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WEDNESDAY, OCT 17 2012, 07:30 PM

In collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Center NY, the Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to present a concert by Artis-Quartet Vienna and Janis Vakarelis, at Carnegie Hall.


Johannes Brahms: String Quartet No. 2, Op.51 (1873)
Dimitri Terzakis: String quartet no. 3 (1981/82)
Erich Urbanner: String Quartet No. 6
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 (1887)



Renowned Greek pianist Janis Vakarelis has been a fixture on international stages since he won first prize at the Queen Sofia International Piano Competition in Madrid in 1979, and he has performed in Europe, North and South America, and the Far East, including Japan. He is known for his interpretations of the large-scale Romantic repertoire, particularly Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky, and he also excels in Prokofiev and Gershwin.

Vakarelis has performed regularly at the Festspielhaus Salzburg, Musikverein Vienna, Auditorio Madrid, Tonhalle Zurich, Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Lisbon Coliseu, and Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London. Appearances in recent seasons include his debut with Lorin Maazel and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Lisbon, with Mstislav Rostropovich and the Orquesta di San Carlo in Naples, and with Gerd Albrecht and the Wiener Symphoniker at the Enescu Festival. He has also performed with such distinguished musicians as Simon Rattle, Kurt Masur, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, and Colin Davis. He recently debuted with Zubin Mehta and the Maggio Fiorentino Symphony, Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia. Janis Vakarelis is the artistic director of the Nafplion International Music Festival in Greece. The President of Greece presented Vakarelis with the Order of the Golden Phoenix for his services to music.

Founded in 1980, the Vienna-based Artis-Quartet (photo by Lukas Beck) won prizes in competitions in Cambridge, England (1983), Evian, France (1984) and Yellow Springs, USA (1985). Peter Schumayer (violin), Johannes Meissl (violin), Herbert Kefer (viola), and Othmar Mueller (cello) have performed in the world’s foremost concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Suntory Hall and International Forum Tokyo, Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel and Théatre des Champs-Elysées Paris, Santa Caecilia Rome, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, and Konzerthaus Vienna. In Vienna, where the members of the Artis-Quartet live, their cycle of concerts at the Wiener Musikverein has been an annual event since 1988.

They have recorded more than 30 CDs for Nimbus Records, Sony Classical, CBS/Sony, Orfeo, Accord, and Koch/Schwann. In addition to the classical quartet repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Smetana, and Schumann, the group also performs works by Wolf, Webern, Gielen, Schönberg, Weigl, and Berg, and has won such international awards as the Grand Prix International du Disque/Academie Charles Cros, the Prix Caecilia, the Diapason d´Or, and the Wiener Flötenuhr. Members of the Artis-Quartet teach at the universities of Vienna and Graz and give master classes around the world.

>> More information: artis-quartett.at

Carnegie Hall
Zankel Hall
881 Seventh Avenue at 57 street,
New York, NY 10019

Free admission.
Reservations are required and can be made as of September 24.
Call 917.657.9904 (weekdays only) from 9 AM to 5 PM

Tickets must be picked up between October 8 and 14 at the main box office at Carnegie Hall on 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. The main box office hours at Carnegie Hall are Monday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM; Sunday 12 noon to 6 PM

The entrance to Zankel Hall is located on Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets.