Neskowin Chamber Music
Neskowin Chamber Music opens its twenty-sixth season on October 13th with a concert by the Ying Quartet. The ensemble, now in its third decade, consists of brothers Phillip Ying (viola) and David Ying (cello) and their sister, Janet Ying (violin). Robin Scott (violin) is its fourth member.
The quartet came to prominence in the early 1990s when they first performed in the small farm town of Jesup, Iowa, population 2000, paid for by a National Endowment for the Arts grant. There, in front of audiences of six or six hundred, they played in homes, schools, churches, and even banks. Their goal, then and now, is to make music an integral part of community life. The quartet considers its time in Jesup as the foundation for its current life and goals. From this humble beginning, the Ying Quartet now performs in venues throughout the world.
Along with a full season of concert performances, the Yings have a busy recording schedule. It also commissions new works through its LifeMusic project, created in response to their goal of expanding the string quartet repertoire. They are quartet-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. They were ensemble-in-residence at the Bowdoin International Music Festival fro 2001-=2008 and were Blodgett artists-in-residence at Harvard.
The members of the Ying Quartet:
Phillip Ying has performed across the U.S. Europe, and Asia. He is a recipient of the Naumburg Award for Chamber Music and has won a Grammy for a collaborative recording with the Turtle Island String Quartet. He is a graduate of Harvard, the New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music.
David Ying has joined his siblings in concert venues from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Their appearances have varied from the White House to correctional institutions to business schools and hospitals. He began performing at Eastman as a teenager with his own piano trio.
Janet Ying is a founding member of the quartet, which was among the first group to be awarded the NEA grant to live and perform in a rural area. That grant started her quest to make music an integral part of communities not usually exposed to classical music. That work also brought her a Naumburg Award.
Robin Scott is a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster, winning prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition and the Stulberg International String Competition. He has soloed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University.
Other performers in the 2019-=2020 season are:
The Borealis Wind Quartet, November 3
The Gould Piano Trio with Robert Plane, Clarinet, January 19, 2020
The Miro Quartet, February 9, 2020
The Alexander String Quartet, March 1, 2020
William Howard, Pianist, April 5, 2020
Vieness Duo Piano, May 17, 2020
Season tickets for Neskowin Chamber Music are $110; single tickets are $25. For more information, see our website, www.neskowinchambermusic.org or call 503-965-6499.
Concerts begin at 3 p. m. at Camp Winema, three miles north of Neskowin, just off Highway 101.