The Quint Quintet to Play Madison Theatre, 12/8
On Sunday, December 8 at 3:00pm, renowned violinist Philippe Quint's Quint Quintet will perform "A Night of Tango" at Molloy College's Madison Theatre (1000 Hempstead Ave.) The Quint Quintet was founded by the four-time Grammy Award Nominated violinist in 2009. The ensemble is dedicated to exploring the music of Astor Piazzolla and Argentine Tango. The quintet will include bandoneonist JP Jofre, double bassist Pedro Giraudo, electric guitarist Claudio Ragazzi, and pianist Octavio Brunetti. Russian tango dancers Michael Nadtochi and Zoya Altmark will also appear.
Upcoming performances of the Quintet include appearances at San Diego Symphony's Chamber Music Series, El Paso Pro Musica's Closing Night Concert, Chamber Music Albuquerque, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Jupiter Chamber Series, and Long Island's Molloy College. The Quintet is currently at work on its first album, featuring Piazzolla's most celebrated works.
The Quint Quintet's sold-out performance at El Paso Pro Musica was described in the El Paso Times, which reported: "They were almost hanging from the rafters! Who? The mesmerized audience at the El Paso Pro-Musica concert. They packed the 250-seat Fox Recital Hall at the University of Texas at Paso with 494 ticket holders...What was the attraction for old-time supporters and Pro-Musica board members, as well as kids from kindergarten through college? The feisty Quint Quintet, who whooped it up for 'A Night of Tango,' that's who!...The program consisted of works written by Astor Piazzolla and was played by five fiery musicians as if all hell had broken loose."
Award-winning American violinist Philippe Quint is a multifaceted artist whose wide range of interests has led to several Grammy nominations for his albums, performances with major orchestras throughout the world at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York, a leading role in a major independent film called Downtown Express, and explorations of tango with his band The Quint Quintet.
Highlights of his 2013-2014 season include performances with the London Philharmonic led by Damian Iorio, The Phoenix Symphony with Gregory Vajda, San Antonio Symphony with Cristian Macelaru, Rochester Philharmonic with Fabien Gabel, and Jacksonville Symphony with André Raphel, as well as return performances and a new recording with the Bochumer Symphoniker and Steven Sloane.
Quint's live performances and interviews have been broadcast on television by CBS, CNN, ABC, BBC World News, NBC, Reuters, Bloomberg TV, as well as by radio stations nationwide including NPR, WNYC and WQXR. His recordings have received multiple "Editor's Choice" selections in Gramophone, The Strad, Strings, and the Daily Telegraph. His remarkable degree of lyricism, poetry and impeccable virtuosity has gripped the eyes and ears of audiences in Asia, Australia, Latin America, Africa, Europe and the U.S. with what The Times (London) describes as his "bravura technique, and unflagging energy."
Philippe Quint is the first classical musician to star in the lead role of a major independent picture. Downtown Express, from Michael Hausman (producer of Gangs of New York, Brokeback Mountain and Amadeus) and multi-Emmy winning director David Grubin, is currently premiering through out the world at various national and international film festivals including Woodstock, New York, Houston, Mons (Belguim), Cuba, Vermont, and Florida.
Philippe Quint's formidable discography includes a large variety of rediscovered treasures along with popular works from standard repertoire. In November 2013, he releases Opera Breve with pianist Lily Maisky, a unique collection of opera transcriptions for violin and piano featuring both popular and rare songs, on Avanticlassic. His recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Sofia Philharmonic led by conductor Martin Panteleev, paired with Anton Arensky's String Quartet No. 2, Op. 35 (for violin, viola, and two cellos) written in memory of Tchaikovsky, will be released in spring 2014. In May 2014, Quint records the Khachaturian and Glazunov Violin Concertos with the Bochumer Sinfoniker.
Quint's first album for Avanticlassic, a recording of the Mendelssohn and Bruch Violin Concertos and Beethoven's Romances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería led by Carlos Miguel Prieto, was released in 2012. Gramophone described Quint's performance as "pure sound and refined expression. An account well worth hearing." His recordings of William Schuman's Violin Concerto (2007) and Korngold's Violin Concerto (2009) were both nominated for Grammy Awards. Other critically acclaimed albums include the world premiere recording of John Corigliano's Red Violin Caprices, Ned Rorem's Concerto, Miklos Rozsa's Complete Works for Violin and Piano with William Wolfram, Bernstein's Serenade, and a unique compilation of works by Paganini arranged by Fritz Kreisler, which BBC Music Magazine called "truly phenomenal."