Written by: Andy Fein & Ben Schuneman
|3/4 of The Parker Quartet with their GRAMMYs|
GRAMMY! A fair number of people are nominated for GRAMMYs. Not that many people win one. Even fewer GRAMMY winners are from or are based in Minnesota. (Well, OK, Bob Dylan has a few under his belt.) In Classical Music, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra was awarded a GRAMMY in 1980. And in 2011, the dynamic Parker Quartet was awarded the GRAMMY for Best Chamber Music Performance!
|The Parker Quartet These four New England Conservatory graduates have taken masterful music performance to the Twin Cities area and to the whole world with their concerts. |
The group is composed of Daniel Chong and Karen Kim on violin, Jessica Bodner on viola, and Kee-Hyun Kim on cello. Each musician has a wonderful expertise with music and with their respective instruments. They all earned graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and were part of the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program. The Parker Quartet was the resident quartet with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) from 2008-2010 and were the Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio from 2009-2010. In 2009, the group performed at the Library of Congress, and even used the Stradivarius instruments that were donated to the library by Gertrude Whittall in 1935. This year, they will be coaching chamber music students at the University of Minnesota and the University of St Thomas. All this practice and expertise really adds up to one fantastic performance!
|Stradivarius Instruments at the Library of Congress|
The Parker Quartet plays Bartok
In addition to their European and national tours this year, the group will continue to play within the Twin Cities area. Partnering with the Saint Paul chamber Orchestra, the quartet is launching All Hearts Listen, a series of six performances in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The performances are spread throughout the year, opening on the first of November in Minneapolis. Go hear them!
The Parker Quartet maintains a wonderful website and a great Facebook page. You can hear more of this wonderful quartet on their CDs, and on the Youtube channels of American Public Media and Minnesota Public Radio.
|The Parker Quartet|