Benjamin Jacobson, violin
Andrew Bulbrook, violin
Jonathan Moerschel, viola
Eric Byers, cello
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 7:30pm
Herbst TheatreVenue Information
ADÈS: The Four Quarters, Arcadiana
About This Performance
The energetic and iconoclastic Calder Quartet serves up chamber music, “freshly rethought, impeccably played” (Boston Globe) and they seem to be reinventing classical music audiences in the process. The Calder brings intimacy and immediacy to their performances of both familiar works and newly commissioned music, and they are championed by today’s leading composers including Thomas Adès.
“I was struck by just how many young people sat in the audience, entranced, fascinated, transported—and not a mobile phone in sight.”
—The Guardian (UK)
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—including Christopher Rouse, Terry Riley and Thomas Adès—the group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform, whether it’s Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or sold-out rock shows with bands like The National or The Airborne Toxic Event.
Winners of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, they are known for the discovery, commissioning, recording and mentoring of some of today’s best emerging composers (over 25 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 visual arts; and in venues ranging from art galleries and rock clubs to Carnegie and Walt Disney concert halls. 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 season highlights include debuts at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival. They returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2014 Minimalist Jukebox, and in 2013 the quartet performed Terry Riley’s The Sands with the Cleveland Orchestra. The quartet also returned to Australia for the Adelaide Festival with Iva Bittova, and it appeared at the Laguna Beach Festival alongside Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer. They have performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Hollywood Bowl. 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.