Escher Quartet at the Vancouver Playhouse

Escher Quartet Vancouver Premiere

Friends of Chamber Music are pleased to present a Vancouver premier!

The Escher String Quartet played with passionate elegance and deep feeling.” –New York Times

Clearly one of the finest quartets of their generation.” –The Guardian (London)

Virtuosity…was simply jaw-dropping.” –The Telegraph (London)

Formed in 2005, the Escher Quartet were chosen as the ensemble for the BBC New Generation Artists series, have completed a three year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and enjoy international stature, playing such established chamber music venues as Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, Eisenstadt, and Geneva; and a tour through China.

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 on the BBC New Generation Artists scheme from 2010-2012, giving debuts at both the Wigmore Hall and the 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, where last season they presented a critically acclaimed 3-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 Fischer Career Grant.

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. In addition, the quartet has since collaborated with artists including Khatia Buniatishvili, Leon Fleischer, David Finckel, Wu Han, Lynn Harrell, Joseph Kalichstein, and Jason Vieaux, as well as jazz vocalist Kurt Elling.

We are thrilled to be bringing this young, new ensemble to Vancouver!

Tuesday November 18, 2014
8:00 pm
The Vancouver Playhouse

On the programme:

Franz Joseph Haydn
Quartet in D major, Opus 50 No.6

Antonín Dvořák
Quartet in E flat major, Opus 51

Franz Schubert
Quartet in A minor, D804 “Rosamunde”