“Exhilarating…this intensely physical quartet is defined by passion.” —The New York Times

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Brentano String Quartet
      Mark Steinberg, violin
      Serena Canin, violin
      Misha Amory, viola
      Nina Lee, cello

Let the world-class Brentano String Quartet and some of today’s most creative artists transport you through the centuries: from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to three brand-new commissions.


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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.

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From dfw.com:

Tune in for much more from the Brentano String Quartet”—Interview with Brentano violinist Serena Canin by Punch Shaw for Dallas-Ft. Worth lifestyle website, as the resident ensemble of the Van Cliburn Competition and on the area screening of A Late Quartet. Here is an excerpt:

How did the affiliation with Cliburn come about?

It was pretty much out of the blue. We didn't expect it. But we were thrilled at the idea of being part of something so important. And it will be so interesting to meet all these different pianists and deal with all those different styles. It's going to be a very interesting challenge. No two pianists will be the same. But I'm looking forward to that aspect of it. I think I will need a different colored pencil [for marking scores] for each one.

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From nytimes.com:

New York Times review by Allan Kozinn of the Brentano String Quartet’s concert at Carnegie Hall on March 22, 2012, which featured its “Fragments” project. Here is an excerpt:

The Brentano players closed the program with Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1. The work has come down to us complete and was offered here in a passionate account that thrived on the tight interplay and rich hues that are among this ensemble’s trademarks.

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From opusonereview.com:

Review by Stanley Fefferman of the Brentano String Quartet’s concert during this summer’s Toronto Summer Music Festival. The program included Beethoven’s String Quartet in D major, Op.18. No. 3, which will be heard on the Brentano’s second 92Y concert, on Mar 1, 2014. Here is an excerpt:

The musical lilt that distinguishes the Brentano’s insight into this particular Beethoven returned in the finale, animated their tight unison work, and moved the audience to shout out their pleasure.

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Artist Bio

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.

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