Quartet Accorda to play with acclaimed pianist

Van Cliburn gold medallist teams up with faculty musicians from KU and UMKC

Sunday, March 16, 2003

An upcoming collaboration between Quartet Accorda and Van Cliburn gold medallist Stanislav Ioudenitch promises to harmonize cultures as well as music.

The performance, which will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Swarthout Recital Hall, combines the talents of Kansas University and University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Ioudenitch gained international recognition in 2001 when he became a gold medallist at the Van Cliburn International Competition. He is currently a professor at UMKC Conservatory of Music.

The members of Quartet Accorda -- Kanako Ito and KU associate professor Ben Sayevich, violins; KU associate professor Chung-Hoon Peter Chun, viola; and Martin Storey, cello -- first performed together in 1995. Since then, they have been performing every year in summer festivals in New England, including numerous performances on Maine Public Radio and Television.

Since 1997, Quartet Accorda has been the resident string quartet at the International Musical Arts Institute in Maine. Based in the Kansas City area since 2000, the group gave its official debut in 2001 under the name Quartet Accorda to great critical acclaim, establishing itself as one of the premiere string quartets in the region.

"The unique feature of Quartet Accorda is the blend of varied musical traditions and ethnic backgrounds that each member brings to it," Chun said. "It is represented by many different nationalities: Japanese, Russian-Israeli, Korean and British."

Violinist Kanako Ito was born in northern Japan in 1970 and started playing violin when she was 5 years old. She has won prizes in various international competitions and has been concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra since the 2000-2001 season.

Lithuanian-Israeli violinist Ben Sayevich began his studies at the Churlonis School for the performing Arts in Vilnius. His teachers have included Felix Andrievsky, Dorothy Delay and Eric Rosenblith. He has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has appeared on radio and television as soloist and chamber musician.

Appointed as assistant professor of viola at KU in 1999, Chung-Hoon Peter Chun has given numerous recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, including Boston, St. Louis and Kansas City, as well as Seoul and Tokyo. He was born in Seoul, Korea, and immigrated at age 12 with his family to the United States. He trained at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Walter Trampler, Marcus Thompson and Eric Rosenblith.

As a soloist and a chamber musician, Martin Storey has given concerts throughout the United Kingdom, in many parts of Europe, and in North and South America, Australia and Asia. Storey was born in Norwich and started playing cello at age 8. He studied with Ivan Cane and Florence Hooton before taking up an Associated Board Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his teacher was David Strange.