INTIMATE LETTERS ALBUM RELEASE

The Lyris Quartet’s Intimate Letters is an inventive new recording project anchored by the Second String Quartet of Leoš Janáček, “Intimate Letters”. The storied piece is complemented by four new works by Billy Childs, Bruce Broughton, Peter Knell and Kurt Rhode, a stellar cross-genre roster of composers who were each asked to write a piece for string quartet in response to the original “Intimate Letters”, often referred to as the composer’s “Manifesto on Love”. The result is a dazzling homage to Janáček’s most ardent quartet. Released on ARS – distributed in the US by Naxos - September 30 on SACD/CD.

It will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other streaming services as well.

About the Album

Audio and Video Clips

Behind the Scenes

World Premiere Concert October 8, 2016

Our First Review!

ABOUT

THE LYRIS QUARTET

The LYRIS QUARTET described as "radiant…exquisite... and powerfully engaged" by Mark Swed of the LA Times was founded in 2008. Members of the quartet have won top prizes at the Tchaikovsky International Competition and Aspen Music Festival and have collaborated with renowned artists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Martha Argerich, Alban Gerhardt, Boris Pergamenschikov, Guillame Sutre, Myung-Whun Chung, and Richard Stoltzman.

Lyris has collaborated closely with composers Krystof Penderecki, Andrew Norman, Oliver Knussen, Steven Mackey, John Adams, Bruce Broughton, Peter Knell, Kurt Rohde, Paquito D'Rivera, Wadada Leo Smith, and Gerard Schurmann. They appeared alongside composer/pianist Billy Childs as part of the LA Phil’s Jazz and World music series at Disney Hall and with Steve Reich at LACMA’s Bing Hall.

The quartet has appeared throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in a diverse range of ensembles including Grammy nominated groups Absolute Ensemble, Southwest Chamber Music, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa as well as solo and chamber appearances in various festivals such as Ravinia, Brahms Festival in Madrid, Music Academy of the West, Banff Centre for the Arts, Czech SommerFest, and Oregon Festival of American Music among others. This season, Lyris was invited by the LA Philharmonic to perform on their Green Umbrella series and on their tribute concert to composer Steven Stucky. New projects include innovative multimedia concerts with artists Andrew Burke and Ana Prvacki as well as opening for Kraftwerk and Ben Harper. They also gave the west coast premiere of David Lang's "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field". This year will mark their fifth season as the resident ensemble for the critically acclaimed series Jacaranda: Music at the Edge.

The Lyris Quartet is the founding resident ensemble of the Hear Now Music Festival which focuses on the music of living Los Angeles composers. As part of this series, they have collaborated with and premiered works by Stephen Hartke, Don Davis, Arturo Cardélus, and Veronika Krausas, among others. The Lyris Quartet has recorded for Toccata Classics, ARS and Naxos.

EVENTS

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2017
JACARANDA
February 24, 2018
Bruce Broughton World Premiere
January 28, 2018
Bruce Broughton World Premiere
January 27, 2018
Bruce Broughton World Premiere
January 25, 2018
LA Philharmonic: Green Umbrella
January 23, 2018
THE MUSIC GUILD
December 6, 2017
THE MUSIC GUILD
December 5, 2017
THE MUSIC GUILD
December 4, 2017
SOUTH BAY CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
December 3, 2017
SOUTH BAY CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
December 1, 2017
Tuesdays@MonkSpace
October 24, 2017
JACARANDA
October 21, 2017
Billy Childs' Jazz Chamber Ensemble
September 30, 2017
MUSIC & CONVERSATIONS
June 10, 2017
Contemporary Performance Collective
May 24, 2017
HEAR NOW MUSIC FESTIVAL
April 30, 2017
HEAR NOW MUSIC FESTIVAL
April 29, 2017
HEAR NOW FUNDRAISER
April 9, 2017
The Music Guild
with Robert deMaine
March 22, 2017
The Music Guild
with Robert deMaine
March 21, 2017
The Music Guild
with Robert deMaine
March 20, 2017
MUSIC & CONVERSATIONS
with Alison Bjorkedal
March 18, 2017
Inside the Gearbox:
John Adams
March 4, 2017
NACUSA-LA & Lyris
February 5, 2017

BIOGRAPHY

ALYSSA PARK Violin
LUKE MAURER Viola
SHALINI VIJAYAN Violin
TIMOTHY LOO Cello

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Violinist Alyssa Park established an enviable international reputation at age sixteen for being the youngest prizewinner in the history of the Tchaikovsky International Competition. Ms. Park has made numerous recital and orchestral appearances since her professional debut at age eleven with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

She has appeared with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Lisbon Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Austrian Radio Symphony, Barcelona Orchestra, Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Hamburg Philharmonic. She also performed with the orchestras of Sydney, Adelaide, and Tasmania, Australia. Other seasons included performances in Asia with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, and the Singapore Symphony. She also made her debut at Italy's Ravello Festival and Holland's Royal Concertgebouw.

An avid chamber musician as well, Ms. Park has been a frequent guest at major festivals including Ludwisburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Weilburg, Passau, Frankfurt, Montpellier, France, Brahms festival in Madrid, Beethoven Festival in Bonn, Prague Summer Festival, and Oregon Festival of American Music.

Violist Luke Maurer, a native of Santa Barbara, California, began his musical studies on the violin with his father. He received his B.M. and M.M. degrees in viola performance from the University of Southern California studying with Donald McInnes and Ralph Fielding. Mr. Maurer participated in master classes with the Juilliard, Ysaye and Takacs Quartets, and attended summer festivals at the Music Academy of the West and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

He performs extensively throughout Southern California as an orchestral and chamber musician. He is a member of the Pacific Symphony and performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a chamber musician, Mr. Maurer has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Mr. Mauer is member of the Pacific Symphony and performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has also served as guest principal violist with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan.

Violinist Shalini Vijayan, deemed "a vibrant violinist" by Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times is an established performer and collaborator on both coasts. Always an advocate for modern music, Shalini was a founding member and Principal Second Violin of Kristjan Jarvi's Absolute Ensemble, having recorded several albums with them including 2001 Grammy nominee, Absolution. As a part of Absolute, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe, most notably in London's Barbican Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

A member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida from 1998-2001, Shalini served as concertmaster for Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams, Reinbert de Leeuw and Oliver Knussen. She was also concertmaster for the world premiere performances and recording of Steven Mackey's Tuck and Roll for RCA records in 2000. In Los Angeles, Shalini is featured regularly with Grammy Award winning Southwest Chamber Music and can be heard on their Grammy nominated Complete Chamber Works of Carlos Chávez, Vol. 3. Most recently, she has been a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Chinary Ung’s Spiral XII and Tan Dun’s Water Passion. Shalini is on the performance faculty of the Nirmita Composers Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Cellist Timothy Loo joined the Lyris Quartet in 2008. A passionate chamber musician, he founded his first quartet, the Denali Quartet, in 1999 while pursuing his Advanced Studies in Cello with Ronald Leonard at the University of Southern California. As a member of the Denali quartet, he participated in masterclasses with the Julliard, Vermeer, and Takacs Quartets. In 1999, Mr. Loo co-founded Mladi, Los Angeles' conductorless chamber orchestra. He performed with this group until 2008.

Mr. Loo has performed in the masterclasses for Yo-Yo Ma, Ronald Leonard, David Geringas, Natalia Gutman, Franz Helmerson, and Bernhard Greenhouse. Mr. Loo has won positions in both Philharmonie der Nationen in Hamburg, Germany, Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and New West Symphony.

He has also performed with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, New West Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale and is currently the principal cellist of the Long Beach Opera Orchestra.

GALLERY & MEDIA

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Intimate Letters Album
Leoš Janáček Quartet No.2

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The Lyris Quartet performs a clip from Intimate Letters by Leoš Janáček
Intimate Letters Album
Kurt Rohde Inside Voice

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The Lyris Quartet performs a clip from Inside Voice by Kurt Rohde
Intimate Letters Album
Billy Childs Unrequited

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The Lyris Quartet performs a clip from Unrequited by Billy Childs
Intimate Letters Album
Bruce Broughton Fancies

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The Lyris Quartet performs a clip from Fancies by Bruce Broughton
Intimate Letters Album
Peter Knell Intimate Voices

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The Lyris Quartet performs a clip from Intimate Voices by Peter Knell
Intimate Letters Album
Blooper Reel

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Blooper reel with the Lyris Quartet
Intimate Letters Album
Behind the Scenes

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Behind the scenes of Intimate Letters with the Lyris Quartet

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Joseph Haydn
Quartet No.5 Op.76 Allegretto

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The Lyris Quartet performs the Allegretto movement from Joseph Haydn's Quartet No.5 Op.76

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Maurice Ravel
Quartet in F Major Vif et agite

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The Lyris Quartet performs the Vif et agite movement from Maurice Ravel's Quartet in F Major

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Philip Glass
Quartet No.5 Movement IV

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The Lyris Quartet performs movement IV from Philip Glass' Quartet in No.5
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Quartet No.5 Movement IV

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The Lyris Quartet performs movement V from Philip Glass' Quartet in No.5
Felix Mendelssohn
Quartet No.6 in F minor Op.80 Allegro vivace assai

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The Lyris Quartet performs the Allegro vivace assai movement from Felix Mendelssohn's Quartet No.6 in F minor Op.80
Felix Mendelssohn
Quartet No.6 in F minor Op.80 Allegro assai

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The Lyris Quartet performs the Allegro assai movement from Felix Mendelssohn's Quartet No.6 in F minor Op.80

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