Escher Quartet

December 20, 2015, 4 PM

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For the final Phillips Music event of 2015, the Escher Quartet brings a stellar Sunday Concert. Members Adam Barnett-Hart, Aaron Boyd, Pierre Lapointe, and Brook Speltz are Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The group has been Quartet-in-Residence at Canada’s National Arts Centre, Stony Brook University, and the Perlman Chamber Music Programme.
 
Program
 
Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
String Quartet No. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata" (1923)
 
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
String Quartet Op. 44, No. 2 in E minor
 
Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942)
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 15 
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin 
Aaron Boyd, violin
Pierre Lapointe, viola
Brook Speltz, cello
 

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the group was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2010-2012, giving debuts at both Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and in 2012/13 presented a critically acclaimed three-concert series featuring the quartets of Benjamin Britten. In 2013, the quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

The quartet has recorded the complete Zemlinsky String Quartets on the Naxos label, releasing two highly acclaimed volumes in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Forthcoming releases include the complete Mendelssohn Quartet cycle on the BIS label.

The Escher Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.

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Watch the Escher Quartet perform in a most unusual veniew, a Hawaiian lava tube

Listen to an excerpt of the program they will perform at The Phillips Collection