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ESCHER STRING QUARTET

Adam Barnett-Hart, violin I
Aaron Boyd, violin II
Pierre Lapointe, viola
Dane Johansen, cello

Championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the Escher String Quartet players were BBC New Generation Artists from 2010–2012, giving débuts at both the Wigmore Hall and the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall. In their hometown of New York, the quartet recently completed a three-year Rising Stars residency at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. 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 Young Artists Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre; and the Perlman Chamber Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. In addition, the quartet has collaborated with artists such as Andrés Diaz, Lawrence Dutton, Kurt Elling, Leon Fleisher, Anja Lechner, Vadim Gluzman, Angela Yoffe, Gary Hoffman, Joseph Kalichstein, Kurt Muroki, Joseph Silverstein, Khatia Buniatishvili, Benjamin Grosvenor and Matthew Hunt, as well pop folk singer-songwriter Luke Temple. Recent performances include appearances at the Cheltenham, Lichfield and City of London Festivals, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, 92nd Street Y in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Ravinia and Caramoor festivals. Elsewhere, the quartet undertook a tour of China including Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, and made its Australian début with Brett Dean at the Perth International Arts Festival. The quartet’s discography includes Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet Bridging the Ages from Music@Menlo and Stony Brook Soundings Vol 1, which features the quartet in the première recordings of five new works. The Escher Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist MC Escher, inspired by Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole. In October 2012 Aaron Boyd replaced Wu Jie on violin.

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