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Beethoven - Bartok - Shostakovich

by Grant Street String Quartet

Beautiful classical string quartet music from Chicago.
Genre: Classical: Beethoven
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1. String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18: I. Allegro
6:43 album only
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2. String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18: II. Menuetto - Trio
4:47 album only
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3. String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18: III. Andante cantabile con variazioni
9:34 album only
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4. String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18: IV. Allegro
6:27 album only
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5. String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67: I. Moderato
10:03 album only
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6. String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67: II. Allegro molto capriccioso
8:05 album only
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7. String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67: III. Lento
8:24 album only
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8. Polka
2:16 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Grant Street String Quartet is an engaging new ensemble that has delivered dynamic performances in and around Chicago since its formation in 2010. The quartet has appeared at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, Lewis University, the Union League of Chicago, the Open Door Theater, and the Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art, and has collaborated with the MAVerick Ensemble, the Church of Beethoven, and the Downers Grove Music Club. The musicians of the quartet bring a wealth of professional solo, chamber music and symphonic experience to the group, having performed with the Amabile and Aquila String Quartets, Anaphora, the Milwaukee, Elgin, Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies, and many other ensembles. In addition to performing classical repertoire, Grant Street is committed to bringing music to the next generation through educational outreach concerts and to advocating for new works by local and international composers. The quartet has recently collaborated with Access Contemporary Music in recording new compositions by its member composers. Grant Street is finishing work on a first recording of its own which will include works by Beethoven, Bartok and Shostakovich.
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Individual Bios

Jennifer Leckie, Violin

“Violinist Jennifer Leckie’s concentrated, acutely colored performance … provided impressive advocacy of this challenging music, surmounting the daunting technical hurdles…to make a commanding whole… Leckie brought an array of nuanced dynamics and bravura…” - Chicago Classical Review

“Superb and mature musician with lots of technical mastery” – New Music Connoiseur

Violinist Jennifer Leckie is a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Maverick Ensemble, and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. A former member of the Amabile String Quartet, Iris String Quartet and the Society for Chromatic Art, she has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Ars Viva, ModernWorks, the Composers Forum, and Music Under Construction.

Third Prize winner of the Crane New Music Festival Solo Competition and winner of the Rutgers University Award for Excellence in Performance and Scholarly Writing, Ms. Leckie was also a finalist in the Alliance Chamber Music Festival Competition and a semifinalist at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Ms. Leckie has performed many world and U.S. premieres and has worked closely with composers Charles Wuorinen, Lukas Foss, George Crumb, and Ornette Coleman. She has performed as soloist with the Elgin Symphony and the College of DuPage Symphony.

Ms. Leckie holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University where she studied privately with Arnold Steinhardt, and had chamber music coaching from several members of the Guarneri String Quartet. She obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Mannes College of Music while working with Todd Phillips, Ani Kavafian and Sally Thomas. Ms. Leckie teaches privately at Downers Grove North and South High Schools.



Sharon Chang, Violin

Hailed for her, “instantaneously arresting …sweet, clear, vital” sound (The New York Sun), violinist Sharon Chang is establishing herself as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Ms. Chang was a semi-finalist in the Festival International de Musique de Sion-Valais International Violin Competition, held in Sion, Switzerland. She has won first prize awards in the Nancy Fuqua Memorial Young Artist Competition, North Suburban Symphony’s Young Artist Concerto Competition, and in the Chinese Fine Arts Society’s Music Festival in Honor of Confucius competition. Ms. Chang also had the privilege of performing, as a soloist, with orchestras including the North Suburban Symphony, Waukegan Symphony, and Camerata Chicago.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Chang performed on the Wednesdays at One series in New York City’s Alice Tully Hall. Her chamber music collaborations have resulted in radio broadcasts on From The Top – a national radio program featuring the finest of young musicians, and on the Impromptu segment of Chicago’s classical station 98.7 WFMT. Ms. Chang, as the violinist of the Praxis Piano Quartet, was a top prize winner of the Rembrandt Chamber Competition.

Ms. Chang has held positions in several orchestras, including the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, and Cleveland Pops Orchestras. She is currently assistant principal second violinist in the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and a substitute violinist with several orchestras nationwide.

A recipient of a Farwell Scholarship from the Musicians Club of Women, and of the Steve S. Kang Young Artists and Scholars Fund, Ms. Chang is a merit award winner of the ARTS awards. She has participated in the Utah Music Festival and the Encore School for Strings summer program.

On the chamber music faculty with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra organization, Ms. Chang teaches extensively at two suburban high schools and privately as well.

Ms. Chang has studied with Desiree Ruhstrat at the Music Institute of Chicago, with Stephen Clapp at The Juilliard School, and with William Preucil and Joel Smirnoff at the Cleveland Institute of Music.



Benjamin Weber, viola

Since returning to his hometown in 2008 to join the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Benjamin Weber has performed chamber and orchestral music all over the region. He currently serves as Principal Viola with the Rockford Symphony, Assistant Principal with the Illinois Philharmonic, and also plays with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Elgin Symphony, Madison Symphony, New Millennium Orchestra, Access Contemporary Music and the Palomar Ensemble, and has served as Principal or Assistant Principal with the Chicago Composer’s Orchestra since its founding in 2010.

As a chamber musician Ben has been active playing new music and standard repertoire. He has performed with Illinois Wesleyan’s New Music Café, Eastman’s Musica Nova, Eastman Chamber Music Society, the Pan Quartet, and regularly appeared on the Civic Orchestra Chamber concerts during his tenure with that orchestra from 2008-2011. Most recently he performed with Renovo String Orchestra as Viola Soloist in the U.S. premiere of Alexander Simic’s “In Memoriam”.

Ben studied with John Graham and Melissa Matson at the Eastman School of Music. He also studied with Catharine Carroll and Jeffery Irvine at the Aspen Music Festival, and for many years with Michael Hining in Oak Park, IL and at Illinois Wesleyan University. He is on faculty at the Merit School of Music in the Bridges off-site program and has a small private studio.


Timothy Archbold, cello

Timothy Archbold was raised in Australia in the small town of Castlemaine, Victoria. A founding member of the Grant Street String Quartet, he is the assistant principal cellist of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, and a member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Tim and his wife, mezzo-soprano and flautist Karen Archbold, perform together in the Archbold Duo.

In his extensive career in chamber music, Mr. Archbold has performed with Anaphora, and the MAVerick Ensemble, and he is a former member of the Orenda Ensemble, the Berkeley Ensemble, the Aquila Quartet and the Bloomfield Quartet. Former assistant principal cellist of the Peoria Symphony, he has also performed with the Elgin Symphony, the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Melbourne Symphony and the Sydney Symphony, and the Oldenburg City Symphony in Germany. Timothy has appeared as soloist with several Victorian groups, performed many solo recitals throughout Victoria, Germany and the United States, and won numerous awards and Eisteddfods.

Mr. Archbold received a Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours from the University of Melbourne in 2002 under the guidance of Nelson Cooke and Phillip Green. He went on to study at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany with Professor Alexander Baillie, and at the Hannover Hochschule for Music and Theater under Hatto Beyele and the Karol Szymanowski Quartet. He completed his Master’s Degree at Wichita State University.

In Victoria, Mr. Archbold was a teacher of strings and assistant conductor of the orchestra at Girton Grammar School. He is currently on the faculty at Bradley University and maintains a large private studio.



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