New Orleans Friends of Music presents:

Aizuri Quartet


Monday, March 22, 2021
7:00PM CT/8:00PM ET

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Co-Sponsored by Jonathan McCall & Martha Beveridge
Event can be viewed online until Monday, March 29.

This event is offered free to the general public! Your donation to support this and other free events is very welcome!
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In partnership with CameraMusic, New Orleans Friends of Music is pleased to welcome the Aizrui Quartet to our (virtual) stage!

Praised by The Washington Post for “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect, technique and emotions,” the Aizuri Quartet was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, along with top prizes at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. The Quartet’s debut album, Blueprinting, featuring new works written for the Aizuri Quartet by five American composers, was released by New Amsterdam Records and nominated for a 2019 GRAMMY Award.

Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, the Quartet has garnered critical acclaim for bringing “a technical bravado and emotional power” to bold new commissions, and for its “flawless” (San Diego Union-Tribune) performances of the great masterpieces of the past in its performances across North America, Europe, Japan, Mexico and Costa Rica. .

The Aizuri Quartet was the 2017-2018 MetLiveArts String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Previous residency engagements include the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at Caramoor; resident ensemble at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute; and String Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute.



Emma Frucht violin
Miho Saegusa violin
Ayane Kozasa viola
Karen Ouzounian cello


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Columba aspexit

Hildegard von Bingen/Arr. Alex Fortes

L’amante modesto
Barbara Strozzi/Arr. Alex Fortes
Memento mori - Phase I
Nina C. Young
Carrot Revolution
Gabriella Smith
At the Purchaser’s Option
Rhiannon Giddens
String Quartet No. 1
Eleanor Alberga