Wednesday, October 13, 2021
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San Francisco Performances Presents
Castalian Quartet

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 | 7:30pm | $70/$55/$45
Herbst Theatre

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
Sini Simonen, violin
Daniel Roberts, violin
Ruth Gibson, viola
Christopher Graves, cello

MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
LIGETI: String Quartet No. 1, “Métamorphoses nocturnes”
SIBELIUS: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56, “Voces Intimae”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—October 13, 2021—San Francisco Performances (SFP) presents the San Francisco debut of the Castalian Quartet on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:30pm at Herbst Theatre.

In the decade since its formation, the London-based Castalian Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the most dynamic, sophisticated young string quartets performing today. Recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2019 Young Artists Award, the Quartet also received the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award and Valentin Erben Prize in 2018, has won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, and is beginning to gain international acclaim as they take their talents abroad. The Castalian Quartet will have their debut performances in Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Vancouver, and many other cities across North America in the 2021–22 season.

“We are always pleased to be the first to introduce engaging new talent, and the Castalian Quartet, though still quite young, are already distinguishing themselves for performances “full of poetry, joy and sorrow.” (The Guardian). From London’s Wigmore Hall to Vienna’s Konzerthaus, to a Carnegie Hall debut that couldn’t happen due to Covid, San Francisco Performances is in good company in welcoming this dynamic ensemble to our Chamber Music Series.” —Melanie Smith, SFP President

About Castalian Quartet

Founded scarcely a decade ago, the Castalian Quartet has captured the attention of the music world for its "powerful individuality of sound" (The Scotsman).

In February 2019, the Quartet was joined at Wigmore Hall by guest artists Stephen Hough, Cédric Tiberghien, Michael Collins, Nils Mönkemeyer, Isabel Charisius and Ursula Smith to perform the chamber music of Brahms and Schumann. The Guardian (UK) raved, “To hear this music, so full of poetry, joy and sorrow, realised to such perfection, felt like a miracle.” Other pre-COVID 19 highlights included debuts at the Paris Philharmonie and Vienna Konzerthaus; performances of the complete Haydn Opus 76 quartets at Wigmore Hall; concerts in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Heidelberger Frühling, East Neuk, Zwischentöne Festival in Engelberg, Neuchatel Chamber Music in Switzerland, and Banff International Festivals. Further afield they undertook tours of China and Colombia.

Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet studied with Oliver Wille (Kuss Quartet) at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, graduating with a master’s degree. In addition to the above, awards include Third Prize at the 2016 Banff Quartet Competition and First Prize at the 2015 Lyon Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2016. They have received coaching from Simon Rowland-Jones, David Waterman, and Isabel Charisius. Ruth Gibson makes her debut with the quartet this season.

Their name is derived from the Castalian Spring in the ancient city of Delphi. According to Greek mythology, the nymph Castalia transformed herself into a fountain to evade Apollo’s pursuit, thus creating a source of poetic inspiration for all who drink from her waters. Herman Hesse chose Castalia as the name of his futuristic European utopia in The Glass Bead Game. The novel’s protagonist, a Castalian by the name of Knecht, is mentored in this land of intellectual thought and education by the venerable Music Master.

The evening’s program will be as follows:
MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
LIGETI: String Quartet No. 1, “Métamorphoses nocturnes”
SIBELIUS: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56, “Voces Intimae”

Tickets are $70/$55/$45 and can be purchased at or by calling 415.392.2545. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as available including 50% off student rush tickets and 20% off senior rush tickets.

Please note our current health and safety protocols: Per San Francisco city guidelines, SF Performances requires all patrons ages 12 years and older, to show proof of full vaccination with a photo ID to attend performances. Masks will still be required at concerts until further notice. Full details of our safety protocols and practices are available here. Also note that social distanced seating is no longer required at SFP events.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm, and engaging arts experience.

Through successful partnerships with artists, Bay Area schools and community organizations, SFP has also established one of the most recognized and respected performing arts education programs in the country. Anchored by the artist residency program that brings artists into classrooms and community workshops, the arts education projects help expose new audiences, young and old, to the great performers of our time. San Francisco Performances’ outreach promotes active engagement with the performing arts, deepening the experience while opening events to diverse audiences.

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Castalian Quartet
WHEN: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:30pm
WHERE: Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister), San Francisco
PROGRAM:: MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80, LIGETI: String Quartet No. 1, “Métamorphoses nocturnes”, SIBELIUS: String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56, “Voces Intimae”
CONCERT TICKETS: $70/$55/$45
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545;

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