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Calder Quartet

String Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson, violin / Andrew Bulbrook, violin
Jonathan Moerschel, viola / Eric Byers, cello

  • The Calder Quartet performs a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel and fulfill the composer’s vision. Already the choice of many leading composers to perform their works, the group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform.

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  • Winners of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, they are widely known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers (over 40 commissioned works to date). The group continues to work and collaborate with artists across musical genres, spanning the ranges of the classical and contemporary music world, as well as rock and film/tv soundtracks, and in venues ranging from museums to Carnegie and the Hollywood Bowl. Inspired by innovative American artist Alexander Calder, the Calder Quartet’s desire to bring immediacy and context to the works they perform creates an artfully crafted musical experience.


    Recent and upcoming highlights include Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, multiple performances at Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Salzburg Festival, Donaueschingen Festival, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Tonhalle Zurich, IRCAM Paris, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical Madrid, a residency at the Perth International Arts Festival, on-going residency and Beethoven cycle at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage, returns to Los Angeles’ Disney Hall and the Ojai Music Festival on a program curated by Peter Sellars. Their long list of collaborators include the Cleveland Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, Barbara Hannigan, Audrey Luna, Johannes Moser, Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer and Danielle DeNiese.


    The quartet has been featured in extremely popular TV shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.


    In 2011 the Calder Quartet launched a non-profit dedicated to furthering its efforts in commissioning, presenting, recording, and education, collaborating with the Getty Museum, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the Barbican Centre in London. The Calder Quartet formed at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and continued studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music with Ronald Leonard, and at the Juilliard School, receiving the Artist Diploma in Chamber Music Studies as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet. The quartet regularly conducts master classes and has taught at the Colburn School, the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory and USC Thornton School of Music.

    June 2016/ 408 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Key engagements

Wigmore Hall, London


Barbican Centre


IRCAM Paris


Frankfurt Alte Oper


Metropolitan Museum, New York (Bartók cycle)


Carnegie Hall, New York


Washington Performing Arts Center


SF Jazz, San Francisco (Bartók cycle)


Los Angeles Philharmonic


Cal Performances, San Francisco


Boston Celebrity Series


Mostly Mozart, Lincoln Center


Ojai Music Festival (Bartók cycle)


Edinburgh Festival


Mozarteum Salzburg at the Dialogues Festival

Residencies

The Broad Stage, Santa Monica, California


LA Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Program


Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio


Previously: The Juilliard School, Colburn Conservatory

Tuesday’s concert by the superb Calder Quartet showed that the time-honored string quartet format still provides fertile ground for innovation and surprise in the hands of imaginative, skillful creators.

New York Times

Performances like these - freshly rethought, impeccably played - do more than provide enjoyable listening. They reveal hidden dimensions, renew a bond with the composer, and justify the continuance of familiar works in the repertory.

Boston Globe

… only the stars are the limit, as the Calder takes its place as one of America’s most satisfying – and most enterprising – quartets.

Los Angeles Times

Intermusica represents Calder Quartet worldwide

Aimee Chow
Senior Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9949
achow@intermusica.co.uk

Juliane Renz
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9919
jrenz@intermusica.co.uk

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