The Calder Quartet gives world premiere of Steve Reich's Triple Quartet at Bravo! Vail
The Calder Quartet begins the month with a return to the Bravo! Vail Festival, giving four performances in the Classical Uncorked series from 1 August 2017.
The Calders begin their period at the festival with a performance alongside the festival's artistic director Anne-Marie McDermott, who plays Beethoven Piano Sonata No.32. The Calders perform Anders Hillborg Kongsgaard Variations for String Quartet, which was inspired by the sonata, and close the concert with Beethoven's String Quartet No.9
On 2 August, the Calders perform Kurtág Six moments musicaux and Schubert's Death and the Maiden, part of a concert that also features the Aeolus Quartet performing works by Philip Glass, Perischetti and Schubert.
The quartet's final performance in the Classical Uncorked series takes place on 3 August, when they give the world premiere of Steve Reich Triple Quartet alongside the Aeolus and Lyris Quartets. They are also joined once again by Anne-Marie McDermott for a performance of David Ludwig Pangaea for Strings and Piano.
The Calder Quartet end their stay at Bravo! Vail with a free informal performance at the Vail Brewing Company.
Calder Quartet signs an exclusive global recording deal with PENTATONE
The Calder Quartet has signed an exclusive global recording deal with PENTATONE.
Equally at home and fluent with the music of Mozart or Adès, Eötvös or Haydn, Terry Riley or Messiaen, the group’s first album on the label will focus on some of Beethoven’s seminal quartets, exploring an essential part of the master composer’s opus.
The Calder Quartet said:
"We are honoured to sign with the PENTATONE label, with its venerable catalogue and dedication to recording classical music. Since our founding we have dedicated ourselves to understanding and fulfilling the intent of composers, both of the present as well as the past. We are looking forward to this relationship and the opportunity to catalogue and curate the breadth of our endeavours in our new home.”
Quote from Renaud Loranger, Vice President Artists and Repertoire, PENTATONE:
“We are thrilled to welcome the Calder Quartet to the PENTATONE family. Their dynamism and artistic versatility, combined with their remarkable commitment to the music of our time clearly sets them apart in a crowded field. We look forward to developing a broad and ambitious range of recording projects with them over the next years.”
Winners of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Calder Quartet is widely known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers. 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/television soundtracks, and in venues ranging from museums to Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.
Recent and upcoming highlights include Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, multiple performances at Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Salzburg Festival, Tonhalle Zürich, returns to Los Angeles’ Disney Hall and the Ojai Music Festival. Their long list of collaborators include the LA Philharmonic, Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, Audrey Luna, Johannes Moser and Joshua Bell.
"Every time I hear the Calder, the ensemble seems to have reached a new level. That remains true, and now 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
Please visit the PENTATONE website to read the full press release.
The Calder Quartet returns to the Mendocino Music Festival
The Calder Quartet returns to Mendocino Music Festival on 8 July 2017, performing at the festival for the fifth year. The Mendocino Music Festival features performances from a wide range of musical genres, including classical, jazz, blues, country, folk and world music.
The Calder Quartet, who have been described by the New York Times as “superb”, perform a programme featuring Mendelssohn String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13 and Beethoven String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132. The quartet is noted for its performances of contemporary works but has also received widespread critical acclaim for its performances of Beethoven:
"A string quartet that can play Beethoven as powerfully as the Calder Quartet is an important asset to the musical ecosphere"
San Francisco Chronicle, April 2017
"Each musician played throughout with flawless ensemble, impeccable intonation and serene concentration. Yet it was the barely restrained passion which lifted these performances into another sphere."
The West Australian, February 2017
The Calder Quartet returns to London for Thomas Adès retrospective at Wigmore Hall
The Calder Quartet returns to Wigmore Hall this month for the hall's Thomas Adès Day on 25 March 2017. The quartet gives two concerts on the day. At 1pm, they are joined by Nicholas Hodges and Adès himself to perform The Four Quarters and Piano Quintet, as well as works by Lutosławski and Walton. In the evening the Calders, Adès and Hodges are joined by the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and conductor Timothy Redmond to perform Adès' Arcadiana and Concerto Conciso alongside works by Kurtág, Janáček and Barry.
The Calders regularly perform Adès' works and recorded the Piano Quintet, The Four Quarters and Arcadiana alongside the composer for Signum Classics in 2015. In August last year they performed his works alongside those of Kurtág and Schubert at the Salzburg Festival to critical acclaim:
The American gentlemen of the Calder Quartet play [Adès] with verve, eye-twinkling humour, and exquisite virtuosity... You cannot interpret [Kurtág] better than violinists Benjamin Jacobson and Andrew Bulbrook, violist Jonathan Moerschel and cellist Eric Byers...”
DrehPunktKultur, August 2016
“The Calder players were so homogeneous in texture and rhythm that they at one point resembled a glass harmonica. They were just as outstanding in the [Adès] string quartet Arcadiana"
Classical Voice America
The Calder Quartet launches Beethoven & Beyond residency at the Perth International Arts Festival
The Calder Quartet launches their three day residency, Beethoven & Beyond, at the Perth International Arts Festival on 17 February 2017 with a performance of quartets by Beethoven and Thomas Adès at the University of Western Australia's Winthrop Hall.
Beethoven & Beyond aims to give a fresh take on the string quartet by setting Beethoven's compositions alongside new and unexpected works. For the second concert on 18 February, the Quartet performs Beethoven String Quartets No.4 and No.11 alongside Esa-Pekka Salonen Homunculus and Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Ashley Smith. On 19 February, the programme features Beethoven String Quartets No.6 and No.14, between which the quartet performs Anders Hillborg Kongsgaard Variations. In addition to their residency, the Calder Quartet also joins the Brodsky Quartet at Government House on 16 February for a recital of octets by Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.
The following week the quartet makes its Sydney Opera House debut on 26 February, performing Anders Hillborg Kongsgaard Variations and Beethoven’s String Quartet No.14 as part of the Utzon Music Series.
Calder Quartet debuts in Hamburg at the Contemporary Music Festival
The Calder Quartet makes its Hamburg debut this month, performing at the Contemporary Music Festival on 20 November 2016.
The programme for the performance at the Kampnagel includes Feldman Structures for String Quartet and String Quartet No.2 and Boulez Livre pour quatuor No.5. The quartet also perform Feldman String Quartet No.2 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on 12 November as part of the museum's Cloisters series.
Calder Quartet make Wigmore Hall debut with world premiere of The Sirens Cycle by Peter Eötvös
The Calder Quartet returns to Wigmore Hall on 1 October 2016 to perform the world premiere of The Sirens Cycle by Peter Eötvös with soprano Piia Komsi. The programme also includes Eötvös Korrespondenz and Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10.
The concert is the first of their European tour that also visits the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and Donaueschingen's Donauhallen. The quartet returns to London in March 2017 for a residency at Wigmore Hall.
Calder Quartet make their debut at the Salzburg Festival
The Calder Quartet make their debut at Salzburg Festival in two recitals on 2 and 3 August 2016 performing Thomas Adès’s Piano Quintet, with Adès on the piano, and Peter Eötvös’s Korrespondenzen, with Eötvös moderating.
The quartet's further performances in Europe include a string of October dates at Wigmore Hall, London, Tonhalle Zürich, Centro Nacional de Difusion Musical in Madrid, Alte Oper Frankfurt, IRCAM Paris and in Donaueschingen.
Calder Quartet performs Andrew Norman's Sabina in return to Kennedy Center
The Calder Quartet return to Kennedy Center in Washington for a matinée concert at Terrace Theater on 28 February 2016. They perform a programme juxtaposing Andrew Norman Sabina with Janacek Quartet No.2 'Intimate Letters' and Beethoven Quartet No.12, Op. 127. The quartet has a close relationship with Andrew Norman, who has written often for them and whose music the quartet champions. The Boston Classical Review wrote of a recent performance of the piece that "the Calder members treated each line of Sabina with intensity and a singing lyricism to make a strong case for work that deserves many repeat performances."
Calder Quartet open LA Philharmonic’s ‘Green Umbrella’ series at Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Calder Quartet make their return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s ‘Green Umbrella’ series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, performing at the opening concert on the 8 December 2015. In an all-contemporary music programme which they curated themselves, entitled ‘Quartet x 3’, they perform the world premieres of John Luther Adams’s Canticles of the Sky and Tristan Perich’s Triple Quartet, both especially commissioned by the orchestra.
The quartet also perform Christian Wolff’s Edges, Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet and Brecht’s String Quartet, inviting on stage the Los Aangeles-based Formalist Quartet and Lyris Quartet. The two quartets complete the programme with Cage’s Music for Marcel Duchamp, arranged by the Calder Quartet’s cellist Eric Byers, and Johnston’s Amazing Grace.
Click here to watch a trailer introducing the concert and the 2015/16 ‘Green Umbrella’ lineup.
Calder Quartet performs with Thomas Adès at New York White Light Festival
After a highly successful recording released earlier this year, the Calder Quartet collaborate with Thomas Adès once again for three performances at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival at New York City Center on the 20, 21 and 22 November 2015.
In ‘Thomas Adès: Concentric Paths-Movements in Music’, the British composer’s music is set into four dance movements by four different choreographers. Performing on stage, at close contact with the dancers, the Calder Quartet and Adès on the piano perform The Grit in the Oyster, the third movement where Adès’s Piano Quintet is set by Alexander Whitley to a choreography for three dancers.
The project was premiered in 2014 by Sadler’s Wells in London as part of the programme ‘Thomas Adès: See the Music, Hear the Dance’, celebrating Adès’s music, and makes here its US debut.
The quartet’s performance of the Piano Quintet, also with Adès on the piano, appears in their recording The Twenty-Fifth Hour and has received universal acclaim:
"The single movement Piano Quintet (2000), nominally in sonata form, is actually a work of continual, furious transformation that shows Adès’s gift for creating separate planes of experience in the context of a relatively small ensemble. […] The Calder sounds astonishingly at home in what can be music of perilous difficulty. The composer joins them on piano for the quintet; hopefully this partnership will continue so fruitfully."
Critical acclaim for Calder Quartet’s new recording of Adès chamber music
The new recording from the Calder Quartet, released on Signum Classics in March 2015, has gathered unanimous praise by critics worldwide.
The recording features the chamber music of British composer Thomas Adès, who also appears at the piano in his Piano Quintet, underlining his longstanding relationship and friendship with the quartet. The first-ever recording of ‘The Four Quarters’ (written in 2011) and the seven-part Arcadiana, which had already been included in the quartet’s first recording in 2009, also make their appearance in the disc.
Featuring the recording as a recommended listening, The Strad, wrote:
"The Los Angeles-based Calder Quartet has been playing these three chamber works by Thomas Adès for several years…And it shows - not just in the players’ passionate, confident performances but also in the way they dig straight to the heart of Adès’s complex yet thrillingly evocative music, hurdling the fearsome rhythms and quick-change articulations to convey the stories and pictures behind the notes with ringing clarity".
The quartet’s familiarity and intimacy with the music is noticed also by Classical Music Magazine, which comments in a five-star review that:
"The players of the young American quartet seem so inside this music that they might have been playing it all their lives".
In another five-star review, the Financial Times called the works "music for the intellect as well as the imagination", praising the quartet for performing “with energy and sensitivity".
Later in the year, the quartet returns to Adès’s work with three performances of the composer’s ballet music at Lincoln Center in New York.
Calder Quartet make their debut at Ojai Music Festival
From 10 to 14 June, the Calder Quartet make their debut at the 69th edition of the Ojai Music Festival, California. The quartet will perform the complete Bartók string quartets in three consecutive nights, for the first time in the festival’s history. The works will be juxtaposed with music by Pierre Boulez, whose 90th birthday is celebrated this year.
The quartet will join musicians Wu Man (pipa), and percussion ensemble red fish blue fish on the festival’s closing day for a performance of Evan Ziporyn’s ‘Sulvasutra’, based on an ancient Sanskrit writing and which had its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in 2006.
This year’s festival, with Steven Schick as music director, focuses on contemporary music of the 20th and 21st century, with 34 living composers among the 49 presented. All performances will be available to watch live online on the festival’s website.
Calder Quartet joins Intermusica for worldwide representation
The Calder Quartet, called “outstanding” and “superb” by the New York Times, were the recipient of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and are widely recognized for being the choice quartet for leading composers to perform their works, including Thomas Adès, Peter Eötvös, Christopher Rouse and Terry Riley.
The Calders regularly appear with top presenters including the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Washington Performing Arts Society, the Hollywood Bowl, Wigmore Hall, LA Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. This season’s upcoming highlights include performances at the Bravo! Vail Festival, Oberlin Conservatory, The Broad Stage, Celebrity Series of Boston, Dialogues Festival Salzburg, and Ojai Festival among others.
In addition to their classical activities, they regularly collaborate with rock bands such as The National, Vampire Weekend and The Airborne Toxic Event, and have been featured on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.