The Freer|Sackler Presents Formosa Quartet with Peter Wiley, cello on Oct. 26, 2019

The acclaimed Formosa Quartet joins the former Guarneri Quartet cellist Peter Wiley to give the East Coast premieres of two quartets, Pasibutbut and Taiwanese Folk Songs by Taiwanese-born composer Wei-Chieh Li. They will play Franz Schubert’s symphonic String Quintet in C on Oct. 26, 2019 at the Meyer Auditorium of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

This performance is co-sponsored by the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) and the Freer| Sackler Gallery.

The Formosa Quartet, which won two major prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, has been called “one of the very best quartets of their generation” by Guarneri member David Soyer. Quartet members have been hailed as “spellbinding” by The Strad and “remarkably fine” by Gramophone.

The ensemble, which features violinists Jasmine Lin and Wayne Lee, violist Che-Yen Chen, and cellist Deborah Pae, has performed at Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall (London), Chamber Music Hall in Berlin, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and with the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles.

Born in Taichung, Taiwan, Wei-Chieh Lin’s luscious music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall, Centre Pompidou, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Artists who have performed the composer’s works include the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Insomnio Ensemble, Xasax Ensemble, and Makrokomos Ensemble, as well as members of Eighth Blackbird and Klangforum Wien.

Performance Information:

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Meyer Auditorium, the Freer Gallery of Art (Independence Avenue at 12th St, SW, Washington, DC 20560

Cost: $6 in advance (select your seats); remaining tickets are free at the door

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