Tokyo String Quartet

Biography

Active: 1969 - ; Tokyo, Japan
Shortly after its inception, the Tokyo Quartet became one of the most prominent string quartets in the world; since then, they have continued to uphold their reputation for insightful interpretations and a beautiful tonal blend. The quartet's original members -- Koichiro Harada (first violin), Yoshiko Nakura (second violin), Kazuhide Isomura (viola), and Sadao Harada (cello) -- all attened the Toho Gakuen (School of Music) during the 1960s, Read more coming under the tutelage of the legendarily skilled and tyrannical pedagogue Hideo Saito. Another influence on the Tokyo's early development -- perhaps even more important -- was the Julliard Quartet, which gave a series of workshops at Nikko during 1966; Harada, Isomura and Harada were all in attendance. It was, in fact, the members of the Julliard Quartet who pointed out to the young players that there was then no permanent quartet in Japan, and that they might be the right musicians to form one. This led to arrangements for the group to study at the Julliard School of Music; there the Tokyo Quartet was born.

The quartet was at first a casual endeavor -- a "study quartet" -- but it got serious quickly. In 1970, the Tokyo won the Coleman String Quartet Competition (judged by the members of the Amadeus Quartet), the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the Munich International Chamber Music Competition. From Munich, the quartet received a guarantee of a hundred concerts and an instant contract with Deutsche Grammophon; soon, the quartet had concertized around the world and won a Grand Prix du Disque. In 1974 the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C. lent them a group of priceless Amati instruments; they used these in concert until 1988.

Also in 1974, Kikuei Ikeda replaced Nakura as second violinist, making the quartet all-male; the quartet said at the time that Nakura wished to pursue a solo career, but in a 1975 interview with the Associated Press, Julliard's Robert Mann said, "They always had it in mind to get rid of their girl player." In 1981 there was a further -- and more surprising -- shift in personnel when the departing Koichiro Harada was replaced with the group's first non-Japanese member, the Canadian-English-Armenian violinist Peter Oundjian. The quartet's playing, if anything, improved with Oundjian as leader; interpretations were freer and more passionate, while the playing maintained its beautiful blend. This happy association ended in 1996 when a hand injury prompted Oundjian's replacement -- temporarily at first by the Orford String Quartet's first violinist, Andrew Dawes, and then permanently (1997) by the Borodin Quartet's Mikhail Kopelman. In 2000, Sadao Harada was replaced by Clive Greensmith, former principal cellist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, making the Tokyo quartet truly international in membership. Martin Beaver joined the quartet as first violinist in 2002.

Tokyo's interpretations are primarily distinguished by their determination to serve the music, rather than to display virtuosity. Their tone has shifted somewhat with the changes in personnel, but the quartet has always managed to make the adjustment successfully without sacrificing the quality of their blend. Read less
Beethoven: Complete String Quartets / Tokyo SQ
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Catalog: 807641   Number of Discs: 8
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Beethoven: Late String Quartets / Tokyo String Quartet
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Schubert: String Quintet, Quartettsatz / David Watkin, Tokyo String Quartet
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Catalog: 807427   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorak: String Quartet No 12; Smetana: String Quartet No 1 / Tokyo String Quartet
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Catalog: 807429   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven:
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    Beethoven: Complete String Quartets / Tokyo SQ
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807641 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Brahms: String Quartets 1-3
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2038 Release Date: 05/12/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Brett Dean
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet,  Brandis String Quartet
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    Brahms: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94860 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 58
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Cécile Ousset,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Emmy Verhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Günther Herbig,  Heinz Bongartz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Tokyo String Quartet Plays Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 975782 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Peter Oundjian,  Kazuhide Isomura,  Kikuei Ikeda,  Sadao Harada  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Brahms: Complete Chamber Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94381 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Isabelle Faust,  Bruno Giuranna,  Alain Meunier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandis String Quartet,  Tokyo String Quartet,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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    Dvorak: String Quartet No 12; Smetana: String Quartet No 1 / Tokyo String Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807429 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Quartet Recital 1971 - Berg, Beethoven, Bartok / Tokyo String Quartet
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93723 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Béla Bartók
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Brahms: Quintets, Op. 34 & 115 / Manasse, Nakamatsu, Tokyo Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807558 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Jon Manasse,  Jon Nakamatsu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Stravinsky: The Firebird, Les Noces, Symphony In C, Etc. / Neumann,  Czech Philharmonic, Tokyo String Quartet
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 350057 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Václav Neumann,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Tokyo String Quartet,  Prague Radio Choir  ... 
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    The Claude Debussy Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 193179 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Gervase de Peyer,  Ann Murray,  Nathalie Stutzmann,  Leslie Caron  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Pierre Boulez,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Esa-Pekka Salonen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: String Quintet, Quartettsatz / David Watkin, Tokyo String Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807427 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  David Watkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    Beethoven: Late String Quartets / Tokyo String Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807481 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, Etc / Lluna, Tokyo String Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1957048 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Joan Enric Lluna,  Lluís Claret,  Josep Colom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Beethoven: String Quartets / Tokyo String Quartet
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68038 Release Date: 08/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Peter Oundjian,  Kikuei Ikeda,  Kazuhide Isomura,  Sadao Harada
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Impressions - Debussy, Ravel / Tokyo String Quartet
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62552 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Sadao Harada,  Kazuhide Isomura,  Peter Oundjian,  Kikuei Ikeda  ... 
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    Beethoven: String Quartets Op 74 & 95 / Tokyo String Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807460 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Kazuhide Isomura,  Clive Greensmith,  Kikuei Ikeda,  Martin Beaver
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Schubert: Quartets Nos 14 & 4 / Tokyo Quartet
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7990 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Kikuei Ikeda,  Kazuhide Isomura,  Sadao Harada,  Peter Oundjian
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    Haydn: Prussian String Quartets / Tokyo Quartet
    Label: Dg Galleria   Catalog: 423509 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18 No 1-6 / Tokyo Quartet
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907436 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Dvorák: Piano Quintet, American Quartet / Nakamura, Tokyo Quartet
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 5160 Release Date: 08/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Hiroko Nakamura
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    Boccherini: Quintets Nos 4 And 6, Etc / Yamashita, Tokyo Qt
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60421 Release Date: 06/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Dennis Edmonton,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    Performer:  Kazuhito Yamashita
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    Beethoven:
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807423 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet
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    6th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
    Label: Van Cliburn   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 11/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Jeffrey Kahane,  Andre-Michel Schub,  Christopher O'Riley
    Conductor:  Leon Fleisher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra,  Tokyo String Quartet
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    7th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
    Label: Van Cliburn   Catalog: 3 Release Date: 11/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Barry Douglas,  José Feghali,  Philippe Bianconi
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra,  Tokyo String Quartet
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Biography

Active: 1969 - ; Tokyo, Japan
Shortly after its inception, the Tokyo Quartet became one of the most prominent string quartets in the world; since then, they have continued to uphold their reputation for insightful interpretations and a beautiful tonal blend. The quartet's original members -- Koichiro Harada (first violin), Yoshiko Nakura (second violin), Kazuhide Isomura (viola), and Sadao Harada (cello) -- all attened the Toho Gakuen (School of Music) during the 1960s, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Langsam
II. Massige Viertel
I. Poco adagio - Allegro
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Presto
IV. Allegretto con variazioni
I. Lento
II. Allegretto
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Andantino
IV. Con moto
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante, un poco adagio
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Finale: Poco sostenuto - Allegro non troppo
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo: Presto - Trio: Andante sostenuto
IV. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante (fragment)
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
III. Scherzo (Allegro molto)
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio cantabile - Allegro
III. Scherzo (Allegro) - Trio
IV. Allegro molto, quasi Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Presto
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto
III. Menuetto (Allegro) - Trio
IV. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Menuetto - Trio
III. Andante cantabile
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Scherzo (Allegro) - Trio
IV. La Malinconia (Adagio - Allegretto quasi Allegro)
I. Allegro
II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
III. Adagio molto e mesto
IV. Theme russe: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Molto adagio
III. Allegretto
IV. Finale: Presto
I. Introduzione: Andante con moto-Allegro vivace
II. Andante con moto quasi Allegretto
III. Menuetto: Grazioso
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Quartet VII No.1 In F major, Op.59: I. Allegro
Quartet VII No.1 In F major, Op.59: II. Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
Quartet VII No.1 In F major, Op.59: III. Adagio molto e mesto
Quartet VII No.1 In F major, Op.59: IV. Theme russe: Allegro
Quartet VIII No.2 In E minor, Op.59: I. Allegro
Quartet VIII No.2 In E minor, Op.59: II. Molto adagio
Quartet VIII No.2 In E minor, Op.59: III. Allegretto
Quartet VIII No.2 In E minor, Op.59: IV. Finale: Presto
Quartet IX No.3 in C major, Op.59: I. Introduzione: Andante con moto-Allegro vivace
Quartet IX No.3 in C major, Op.59: II. Andante con moto quasi Allegretto
Quartet IX No.3 in C major, Op.59: III. Menuetto: Grazioso
Quartet IX No.3 in C major, Op.59: IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Piano Quintet in E-Flat, Op. 44: Allegro brillante
In modo d'una marcia; Un poco largamente; Agitato
Scherzo: Molto vivace
Allegro, ma non troppo
Allegro ma non troppo
Andante
Menuetto: Allegro; Trio
Allegro moderato
String Quartet No. 14, D810 in D Minor ("Der Tod und das Mädchen/Death and the Maiden"): Allegro
Andante con moto
Scherzo: Allegro molto; Trio
Presto
Allegro
Adagio
Andantino
Con moto
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 34, J. 182 in B-Flat: Allegro
Fantasia (Adagio)
Menuetto
Rondo (Allegro)
Musettes; Allegro
Adagio ma non troppo e molto cantabile
Scherzando vivace; Presto
Finale; Allegro con moto
Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo
GROßE FUGE, Op. 133
Finale (Rondo): Allegro
Andante ma non troppo e molto cantabile
Presto
Adagio quasi un poco andante
Allegro
String Quartet, No. 13 in B-Flat, Op. 130: Adagio ma non troppo; Allegro
Presto
Andante con moto ma non troppo
Alla danza tedesca; Allegro assai
Quartet, Op. 132 in A Minor: Assai sostenuto; Allegro
Allegro ma non tanto
Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit in der lydischen Tonart: Molto adagio; Neue Kraft fühlend: Andante
Alla marcia, assai vivace
Allegro appassionato
Quartet, Op. 135 in F: Allegretto
Vivace
Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß: Grave, ma non troppo tratto
Allegro
Allegro
Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
Adagio molto e mesto
Thčme russe: Allegro
Poco adagio; Allegro
Poco adagio; Allegro
Adagio ma non troppo
Adagio ma non troppo
Presto; Piů presto quasi prestissimo
Presto; Piů presto quasi prestissimo
Allegretto con variazioni
Allegretto con variazioni
Quartet, Op. 59 No. 3 in C ("Rasumovsky" ): Introduzione: Andante con moto; Allegro vivace
Andante con moto quasi allegretto
Menuetto: Grazioso
Allegro molto
Quartet, Op. 95 "Serioso" in F Minor: Allegro con brio
Allegretto ma non troppo
Allegro assai ma serioso
Larghetto espressivo; Allegretto agitato