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Martinů Quartet & Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

November 10, 2022: Guest host Brandi Parisi welcomes the Martinů Quartet and pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner to the Roger O. Doyle performance studio. The Martinů Quartet will share a special preview of their upcoming concerts with Friends of Chamber Music, and Llewellyn will perform selections from his upcoming shows with the Portland Youth Philharmonic.


The Martinů Quartet was formed in 1976 by then students of the Prague Conservatoire, inspired by such string quartets as the Vlach and the Smetana. They went on to win at important international competitions such as the ARD Munich (Germany), Evian (France), Yehudi Menuhin (Portsmouth, Britain) and The Prague Spring competitions. This recognition proved to be just the beginning of the Quartet’s brilliant international career, placing it firmly in the internationally respected Czech string quartet tradition. Breathtaking musicality and rounded, flawless teamwork are hallmarks of the Martinu Quartet.

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Friends of Chamber Music is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting the highest quality chamber ensembles in concert, and providing educational outreach to further chamber music in our community. FoCM welcomes everyone and honors a commitment to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of this endeavor.

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“A gifted virtuoso” (San Francisco Chronicle) with “mesmerizing artistry and extraordinary ability to communicate” (The Post-Standard), “poetic, electrifying” (Michigan Live) with “masterful technique and a veritable deluge of sonorities” (La Presse Montreal), 25-year-old pianist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner was selected First Prize Winner of the 2022 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded to the most promising American pianists of the new generation, his multi-faceted artistry has been featured on NPR, PBS, CNN International, the Wall Street Journal, and WDR-Arte.

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Founded in1924 by a group of visionary citizens, the Portland Youth Philharmonic Association (or PYP for short) builds on the pioneering work of Mary V. Dodge, whose Irvington School Orchestra was the nucleus of the first Portland Junior Symphony, with Russian émigré Jacques Gershkovitch as its first conductor. PYP is the oldest youth orchestra in the United States. The structure and standards that it established for training young musicians in the 1920s became the prototype for youth orchestras across the country.

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