Two members of renowned Tokyo String Quartet to retire

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The Tokyo String Quartet

The Tokyo String Quartet announced today that violist, Kazuhide Isomura, and second violinist, Kikuei Ikeda, will be retiring in June 2013. One of the world’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles, the Tokyo Quartet was founded in 1969 and has served on the Faculty of the Yale School of Music as Artists-in-Residence since 1977. Isomura, who has been a member of the group since its inception, and Ikeda, who joined in 1974, will continue to perform and teach with the quartet through the end of the 2012–2013 concert season.  In the summer of 2013, a new violinist and violist will join the ensemble as Isomura and Ikeda each pursue further opportunities in their illustrious careers.


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