The 2017-2018 Honolulu Chamber Music Series Season

At the Mae Z. Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Auditorium at the University of Hawaii-Manoa

Greetings from the HCMS President (click to expand)

Welcome to Honolulu Chamber Music Series’ 63rd Season! 

Our 2017-2018 season is truly developed for you, the chamber music aficionados. You’ll once again experience some of the leading concert artists from around the world in what we expect will be an inspired season of concerts!

You’ll have the opportunity to see master pianist Stephen Hough, HCMS favorites Martin Beaver and the Doric String Quartet, and two outstanding emerging ensembles in the Verona Quartet and Trio Rafale. Join us at Orvis Auditorium to experience the full depth of what chamber music can offer, and receive a thoroughly personal experience with both music and musicians.

On a personal note, this season offers a reunion for me. Violinist Martin Beaver was a chamber music mentor and teacher of mine while I was at the Peabody Conservatory, and I had the transformative experience of playing chamber music with him 15 years ago. In December, I’ll be lucky enough to share the stage with him again for a concert of sonatas and duos.

If you’ve never attended our pre-concert talks with the artists, I encourage you to do so. It’s a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the musicians to experience their unique personalities and perspectives, as well as to hear their in-depth commentary on the music. Come early and connect with the artists at the lively pre-concert discussions at 6:30 p.m.

Our heartfelt thanks for being part of our ‘ohana, whether you’re just joining us or you’ve been longtime supporters. Our belief is that combining superb chamber music with a willing audience and intimate theater produces an exhilarating and memorable listening experience. Those of you who are longtime season subscribers know that we’ve achieved this ambition in the past. We look forward to seeing you at the concerts this season!


Jonathan Korth
Honolulu Chamber Music Series

Verona Quartet

Verona Quartet

Friday, October 6, 2017

Our season opens with a young quartet specially chosen by three HCMS board members who were awed by their impressive performance at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Winners of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition and having just finished their quartet program residency at the Juilliard School, the quartet performed across the U.S. and Canada last year at venues as prestigious as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. It’s an honor for us to host their Hawai‘i debut.

Stephen Hough, piano

Stephen Hough, piano

Friday, October 27, 2017

A renaissance man of his time, Stephen Hough has secured a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist with a long-standing international following as a writer and composer as well. In 2001, he became the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He’s appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras and plays recitals regularly in major halls and concert series around the world.

Martin Beaver with Jonathan Korth

Martin Beaver with Jonathan Korth

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Back in Honolulu by popular demand, Martin Beaver feels at home in the Islands performing on the intimate stage venue for HCMS. Best known as first violinist for the world renowned Tokyo String Quartet from 2002 until their final season in 2013, Beaver is now in demand worldwide for his solo artistry. He’s truly one of Canada’s ambassadors to the international concert stage. If you’re familiar with his performance here in the past, you’re sure to be more than satisfied by his return engagement. He’ll be joined on stage by pianist and HCMS president, Jonathan Korth.

Doric String Quartet

Doric String Quartet

Saturday, February 10, 2018

An HCMS audience favorite, the Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, and performs in leading concert halls throughout Europe, including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Wigmore Hall. We’re happy to have their return to HCMS since their last performance in Honolulu in 2011.

Trio Rafale

Trio Rafale

Friday, March 9, 2018

Founded in Zurich almost a decade ago, this Swiss piano trio carrying the French name for a gust of wind is another recently emerged ensemble performing primarily in Europe. First prize winners of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition among many others, this trio has presented concerts at the Lucerne Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Wigmore Hall. They’re sure to cap off the season with a rousing performance.

Individual Tickets

$45 General Admission
$20 Students