BRATTLEBORO -- On Sunday, the Brattleboro Music Center’s Chamber Music Series presents the Escher String Quartet at 3 p.m., at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St.
Acclaimed for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty, the Escher Quartet has been recognized as one of the finest quartets of its generation.
Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the Escher has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia. From 2010-2012, the quartet served as BBC New Generation Artists. In its hometown of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where last season they presented a critically acclaimed three-concert series featuring the quartets of Benjamin Britten. In 2013, the quartet became one of the few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fischer Career Grant.
On Sunday, violinists Adam Barnett-Hart and Aaron Boyd, violist Pierre Lapointe and cellist Dane Johansen will perform Mozart’s Quartet in G Major, K. 387; Dutilleux’s Quartet "Ainsi la Nuit"; and Ravel’s Quartet in F Major.
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 Escher has since collaborated with Khatia Buniatishvili, Leon Fleischer, David Finckel, Wu Han, Lynn Harrell, Joseph Kalichstein and Jason Vieaux, as well as jazz vocalist Kurt Elling.
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 gives further performances at New York’s Lincoln Center and finishes the season with a return to Music@Menlo.
The Escher Quartet has recorded the complete Zemlinsky String Quartets on the Naxos label and released Volume 1 in July 2013; Volume 2 follows this summer. Upcoming releases include the Mendelssohn Quartet cycle for the Swedish label BIS.
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.
To purchase tickets, ($30, $20, $10), call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit www.bmcvt.org. Support for the BMC’s Chamber Music Series is provided by Vermont Public Radio.