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Tanglewood Music Center Chamber ConcertsHighlights of the String Quartet Seminar

Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Concerts
Highlights of the String Quartet Seminar




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Highlights of the String Quartet Seminar
Hosted by Norman Fischer, with special guest Astrid Schween

Each summer, TMC String Fellows begin their Tanglewood journey with the String Quartet Seminar, an intensive workshop exploring landmarks of the repertoire through coachings, masterclasses, and a marathon performance of three concerts over two days—the quality of which belies the fact that these musicians have been playing together for little more than a week. Featuring performances from 2016 to 2019, this broadcast exhibits the seminar’s comprehensive scope, from Haydn, who established the basic syntax of the genre, and Beethoven, who redefined its narrative capabilities; through the Romantic era to Alban Berg’s pithy modernism, and including an example of more recent vintage in Pulitzer Prize-winning TMC faculty member John Harbison.

Featured Performers

Astrid Schween, cello
Astrid Schween, cello View biography in full page >

Cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. Her recent appearances have included performances with the Boston, Memphis, Detroit and Seattle Chamber Music societies, the Boston Trio and ongoing recital partnerships with celebrated pianists Randall Hodgkinson and Michael Gurt. An active juror and panelist, she was recently featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on "Living the Classical Life," National Public Radio and as a guest speaker at the Library of Congress on the role of women in music.

As a longtime member of the Lark Quartet, Astrid performed at major venues around the world and received many honors including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. During her tenure, the quartet produced critically acclaimed recordings for the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, New World, CRI and Point labels, and commissioned numerous works.

Astrid made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta and received her degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers included Harvey Shapiro, Leonard Rose, Bernard Greenhouse and Jacqueline Du Pré. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and William Pleeth Master Classes, and was for many years on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College and Interlochen.

In September 2016, she succeeded Joel Krosnick as cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet and joined the Juilliard faculty.


Astrid Schween, cello