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April 30, 2023

Daedalus Quartet with Soyeon Kate Lee, piano

7:30 PM at the Sunset Center | Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA


Pre-concert talk by Musicologist, Ian Scarfe at 6:30 PM

William Grant Still Lyric Quartet 

Béla Bartók String Quartet No. 6 

Amy Beach Piano Quintet, op. 67

“ at one with their composers, we were happily caught off-guard by every emotional surprise they sprang." 

— The Washington Post (about the Daedalus) 

She played with clarity, honesty, and a supple yet full-bodied sound.”

— The New York Times (about Ms. Lee)


Min-Young Kim, violin 

Matilda Kaul, violin 

Jessica Thompson, viola 

Thomas Kraines, cello 

Soyeon Kate Lee, piano (Guest)

About The Ensemble

The Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Since winning the top prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2001, the Daedalus Quartet has impressed critics and listeners alike with the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances.

The Daedalus Quartet has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág, and György Ligeti. Among the works the ensemble has premiered are Huck Hodge's The Topography of Desire, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation; David Horne’s Flight from the Labyrinth, commissioned for the Quartet by the Caramoor Festival; Lawrence Dillon’s String Quartet No. 4, commissioned by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts; and Fred Lerdahl’s Third String Quartet, commissioned by Chamber Music America, as well as Lerdahl's Chaconne, commissioned by New Music USA.

To date, the Quartet has forged associations with some of America’s leading classical music and educational institutions: Carnegie Hall, through its European Concert Hall Organization (ECHO) Rising Stars program; and Lincoln Center, which appointed the Daedalus Quartet as the Chamber Music Society Two (now the Bowers Program) quartet for 2005-07. The Daedalus Quartet has served as Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. In 2007, the Quartet was awarded Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award. The Quartet won Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award, which funded a three-year residency in Suffolk County, Long Island from 2007-2010.

First prize winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition and the 2004 Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been lauded by The New York Times as a pianist with “a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination, and a firm sense of style,” and by the Washington Post for her “stunning command of the keyboard.”

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