Saturday, July 1, 2023

Ultimate Brahms and Haydn

RSMI Faculty Chamber Players

Genre: Classical RSMI
Donor Gates Open:
1:00 PM
Gates Open:
1:00 PM
Concert Starts:
2:00 PM


Reserved Seats: $40–$60
General Lawn Admission: $15

No Premium Lawn Blocks are offered for this event.


Ravinia is becoming a cashless venue and encourages all guests to bring credit/debit cards or other cashless forms of payment. Cash will not be accepted at The Festival Shop, Wintrust Chair & Table Rental, Dining Pavilion restaurants, and concessions and bars.

  Dining/Concessions at Ravinia Festival®

The Scoop Café is open 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. to serve chilled food and drinks, specialty coffees, ice cream, and snacks.

  Views of the Stage

The Martin Theatre is an indoor venue. While live audio from the performance is broadcast outside for Lawn ticketholders, the stage is not visible from any location on the Lawn.

About the Artist

Members of the internationally renowned faculty of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute Program for Piano & Strings join program director Miriam Fried for an evening of collaborative works to highlight and honor the violinist’s 30 years of leadership.

Fried has been one of the world’s preeminent musicians since winning the Paganini and Queen Elisabeth Competitions, the first woman in the latter’s history to earn the grand prize. She has earned praise throughout her career with Bach’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas, from New York recitals in 1985 to recordings in France (1999) and Jerusalem (2017). Mark Steinberg is the founding first violinist of the Brentano Quartet, with which he is in residence at Yale and won several honors, including the inaugural Cleveland Quartet Award. He often appears in trio and duo concerts with Mitsuko Uchida, having performed and recorded Mozart’s sonatas together to particular acclaim.

For many years, violist Paul Biss was a member of the Berkshire String Quartet, which was in residence at Indiana University. He was a professor of violin and chamber music for more than 25 years at IU, where he also led over 100 symphonic and operatic performances. Violist Kim Kashkashian has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2016, and in 2012 she won a Grammy for her album of Kurtág and Ligeti works. Her long-standing duo partnership with pianist Robert Levin included an album of Brahms sonatas that won the Edison Prize in 1999.

A founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, cellist Marcy Rosen spent 10 of the ensemble’s 31 years together alongside Fried. She made her concerto debut at age 18 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has been artistic director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival since 1986. Alessio Bax won an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, following top-prize honors at the 1997 Hamamatsu and 2000 Leeds Piano Competitions. He has toured extensively with violinist Joshua Bell and also regularly performs in a piano duo with Lucille Chung.


Miriam Fried, violin and program director
Mark Steinberg, violin 
Paul Biss, viola 
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Marcy Rosen, cello 
Alessio Bax, piano 


Joseph Haydn:   String Quartet in D minor, op. 103
Ferruccio Busoni:   Violin Sonata No. 2, op. 36a
Johannes Brahms:   String Quintet No. 2, op. 111

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