Diderot Quartet – January 20, 2017 – 8pm

Diderot.Final-1-6x150dpiDiderot String Quartet – named after the prominent eighteenth-century French philosopher and Boccherini enthusiast Denis Diderot – came together in 2012 in New York. Having first met at Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School, all four musicians share a background in historical performance and a passion for the string quartet genre, and they quickly found the thrill of exploring this repertoire on period instruments to be irresistible.  Recently featured in the Chamber Music America article “New Voices in Old Music”, Diderot String Quartet aims to bring the raw excitement of that experience to audiences, seeking a fresh voice and rhetorical approach in both familiar and lesser-known works of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Entering a second year of residency at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan, the ensemble is also newly appointed Quartet in Residence at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI, Cambridge Society of Early Music in MA, a performance residency at Aldeburgh Music in the UK, and full seasons of NY concerts, including appearances on series in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.  DSQ also enjoys hosting salon-style events, at places such as Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown, and Jason Viseltear’s violin atelier in Lower Manhattan.

The members of DSQ can be heard internationally in a wide variety of solo and ensemble repertoire, from performances with Apollo’s Fire, Handel and Haydn Society, Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra, and the Boston Early Music and Carmel Bach Festivals, to recitals of new compositions on gut strings.  They have been recipients of numerous fellowships and competition prizes — including a Fulbright grant and First Prize at the American Bach Soloists International Young Artist Competition — and they hold degrees from the Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Michigan, and Eastman School of Music.

Haydn: String Quartet, D Major, Op. 20/4 

Mozart: String Quartet, G Major, K387 

Haydn: String Quartet, C Major, Op. 76/3, “The Emperor” 

This program illustrates how two of the most beloved giants of Western music were not only dear friends, but inspired each other to new musical heights.  When Mozart arrived in Vienna in 1781, Haydn had just published his ground-breaking set of six quartets of Opus 33. Mozart, an admiring and studious teenager, learned all he could from these pioneering works.  Four years later he was ready to publish his own set of six quartets, known as the ‘Haydn Quartets’ thanks to their heartfelt dedication.  Haydn, deeply impressed, continued his output of masterful quartets and perhaps was even influenced by his younger colleague’s genius.  Listening to the quartets on this program, you may feel like you are reading an intimate exchange of letters.

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