Fortis Piano Quartet

July 4, 2015, 11:00 am

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Fortis Piano Quartet was formed in the fall of 2014 by the chamber program of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy, a pre-college training program for highly gifted young musicians. All four members are Fellows at the Academy.

Joshua Brown, violinist/violist (15), Kitsho Hosotani, violinist/violist (15), Nathan Mo, cellist (16), and Daniel Szefer, piano (16) are passionate and awarded young artists, who see themselves as professional musicians in the future. They all agree that music sensitizes people’s hearts and makes them understand each other, since it is the universal language of human emotions.  Sharing these ideals, as well as a profound love for the music they play together, has helped the four boys bond together in a very short amount of time and produce music that is both cohesive and impactful.

Fortis Piano Quartet was recently named the Grand Prize Winner in the 2015 A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition. The group also received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 MYA Discover National Chamber Music Competition and was a Semifinalist in the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Fortis Piano Quartet is coached by Tatyana Stepanova and Rodolfo Vieira.

  • Poco allegro  from Piano Quartet No. 1, by Bohuslav Martinů

  • Lento, andante mosso from Piano Quartet in a minor, Op. 67, by Joaquín Turina

  • Sostenuto assai; Allegro ma non troppo from Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47, by Robert Schumann

  • Rondo alla zingarese; Presto from Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25, by Johannes Brahms