The three siblings of the Ying Quartet—Janet, Phillip, and David—join violinist Ayano Ninomiya in the next concert at Neskowin Chamber Music. This is the group’s first appearance at Neskowin.
The newest member of the ensemble, Ayano Ninomiya, joined the ensemble in 2010. She is the winner of many prizes and has had a successful career of recital, concerto, musical festival, and chamber music appearances. She made her debut with the Boston Pops in 1999. Solo engagements include a performance of Bartok’s Concerto Nol. 2 in Boston and recitals at Lincoln Center and the National Gallery of Art. She is an Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. She is a graduate of Harvard and the Julliard School.
Violinist Janet Ying, a founding member of the Ying Quartet, began her career in Jesup, Iowa, where she performed in that rural area under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, she has constantly explored the connections between concert music and everyday life. In addition to her work with the quartet, she has continued her quest for creative music-making by establishing “No Boundaries,” which combines string quartet music with poetry, dance, popular music, and magic. She is also an Associate Professor of Chamber Music at Eastman.
Phillip Ying, viola, has performed across the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He received a Grammy for a collaborative recording with the Turtle Island String Quartet, and has been nominated three other times. In addition to his extensive touring by himself or with the quartet, he is an Associate Professor of Chamber Music and Viola at Eastman. He served a six year term as president of Chamber Music America, a national service organization for chamber music ensembles. He received his education at Harvard, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music.
Cellist David Ying has performed around the world with the Ying Quartet. With other members, he has created a wide variety of recordings. These range from traditional selections like Tchaikovsky’s Three String Quartet to contemporary pieces with the Turtle Island group and pianist Billy Childs. He first pursued chamber music as a teenage student at the Eastman School of Music with his piano trio. He performs regularly with his wife, pianist Elinor Freer. They co-direct the Skaneateles Festival. He is also on the faculty at Eastman.
Now in its second decade as a quartet, the group has performed extensively in the United States and overseas, from Carnegie Hall to Sydney’s Opera House. They also think that concert music is a meaningful part of everyday life and, as a result, appear regularly in all types of workplaces, schools, and juvenile prisons. For several years, the quartet presented a series called “No Boundaries” at Symphony Space in New York City that sought to re-imagine the concert experience by appearing with actors, dancers, a magician, and even a Chinese noodle chef.
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