ESTERHAZY PREVIEW: CALDER QUARTET
TUESDAY, DEC 04 2012, 07:30 PM
The Austrian Cultural Forum, in collaboration with Esterhazy Foundation, is pleased to present an evening with the renowned Calder Quartet, in a performance of works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Thomas Adès.
Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465 ‘Dissonance’
Thomas Adès: The Four Quarters
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 ‘Serioso’
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
BENJAMIN JACOBSON, violin
ANDREW BULBROOK, violin
JONATHAN MOERSCHEL, viola
ERIC BYERS, cello
‘Superb’- The New York Times
‘The Calder’s Beethoven was full of flaring drama, furrowed brows and quiet intensity. But, with the tightest of ensemble playing and well-judged balancing of instrumental voices, the piece retained its classical integrity and polished finish. Most striking, here, as in the other pieces, was the intense beauty of tone these musicians produced — which blossomed to full lusciousness in their surging, extroverted reading of the Ravel.’ - The Washington Post
The Calder Quartet defies boundaries through performing a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel the true intention of the work's creator. 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, dance, 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 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. They have also studied with Professor Eberhard Feltz at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, and collaborated with such notable performers as Anne-Marie McDermott, Menahem Pressler and Joseph Kalichstein. The quartet regularly conducts master classes and has been featured in this capacity at the Colburn School (where the quartet was in residence for four years), the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory and USC Thornton School of Music.
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