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Brentano String Quartet
Mark Steinberg, violin
Serena Canin, violin
Misha Amory, viola
Nina Lee, cello
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Brentano String Quartet plays Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130, IV, Alla danza tedesca at Princeton University, April 2012.
Brentano String Quartet plays Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80, II. Allegro assai.
WQXR Café Concert: Brentano String Quartet performing Schubert’s Quartettstatz in C minor, D. 703.
A visualization of the Brentano String Quartet’s “Fragments” Project, in which active composers are invited to write works related to fragmentary works by earlier composers, done in a drawing class at Dartmouth University.
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Within a few years of its formation, the Quartet (Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello) garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. It currently serves as the collaborative ensemble for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
The Quartet has traveled widely around the world, appearing in the world's most prestigious venues, including New York’s Carnegie and Alice Tully halls, Washington, DC’s Library of Congress; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Sydney Opera House. It has participated in such leading international summer festivals as Aspen, Caramoor, Edinburgh, Kuhmo in Finland, the Taos School of Music and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.
In addition to performing the entire standard quartet repertoire, the Brentano Quartet has a strong interest in both very old and very new music. It has performed many musical works pre-dating the string quartet as a medium, among them Madrigals of Gesualdo, Fantasias of Purcell, and secular vocal works of Josquin. Also, the quartet has worked closely with some of the most important composers of our time, among them Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Chou Wen-chung, Steven Mackey, Bruce Adolphe, and György Kurtág. Each concert in the Quartet’s 92Y series features a work commissioned by the ensemble. Other recent commisions include a new work by Steven Mackey, One Red Rose, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.
The Quartet has collaborated with such artists as soprano Jessye Norman, pianist Richard Goode and pianist Mitsuko Uchida. The Quartet enjoys an especially close relationship with Ms. Uchida, appearing with her on stages in the US, Europe, and Japan.
The Brentano String Quartet provided the central music of Beethoven’s String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131, for the critically-acclaimed independent film A Late Quartet. The feature film, directed by Yaron Silberman and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and others, was screened in major cities throughout North America. In April, 2012 Aeon Records released the first of three Brentano String Quartet recordings featuring the late Beethoven Quartets. Other Quartet recordings include a Mozart album, also for Aeon, and the Op. 71 Quartets of Haydn. In the area of newer music, the Quartet has released a disc of the music of Steven Mackey on Albany Records, and has recorded the music of Bruce Adolphe, Chou Wen-chung and Charles Wuorinen. Its website is brentanoquartet.com.