The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, is breaking the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances of new music with a global pulse.
Del Sol’s members are violinists Kate Stenberg and Rick Shinozaki, violist Charlton Lee and cellist Kathryn Bates Williams. Since its inception in 1992 at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Quartet has worked its magic performing on prominent concert series nationwide, including the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museum’s Freer Gallery of Art, Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; Symphony Space in New York City; the Other Minds Festival of New Music in San Francisco; Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA; Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York; Santa Fe Opera New Music Series; Candlelight Concerts in Columbia, MD; the University of Vermont Lane Series; and the bi-coastal 2010 Pacific Rim Festival co-presented by the University of California at Santa Cruz and Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
ZOFO is the dynamic partnership of internationally acclaimed solo pianists Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann. One of a rare handful of professional ensembles worldwide focusing exclusively on piano duets, ZOFO is rediscovering and energetically performing hidden gems of the traditional one-piano-four-hands repertoire, along with a strong dedication to 20th and emerging 21st century works. As innovators in the genre, ZOFO also performs heart pumping one-piano-four-hands arrangements of famous orchestral pieces, such as Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, exploring the realms in which many composers first experienced their symphonic visions.
Since their first performance together in the fall of 2009, ZOFO was awarded First Place in the prestigious 2010 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and made their New York concert debut as an ensemble at Carnegie Hall in May, 2010. In May 2011 ZOFO was invited to compete in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, Osaka Japan, and were elevated to the final round – the only piano duo to achieve that distinction. Their first album, Mind Meld (DSL-92151), has also received a 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards Nomination for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble.