CERRITOS, CA – José Franch-Ballester is one of Spain’s most prominent clarinetists, earning First Prize in the Competition of the Cultural Council of Valencia for three consecutive years. He has since claimed First Prize honors at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The Jupiter String Quartet continues to gain attention, winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition. At the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on March 5, 7:30 PM, Franch-Ballester and The Jupiter String Quartet perform Ludwig Von Beethoven’s Quartet No. 16 in F Major, Op. 135; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581; and a solo clarinet piece by Kovacs, Hommage à Manuel de Falla. Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at www.cerritoscenter.com. Tickets are $23 for adults or $17.50 for students and teachers.
Born in Moncofa, Spain, into a family of clarinetists and Zarzuela singers, JOSÉ FRANCH-BALLESTER is quickly earning international recognition as an extraordinary musician. Last season he performed at the first Cartagena Festival in Colombia and as a soloist with the Napa Valley Symphony and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. A member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, he also performs with the woodwind quintet Astral Winds.
Franch-Ballester has given recitals at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts; the La Jolla Music Society in California; and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Florida. As a chamber musician, he has performed Oliver Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with Arnold Steinhart, violinist for the Guarneri String Quartet. Franch-Ballester has appeared at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival in New York, the Usedomer Musikfestival in Germany, and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He also performed in the world premiere of Jack Heggie’s song cycle Winter Roses with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade in 2004. In 2006 he appeared at the first Young Concert Artists Festival at Chanel Nexus Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In Spain, Franch-Ballester performed with the Musica de Vall de Uxo Orchestra and won First Prizes in the 2001 Allegro Clarinet Competition and the Francisco Hernandez Guirado Interpretive Soloists Competition.
THE JUPITER STRING QUARTET includes Nelson Lee, violin; Megan Freivogel, violin; Liz Freivogel, viola; and Daniel McDonough, cello. In 2006 the ensemble won Chamber Music America’s “Cleveland Quartet Award,” which “honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career.” Last season the quartet was selected to join Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, an honor the group will hold for three years.
The Jupiter String Quartet performed last season at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts; the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; the San Antonio Chamber Music Society in Texas; and New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. The quartet has played at New York’s Lincoln Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall, and has appeared at music festivals throughout the world, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Caramoor International Music Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival. The ensemble has collaborated with many leading musicians, including violist Roger Tapping, violinist James Buswell, cellist Paul Katz, pianist Yong Hi Moon, and the Miami String Quartet.
Tickets are now on sale to see Franch-Ballester and The Jupiter String Quartet at the CCPA. For tickets or more information, go to www.cerritoscenter.com or call the CCPA Ticket Office at (562) 467-8818.
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