Amara Piano Quartet

Masterpieces by Brahms, Dvořák, Fauré, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann, combined with rarely heard gems by William Walton, Herbert Howells, Carlos Surinach, Joaquín Turina, Bohuslav Martinú and others create, in the hands of the Amara Piano Quartet, an exciting and varied concert experience. The ensemble builds a diverse palette of colors, and a symphonic sound from its four musicians, weaving musical lines and textures into a captivating interpretation.

With individual members drawn from chamber musicians, orchestral concertmasters, competition winners, outstanding teachers, and with over 100 years of combined performing experience, the Amara Piano Quartet continues the long tradition of excellence established by its predecessor, the Ames Piano Quartet, whose concerts in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, San Diego, Washington D.C., Lincoln, and fourteen recordings on the AlbanySono Luminus, and Dorian labels elicited praise such as “one of the most heavenly combinations of instruments around,” and “the four generated nearly limitless excitement… arching lyricism, poetic eloquence, great accuracy,” and “one of the best chamber music recordings of the century.”

In residence at Iowa State University, their concert and master class calendar during the 2015–16 season included performances in Norfolk and Williamsburg, Virginia, Eastern Shore, North Carolina, Mount Vernon, Illinois, and Iowa, and recent past performances include Newport News, Virginia, Columbus, Ohio, and Barrie, Ontario.

Amara: LIVE!, their first CD featuring the music of Brahms and Walton, has found a loyal following, and their forthcoming release on the Fleur de Son label will feature the world première recording of George Tsontakis’ Piano Quartet #3 combined with new interpretations of piano quartets by Walter Piston, Paul Schoenfield, and Lee Hoiby.

Amara (from Latin): immortality, mythic paradise, the eternal, that which is beloved.

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