Los Angeles Piano Quartet with Oboist Mark Hill - April 27, 2012

lapqFor nearly as many years as the BSMS has been in existence, we have attempted to book the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. This year, we did it! Following its debut at The Music Center in Los Angeles in 1977, LAPQ has repeatedly performed in New York, Washington, Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, St. Paul, Phoenix, Houston, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and has been a popular guest on Minnesota Public Radio's St. Paul Sunday and New York's Live from WNCN.

Following an impressive international debut at the Cheltenham Festival in England, the LAPQ was engaged for an appearance at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and an extensive tour of Europe. The Quartet has been an active force in the creation of new works for piano quartet, commissioning prominent contemporary composers Stephen Hartke, Gerard Schurmann, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stucky, whose piano quartet had its premiere performance by the LAPQ at the 2005 Tucson Festival. Their recordings include the 2009 Chandos release of works by composer Stephen Hartke, Dvorak and Schumann on the MusicMasters label, and the two Fauré piano quartets on Pickwick.

Principal Oboist of the National Philharmonic in the metropolitan Washington, DC, area, Mark Hill has performed with the New York Philharmonic; the Los Angeles and Orpheus chamber orchestras; the orchestras of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Luke's, and the Mostly Mozart Festival; and the Baltimore, San Diego, New Jersey, and National symphonies. He has appeared with the Bach Aria Group, the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Guarneri and Mendelssohn string quartets, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and Chamber Music Northwest. A member of New York's Sylvan Winds for 20 years, Mark has also recorded for numerous labels. An associate professor at the University of Maryland, he was raised in Nampa, Idaho, and he is married to LAPQ violist Katherine Murdoch.

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