The members of Opus 76 playing their instruments

Opus 76 Quartet - 'Haydn & Brahms' with Julie Coucheron

March 20, 2022 | Polsky Theatre

Past Event

The Midwest Trust Center’s artists-in-residence are joined by Norwegian pianist Julie Coucheron for another acclaimed rendition of Brahms’ tempestuous F minor Piano Quintet.

Exceptional classical performance of strings and piano.

Hailed as “Kansas City’s Premier String Quartet” (KC Independent), the Opus 76 Quartet and pianist Julie Coucheron – renowned for “dazzling performances with astonishing pyrotechnical flair” (Arts Atlanta) – present a live performance of their recently released recording of Brahms’s F minor Piano Quintet, following Haydn’s Op.76 No. 5.

Since first meeting at London’s Royal Academy of Music, the members of Opus 76 Quartet and Coucheron are enjoying robust performing careers in the United States. In 2021, they were reunited for a recording of Brahms’s F minor Piano Quintet at the Midwest Trust Center. The performance was broadcast as part of MTC’s “Eat, Drink Play!” digital series, and the audio was released as an album across all streaming platforms in October 2021. Earlier this season, Opus 76 appeared as guest artists with the Kansas City Ballet for performances at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, while Coucheron made her debut with The Atlanta Symphony, performing Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Julie Coucheron is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist. She was born in Oslo, Norway, and lives in the Atlanta area. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has worked with musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Chee-Yun Kim, Christopher O’Riley, Yo-Yo Ma and Elton John, and has performed at Verizon Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Coucheron has performed with the Norwegian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Jena Symphony Orchestra and the Ukrainian Symphony Orchestra in Kiev. She is artist-in-residence in piano at Kennesaw State University and is artistic director of the Georgian Chamber Players.

Supported in part by Kansas Public Radio.