American string quartet formed in 2005, winner of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, now serves as Season Artists at Lincoln Center. CDs on Naxos and BIS labels.
Photo: Sarah Skinner

Adam Barnett-Hart - violin      Pierre Lapointe - viola
Danbi Um - violin      Brook Speltz - cello

‘One of the top young quartets before the public today’ … ‘notable for its polish and tonal beauty’ … ‘a dark ambrosial view all its own’, are just a few of the glowing accolades that have been bestowed on the Escher String Quartet. The group was founded in 2005 in New York City, where its original members were studying at the Manhattan School of Music. The Escher Quartet has performed on five continents; in such venues as Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa at the invitation of Pinchas Zukerman. In New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. It is currently String Quartet in Residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas The ensemble has recorded the complete quartets of Zemlinsky on the Naxos label and the complete quartets of Mendelssohn on the BIS label, both sets to the highest critical acclaim. In 2013 the quartet became one of the very few chamber ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

LMMC return engagement.


HAYDN              String Quartet in C major, Opus 20 No. 2,
(1732-1809)           Hob.III:32 (1772)
                                    Capriccio: Adagio
                                    Menuetto: Allegretto
                                    Fuga a Quattro soggetti: Allegro

SMETANA         String Quartet in E minor, ‘From my Life’ (1876)
(1824-1884)                Allegro vivo appassionato
                                    Allegro moderato alla Polka
                                    Largo sostenuto
SCHUMANN     String Quartet in A minor, Opus 41
(1810-1856)            No. 1 (1842)
                                    Introduzione - Andante espessivo - Allegro
                                    Scherzo: Presto