
Taos Ski Valley, NM #2
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 17, 2007
Taos Ski Valley, NM #1
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 17, 2007
During our staying at Taos, I took some time work around
Trails and took some shots of the natural beauty of the
surroundings. It was truly breath taking! You will see the
next few shots.
Wheeler Peak----The Peak of NM
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 17, 2007
On a free day, Nick and I went to hiking with our
students, my detemination to reach the Wheeler Peak not
only inspired my students but also suprised my colleagues.
They thought I will turned around in the middle of way.
But I did it with conviction! Though, I was the last one
to reach the top, but everyone gave me a warm aplaode to
cheer the oldest member in the group. The Wheeler peak is
13161 feet above sea level, and is the highest point in New
Mexco. My legs were killing me for the next 4 days. But,
it was worth it!
TAOS SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 15, 2007
Last July, we were in New Mexico as one of the quartet-in-
residence at the Taos school of music
(http://www.taosschoolofmusic.com/index.php). Though we
approached by the school from years ago. But because our
heavy summer touring schedule, we could never commit
ourselves to this world renowned chamber music training
camp until now. It was truly a wonderful and enjoyable two
weeks to all of us. Not only we reached out to some new
audience but more important, we had a rare opportunity to
teach some of the best students from the world. It is our
passion and duty to pass along our experiences and wisdom
to the next generation, and we all feel privileged.
The school was founded in 1963, and the subject of many
feature stories including those on NBC's "Today Show" and
National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," the Taos School
of Music is one of the oldest and most respected summer
chamber music programs in the country. Its alumni have
served as members of such award winning chamber groups as
the Alexander, Borromeo, Brentano, Chester, Lark, and Muir
quartets, the Eroica Trio, and Musicians from Marlboro.
They have become principal players and members of the major
orchestras in the U.S.: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland,
Detroit, Los Angeles, Metropolitan Opera, Milwaukee,
National, New York,Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, St.
Lawrence, and San Francisco. They also hold or have held
teaching positions at many conservatories and universities
including: Boston University, Cleveland Institute of Music,
Hartt School of Music, Juilliard, Manhattan School of
Music, Mannes College of Music, New England Conservatory,
Oberlin, and the Paris Conservatory.
It is an intensive eight-week program devoted solely to the
study and performance of chamber music in which students
receive daily coaching and have extensive performing
opportunities. A student to faculty ratio of less than 4 to
1 allows for close personal attention rarely found among
Posted By Volvo on August 20, 2006
The Shanghai Quartet’s unique blend of Western repertoire
played with the delicacy of Eastern music has enabled them
to perform all over the globe, with concerts in Europe,
North America and Asia. The four are known for their
multicultural innovations but in their 23-year career,
they’d never heard a car stereo as good as the Dynaudio in
Volvo’s C70 ...
Weigang Li (violin)
“In our homes, we have specially engineered stereo systems
to listen to our music – but this in-car system was close
to professional quality, and really easy to operate.”
Yi-Wen Jiang (violin)
“I drive a Saab, but I would consider upgrading to a Volvo
now that I’ve heard this system. It has great balance and
kept its range. It’s loud and clean. You can hear all the
instruments in their positions – it’s perfect stereo. Of
course, all the Dynaudio systems should come with our music
Honggang Li (viola)
“Even with the C70’s roof down, I couldn’t believe the
sound! Previously, I wouldn’t have considered buying a
convertible but, having heard the Dynaudio system, it has
changed my view. Can we have a Volvo for our ofﬁcial tour?”
Nicholas Tzavaras (cello)
“The placement of the speakers is excellent. The bass is
very good, and you can hear absolutely everything. This is
as good as music gets – almost as good as hearing it live.”
SQ & GG in Shanghai
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 17, 2006
July 8 our concert with Gray Graffman at the Shanghai Grand
Theater opens the Morningside Music Bridge Shanghai Concert
Festival 2006. The first Morningside Music Bridge was held
in 1997 conceived by Mount Royal College Conservatory. To
celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, it shifts from
its hometown Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Shanghai.This
photo was taken by our dear friend Mr. Li-Gong Chen, a
Posted By SQ on July 10, 2006
Joined by Gary Graffman we give the China debut of the
Suite for two violins, cello and piano(left hand), Op.23 by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold. A truly memorable experience.
Shanghai's pride-----"The Grand Theate
Posted By Yi-Wen on July 09, 2006
The summer in Shanghai is not something you would like to
experience. Even after a few days of rain, it was still a
steamy hot and humid evening. But it was a beautiful night
to open the Morningside Music Bridge Shanghai Concert
Festival 2006. I took this shot right before the concert
SALA Artura Rubinsteina, Bydgoszcz
Posted By Yi-Wen on April 13, 2006
Before our last concert of the Poland tour 2006, in the
city of Bydgoszcz. I took this photo in front of Ignacy
Jan Paderewski Pomerania Philharmonic, another great hall
we have ever played around the world.
Posted By Yi-Wen on April 11, 2006
After our Warsaw concert at the Royal Castle - Grand Hall.
We took this photo with First Lady of Poland Mrs. Maria
Kaczyńska, General Director and the President of Ludwig
van Beethoven Easter
Festival, Mrs. Elżbieta Penderecka, our dear friend
Cornelia Much(Honorary committee), and Austrian pianist
Rudolf Buchbinder whom joined us for two piano quintets,
Schumann and Dvorak. It was truly a great honor for us to
be back in Poland and celebrating the 10th Anniversary of
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival.
Gala dinner at the Biblioteka, Warsaw
Posted By Yi-Wen on April 09, 2006
We were honored to be invited by the President of the
Raiffeisen Bank Polska S.A., Mr.Piotr Czarnecki and General
Director of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival,
President of the Ludwig van Beethoven Association Mrs.
Elżbieta Penderecka to attend a gala dinner at the
Biblioteka restaurant, one of the best Italian restaurants
Another Quartet in town? Gdańsk
Posted By Yi-Wen on April 08, 2006
This photo was taken at the entrance of the Fryderyk Chopin
Philharmonic in Gdańsk. We met the quartet-in-residence,
ready to get into the hall before us for dress rehearsal(or
The Set for the SQ! Vienna
Posted By Yi-Wen on March 17, 2006
At our dear friend Marcel Richters' house in Vienna, we
finally found our ultimate set of instruments.
Our Friends in Prague
Posted By SQ on March 15, 2006
As part of the 2006 Festival EuroArt Praha, we also gave a
concert at Porotni Hall in the beautiful city of Jicin . We
were honored that the Commercial Attache from the American
Embassy, Ms. Erin C. Butler-Mueller attended our concert.
This photo was taken after the concert along with our dear
friend and colleague Jan Peruska, violist from the Stamic
Surprise in Prague
Posted By SQ on March 14, 2006
At the post concert party, Joined by Mr.Zdenek Konicek,
cellist of the Prague quartet and Mr.Milan Skampa, violist
of the Smetana Quartet. What an honor and surprise to have
both of them
appear to our concert in Prague.
Festival EuroArt 2006, Prague, Czech Rep
Posted By SQ on March 14, 2006
At the 2006 Festival EuroArt Praha. We were joined by two
members from the Stamic Quartet to perform the Brahms
String Sextet in B-flat Major, Op.18. This photo was taken
during the post concert reception with the Director of the
Festival as well as the cellist of the Stamic Quartet Mr.
Martinu Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
Posted By Yi-Wen on March 14, 2006
The Martinu Hall is located in the Lichtenstein Palace
which is the seat of The Academy of Music of Prague. It was
a gift from the president V?clav Havel. A magnificent
hall for chamber music!
Cool quartet in front of the Colosseum.
Posted By Yi-Wen on September 23, 2005
We enjoyed our
visit to the beautiful city of Roma. Italy has always been
one of my
most favorite places to visit. We had a wonderful time,
nice people, had some of the most delicious wines and food.
The Octet ---- SQ & GQ
Posted By Yi-Wen on September 18, 2005
On September 17, The Shanghai Quartet and the Guarneri
Quartet joint concert
opens Chamber Music Society of Detroit's 62nd Season at the
Seligman Performing Arts Center. We thank Chamber Music
Society of Detroit again for having us back and putting us
together with the Guarneris. It means a lot not only to all
of us but to the great Detroit audience as well, I hope.
What a great idea to put the two quartets together, we
really enjoyed it tremendously.
The Moab Music Festival
Posted By Nick on September 09, 2005
Earlier this month, the Shanghai Quartet made its second
visit to Moab, Utah to participate in Michael Barrett and
Leslie Tomkin's wonderful Moab Music Festival. The Quartet
took an afternoon to explore Canyonlands National Park
where this photo was taken, and, as you can probably tell,
the natural sights were truly breathtaking.
A dear friend and Colleague
Posted By Yi-Wen on September 04, 2005
Our dear friend and colleague Arnold Steinhardt of the
Guarneri Quartet joined us
on Music Mountain's labor day weekend concert. It's always
a special event and great pleasure to have this giant
(in every way)on board.
Posted By Yi-Wen on June 18, 2005
Town Hall, Wellington. One of the best hall the quartet has
played. Beautiful and elegant interior, ideal size with
acoustic. A dream venue for chamber music. It's always a
play in this hall.
Airport doesn't need a security check!
Posted By Yi-Wen on June 18, 2005
In the early morning four of us are ready to on board from
Wellington. Napier is a beautiful and charming little town.
We had a
blast the night before, played a good concert and having a
our New Zealand friend on the stage afterwards-----a
Next stop, the Capital.
Posted By Yi-Wen on June 17, 2005
One of the most memorable thing I did in Auckland during my
visit was to have a taste of the famous Bluff Oyster. I was
by it's refined flavor and melting texture. So this time I
had to drag
Nick along revisited this place called "Chin-chin"---- an
grill. With a glass of New Zealand Chardonnay and a dozen
bluff, we are in heaven.
Adventure in Gifu, Japan
Posted By SQ on October 23, 2004
Three quarter of the SQ tasting their beginner's luck at a
local Pachinko parlor.
Our new friends from Hokkaido
Posted By Yi-Wen on October 21, 2004
During our last visit in Otaru we met one local
restaurant couple. In order to attend our concert they
to close the restaurant early. The master chef was sitting
in the front row very focused through out the evening.
After the last chord of the "Grosse Fugue", he couldn't
himself jumped to his feet and applauded loudly. We
couldn't find them
in the lobby after the concert, soon we learned that he had
just decided to reopen his restaurant again only for us. We
were so moved by his warm hospitality, but more surprised
by his love towards to Beethoven. He had never heard a
string quartet before. We had a wonderful evening and got
plenty to eat and drink.
A Celebration! Osaka, Japan
Posted By Yi-Wen on October 17, 2004
On October 17th we successfully completed our Beethoven
Cycle in Osaka, Japan. After our violist took a nice bath
we all gathered in my room had a toast to Ludy, and to our
4th complete Beethoven Cycle of the year. Cheers!!
Shanghai Quartet's upcoming CD cover
Posted By the Shanghai Quartet on September 02, 2004
Over the last 12 months, the Quartet has been working with
Label in Japan to complete its newest recording, which will
October 2004. The disc will include the Dvorak "American"
Mendelsshonn String Octet with the Bartok Quartet. This
photo, taken in
November of 2003, will be on the CD cover.
Ruth Laredo - The 5th member of the SQ
Posted By Yi-Wen on August 10, 2004
The last concert by 5 of us in Nantucket. Though
Ruth Laredo left us
early, but her spirit and pincipal of music making stay
with all of us
forever. We all miss her dearly.
Shanghai Quartet in Warsaw Poland
Posted By Yi-Wen on April 06, 2004
In April, the Quartet performed 2 concerts at the Beethoven
Warsaw Poland. This photo was taken in a part of the old
city of Warsaw that
was completely rebuilt after the end of World War II.
At the 8th Beethoven Easter Festival.
Posted By Yi-Wen on April 04, 2004
This photo was taken right after our first all Beethoven
concert at the Royal Castle - Grand
Hall in Warsaw. Here are our dear friend Cornelia Much
(Honorary committee), the president of the Ludwig van
Easter Festival and the Ludwig van Beethoven Association
Mrs. Elżbieta Penderecka, Mr. Adrien Meisch (Honorary
committee), and the director of the 8th Ludwig van
Easter Festival Ms.Jolanta R?ża Kozłowska.
Our first film appearance
Posted By Yi-Wen on April 01, 2004
Chlo? Sevigny, who plays the role of Laurel in Woody
Allen's comedy "Melinda & Melinda", joined the 3 quarter of
the SQ right after shooting the scene of (Shanghai)
Quartet in the studio recording the 4th
movement "Pizzicato" from the Bartok's String Quartet
#4. Woody personally picked this movement after he had
listened to the complete Bartok string quartets before the
shooting. What a man!! Here's Shanghai Quartet's Trivia.
Can you find us in the film?
Shooting for Melinda & Melinda 1
Posted By Weigang on April 01, 2004
Posted By Shanghai Quartet on March 28, 2004
After one of the concerts at the Tilles Center, a man with
to the back stage and congratulated us. We soon recognised
the man is
no other than James Galway.
3 NHK Hosts, Nakasaki, Japan
Posted By Honggang on March 20, 2004
Our first appearance on NHK. Nick talks about Global
warming issues and classical music in Asia and the US.
SQ in Nagasaki, Japan
Posted By SQ on March 19, 2004
We took this photo in Nagasaki, the historical city in
Kyushu during our
second Beethoven Cycle trip to Japan. Right behind us on
the other side of the bridge was where the second atomic
bomb dropped by the U.S. military on August 9,1945,
near the end of World
A day of interviews, Beijing, China
Posted By SQ on November 05, 2003
During our 2nd appearance at the 6th Beijing Music
we played some of the midlle and later Beethoven quartets.
It was truly a historical event, not only because we are
celebrating our 20th anniversary with the Beethoven cycle,
but to perform many of them first time live in China was
quite an amazing experience both to four of us and to the
Chinese audience as well. We spent a whole day doing
interviews with the local reporters and journalists. Talked
about how we manage to bring the East culture to the
West, and Beethoven to Asia (China, Japan and Korea).
Chinese Bow Master, Shanghai, China
Posted By SQ on November 03, 2003
After we played our first Beethoven Cycle concert at the
Shanghai Conservatory, the Master bow maker Mr. Rong-Di Ma
brought a case of his newly made items to show us. Both
Nick and I instantly fell in love with his bows. They are
beautifully made with the most refined craftsmanship.
Strong but flexible.
Shanghai in Jordan Hall, Boston
Posted By All of Us on April 05, 2003
At a concert in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory,
the quartet pays homage to the composer of the works just
performed. The composer is none other than our second
violinist, Yi-Wen Jiang. Click on the picture for a larger
Our Great Violin Maker
Posted By Yi-Wen on March 09, 2003
Our dear, close friend violin maker Hiroshi Iizuka came to
our concert in Philadelphia where the quartet played with
cellist David Soyer of the Guarneri String Quartet. Half of
the Shanghai quartet play on instruments made by Hiroshi. He
is a true master in the art of violin making and I really
enjoy playing on his instrument. Click on the picture for a
A Good Friend in St. Paul
Posted By Nick on February 09, 2003
Our good friend Lydia Artymiw came to see the quartet in St.
Paul at the Music in the park concert series this Sunday.
This photo was taken in anticipation of the next concert we
will have in St. Paul in October of 2004 where Lydia will
join the quartet for at least one piano quintet. We are
always excited to collaborate with Lydia, one of our
favorite pianists to play with. Click on the picture to the
right for a larger version.
Yi-Wen Gets Nervous, Fayetteville, AK
Posted By Nick on November 22, 2002
In Fayetteville, Arkansas we had a bit of extra time on our
hands so we decided to catch a movie (or two) and ended up
seeing a horror film. look at how scared Yi-Wen got...and
more importantly, look at how many people saw this
particular movie (it was a matinee however). This is very
different from when we go to the movies in New York City
where you are lucky to even find an empty seat. Click on the
picture to the right for a larger version.