The University of Arizona String Quartet

Tuesday, November 5, 2019,

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

The Arizona Senior Academy welcomes the newest members of the University of Arizona Graduate String Quartet who will perform Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, No. 5 and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major. Current quartet members are violinists Jaeook Lee and Melisa Karić, violist Raiden Thaler, and cellist Diana Yusupov.

Franz Joseph Haydn’s development of the string quartet firmly settled its structure in the 18th century repertoire. Yet by the time of his Op.76 quartets in 1797, he was beginning to expand formal structures beyond the traditional sonata form.

Just over a century later, Maurice Ravel was known to have admired Haydn, as evidenced by his Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn. So it is fitting that the UA Graduate String Quartet presents Ravel’s only contribution to that genre alongside the late Haydn quartet.

A native of South Korea, violinist Jaeook Lee received degrees from the Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. He made his American debut in Lincoln Center, and has won numerous competition prizes.

Violinist Melisa Karić graduated from the University of Sarajevo and continued her studies in Spain. She has performed in Spain, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina.

Violist Raiden Thaler grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and received his undergraduate degree in viola performance from Florida State University. While at FSU, he was principal viola of the University Philharmonic Orchestra and assistant principal for the University Symphony Orchestra.

Diana Yusupov studied cello as a child in Uzbekistan. After a family move to Australia, she completed her undergraduate degree at Queensland Conservatorium and a graduate diploma in education from the University of Southern Queensland, followed by years as a music teacher in Australia. She received a residency with the UA Graduate String Quartet in 2016, completing a Masters degree in cello performance at UA. With a second residency with the graduate string quartet, she is now pursuing a doctoral degree.

Written by Nancy Green, Academy Village volunteer

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