The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has performed cycles of the quartets by Zemlinsky and Britten, as well as being one of five ensembles to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets. In 2013, the quartet was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Within months of its inception in 2005, the Escher Quartet was invited by Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be quartet in residence at each artist’s summer festival: the Young Artists Program at Canada’s National Arts Centre, and the Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. The quartet has since collaborated with artists including David Finckel, Leon Fleisher, Benjamin Grosvenor, Wu Han, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, David Shifrin and the guitarist Jason Vieaux.
The Escher Quartet has performed at prestigious venues such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, Conservatoire de Musique Geneva, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), 92nd Street Y and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Festival appearances include the Cheltenham and City of London festivals, Festival Campos do Jordão, Perth International Arts Festival, Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo California, Risør Festival of Chamber Music and the Ravinia and Caramoor festivals.
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. For more information, please visit the Escher Quartet's homepage.