Ariel String Quartet with pianist Orion Weiss

Tuesday, Sept. 17 | 7:30 p.m.

Ariel String Quartet

Concert Program with Notes (PDF)

Residency Activities 

Monday, Sept. 16
Cello Master Class
1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m   LHSOM Rm. 102

Violin/viola Master Class
2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.    LHSOM Rm. 119

Piano Master Class
3:30 p.m. - 5p.m. LHSOM Rm. 216

Wednesday, Sept. 18

Post concert discussion/performance
10:30 a.m - 11:20 a.m.     LHSOM Rm. 116

All are welcome to these events

The brilliant young pianist Orion Weiss will join the Ariel String Quartet in the opening concert of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series on Tuesday September 17. They will collaborate in a performance of Johannes Brahms’ monumental Piano Quintet in F minor. The musicians’ program also will include solo piano works by Enrique Granados and the String Quartet #1 of Erwin Schulhoff. Schulhoff was one of the brightest lights of European composition up until his death in a Nazi concentration camp and modern audiences are just now becoming reacquainted with his music.

The Ariels and Weiss are frequent partners in chamber music performance. The quartet, formed in Israel, now resides in the U.S. and teaches at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Weiss, whom the Arizona Republic describes as “an effortlessly brilliant performer ...with technique to burn and strongly personable energy” has an active career as both recitalist and chamber musician. He also has been the soloist with numerous orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony.

The concert will be in the University of Idaho Auditorium at 7:30 pm on September 17. Tickets are available for sale at BookPeople in Moscow, on-line at, and at the door. Ticket prices are $10 for students, $17 for seniors, and $20 for general admission. The website also has extensive information about the musicians, the program, and residency activities by the Ariel Quartet and Orion Weiss. These include master classes and a post-concert lecture-demonstration, all of which are open to the public without charge.

Later this year, the Auditorium Series presents jazz greats John and Gerald Clayton (Oct. 12), Music from the Palouse: Mozart! (Nov.12), Chiara String Quartet (Jan. 30), and eighth blackbird (April 1). Season tickets are now on sale through the series website or at 208-885-7557, and assure admission to sell-out concerts. The Auditorium Chamber Music Series receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Western States Arts Federation, and the Idaho Community Foundation. 

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"When you're named after one of the biggest constellations in the night sky, the pressure is on to display a little star power — and the young pianist Orion Weiss did exactly that...
– The Washington Post

One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim.

Named the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, in the summer of 2011 Weiss made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood as a last-minute replacement for Leon Fleisher. In recent seasons, he has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and in duo summer concerts with the New York Philharmonic at both Lincoln Center and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival. In 2005, he toured Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Itzhak Perlman.

Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, violinist James Ehnes, and cellist Zuill Bailey, as well as ensembles including the Pacifica Quartet. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall. He won the 2005 William Petschek Recital Award at Juilliard, and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April. Also in 2005 he made his European debut in a recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. He was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 2002-2004, which included his appearance in the opening concert of the Society's 2002-2003 season at Alice Tully Hall performing Ravel's La Valse with pianist Shai Wosner.

Weiss's impressive list of awards includes the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly, Daniel Shapiro, Sergei Babayan, Kathryn Brown, and Edith Reed. In February of 1999, Weiss made his Cleveland Orchestra debut performing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. In March 1999, with less than 24 hours' notice, Weiss stepped in to replace André Watts for a performance of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He was immediately invited to return to the Orchestra for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in October 1999. In 2004, he graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax. 

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