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Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series presents:
Daedalus String Quartet

Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.
at the Gualala Arts Center

Daedalus Quartet The highly-acclaimed Daedalus String Quartet will appear at Gualala Arts Center on Sunday afternoon, March 16, 4:00 p.m., in a concert featuring music of Haydn, Leos Janacek, and Brahms. The program includes Haydn's String Quartet in A major, No. 6, Janacek's String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters," and Brahms' String Quartet in A minor, No. 2. Members of the quartet are violinists Min-Young Kim and Kyu-Young Kim (brother and sister who alternate on 1st violin), violist Jessica Thompson, and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan.

Founded in 2000, this award-winning quartet captured the Grand Prize of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, quickly establishing itself as among America's outstanding string quartets. Following their success at the Banff competition, the ensemble performed coast-to-coast in Canada, including major series in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg, and Vancouver, as well as in Japan. They went on to perform all over the United States. The Daedalus Quartet was named by Carnegie Hall to participate in the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) Rising Stars program, through which it made debuts during the 2004-2005 season at nine high-profile European venues, followed by an appearance in Carnegie Hall's "Distinctive Debuts" series.

The quartet was appointed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as the Chamber Music Society Two quartet for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, Daedalus Quartet leading to numerous performances at Lincoln Center, including collaborations with artist members of the Society and other Chamber Music Society Two artists, as well as participation in many of the Society's educational programs. In 2005 the ensemble was appointed Quartet-in-Residence for both Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007 the quartet appeared at festivals in Spain, Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nebraska, as well as numerous performances around the New York area including festivals at Bard, Caramoor, Music Mountain, and Maverick. In 2007 the Daedalus Quartet was awarded the Martin Segal Award from Lincoln Center in honor of young artists who have made outstanding contributions to the Lincoln Center community, and the ensemble was also awarded the Guarneri String Quartet Award from Chamber Music America.

Violinist Min-Young Kim, an active chamber musician, has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro, American Chamber Players and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Cleveland Quartets. She made her New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in January 2001 as a winner of the Artists International Competition and has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Cleveland and Boston.

With interests ranging from baroque music to contemporary music, Ms. Kim has performed and recorded with Apollo's Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, and premiered numerous works in the Boston and New York areas as well as new music festivals in Spain and Greece.

She is also strongly committed to education, and was one of the first recipients of the Morse Fellowship at Juilliard, teaching music in inner city classrooms through creative activities. A graduate of Harvard University, The Juilliard School, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ms. Kim is currently on the faculty of Columbia University. Her principal teachers have been Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann and Shirley Givens. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

Violinist Kyu-Young Kim, an award-winning soloist and chamber musician, hailed by the Chicago Tribune for his "flawless musical and technical command," has been soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, of which he has served as Associate Concertmaster, and the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Poland. A former member of the Pacifica Quartet, with which he won the Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award, he has presented solo recitals throughout the United States, and in Korea, Japan, Germany, and New Zealand.

Mr. Kim and his wife, cellist Pitnarry Shin, were awarded a 2002 McKnight Fellowship as the Soyulla Duo. He has also been the winner of the Marcia Polayes National Young Artists Award and a Jury Commendation Award at the Michael Hill World Violin Competition in New Zealand.

Educated at the Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School, Mr. Kim's principal teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann, Jaime Laredo, Yumi Scott, and Shirley Givens.

Daedalus Quartet Violist Jessica Thompson is an accomplished and versatile performer who has appeared throughout the US and abroad. A passionate chamber musician, she spent several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and has toured with Musicians from Marlboro.

While a student at the Curtis Institute, she was a founding member of the Grancino Quartet and participated in Isaac Stern's International Chamber Music Encounters in Jerusalem. As a result she was chosen for the singular honor of performing at the Isaac Stern Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall in 2001. Before joining the Daedalus Quartet, Ms. Thompson was a member of the Chester String Quartet, resident ensemble at Indiana University South Bend, where she served as Associate Professor of Viola.

Ms. Thompson has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and in recital in cities such as Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC. In 2004 she was invited to perform at the International Viola Congress on a program of works by American women composers. Her principal teachers have been Karen Tuttle, Korey Konkol, and Alice Preves.

Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan has given solo recitals in New York and Boston and performed chamber music at Alice Tully Hall, for Caramoor's "Rising Stars" series, at Bargemusic, and at the Marlboro, Bravo! Vail, Charlottesville, Lincolnshire, Mehli Mehta, and Four Seasons Chamber Music Festivals. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and performed frequently with such ensembles as the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, the International Sejong Soloists, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the contemporary chamber group Proteus. As a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, he has collaborated with musicians from the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and performed in New Delhi and Agra, India for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture ceremony.

Mr. Ramakrishnan holds a Bachelor's degree with honors in physics from Harvard University and a Master's from The Juilliard School. His principal teachers have been Fred Sherry, Andrés Diaz, and André Emelianoff.

The Toronto Star wrote about a Daedalus performance "... a combination of stylistic awareness, technical polish and sheer musicality... In the hands of such musicians, the future of chamber music looks sunshine bright."

Tickets are $20 for advance purchases; $5 more on the day of the concert (buy your tickets early!). Children and young people ages 7 through 17 are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at the Gualala Arts Center or at the Dolphin Gallery in Gualala. For advance credit card (Visa and MC) purchases by telephone, call the Arts Center at 707-884-1138. For further information visit our website,

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