STRING QUARTET NO. 2 "KAZAKH STEPPE" (2017, rev. 2018)

 Instrumentation: string quartet

Duration: 7'

Performance History: 

August 15, 2017. highSCORE Festival, Pavia, Italy.

Quartetto Indaco

 

April 28, 2018. Intimacy of Creativity World Premiere Concert, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.

Israeli Chamber Project

April 29, 2018. Intimacy of Creativity World Premiere Concert, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong.

Israeli Chamber Project

 

May 28, 2018. I Creation Mivos Composition Prizewinner Concert, Galerie Ora-Ora, Hong Kong.

Mivos Quartet

 

September 15, 2018. "Hong Kong-Kazakhstan" Concert, Kazakh State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Kazakh State String Quartet

February 4, 2019. Student Composers Showcase, McIntosh Theatre, University of Michigan.

Converge Quartet

April 7, 2019. Kevreson Rehearsal Hall, University of Michigan.

Converge Quartet

April 27, 2019. Glendale City Church, Los Angeles, CA.

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

April 28, 2019. Kevreson Rehearsal Hall, University of Michigan.

Converge Quartet

April 28, 2019. First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, Los Angeles, CA.

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

May 20, 2019. National Opera Center, New York City, NY.

Mivos Quartet

May 23, 2019. Intimacy of Creativity / Israeli Chamber Project Composer Exchange Initiative, Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Israeli Chamber Project

July 24, 2021. Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival Art of Illusion, Kuhmo, Finland.

Nome Kvartetti

August 5, 2022. Del Mar International Composers Symposium, Del Mar, CA.

Hausmann String Quartet

August 13, 2022. Chautauqua Chamber Music: La bonne chanson, Chautauqua, NY.

Awards: 

Winner of 2018 ‘Audience Vote' Prize at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong

 

Winner of 2018 I Creation Mivos Quartet Composition Prize for Chinese Composers in New York

 

Selected out of 2,200 works for the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra Call for Scores in Los Angeles

 

Finalist for the 2019, 2020 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award

 

Winner of 2019 Musicus Society Call For Scores in Hong Kong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Note:

 

String Quartet No. 2 "Kazakh Steppe" (2017, rev. 2018) is a seven-minute reconstruction of the Kazakhstani people’s past and of their nomadic culture. Scenes of Kazakh steppes, shamans, and baiga - one of the oldest traditions of Kazakh horse racing - have been the main sources of inspiration and compositional creativity, which determine the dynamic and contrasting musical content of the piece. In this "Kazakh" string quartet, I try to challenge the Western strings to sound like instruments from the lesser-known musical culture. For this, new extended techniques have been used to imitate the sounds of traditional instruments such as the Shankobyz, Dombra, Kobyz and Balalaika.

 

-- Meilina Tsui

2017

  

Kazakh State String Quartet performing Meilina Tsui's String Quartet No. 2 "Kazakh Steppe" in Almaty, Kazakhstan.