CUL­TURE

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Anna J. Park an­na­j­[email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Korean Amer­i­can vi­o­list Richard Yong­jae O’Neill will join the Takacs Quar­tet, one of the world’s most cel­e­brated quar­tets — next June.

Korean Amer­i­can vi­o­list Richard Yong­jae O’Neill will join the Takacs Quar­tet, one of the world’s most cel­e­brated quar­tets — next June.

Es­tab­lished in 1975 at the Franz Liszt Academy of Mu­sic in Hun­gary, the Takacs Quar­tet gar­nered nu­mer­ous hon­ors and awards, in­clud­ing Gram­mys Awards, Gramo­phone Awards and the Clas­sic Brit Awards.

The quar­tet has four mem­bers — cel­list and the only re­main­ing found­ing mem­ber An­dras Fe­jer, first vi­o­lin­ist Ed­ward Dus­in­berre, sec­ond vi­o­lin­ist Harumi Rhodes, and vi­o­list Geral­dine Walther. Walther will be re­tir­ing in May 2020, and O’Neill will be the re­place­ment.

O’Neill said in a press state­ment that he was thrilled to fol­low in Walther’s foot­steps.

“Join­ing the Takacs Quar­tet is the great­est honor of my life,” he said. “I am thrilled to fol­low in the foot­steps of one of my heroes, the great Geral­dine Walther, whom I have lis­tened to and adored since I was a child. I look for­ward to the joy of mak­ing mu­sic with Ed, Harumi and An­dras and will do my best to up­hold the es­teemed tra­di­tion of the Takacs Quar­tet.”

Cour­tesy of CREDIA

Korea’s beloved vi­o­list Richard Yong­jae O’Neill, left, will join the Takacs Quar­tet next June. The fa­mous quar­tet was es­tab­lished in Bu­dapest in 1975.

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