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Peter McHugh, Louisville String Quartet

Louisville String Quartet

The Louisville String Quartet was founded in 1946 and has had many illustrious members, including Sidney and Teresa Harth, Paul Kling, Grace Whitney, Virginia Schneider, Michael Davis, David Updegraff, Guido Lamell, Guillermo Helguera, and Susannah Onwood. Collectively, they have presented hundreds of performances for audiences of all ages.

After a hiatus of 11 years, violinist Peter McHugh re-formed the quartet in 2001 with colleagues from the String Department at the University of Louisville School of Music: cellist Paul York, violist Christian Frederickson, and violinist Marcus Ratzenboeck. The new lineup has quickly established itself as one of the finest ensembles in the region, receiving enthusiastic popular and critical acclaim. Listeners are overwhelmed by the quartet’s energy, excitement, and youthful vigor and the freshness the players bring to standard and new repertoire alike.

violinists Peter, the violinist half of the internationally renowned McHugh-Oliphant Duo, is distinguished professor of violin at U of L. He has been concertmaster and soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, and Oklahoma Symphony. He has also played with the Dallas Symphony, the World Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and the famous Casals Festival Orchestra in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Peter has played for such notable conductors as George Szell, Charles Munch, Rafael Kubelik, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, and Sixten Ehrling and with such artists as Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Arthur Rubinstein. He has recorded for RCA, New Albion Records, and the Louisville Orchestra’s First Edition Recordings.

Program 508

Visits to Louisville’s Speed Art Museum and Paducah’s Arts In Action Festival, the traveling thespians known as the Blue Apple Players, and the sounds of the Louisville String Quartet. (#508)


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