Mar. 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM
May. 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM
The Escher Quartet has been acclaimed for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the Escher has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia. From 2010-12, the quartet served as BBC New Generation Artists, and gave debuts at both Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where last season they presented a critically acclaimed 3-concert series featuring the quartets of Benjamin Britten. In 2013, the quartet was awarded the prestigious Avery Fischer Career Grant. The current season sees the Escher Quartet's debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel. In addition, the quartet tours the UK with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, and continues its relationship with Wigmore Hall, returning to collaborate with jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. The Escher finishes the season with a return to Music@Menlo.
The Escher Quartet has performed at the Cheltenham and City of London festivals, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and at the Ravinia and Caramoor festivals. Elsewhere, the quartet has toured China and made its Australian debut at the Perth International Arts Festival. Last season, the ensemble returned to Wigmore Hall, and made debuts in Switzerland at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève and in Austria at the Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt. The Escher Quartet has recorded the complete Zemlinsky String Quartets on the Naxos label and released Volume 1 in July 2013; Volume 2 follows in summer 2014. Upcoming releases include the Mendelssohn Quartet cycle for the Swedish label BIS.
Within months of its inception in 2005, the Escher Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be Quartet in Residence at each artist's summer festival: the Young Artists Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre and the Perlman Chamber Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. The 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.