The Alexander String Quartet, which is celebrating its thirty-sixth year as an ensemble, will present a concert in the Neskowin Chamber Music series on Sunday, February 11th at 3 p.m. at Camp Winema.
The Alexander String Quartet has performed in the major music capitals of the world on five continents. The quartet is widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart, and Shostakovich and its recordings of these works have been acclaimed by critics everywhere. The group is also known for its advocacy of new music and has commissioned a number of works in that genre.
The Alexander String Quartet is a major presence in San Francisco, its home base. It serves as Ensemble in Residence for San Francisco performances and as director of the Morrison Music Center at San Francisco State University’s College of Liberal Arts.
The Alexander’s performance calendar includes appearances at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston and the Library of Congress and Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC, among other places. Among their many recordings are pieces by Cole Porter and George Gershwin.
Members are: -Zakarias Grafilo, violinist 1, joined the ensemble in 2002 after a career as Second Principal Violinist of the Pacific Symphony and Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony. He holds a B.A. degree from San Francisco State University and is continuing his studies at UCLA. -Frederick Lifsitz, violinist 2, studied violin in his native Boston and at Indiana University. Before joining the Alexander String Quartet, he played several seasons with the Boston Symphony and taught chamber music at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. -Paul Yarbrough, violist, is a founding member of the Alexander String Quartet. He has given a number of solo recitals and was Principal Violist of the Chamber Orchestra of New England. He and his colleagues received honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts from Allegany College and he received a Honorary Degree from St. Lawrence University. Mr. Yarbrough is on the board of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. -Sandy Wilson, cellist, is a native of Northumberland, England, He completed his graduate studies at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen. At 21, he was principal cellist in the Allegemeine Musikgesellschaft Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland. He moved to the U.S. in 1979 and completed a degree at Yale. He is a founding member of the Alexander String Quartet. Mr. Wilson is a board member of Chamber Music America and a member of the California Cello Club.
The Alexander String Quartet will hold an outreach session at Neskowin Valley School on Monday, February12 at 8:45a.m.