Tryon Concert Association Takács String Quartet

Takács String Quartet

Tryon Concert Association Ryan Speedo Green, Bass

Ryan Speedo Green, Bass

Tryon Concert Association Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Wind Ensemble

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,
Wind Ensemble

Tryon Concert Association Conrad Tao, Pianist

Conrad Tao, Pianist

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2020-2021 Concert Series

Tryon Concert Association is looking forward to presenting another stellar array of world-class artists during our 66th Season. Our first concern is keeping all of you, our personnel, and our performers as safe as possible. As information about large gatherings becomes available, we will keep you updated on ticket sales, protocols, and other details. In the meantime, we wish you healthy days ahead. All dates are subject to change due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.*


Takács String Quartet

Tryon Concert Association, Takacs String QuartetAs the Takács Quartet enters its 45th year, the internationally acclaimed string quartet continues to evolve with a change to its line-up. Violist Geraldine Walther retired from the group in May, 2019. In June, celebrated chamber musician Richard O’Neill joined founding member and cellist András Fejér, first violinist Edward Dusinberre and second violinist Harumi Rhodes. “We are excited to welcome Richard, who is a friend and colleague of ours at the Music Academy of the West and whose artistry we have admired for many years.”

The quartet has enjoyed an extraordinary journey since its founding in 1975 by four Hungarian students at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. The members are now fêted as “arguably the greatest string quartet in the world” (The Guardian, May 2018).

The Takács affirms the power of the string quartet to foster communication and cooperation across cultures, nationalities, and generations.

This year the quartet’s schedule of concerts will take the group around the globe, performing at major chamber music series throughout North America and Europe followed by a tour to Australia in August 2021. Stephen Hough – one of TCA’s artists in 2018 — is writing a new string quartet for the Takács to be premiered in 2022 and recorded for Hyperion.


Ryan Speedo Green, Bass

Tryon Concert Association, Ryan Speedo Green

Ryan Speedo Green fell for opera at age fourteen after seeing a Met production of Carmen. Sing for Your Life (2016) by New York Times journalist Daniel Bergner, tells the story of Mr. Green’s personal and artistic journey: from a trailer park in southeastern Virginia and time spent in Virginia’s juvenile facility of last resort to the Met stage.

Now his career is rising. He received a Master of Music degree from Florida State University, a Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music, and was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2012–13 as Mandarin in Puccini’s Turandot, followed by Parsifal as a Grail Knight. In 2014–15 he sang Rambo in The Death of Klinghoffer at the Met. Green returned to the Met in 2016 as Colline in La Bohème.

Praised by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times for his “robust voice” and Anne Midgette of The Washington Post as an artist “fully ready for a big career,” bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is quickly establishing himself as an artist of international demand at the world’s leading opera houses.


Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Wind Ensemble

Tryon Concert Association Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Wind Ensemble

Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians to focus on playing Baroque music, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to tour as a string octet, string sextet, and in other configurations including winds.

Currently the Wind Ensemble is composed of James Burke, clarinet, Tom Blomfield, oboe, Julie Price, bassoon, Stephen Stirling, horn, and Simon Crawford-Phillips, piano. As well as being extraordinary chamber musicians, the artists perform as soloists and serve as teachers. Individually and together, their accolades and tributes are many and illustrious.

In an ongoing cooperative spirit, the ensemble works toward the brilliantly energetic sound and high standard of musicianship which have become its hallmarks. The Wind Ensemble of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, is renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music.


Conrad Tao, Pianist

Tryon Concert Association, Conrad TaoConrad Tao is a leader of the new generation of classical musicians. Pianist and composer, he gave his first recital at age four. Since that time, he has received awards and accolades and has continued to astonish audiences around the world. And he’s only twenty-four years old. He composes between performances and finds time to collaborate with his contemporaries in music and dance, experimenting as he goes.

He was a prodigy from age eighteen months when, after hearing his sister play during a lesson, he began to pick out melodies on the family’s piano. He moved with his family from his birthplace in the Midwest to Manhattan when he was nine, and he first began to play professionally when he was eleven.

He has had pieces commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He was listed on The New York Times Best Classical Music Performances list two years in a row (2017 and 2018), and his composition for the dancer Caleb Teicher earned a place on the paper’s 2018 Best Dance list as well. Tao made his Carnegie Hall debut in November 2019 – barefoot. His performance may be the first of its type for TCA.