Named after the innovative American artist whose sculptures are regularly featured in the Phillips galleries, the Calder Quartet has established a reputation for defying genre and creating innovative approaches to programming. The quartet members offer their unique musical perspectives to traditional repertoire and contemporary music, pairing works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Bartók, with Thomas Adès, Andrew Norman, and Steve Reich.
Thomas Adès (b. 1971)
Das klinget so herrlich, das klinget so schon
Auf dem Wasser zu singen
Et… (tango mortale)
Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
String Quartet No.2, Op.17, Sz. 67
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810, Death and the Maiden
The Calder Quartet, called “outstanding” and “superb” by The New York Times, performs a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel and fulfill the composer’s vision. Already the choice of many leading composers to perform their works – including Christopher Rouse, Terry Riley and Thomas Adès – the group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform, whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or sold-out rock shows with bands like The National or The Airborne Toxic Event. Known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers (over 25 commissioned works to date), the group continues to work and collaborate with artists across musical genres, spanning the ranges of the classical and contemporary music world, as well as rock, and visual arts; and in venues ranging from art galleries and rock clubs to Carnegie and Walt Disney concert halls. Inspired by innovative American artist Alexander Calder, the Calder Quartet’s desire to bring immediacy and context to the works they perform creates an artfully crafted musical experience.
The 2013–2014 season will see debuts for the Calder Quartet at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (performing a Bartok cycle with a signature Calder twist), here at The Phillips Collection, and London’s Wigmore Hall. The group premieres a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang with Los Angeles Master Chorale. Other highlights include returns to Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Cal Performances, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2014 Minimalist Jukebox.
Other recent highlights include a premiere of a new clarinet quintet by Aaron Jay Kernis at La Jolla Music Society SummerFest; and performances at the Laguna Beach Festival alongside Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer, and at Stanford Lively Arts and Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) with Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng.
The quartet has been featured on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.The Calder Quartet formed at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music and continued studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music with Ronald Leonard, and at the Juilliard School, where it received the Artist Diploma in Chamber Music Studies as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet.
The Calder Quartet perform Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 65, Serioso.