UT Dallas to Host Grammy-Winning Ying Quartet

Feb. 16, 2009

A boldly imaginative and diverse approach to the classical chamber music tradition is on the bill for 8 p.m., March 6, when the Grammy award-winning Ying Quartet visits the UT Dallas Conference Center for a unique concert.

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The program, Sound Bites, is a moving musical feast recognizing three sources of the world’s great cuisine: Italy, France and China. The concert will feature Chrysanthemums by Puccini; Debussy’s Quartet in G minor, Opus 1; and Musical Dim Sum: Selections by Chinese-American Composers.

Siblings Timothy Ying (violin), Janet Ying (violin), Phillip Ying (viola) and David Ying (cello) comprise the quartet. In 2005, the group won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover for Four + 4, a collaboration with the Turtle Island Quartet that merges the classic string quartet tradition with jazz and other American styles. As part of the 2008-09 UT Dallas classical performance season, both groups agreed to spend part of their visits holding master classes for students.

“These two ensembles are the new generation: young, exciting and committed to pushing the boundaries of traditional chamber music,” said Kathryn Evans, associate dean for the arts.

In 1992, the Ying siblings became the first artists to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts Chamber Music Rural Residencies Program, which gives residents of rural communities the opportunity to experience live music concerts and to learn from professional musicians. In addition to benefiting the communities, the residencies provide young, emerging musicians the opportunity to hone their performance and teaching skills.

The Yings tour internationally and serve as the quartet in residence for the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, where they also teach in the string department and lead a prestigious chamber music program.

The Ying Quartet performance is co-sponsored by the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities and Dallas Chamber Music, and is supported in part by the UT Dallas Confucius Institute. Tickets are $15 to $35 and are available through the Dallas Chamber Music Web site or by calling 972-392-3267.


Media Contact: Karah Hosek, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4329, karah.hosek@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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The Ying Quartet

In 2005, the Ying Quartet won a Grammy Award for a collaboration with the Turtle Island Quartet on Four + 4. The recording merges the classic string quartet tradition with jazz and other American styles. (Photo by Walter Colley)

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