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Daedalus String Quartet with Oboist Thomas Gallant and Soprano Roxana Tourigny
The Daedalus Quartet (pronounced DED-a-lus) was founded in the summer of 2000, and one year} later captured the Grand Prize of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, quickly establishing itself as 0ne of America’s outstanding string quartets.
The Daedalus Quartet was named by Carnegie Hall to participate in the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization) Rising Stars program, through which it made debuts during the 2004-2005 season at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Megaron (Athens), the Festspielhaus (Baden-Baden), Symphony Hall (Birmingham), the Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Philharmonie (Cologne), the Cité de la Musique (Paris), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), and the Musikverein (Vienna), as well as at Weill Recital Hall for Carnegie Hall’s “Distinctive Debuts” series. A re-engagement to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall followed.
The Daedalus Quartet takes its name from the mythical Greek inventor, artist, and architect celebrated for creating the art of sculpture, designing the Labyrinth, and above all for regaining his freedom by devising wings that made it possible for him to fly.
The Daedalus Quartet was appointed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as the Chamber Music Society Two quartet for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, leading to numerous performances at Lincoln Center, including collaborations with artist members of the Society and other Chamber Music Society Two artists, as well as participation in many of the Society’s educational programs. The ensemble was appointed Columbia University’s Quartet-in-Residence for the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, and its members are Visiting Artists at the University of Pennsylvania for the 2006-2007 season.
The Daedalus Quartet’s debut CD, works of Ravel, Sibelius, and Stravinsky, was released in August 2006 by Bridge Records.
The members of the quartet hold degrees from Juilliard, Curtis, the Cleveland Institute, and Harvard University. Brother and sister violinists Kyu-Young Kim and Min-Young Kim, who alternate on first violin, and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan grew up in East Patchogue, Long Island; they met violist Jessica Thompson, a Minneapolis native, at the Marlboro Festival.
“At a time when greed flourishes, terrorists rove the world and threats of war are uttered, such enlightened music-making can only give us hope that sanity will prevail.” Toronto Globe and Mail
"They have the seriousness of purpose and the musicality needed for a bright future." The Strad
“There was a combination of stylistic awareness, technical polish and sheer musicality that could hardly be ignored. … In the hands of such musicians, the future of chamber music looks sunshine bright.” Toronto Star
Thomas Gallant, an oboist who won the 1983 Concert Artists Guild Award, is a member of the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Chautauqua Symphony and has studied at Indiana University with Jerry Sirucek. Gallant has had a worthy career championing new music and other frontiers of his instrument's repertory.
Gallant is one of the world’s few virtuoso solo and chamber music performers on the oboe. The New Yorker magazine praised him as “a player who unites technical mastery with intentness, charm and wit.” He is a First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition. His performances have taken him to New York’s Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Weill Recital Hall; to the Salle Pleyel in Paris and Vienna Konzerthaus; and to the Ravinia and Spoleto festivals.
Gallant has collaborated with the Kronos, Lark, and Colorado String Quartets, harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, and flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal and Paula Robison, among others. His performances have been broadcast on the BBC, the Voice of America, and National Public Radio. Next season Mr. Gallant will tour the United States as soloist with the Martinu Chamber Orchestra from Prague performing concerti by J. S. Bach and Vivaldi.
Roxana Tourigny, soprano, is presently the director of the University of Rhode Island Great Performances Concert Seires. She holds degrees in Voice Performance cum laude from the University of New Hampshire (B.M.), and the University of Michigan (M.M.). Ms. Tourigny was a 1974 Semifinalist, New York Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions; 1976 Winner, New York Chapter of National Association of Teachers of Singing Young Artist Award, and the 1978 Semifinalist Mozarteum Vocal Competition, Salzburg, Austria.
After a career in opera, oratorio and concert work, Ms. Tourigny’s present focus is on recital work, including recent performances of Duke Ellington’s The Best of Sacred Concerts, a recital of Women Poets, and a recital in ten languages entitled Exploring the World through Song for Diversity Week. She has broadened her musical experiences to include jazz, French cabaret and musical narration.
In addition to singing throughout New England, the Midwest, New York and Germany, she served five years as entertainment director for the U.S. Army in Europe and eight years as assistant coordinator of Music and Cultural Events at the University of New Hampshire. She continues to sing and teach throughout New England and New York.