Graduate School Hosts 300 Graduate Students at Performance of the Tokyo String Quartet

Author: Shari Hill

Tokyo String Quartet

Over 300 graduate students attended a performance of the Tokyo String Quartet, courtesy of Dean Gregory E. Sterling and the Graduate School. The performance, part of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Visiting Artist Series, was held in the Leighton Concert Hall.

The Tokyo String Quartet is regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world. The Tokyo Quartet—Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello)—has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings, and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred concerts worldwide each season, the Tokyo String Quartet has a devoted international following that includes the major capitals of the world and extends to all four corners, from Australia to Estonia to Scandinavia and the Far East.

The performance was followed by a wine and cheese reception, co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. At the reception, students mingled with each other and had an opportunity to meet Dean Sterling and the Graduate School’s associate deans.

Last year, the Graduate School hosted over 650 students at two Performing Arts Center events: The Hot Club of San Francisco in September and the Kronos Quartet in March. This year, in addition to the Tokyo String Quartet, students will be invited to the April 17th, 2010, performance of jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves.