A STRING QUARTET
The Skyros Quartet brings a bright and inventive style to the performance stage. Located in the Seattle area, they can be seen performing, teaching, and leading community events in their new hometown. In addition to their work in the Pacific Northwest, Skyros has concertized across the US, Canada, and China.
We are excited to announce that violinist Brandon Vance has joined the ensemble as it’s newest member. Brandon is a fantastic musician, with whom we have previously collaborated on several projects, and we are thrilled that he is joining us in our tenth season of music-making.
We are so grateful to our dear friend and colleague, Dr. James Moat, for the seven years we shared together in Skyros. James was with us through so many years of adventures and travels together, across the US, Canada, and China, always ready to inspire us and make us laugh.
Since stepping aside from Skyros, James has returned to his native Canada. Ever the outdoorsman, he recently spent three months planting trees in British Columbia and is now back in Ontario, working with the Thunder Bay Symphony. We wish James the best in his new adventures and look forward to collaborating with him again in the future.
Follow three composers on a journey through early 20th-century Europe, reflecting on various experiences including the life of a student, the rush of bullfighting, and the folklore of Scandinavia on the debut Navona Records release by the Skyros Quartet, INTROSPECTIVE ODYSSEY.
Written while he was a student, the Three Divertimenti by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) creates a dazzling and witty display of youthful enthusiasm. Weaving a narrative tone poem set in Spain, Joaquín Turina (1882-1949) presents an exotic showpiece in La Oración del Torero (The Prayer of the Bullfighter), with a distinct flamenco flair through the idiom of French post-impressionism. Subtitled "Voces Intimae" ("Intimate Voices"), Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) wrote these words on the manuscript over three dark and hushed chords in the third movement, marking the center of String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56. The composer combines post-romanticism, 20th-century modernism, and Scandinavian folksongs influenced by the Kalevala, the national epic poem of Karelia and Finland. The captivating and emotive interpretations by the Skyros Quartet show them as a versatile, fastidious, and passionate group, versed in performing a number of musical styles and traditions.