Kleio Quartet’s Yume Fujise ‘saves the day’

After illness struck Castalian Quartet’s Daniel Roberts before their Edinburgh International Festival concert, Kleio Quartet’s violinist Yume Fujise stepped in to ‘save the day’ (The Arts Desk).

This was no mean feat, as Simon Thompson reported in The Arts Desk, “considering that this programme featured both a world premiere and the knottiest of Beethoven’s late quartets.”

Yume performed in the world premiere performance of critically acclaimed British composer Mark Anthony Turnage’s Awake. Awake was co-commissioned for the Castalian String Quartet by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Cosman Keller Art and Music Trust.

Writing for the Telegraph, David Kettle praised Yume’s performance, commenting that she “did a remarkably assured, thoroughly idiomatic job across a long, demanding programme”.

Described by Alina Ibragimova as “a wonderfully dedicated group of musicians who bring assuredness and freshness to everything they play”, the Kleio Quartet was formed at the Seiji Ozawa International Chamber Academy in 2019. They consist of individually acclaimed musicians Yume Fujise, Katherine Yoon, Jenny Lewisohn and Eliza Millett.

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