Del Sol String Quartet

Commissions & Premieres

Performances & Recordings

  • Mark Ackerley: “Glass Always Shatters the Same Way Twice (2015)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Karim Al-Zand (b. 1970, Tunisia): new music for the restored 1923′s silent film “Cinderella” (2014)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Houston, TX
  • George Antheil (1900-1959):  “Six Little Pieces” (1931)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Pacifica, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Other Minds
  • George Antheil (1900-1959): Performance of Complete String Quartets
    “Lithuanian Night” (1919) / String Quartet No. 1 (1924, rev. 1925)
    String Quartet No. 2 (1927) /  “Six Little Pieces” (1931)
    String Quartet No. 3 (1948)
    WORLD PREMIERE OF COMPLETE WORKS, Berkeley, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING OF COMPLETE WORKS, Other Minds
    WORLD PREMIERE OF SIX LITTLE PIECES, Pacifica, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING OF SIX LITTLE PIECES, Other Minds
    PREMIERE RECORDING OF QUARTET NO. 2 ORIGINAL VERSION, Other Minds
  • John Reynolds Bartlit (b. 1966):  “Change Your Mind” (1997, rev. 2005)
    with Mark Tatum, bass, John Reynolds Bartlit and Hovey Corbin, vocals
    WORLD PREMIERE, Albuquerque, NM
  • Mason Bates (b. 1977):  Bagatelles for string quartet and electronica (2011)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Santa Cruz, CA
    EUROPEAN PREMIERE, Zofingen, Switzerland
    ASIA PREMIERE, Chengdu, China
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Sono Luminus
  • Lembit Beecher (b. 1980): “These Memories May Be True” (2012)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964): Quartet for Strings “The Italian” (1930)
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Other Minds
  • Marc Blitzstein (1905-1964): Serenade for String Quartet (1932)
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Other Minds
  • Jack Body (b. 1944, New Zealand):  “Epicycle” (1989, rev. 2004)
    WORLD PREMIERE OF REVISION,
    Point Reyes, Berkeley, Mountain View and San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Other Minds
  • Jack Body (b. 1944, New Zealand):  Flurry (2001)
    WORLD PREMIERE OF SQ VERSION, Temecula, CA
  • Anthony Brandt (b. 1961), libretto by Neena Beber: “Ulysses, Home”, A chamber opera in five scenes for soprano, baritone and string quartet (2014)
     WORLD PREMIERE, Houston, TX
  • Nils Bultmann (b. 1975): String Quartet No. 1 (2007)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Berkeley, CA
  • Nils Bultmann (b. 1975): [New Work]
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA (May, 2014)
  • Matthew Cmiel (b. 1989): “Invocation” (2012)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Gloria Coates (b. 1938, US): String Quartet No. 5 (1988)
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Shawn Crouch (b. 1977):  “I Could Believe in Gods” (2006)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Dublin, NH
  • Nicholas DeMaison (b. 1979):  “Aspect VI (murmur[-ing?])” (2006)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Dublin, NH
  • Kui Dong (b. 1966, China):  “Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter Suite” for String Quartet, Matouqin (Horse-head Fiddle), Sheng (Mouth-organ), Suona (Chinese Double-reed Wind Instrument), Zheng (Chinese Horizontal Harp), Yangqin (Hammer Dulcimer) and Chinese Percussion (2006)
    with Melody of China
    WORLD PREMIERE, Saratoga, CA
    ASIA PREMIERE (“Spring”), Chengdu, China
    PREMIERE RECORDING (“Spring”), Other Minds
    PREMIERE RECORDING (Complete Work), Other Minds
  • Kui Dong (b. 1966, China):  “Shall We Play?” (2012): for piano duet, toy pianos and string quartet (2012)
    with ZOFO Duet (Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Zofingen, Switzerland
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Sono Luminus
  • Robert Erickson (1917-1997): Complete String Quartets
    String Quartet [No. 1] (1950) / Quartet for Strings [No .2] (1956)
    Solstice (1985) / Corfu (1986)
    WORLD PREMIERE OF COMPLETE WORKS, Berkeley, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING OF COMPLETE WORKS, New World Records
  • Robin Estrada: “Bad’iw…ng parangal, ng alaala” (2007)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Berkeley, CA
  • Mohammed Fairouz (b. 1985): “The Named Angels” (2012)
    WEST COAST PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA (February, 2014)
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Sono Luminus
  • Adriana Isabel Figueroa Mañas (b. 1966, Argentina):  “Audacious Tango” from “Tangoimpressions” (2001)
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Del Sol String Quartet
  • Mark Fish (b. 1969):  “Whatever Happened to the Fireside Fancies?” (2007)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Point Reyes, Berkeley, San Jose, San Francisco, CA
  • Gabriela Lena Frank (b. 1972):  Flor del Sur, Llucshina Tono, Sahuaringui, Tika Azucena, Airampito
    with Chaskinakuy (Edmond Badoux, Francy Vidal, and Daniel Zamalloa)
    WORLD PREMIERE OF ARRANGEMENTS, San Francisco, CA
  • Ricky Ian Gordon (b. 1956): “Green Sneakers” for Baritone and String Quartet
    Jesse Blumberg, baritone
    WEST COAST PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Darrell Grant (b. 1962):  “Little Jimmy Fiddler” (2002)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Darrell Grant (b. 1962):  Spirituals (2001)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Jerry Grant:  Polarities on 4 Strings (2009)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Grass Valley, CA
  • Hye Rie Han (Korea):  “Towards You” (2005)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Seoul, Korea
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Delos Composers Association, Korea
  • Michael Harrison (b. 1958):  “Tone Clouds” for amplified string quartet and just-intonation piano (2008)
    with Michael Harrison, just-intonation piano
    WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW VERSION, San Francisco, CA
  • Sa-eun Hong (Korea):  “Ballade” for Viola and Piano (2005)
    with Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano
    WORLD PREMIERE, Seoul, Korea
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Delos Composers Association, Korea
  • Toshio Hosokawa (b. 1955, Japan):  “Herbst Lied” for Clarinet and String Quartet (2001)
    with Laura Carmichael, clarinet
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • HU Xiao: Monolog on the string for viola solo (2008)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Chengdu, China
  • Duo Huang (b. 1963, China):  “Deep Mountains” for String Quartet and Four Chinese Musicians (2006)
    with Melody of China
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • David Jaffe (b. 1955):  “The Space Between Us” for two string quartets and remote-performed robot percussion and piano, with all instruments spatially distributed throughout the concert hall (2010)
    with Andrew Schloss, disklavier and Trimpin-rigged instruments, and members of Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (Anna Presler, Phylis Kamrin, Kurt Rohde and Leighton Fong)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Pierre Jalbert (b. 1967): String Quartet no. 4 (2008)
    HOUSTON PREMIERE, Houston, CA
  • Kevin James:  “Ainu Inuma” for string quartet and fixed media (2013)
    WEST COAST PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Kevin James: “Counting in Quileute” for ‘cello, percussion, mixed ensemble & tape (2013)
    with Speak Percussion and Nonsemble 6
    WEST COAST PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Dobromiła Jaskot (b. 1981, Poland):  “Hannah” for cello and electronics (2007)
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Dobromiła Jaskot (b. 1981, Poland):  “Linearia” (2007)
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Joan Jeanrenaud (b. 1956):  “Falling Water” (2010)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, Point Reyes, Mountain View, CA
  • Ben Johnston (b. 1926):  String Quartet No. 10 (1995)
    EAST COAST PREMIERE, New York, NY
    LOS ANGELES PREMIERE, Los Angeles, CA
    PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE, Philadelphia, PA
    WASHINGTON PREMIERE, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Elena Kats-Chernin (b. 1957, Uzbekistan): Fast Blue Village (2007)
    ASIA PREMIERE, Chengdu, China
    SOUTHERN PREMIERE, Houston, TX
  • Jiyoung Ko:  “Shout to the Heart” I, II, III (2009) for haegeum, clarinet and cello
    WORLD PREMIERE, Santa Cruz, CA & Waltham, MA
  • LEE Geonyong (b. 1947, Korea):  “Trio for Gayageum, Violin and Cello” (2010)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Santa Cruz, CA & Waltham, MA
  • Hae-Sung Lee (b. 1961, Korea):  “Bium II” (Emptiness II) (2005)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Seoul, Korea
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Delos Composers Association, Korea
  • Kyungwon Lee (Korea):  “The Recollections” for Piano Trio (2005)
    with Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano
    WORLD PREMIERE, Seoul, Korea
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Delos Composers Association, Korea
  • Paul Yeon Lee (b. 1970, Korea):  Ari, Ari… ari (2008)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Point Reyes, San Francisco, CA
  • Tania León (b. 1943, Cuba):  String Quartet No. 1 (2008)
    WORLD PREMIERE (First two movements), Point Reyes, San Francisco, CA
    WORLD PREMIERE (Complete), New York, NY
  • Eric Lindsay (b. 1980):  “Hopkin and the Wired Night” (2006)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Point Reyes, Berkeley, Mountain View and San Francisco, CA
  • Keeril Makan (b. 1972):  “Cut” (1997)
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Del Sol String Quartet
  • Keeril Makan (b. 1972):  “Static Rising” for Percussion and String Quartet (2004)
    with John Reynolds Bartlit, percussion
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Keeril Makan (b. 1972):  “Tear” (2001)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Del Sol String Quartet
  • Caroline Mallonée (b. 1975):  “Simon: Crossfades and Monoliths” (2006)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Dublin, NH
  • Miya Masaoka (b. 1958, USA): String Quartet No. 2 “Tilt” (2014-15)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Dmitri Matheny (b. 1965):  “The Angels Sing: Remembering Art Farmer”
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Dmitri Matheny (b. 1965):  “Penumbra” (2000)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Dylan Mattingly (b. 1991): “Gone, gone, gone” (2012)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Randy McKean:  Passages (2009)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Grass Valley, CA
  • Noah Meites (b. 1982, USA):  “Together/Without” (2009) for daegeum and cello
    WORLD PREMIERE, Santa Cruz, CA & Waltham, MA
  • Paweł Mykietyn (b. 1971, Poland):  String Quartet No. 2 (2006)
    US PREMIERE, New York, NY
  • Hyo-shin Na (b. 1959, Korea):  “Fixed Stars” (2005)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Seoul, Korea
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Hyo-shin Na (b. 1959, Korea):  “Song of the Beggars” (1998)
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Other Minds
  • Koji Nakano (b. 1974, Japan):  Time Song III: Reincarnation: “The Birth of a Spirit” (String Quartet Version) (2010)
    US PREMIERE, Washington, DC
  • Koji Nakano (b. 1974, Japan):  Time Song III: Reincarnation “The Birth of a Spirit” (2009) for daegeum, violin and cello
    WORLD PREMIERE, Santa Cruz, CA & Waltham, MA
  • Amy X Neuburg (b. 1962, Great Britain):  “Lonely. Strange hats.” (2010)
    Amy X Neuburg, voice
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, Point Reyes, Mountain View, CA
  • Amy X Neuburg (b. 1962, Great Britain): Nonette for solo violin and electronics
    with Amy X Neuburg
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Per Nørgård (b. 1932, Denmark):  String Quartet No. 10 “Høsttidløs” [“Harvest-Timeless”] (2004-5)
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Gabriela Ortiz (b. 1964, Mexico):  “Cuarteto No. 1” (1990)
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Del Sol String Quartet
    NEW YORK PREMIERE, New York, NY
  • Robert Paterson (b. 1970): “I See You” for 4 string quartets and recording
    WORLD PREMIERE, New York, NY
  • Samuel Pluta (b. 1979):  “American Tokyo Daydream III (The Surprise)” (2006)
    with Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano, Samuel Pluta, laptop, Noémie Brun,
    Niko Korolog, Greg Westland and Ilana Rainero-de Haan, radios
    WORLD PREMIERE, Dublin NH
  • David Rakowski (b. 1958, USA):  “AhChim AhnGae” (2009) for haegeum, violin, viola and cello
    WORLD PREMIERE, Santa Cruz, CA & Waltham, MA
  • Terry Riley (b. 1935):  String Quartet “The Invisible” (1960)
    SECOND PERFORMANCE SINCE PREMIERE PERFORMANCE,
    Mills College, Oakland, CA
  • Terry Riley (b. 1935): Dark Queen Mantra (2015)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Sono Luminus
  • Daniel Bernard Roumain (b. 1971):  String Quartet No. 4 “Angelou” (2005)
    with Daniel Bernard Roumain, electric violin and laptop, and
    DJ Scientific, turntables
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Joseph W. Rovan, Jr. (b. 1959):  “Landscape” (1995)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Berkeley, CA
  • Frederic Rzewski (b.1938): String Quartet (1955)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Washington, DC
  • Arturo Salinas (b. 1955, Mexico):  “Chil/Pal” for two violins (2005)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Arturo Salinas (b. 1955, Mexico):  “Kaníri Kirípi” (1999)
    WORLD PREMIERE OF STRING QUARTET VERSION, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Arturo Salinas (b. 1955, Mexico):  “Mainamy” for flute and string trio (2005)
    with Miguel Lawrence, flute
    WORLD PREMIERE OF FLUTE AND STRING TRIO VERSION, Monterrey, Mexico
  • Irene Sazer (b. 1959): “Thunder” (2012)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
  • Stefano Scodanibbio (1956-2012, Italy): Mas Lugares (su Madrigali di Monteverdi) (2003)
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Sono Luminus (to be released)
  • Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014, Australia): String Quartet No. 12 “From Ubirr” (1994)
    with Stephen Kent, didjeridu
    PREMIERE RECORDING OF VERSION WITH DIDJERIDU, Sono Luminus (2014)
  • Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014, Australia): String Quartet No. 14 (1998)
    with Stephen Kent, didjeridu
    PREMIERE RECORDING OF VERSION WITH DIDJERIDU, Sono Luminus (2014)
  • Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014, Australia):  String Quartet No. 16 (2005)
    with Stephen Kent, didjeridu
    WORLD PREMIERE OF VERSION WITH DIDJERIDU, San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING (“Yearning” from Quartet No. 16, on “Ring of Fire” album), Other Minds (2008)
    PREMIERE RECORDING OF VERSION WITH DIDJERIDU, Sono Luminus (2014)
  • Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014, Australia): String Quartet No. 18 (2010)
    with Stephen Kent, didjeridu
    PREMIERE RECORDING OF VERSION WITH DIDJERIDU, Sono Luminus (2014)
  • Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953), arr. Mark Fish (b. 1969):  Sweet Betsy from Pike, Three Ravens, Here Sits the Monkey, I Got a Letter, Eency Weency Spider
    WORLD PREMIERE OF STRING QUARTET VERSIONS,
    Point Reyes, Berkeley, San Jose, San Francisco, CA
  • Josef Sekon (b. 1937): “Adendo” (2013)
    WOLRD PREMIERE, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Okshik Shim (Korea):  “Song of Mongkeumpo” for Piano Quintet (2005)
    with Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano
    WORLD PREMIERE, Seoul, Korea
    US PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Delos Composers Association, Korea
  • Chris Shultis (b. 1957): Circlings (2010-2012) for string quartet, electronics and video
    with video by Hee Sook Kim
    WORLD PREMIERE, Albuquerque, NM
  • Linda Catlin Smith (b. 1957, USA): Gondola (String Quartet No. 4) (2007)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco CA (2007)
  • Ronald Bruce Smith (b. 1961, Canada):  String Quartet No. 2 “Nostalgia” (2002/2006)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Berkeley, Mountain View, San Francisco and Point Reyes, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING (First movement, “Corrente”), Del Sol String Quartet
  • Ronald Bruce Smith (b. 1961, Canada):  String Quartet No. 3 (2008-09)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, Point Reyes, Mountain View, CA
  • Ronald Bruce Smith (b. 1961, Canada): “Tableaux and Tala” for string quartet, guitar and electronics (2015)
    with David Tanenbaum, guitar
    WORLD PREMIERE (TBD)
  • Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (b. 1941):  “Taif: Prayer in the Garden of The Hijaz; String Quartet #6” (2007) for string quartet and duo unit
    with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet, and Anthony Brown, percussion
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA  
  • William Jay Sydeman (b. 1928):  String Quartet No. 1 (1954)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Grass Valley, CA
  • Paweł Szymański (b. 1954, Poland):  Five Pieces (1992)
    US PREMIERE, New York, NY
  • Mads Tolling (b. 1980, Denmark): [New Work]
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA (March, 2014)
  • Ken Ueno (b. 1970, USA):  “from a single calligraphic stoke, a vision of N’Shima emerges” (2009) for daegeum, viola and cello
    WORLD PREMIERE, Santa Cruz, CA & Waltham, MA
  • Ken Ueno (b. 1970, US): Peradam (2011)
    with Johnny DeKam, live video
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Sono Luminus (2015)
  • Chinary Ung (b. 1942, Cambodia):  Spiral X: “In Memoriam” for amplified string quartet (2007)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Washington, DC
    ASIA PREMIERE, Chengdu, China
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Other Minds
  • Reza Vali (b. 1952, Iran): Gâtâr (Calligraphy No. 11) (2011)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Berkeley, CA
  • Reza Vali (b. 1952, Iran):  “Nayshâboorák (Calligraphy No. 6)” (2006)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Point Reyes, Berkeley, Mountain View and San Francisco, CA
    PREMIERE RECORDING, Sono Luminus
  • Mark Vance (b. 1951):  “Between Midnight and Dawn” (2009)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Grass Valley, CA
  • Nick Vasallo (b. 1979, USA):  “Collapsing Obsidian Sun” (2009) for haegeum, violin and cello
    WORLD PREMIERE, Santa Cruz, CA & Waltham, MA
  • Ching-Yi Wang: “Surging Clouds” (2010) for gayageum, viola and cello
    WORLD PREMIERE, Santa Cruz, CA & Waltham, MA
  • Jen Wang: String Quartet (2007)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Berkeley, CA
  • Daniel Ward (b. 1966, USA): “La Sangre de la Luna” (2010)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, Point Reyes, Mountain View, CA
  • Daniel Ward (b. 1966, USA): These Walls (2011)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Albuquerque, NM
  • Richard Warp (b. 1975, Great Britain): Holding Pattern (2010)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Berkeley, CA
  • Daniel Wyman (b. USA): “Ibbur” (Possession) for string orchestra and string quartet (2011)
    With the San José Chamber Orchestra & Barbara Day Turner
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Jose, CA
  • Pamela Z (b. 1956): “Attention” for string quartet, tape, video, and gadgets (2016)
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA

THEATRICAL WORKS:

  • Lesley Dill (b. 1950) & Richard Marriott (b. 1951): Divide Light (2008)
    with Jennifer Goltz-Taylor, soprano, Kathleen Moss, mezzo-soprano, Andrew Eisenmann, baritone; The Choral Project, Daniel Hughes, music director; Delia Davidson, stage director
    WORLD PREMIERE, Saratoga, CA
  • Janice Garrett & Dancers, and Charles Moulton:  “StringWreck”
    WORLD PREMIERE, San Francisco, CA
    EUROPEAN PREMIERE, Davos, Switzerland
  • John Glover: Incidental Music to “War Music” (2009)
    WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCES (Del Sol on recording), San Francisco, CA
  • Chris Jonas:  GARDEN; Chapter One “Night” (2009)
    WORLD PREMIERE, Santa Fe, NM
  • Stephen Trask (b. 1967, US): Music for Film “Lovelace”

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